Neuropathic pain can develop following a physical nerve injury, or medical illnesses such as diabetes or shingles. Neuropathic pain can develop and often lingers after the original injury heals because nerve cell dysfunction—not the original injury—is the cause. As pain signals are repeated over long periods of time, the spinal
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Persistent pain is a devastating condition that affects as many as 90 million Americans. Unlike short-term, acute pain—the kind that happens when you sprain an ankle—persistent pain may last for months, or even years. Whether the source of your suffering is arthritis, back pain, or nerve pain, it is important
If you want a snapshot of your health status then open wide. “Many common problems older adults face with their oral health also can be warning signs of other health issues that need attention,” says Diana V. Messadi, DDS of the UCLA School of Dentistry.
Approximately 40 percent of those age
Shingles pain can be debilitating for seniors. I experienced the effects of shingles several years ago, and it’s something I’d rather not repeat. I hope that sharing my personal experience will encourage you to get vaccinated or, if not, to recognize the symptoms of shingles early enough to benefit from
When you receive a medication guide or information leaflet with a new drug from your pharmacy, do you toss it in the recycling bin without reading it? This approach is not in your best interest, even if it can be tiresome to work your way through the minutiae.
“You need to
Ginseng is one of the most well-known, commonly used supplements in the world, and for good reason: it’s a known fatigue-fighter, stress-buster, and overall vitality-booster. But Panax ginseng benefits have mainly been demonstrated in studies using healthy people as subjects and researchers have been wondering if its virtues extend to
Scientists have long tried to understand what causes an individual’s response to injury or disease to evolve from acute pain, which is an immediate response to a hurt, to chronic pain that continues for months or years after apparent recovery. Several recent studies suggest that chronic pain may come to
Chronic pain can diminish your quality of life and limit your ability to perform daily activities, whether it’s a result of surgery, a compressed disc, arthritis, or some other cause.
Unfortunately, too many women aren’t getting the help they need to manage their pain. According to a report issued earlier this
I touched on vaccinations for older adults in our August issue, but this month I’m going to focus on a vaccine that should be near the top of your to-do list. It’s for shingles, and our main cover story in this issue looks at how debilitating this condition can be
Commonly thought of as a “woman’s” disorder, interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as bladder pain syndrome (BPS) and chronic pelvic pain (CPP), affects four to 12 million people in the U.S., including 1 million to 4 million men.
IC patients have a high incidence of comorbid conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome