severe pain

“Threw Out My Back!” What Can You Do About It?

No one seems to know how the phrase “throwing your back out” originated, but almost everyone knows what it means: You’ve injured your back and it really hurts. When you yell out "threw out my back!” you’ll know the pain immediately. There will be a sharp, severe pain, usually in … Read More

10 Possible Foods That Cause Kidney Stones

If you're looking to control kidney stones, it's important to look to your diet. There are several foods that cause kidney stones. Several foods are known to contribute to their development. Top Foods That Cause Kidney Stones Beets Tea Spinach Rhubarb Animal protein Nuts Wheat bran Too much sodium Chocolate … Read More

Is Twitching While Sleeping a Problem?

The clinical term for a sudden, involuntary muscle contraction at any time is myoclonus (see "Types of Myoclonus" sidebar below). Twitching while sleeping is called sleep myoclonus. It may be so mild that you and your bed partner are unaware it’s happening. But it can also be a big enough … Read More

Bristol Stool Chart: What It Can Tell You About Your Health

Do you use the Bristol Stool Chart?’ The Bristol Stool Chart is a human-poop evaluation guide developed at the British Royal Infirmary in 1997. It can help you determine if your feces are normal. The Bristol Stool Chart—also called the Bristol Stool Scale—s widely used in clinical settings, especially with … Read More

Manage Lower Back Pain At Home

“What can I do to at home to manage back pain?”  The easy answer to this question is to stay active. Slow and steady wins the race, and the same is true in dealing with low back pain. Take it one step at a time whether you’re eager to get … Read More

Managing Shingles ­Naturally

Shingles—officially known as herpes zoster—is an infection of a nerve and the area of skin supplied by the nerve. It is caused by the varicella zoster virus, a virus in the herpes family that also causes chickenpox. After a person has chickenpox, some virus particles remain inactive in the nerve … Read More

Foot and Ankle Pain: Common Causes and How to Manage

Your feet and ankles can attract a frightening array of diseases, and they can develop almost as many painful non-disease conditions. However, one of the most common causes of foot pain is not a disease, a deformity, or an injury. It’s shoes: those that are too tight or too loose, … Read More

Pus: An Unmistakable Sign of Infection

You had a fall and suffered the tell-tale scrape on your knee. Within a week, it’s filled in with green pus. Don’t worry, there’s no alien at play here. Pus is a sign that your body’s defense system has kicked in. All you need to do is figure out what … Read More

Arthritis: Making the Diagnosis

Once your medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic tests have been evaluated, your medical provider may diagnose you with one of the following types of arthritis. It also is possible that you may be diagnosed with a multisystem disorder. Degenerative Arthritis OA is the main cause of degenerative arthritis. It … Read More

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 … Read More

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