If you become ill, usually you can pinpoint a reason. A stiff, swollen joint, for example, might be due to injury or to a chronic disease like arthritis, while an upset stomach might be due to food poisoning. The causes of depression are harder to pin down. And unfortunately, they
About 100 million Americans live with chronic pain. For them, a condition like arthritis, fibromyalgia, nerve damage, migraine headaches, or cancer has caused unrelenting pain that persists day after day, month after month.
Migraine headaches are 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.
As the U.S. population ages, the need for total knee replacements (TKR) will rise. Currently, more than 600,000 TKRs are performed annually, and projections estimate that, by the year 2030, the number of TKRs will increase by almost 700 percent.
Pain and stiffness resulting from osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common
As you get older, it is natural to be concerned about the possibility that you or a loved one will begin showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In fact, among adults who are age 65 or older, one in nine will develop AD, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. But, how
If you’ve been feeling bone pain, your doctor may take one look at that stiff, swollen joint or that loss of motion and suspect that what you’ve got is the inevitable onset of age-related osteoarthritis (OA) or the autoimmune disorder that leads to rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
But to refine that diagnosis,
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is commonly known as heartburn. GERD symptoms include a sharp, burning feeling in your chest that occurs when acidic contents of the stomach reflux (flow backward) into the esophagus. This happens when the lower esophageal sphincter (the valve separating the lower end of the esophagus
Getting a cancer diagnosis is distressing enough, but for some people, concerns about treating the cancer with chemotherapy can be equally as troubling.
A woman might worry about how chemotherapy for breast cancer may cause hair loss or otherwise alter her appearance. Or a man might be concerned about how chemotherapy
Although ankle sprains and strains frequently occur while engaging in sports or exercise classes, they also can happen if you step off a curb, into a pothole, or onto uneven ground. At that point, your foot may roll in while your ankle rolls out, stressing the ligaments that normally help
Don’t be misled by the “pre” in prediabetes—even though the condition is not yet full-blown diabetes, it’s likely to become so if you ignore it.
Prediabetes and diabetes occur because you have too much glucose (sugar) in your blood. Insulin, a hormone produced by your pancreas, helps transport glucose from your
Q: I’ve heard that exercise can be a natural antidepressant. Is that really true?
A: Yes, it is true. One of the best health choices you can make is to exercise regularly. Not only is exercise a natural antidepressant, it also may protect you against getting depression or having a depressive
Pilates was originally a one-on-one training system done on a mat and also on specialized machines developed by Joseph H. Pilates in the early 1900s. He originally called his system “Contrology,” because to do the exercises correctly requires full concentration and control.
It’s a total body workout, best known for how