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Gift Ideas to Help Manage Chronic Pain

Holiday shopping can be stressful when you don't know what to buy, especially when you want to give something thoughtful and useful. It gets even trickier when it comes to buying the perfect gift for someone who suffers from chronic pain. Instead of picking up a box of chocolates or bath products from your local…

Sciatic pain: causes and treatment options

If you experience pain in your lower back, hips, or buttocks that burns or tingles down your leg, you may have sciatica. This common type of pain affects the sciatic nerve, a large nerve extending from the lower back down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of the lower body, and for some, the…

Manage Your Pain During the Holidays

It's the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most stressful. The holiday season is filled with plans that include shopping, parties, traveling, and more. Most of these things are fun to look forward to, but when you struggle with chronic pain, it can impact your ability to do them….

Foods That Help Fight Inflammation

Many people believe that food is medicine. In lieu of, or in addition to, prescriptions and over-the-counter remedies, certain foods can help fight the inflammation in your body that's causing you problems. Everything from acne and allergies to autoimmune issues and joint pain has been linked to chronic inflammation. Keep these powerhouse foods in mind to help…

Yoga Poses that help Relieve Chronic Pain

Yoga is an ancient mind-body practice that combines postures, breathing, and meditation. Research suggests that by practicing certain poses, you can relieve chronic pain. Most pain has its roots in a physical injury or illness but is sustained by how the initial trauma changes the mind-body relationship. Whether you practice alone or join a class, here are…

Autoimmune-Related Diseases

Autoimmune diseases occur when there is an abnormal immune response to a normal body part. When there is over activity, the body attacks and damages its own tissues. There are at least 80 types of autoimmune diseases including multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and Graves' disease, among others. These diseases are characterized by…

Living with Fibromyalgia

When debilitating pain and unexplained fatigue take over, it can be exhausting, both physically and emotionally. Fibromyalgia is a complex pain disorder characterized by chronic widespread pain, multiple tender points, abnormal pain processing, sleep disturbances, fatigue, and often psychological distress. If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it's important to manage your pain and be empowered by…

Trigeminal Neuralgia Facial Pain

Trigemial neuralgia is a chronic condition that can be extremely painful. The condition affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain. If you have trigeminal neuralgia, everyday tasks such as brushing your teeth and washing your face may trigger a jolt of acute pain. Living with this condition can be difficult,…

She Doesn’t Leave Home Without It

Vickie Cotten retired from her position at First Baptist Child Development Center in Spring Lake, North Carolina, after working there for 19 years. She enjoyed working with the 3-year-olds and in administration, but in April 2012, she started to have problems with her breast and noticed a lump shortly after. Vickie was diagnosed with stage 3…

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