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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.

UHN Blog: What’s the Right Blood Pressure for You? It Depends

UHN Blog: What’s the Right Blood Pressure for You? It Depends

Aside from the occasional aches, pains, and sleeping troubles, my 82-year-old mother is in very good health for her age. But like many other older adults, she takes a medication to help control high blood pressure symptoms. And like plenty of older individuals, she relies on her doctor to let

Nerve Pain Relief That Works: 11 Strategies

Nerve Pain Relief That Works: 11 Strategies

A shooting pain that takes your breath away. A throbbing ache that won’t let up. Tingling fingers and toes. Nerve pain comes in various forms and can be debilitating in many ways—depression, anxiety, and infections, for example.

Our bodies contain billions of nerves that send billions of messages to our brains

Poor Circulation Is Nothing to Ignore

Poor Circulation Is Nothing to Ignore

Do you feel like your hands or feet are on “pins and needles”? That’s one of the most commonly described symptoms of poor circulation. If you think you’re battling poor circulation, it’s wise to get a diagnosis; it could be a symptom of a much more serious disease—including peripheral artery

How to Cure Sleep Apnea: 4 Non-CPAP Remedies

How to Cure Sleep Apnea: 4 Non-CPAP Remedies

Untreated or poorly treated sleep apnea leaves you tired all the time and suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness and other sleep apnea symptoms. Use of the continuous positive airway pressure device or CPAP mask has been the gold standard of cures for sleep apnea over the past 25 years. But

Over-the-Counter Anxiety Medication: Does It Work?

Over-the-Counter Anxiety Medication: Does It Work?

If you’ve been stressed out and searching for over-the-counter anxiety medication, you might consider taking a detour in search of natural solutions. Specifically, check out the alternative and natural remedy section of any pharmacy or health food store and you’re bound to find a pile of options for stress and

The Multiple Forms of Hypertension

The Multiple Forms of Hypertension

When you consider blood pressure, it’s important to keep in mind that not all hypertension is the same. Medical experts recognize several types of high blood pressure, each with different etiologies.
Essential Hypertension
Accounting for about 90 percent of all high blood pressure, essential, or primary, hypertension has no single identifiable cause.

GERD: Heartburn is Just One Symptom of This Condition

GERD: Heartburn is Just One Symptom of This Condition

What most people commonly know as “heartburn” is a symptom of Gastrointestinal Esophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD. Heartburn—a sharp, burning feeling in the chest—can be an occasional problem that doesn’t require anything more than symptom relief with an over-the-counter (OTC) antacid. But if heartburn becomes a persistent problem, it could

The 4 Heart Problem Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

The 4 Heart Problem Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., so it’s important that you can recognize the signs of a heart problem. Symptoms of heart disease, also called coronary artery disease (CAD), abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), and heart failure sometimes overlap. But if you’re at risk for any

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