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  • What Causes Sharp Lower Back Pain?

    What Causes Sharp Lower Back Pain?

    Severe pain in your lower back typically occurs due to a problem in your spine or hip but may also originate from your internal organs. This blog provides a guide to the accompanying symptoms and potential causes of acute, severe lower back pain.
    Range of Symptoms That May Accompany Sharp Pain in the Lower Back - Acute pain in your lower back may be limited to one or both sides. You may also feel that the pain originates from a particular spot on the left or right side of your lower back. Sharp lower back pain typically includes one or more of the following symptoms and characteristics...

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  • How to Let People In When You Have Chronic Pain

    How to Let People In When You Have Chronic Pain

    When someone is in pain, their whole family is impacted. I was reminded of this truth recently as visitors approached my booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. I was struck by how many people were stopping by my booth on behalf of somebody in their lives who was having a difficult time with chronic pain. The most memorable was when a brother and sister, probably about 5 and 6 years old, dragged their mom over to talk to me about their grandfather, who was struggling with neck pain.

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  • The Dangers of Opioids and Safer Chronic Pain Management Options

    The Dangers of Opioids and Safer Chronic Pain Management Options

    To truly understand the dangers of opioids we need to understand what opioids are. Are opioids more dangerous than they are effective? And what are the alternatives? If you’re someone who suffers from chronic pain, it’s likely that you’ve thought of every potential avenue to ease your suffering. But there are a few pain relief avenues that can cause more harm than good, and opioids are one such example. Opioids can be prescribed by a doctor to treat chronic pain caused by a wide array of things like arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, sports injuries, migraines, and more. They’re highly effective but equally as dangerous.

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  • How Long Does Sciatica Last?

    How Long Does Sciatica Last?

    The duration of sciatica typically depends on the type and severity of the underlying problem. While sciatica usually resolves within a few weeks, certain medical conditions can cause your symptoms to last up to two years. Read on to learn about the common causes of sciatica, when your symptoms may continue to persist, and common treatments and tips to help prevent your back and leg pain from recurring or flaring.

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  • How Past Trauma Can Affect How You Experience Pain

    How Past Trauma Can Affect How You Experience Pain

    Our experience of pain can have a lot to do with our past – especially when our past includes trauma. Research is showing us that the severity of a pain problem, even including levels of physical disability, can be influenced by traumatic events from earlier in life without us even knowing it. In fact, studies on this subject have found that the presence of past trauma was associated with a two-fold to three-fold increase in the subsequent development of chronic widespread pain, and reports of abuse in childhood were associated with as much as a 97% increase in risk for chronic pain in adulthood.

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  • Finding Pain Relief Through Visualization & Guided Imagery

    Finding Pain Relief Through Visualization & Guided Imagery

    Guided imagery and visualization practices are one of the most powerful ways to find relief from persistent pain. Imagine you are a ballet dancer. You are lean, toned, strong, and graceful. Your daily life consists of hours of technique training, pointe classes, stretching and conditioning, rehearsals, and performances. You are a member of the corps de ballet and you want to be promoted to a principal dancer. As the day of the performance draws closer, you spend half an hour visualizing yourself dancing the elegant movements required of your career each morning.

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  • Does Sciatica Cause Knee Pain?

    Does Sciatica Cause Knee Pain?

    Knee pain that cannot be traced back to a physical injury may be caused by a problem in your lower back. The muscles around your knees are powered by nerves that originate in your lower spine. Irritation or compression of these nerves at their spinal origin causes symptoms, commonly known as sciatica, which may include knee pain and/or weakness. Read on to learn about how knee pain may feel in the sciatica as well as common examples of lower back and other conditions that mimic sciatica pain in the knee.

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  • Improving Your Life While Dealing with Fatigue

    Improving Your Life While Dealing with Fatigue

    You don’t need to “run a marathon” or do anything strenuous to feel super fatigued. Even after a good night’s sleep, you can wake up feeling very tired and heavy, like you were run over by a truck. It can force you to cancel or reschedule your plans and stay in bed all day. It’s frustrating at times when the people around you don’t understand what fatigue feels like. Or even worse, when they think they understand and try to relate to you and say: “I know, I feel like that sometimes, too,” or “Just sit down for a little bit, you’ll be fine,” or “Did you sleep last night?” And when you explain to them, they still don’t get it.

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  • Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Pain

    Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Pain

    What is mindfulness meditation and how can it help to relieve chronic pain? Emotions, thoughts, and perspectives can all have an impact on the way we experience pain. Non-pharmacological interventions such as mindfulness are becoming more widely researched and are viable alternatives or adjunctive therapies for individuals living with chronic pain. Mindfulness-based approaches have been found to positively impact individuals with various pain conditions in terms of decreasing pain, improving quality of life, functioning, and pain acceptance.

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  • Understanding the Causes of Tailbone Pain

    Understanding the Causes of Tailbone Pain

    Coccydynia, commonly called tailbone pain refers to persistent pain at the very bottom of your spine. You may develop this pain after direct trauma or spontaneously without a specific inciting factor. The pain typically lasts for weeks to months and can become debilitating. This blog outlines all you need to know about your tailbone (coccyx), including the specific causes, symptoms, and treatments for tailbone pain.

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