Tag: pain

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.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans: Move More!

In 2008, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion developed the first set of physical activity guidelines ever for the American public. These guidelines are the authoritative voice for how physical activity can help promote health and decrease a person’s risk of disease. But most Americans had difficulty following

Natural Remedies and Vitamins for Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Natural Remedies and Vitamins for Anxiety and Panic Attacks

By using the natural remedies and vitamins for anxiety and anxiety and panic attacks described below, you can treat the underlying root cause of these mood disorders and get lasting relief.

Medical research has confirmed three notable causes of panic attacks and anxiety in women: serotonin deficiency, low vitamin B6 levels,

Lockjaw: What Causes It, and How Serious Is It?

Lockjaw: What Causes It, and How Serious Is It?

Have you ever been awakened with searing pain in your mouth or an inability to open your jaw? It’s a scary experience and, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial research, one that’s not totally uncommon. More than 10 million Americans suffer from a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD),

Flexibility Exercises: 3 Low-Impact Options

Flexibility Exercises: 3 Low-Impact Options

The best one-size-fits-all class for flexibility is an aerobic exercise group class. The ultimate goal is aerobic (cardiovascular) fitness, but instructors and their students have to go through warm-up and flexibility exercises before getting to the aerobic component.

If you are a beginner or older adult not used to regular exercise,

Arthritis Exercises to Promote Healing, Range of Motion

Arthritis Exercises to Promote Healing, Range of Motion

The pain, stiffness, and restricted movement that accompany arthritis may seem like a good reason to curl up in bed, but exercise is beneficial in mild-to-moderate arthritis. Arthritis exercise benefits include:

Healing. Exercise increases blood circulation and oxygenation within joint tissue, promoting repair.
Lower risk of complications. Exercise helps protect

4. Treat Your Fatigue

By now you may realize—because all of the body’s systems are interconnected—that there is usually more than one cause con-tributing to your fatigue. When one of your body’s systems is out of balance (if, for example, your HPA axis is malfunctioning be-cause of chronic stress), then other systems (like your

2. What Causes Fatigue?

The key to resolving any chronic health condition is to discover the root causes and then supply the body with the needed raw materials to correct any deficiencies or to bring the body back into balance. Therefore, you will need to become somewhat of a detective, patiently investigating each known

1. I’m Tired of This!

If you suffer from fatigue, you should know you’re not alone. Some 2.5 million people suffer from fatigue, according to estimates, and between 900,000 to 1 million Americans meet the diagnostic criteria for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Cases of fatigue are

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