Pain

Pain

For more than 100 million Americans, conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, nerve damage, migraine headaches, or cancer can cause unrelenting pain. But relief is now available in new classes of drugs, yoga exercises, and inflammation-reducing diets.

Take migraine headaches, for instance, a common source of chronic pain affecting 1 in 10 Americans, most of them women. These are not just everyday headaches. Migraine symptoms also include nausea, vomiting, light and sound sensitivity, auras, and other visual disturbances. Because doctors still don’t fully understand what causes migraines, they haven’t been able to develop a cure for this condition. Treatments aim to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks and relieve symptoms when they start.

Fibromyalgia is another poorly understood condition. The estimated 5 million Americans who have this condition experience fatigue and pain in particular spots around their body. Other fibromyalgia symptoms include sleep problems, headaches, sensitivity to heat and cold, bowel issues, and memory problems.

Back problems are another source of chronic pain. Sciatica affects the lower back and legs. It starts in the sciatic nerve, which runs down the lower back, hips, buttocks, and legs. A herniated disk that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve often triggers sciatica. Spinal stenosis—a narrowing of the spine—can also put pressure on the sciatic nerve. Sciatica can be very painful, but medicines, physical therapy, and other treatments usually improve the pain within a few weeks.

Sometimes back pain can be traced to the kidneys, which are located on the back side of the body. Many people mistake kidney pain for back muscle strains. The most common causes of kidney pain are infection, kidney stones, polycystic kidney disease (in which growths called cysts form in the kidneys), bleeding, and kidney cancer. Because kidney pain can signal a more serious condition, it’s important to call the doctor for any constant, dull pain on one side of the back.

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Zika Virus Symptoms: What You Need to Know

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Finding Help for Fibromyalgia

Finding Help for Fibromyalgia

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In the world of medicine, fibromyalgia is a relatively new disease. The first controlled study that validated the symptoms of fibromyalgia was published in 1981, and the American Pain Society issued the first treatment guidelines for fibromyalgia in 2005.

What is fibromyalgia? Lisa Witkin, MD, a pain medicine specialist at Weill  … Read More

Degenerative Disc Pain? Here’s How to Manage It

Degenerative Disc Pain? Here’s How to Manage It

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Your spine is subjected to immense wear and tear over your lifetime. Fortunately, it comes with its own inbuilt shock absorption system—one that’s designed to counter the forces placed on it by the motion involved in day-to-day life, as well as physical exercise and (often improper) body mechanics. This shock  … Read More

What’s Causing Your Middle Back Pain?

What’s Causing Your Middle Back Pain?

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Like the upper back, the mid-back region is very stable, and this stability gives it some protection from injury. But the same underlying conditions and circumstances that can result in upper back pain also can result in middle back pain. These include:

Poor posture: This is a major risk factor  … Read More

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What Does Inflammation Mean? Understanding the Link Between Inflammation and Disease

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The word anti-inflammatory has practically become a household word. From herbs like turmeric and oregano to foods like berries and cruciferous vegetables, there is a myriad of products that have anti-inflammatory properties.
Following an anti-inflammatory diet or supplementing with anti-inflammatory substances has become more popular than ever. But what does inflammation  … Read More

Ignore Lyme Disease Symptoms and You Could Risk Severe Complications

Ignore Lyme Disease Symptoms and You Could Risk Severe Complications

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Lyme disease is an infection spread by blacklegged ticks and deer ticks. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that about 329,000 Americans contract the condition each year. While Lyme disease symptoms aren’t necessarily serious, ignoring them could compromise your health and cause serious complications.

To protect  … Read More

Cluster Headache: How It Happens, How to Treat It

Cluster Headache: How It Happens, How to Treat It

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A cluster headache is the “most severe form of primary headache,” as the U.S. National Library of Medicine tells us. When you get one, you’ll know it, because of the onset of sudden—and painful—headache clusters usually at the same time of the day and night for several weeks. They typically  … Read More

UHN Blog: How to Relieve Lower Back Pain

UHN Blog: How to Relieve Lower Back Pain

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When I first started writing about health issues, I would casually mention how some people find their sleep disturbed by pain, but I didn’t really think much about it, or what the effects can be. Today I find myself in that category due to a lifelong problem that used to  … Read More

Ice or Heat? For Back Pain, It Depends

Ice or Heat? For Back Pain, It Depends

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Using ice or heat for back pain is a simple, drug-free treatment approach that can be very effective. Which one suits you best will depend on your individual back pain and, specifically, whether your aches and pains are chronic or acute.
Chronic pain may result from slow-developing conditions that cause  … Read More

Kidney Pain: What’s Behind It?

Kidney Pain: What’s Behind It?

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Because kidney pain location is frequently focused in the upper back, it’s easy to mistake kidney pain for pinched nerve that can trigger spinal stenosis symptoms. Kidney pain also tends to feel different—deeper, with kidney pain location under the ribs rather than centered on the spinal column (although kidneys pain  … Read More

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