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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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

Ice Pick Headache Signs and Symptoms

Ice Pick Headache Signs and Symptoms

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An ice pick headache—the type that causes a stabbing pain and usually centers in the temple area or around the eyes—is very rare. For most people, thankfully, it’s brief. In 80 percent of ice pick headache sufferers, symptoms last from one to 10 seconds. For those prone to ice pick  … Read More

Exertion Headache? Consider the Causes and Try These Treatments

Exertion Headache? Consider the Causes and Try These Treatments

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If you tend to develop a headache while exercising or start feeling a headache after you exercise, it’s likely that you’re suffering from the exertion headache phenomenon. You’re more likely to experience an exertion headache if you also suffer from migraine symptoms, which can also stem from vigorous exercise.

Exertion headache  … Read More

Dehydration Headache: Know the Causes, Signs, and Treatments

Dehydration Headache: Know the Causes, Signs, and Treatments

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Whatever the mechanisms that might underpin dehydration headaches, there is scientific evidence that can help reassure you that you aren’t imagining them. What causes dehydration headaches can be as simple as not having consumed sufficient fluids.

Likewise, dehydration headaches may happen because lack of fluids causes shrinkage in brain volume. This  … Read More

Ovarian Cyst Symptoms: How They Develop, How to Treat Them

Ovarian Cyst Symptoms: How They Develop, How to Treat Them

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Cysts are fluid-filled sacs that can develop anywhere in the body. Ovarian cyst symptoms don’t affect all women who develop cysts on ovaries, and ovarian cysts can clear up without treatment. But for some women, ovarian cyst symptoms can lead to potentially serious complications.
The main ovarian cyst symptoms include pelvic  … Read More

Lyme Disease: Prevention Is Key

Lyme Disease: Prevention Is Key

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With more than 300,000 Americans infected with Lyme disease each year, you may be wondering whether there’s a vaccine against the condition. The answer is no. And because Lyme disease symptoms often resemble flu symptoms (see “Lyme Disease Basics” sidebar), it’s common for the condition to go undiagnosed. That can  … Read More

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