When to Say When - Pain from injury, accident, or illness can happen to anyone at any time. You can do several things at home to feel better. But go to a doctor if it suddenly gets worse or changes -- especially if there’s tingling, numbness, or burning -- or if nothing you try makes you feel better.
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Fear and pain are closely related. The more you fear pain, the worse the pain gets. Learn how eliminating fear can help to relieve real physical pain. Chronic pain tends to have an element of fear attached to it because its unpredictability and inherent unpleasantness have taught us to be wary. The greater the fear, the more our brain and bodywork to keep us in ‘fight or flight mode. This saps our body of healing resources, directing our energy for combat or evasion against possible threats instead. We become hypervigilant, and start to pay extra attention to bodily sensations, especially painful ones.
Lumbar radiculopathy, commonly called sciatica, is a term that describes symptoms of pain, numbness, and/or weakness that originate in the lower back and radiate along the sciatic nerve into the buttock, thigh, and leg, sometimes including the foot. Sciatica is uncommon in pregnancy and usually does not occur as a result of the growing fetus or bodily changes that take place at the time. However, the symptoms may be experienced due to other underlying medical conditions.
Most Common Cause of Heel Pain Do your feet hurt when you take those first steps in the morning? Does the sharp pain come back after you sit or stand for a while? You could have plantar fasciitis -- and if so, it’s a good idea to treat it ASAP. If you ignore it, it can change the way you walk and lead to knee, hip, and back problems.
The importance of journaling is mostly underrated. Learn more about journaling and how it can be used to assist in managing chronic pain.
What is Journaling? Journaling is one method you can use to take stock of your thoughts and feelings. This usually comes with the intention of working through them in a positive direction. Like meditation, it is a mindfulness-oriented intervention. When used correctly, it can be a therapeutic treatment that fosters awareness and acceptance.
The burning pain and heaviness that you feel in your leg from sciatica can be debilitating. While sciatica symptoms typically resolve without the need for intense medical treatment, it may take over a month for the pain to subside, limiting your ability to perform daily activities. Several self-care methods can be tried at home to relieve sciatica. While some treatments help provide temporary relief irrespective of your medical diagnosis, others target the underlying cause directly relieving the symptoms and preventing future recurrences. This blog provides insights on several such at-home remedies for sciatica pain.
When You Ache All Over - Muscle pain that affects a small part of your body is usually caused by overuse -- sore arms from lifting boxes all day, for example. Or it could be a minor injury, like a bruised shoulder after a fall. But when you ache all over your body, it’s more likely caused by an infection, illness, or medicine you’ve taken.
What does our brain really tell us about chronic pain and how can we use that information to combat pain more effectively than traditional treatments? As many pain sufferers know, pain is not only physiological but also psychological. Symptoms overlap. The same symptoms can even have different causes. This all makes pain difficult to study, diagnose, and treat. In recent years, however, there have been significant innovations in brain imaging, known as neuroimaging.
If you have sciatica, the burning, tingling, or stabbing pain that radiates from your lower back down through your leg is an uncomfortable annoyance that often prevents a good night’s sleep. A little-known method to relieve this pain while lying down is to use pillows in specific ways. Read on to learn more.
Your Shoulder - It’s not just a simple joint, it’s a complex structure of muscles and tendons (which hold your muscles to your bones). It lets you scratch your back, drive your car, or get something off a shelf. But all those moving parts mean things can go wrong, which is why so many people have shoulder problems at some point.
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