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The Keto Diet for Chronic Pain: Does it Work?

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Anyone who suffers from chronic pain knows that medication alone doesn’t always eliminate the deep discomfort that comes along with your condition. Because of this, patients, doctors, and researchers suggest lifestyle changes to augment treatment options like painkillers. The ketogenic diet, which focuses on a...

The Best Sleeping Positions for Pain

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Chronic pain can have a major effect on your overall quality of sleep. According to the National Sleep Association, pain is a major factor in creating sleep debt. People who suffer from chronic pain experience lower sleep quality and higher stress levels. We’ve got...

Interview with Amy Orr, Author of Taming Chronic Pain

Interview with Amy Orr
We had the honor of speaking with Amy Orr, author of the upcoming book Taming Chronic Pain. The book serves as a guide for those suffering from chronic pain, from the perspective of someone who has dealt with her own chronic pain issues. Taming Chronic...

Your Guide to Peripheral Neuropathy and Alcohol Abuse

Peripheral Neuropathy and Alcohol
Long-term alcohol use can alter your life in many ways. One lesser-known consequence of alcohol abuse is a condition called peripheral (or alcoholic) neuropathy. In this article, we'll examine peripheral neuropathy and alcohol, as well as alcohol’s long-term effects on the body. A Little Background Peripheral...

Why Is My Pain Worse at Night?

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We’ve all been there at some point. Whether you're suffering from a chronic condition or recovering from an illness or injury, your pain just seems to get worse at night. Nowadays, researchers have nicknamed this condition “painsomnia.” In fact, it’s common in people with...

Incorporate These Top Anti-Inflammatory Foods Into Your Diet

Top Anti-Inflammatory Foods
When left untreated, inflammation can become a very debilitating condition, especially if it's chronic inflammation. While certain medications quickly and effectively reduce inflammation, they may come with side effects and usage limits that prevent long-term use. Instead, try changing your diet and lifestyle to reliably...

The Natural Healing Powers of Apple Cider Vinegar for Back Pain

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Nearly 80% of adults experience some kind of back pain in their lifetime. Whether it's because of stress, age, diet, or exercise, there are a variety of reasons why our backs might be giving us a little trouble. These days, however, there is a...

Top Tips on Managing Allergy Headaches

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Although they're often referred to as "seasonal allergies", many people find themselves suffering from runny noses, itchy eyes, and headaches year-round. Whether it's tree pollen in the spring, grass in the summer or ragweed in the fall, each season brings its own share of...

Degenerative Disc Disease: The 21-year-old with a 90-year-old Spine

Degenerative Disc Disease
At the age of 21, I was diagnosed with multiple spine and pelvis disorders which flipped my life upside down. Health professionals label me as the "21-year-old with a 90-year-old spine". The main cause of my declining spine? Degenerative disc disease. What is Degenerative Disc...

Why You Should Try Aqua Yoga for Chronic Pain

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If you’re a chronic pain patient like me, you’ve probably had someone, under the guise of being helpful, tell you to try yoga. But if you’re one of the millions of Americans with chronic pain — maybe because of a knee or joint replacement,...

Why We Shouldn’t Call Trigeminal Neuralgia the Suicide Disease

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I felt a strange sense of relief when I was finally diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN). After so many years of living with facial pain, my doctor gave me a solution and reassured me that medication would help. However, once I googled TN, I...

These Are Prime Day’s Best Discounts for Chronic Pain

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Amazon prime day is finally upon us, chronic pain warriors. Suffering from chronic pain and illness is not easy, or cheap! Sometimes the best treatment options can be the most expensive. Here are five products chronic pain sufferers should get while the deal is...

Help! Why Is My Skin Sensitive to Touch?

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Since your skin is the largest organ in your body, chronic pain in that region can become a huge nuisance. Many different conditions may contribute to sensitive skin. However, it can be hard to figure out just why your skin feels sensitive or even...

Storm Prep: What to Include on Your Hurricane Grocery List

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Hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 - November 30 every year, is officially upon us. If you live in a region that’s subject to hurricanes, it’s time to prepare. If you live with chronic pain, you know how important it is to be...

What it’s Really Like Living with a Stoma

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It’s hard to believe that I’ve had a stoma for nearly 3 years now. It doesn’t feel like that long at all. Since my first surgery, my health has gone down the toilet, a quite fitting expression for my situation. I wish it hadn’t...

Treating Sprains and Strains: Are You Doing It Wrong?

Sprains and Strains
Chances are that you've had sprains and strains in some part of your body during your lifetime. If you haven’t, consider yourself lucky. These “simple” injuries are very painful! While most people use the words "strained" and "sprained" interchangeably, they technically aren’t the same injury....

5 Things Not to Say to Someone with Chronic Pain

5 things not to say to someone with chronic pain
In 2013, I was involved in a car accident that changed my life. Although the damage to my car was surprisingly minor, that 10 seconds would change my life forever. Prior to the accident, I had never experienced any major health issues. I was happy,...

My Difficult ITP Diagnosis Journey That Made Me An Advocate

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I don't really remember a day of my childhood where I felt “good”. Of course, at the time, I had no frame of reference for what “good” was supposed to feel like. I didn't even realize other children didn't deal with the same problems...

Chronic Illness Patients Face Challenges With Accessibility

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The CDC recently reported 90% of the $3.3 trillion spent on health care in the U.S. annually goes to the treatment of chronic and mental health conditions. For all this money, however, there’s not much to show. Although spending is higher than ever, tangible...

Tips to Thrive When You Have an Undiagnosed Chronic Illness

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“Teacher, you’re walking like a tipsy woman. Why are you swaying?”“Are you a grandma? Why do you climb the stairs like that?” (Then, copies my posture).“What’s wrong? Are you okay?” (After jerking and accidentally pushing my desk). Over the years, I've endured these embarrassing comments...

Don’t Ignore Tingling and Numbness in Hands and Feet

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If you’ve ever experienced tingling and numbness in your hands and feet (or wrists and elbows), you know it feels a lot worse than it sounds. There are many reasons why you could be having these sensations, so it's extremely important to identify the...

13 Facts About Gout: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

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Experiencing extreme pain and burning in your joints may lead you to believe that you have arthritis. But what you may have specifically is a condition called gout. It is one of the more painful forms of arthritis. Let's look at facts about gout...

My Fight With Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia

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My chronic pain started as a teenager. I’m 53 now. Mostly, I suffer from back pain, rib pain, joint pain, migraines, and facial pain. Ten years ago, my doctor told me my facial pain was caused by a condition called atypical trigeminal neuralgia. But getting...

Quick Tips to Protect Your Skin from Sunburn

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Summer may not officially be here till June 21st, but temperatures across much of the United States say it has already arrived. With the sun comes the fun: pool parties, beach days, outdoor sports and much more! But with it also comes the need...