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Manage Your Pain during the Holiday Season

Debra Murray

    Most of us are aware that stress is a big contributor to chronic pain, and many people live with constant discomfort on a daily basis. Stress and pain can be elevated during the holiday season due to various factors. Juggling demands, shopping in crowded locations, accommodating relatives and attending parties can all result in anxiety that aggravates a persistent condition.    Tension    A contributing factor to holiday stress and pain is tension. This may include tension in the back, neck, shoulders or legs. While some people may only suffer with slight discomfort or headache, others experience severe body aches...

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Health Warning: Dangers of Adhesive Capsulitis or Frozen Shoulder

Debra Murray

  An Incredibly Painful Condition    If you are feeling intense pain in the shoulder joint and muscles, you may have adhesive capsulitis. Most people refer to this medical condition as frozen shoulder because it is extremely difficult to move an arm. The condition is incredibly painful to deal with because it makes performing everyday tasks nearly impossible. Individuals are often unable to move the shoulder enough to dress themselves, prepare meals or drive an automobile. The discomfort in the frozen shoulder increases at night and in colder temperatures making it difficult for individuals to sleep. Occasionally, the muscles, ligaments and tendons...

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Did You Know: Arthritis Related Fibromyalgia?

Debra Murray

  Fibromyalgia has been a poorly understood disorder for many years that is typified by moderate to intense pain with seemingly no origin. Many doctors will diagnose a patient with fibromyalgia if he or she has consistent complaints of chronic pain and the doctor can neither locate a cause nor a cure. In recent years, many physicians have begun to suspect that fibromyalgia is actually arthritis, and can thus be treated by arthritis remedies. In fact, the National Arthritis Foundation lists fibromyalgia as one of the over 100 types of arthritis. It is considered an arthritis related syndrome.    Fibromyalgia Diagnosed More in Women  Fibromyalgia...

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How to Achieve Pain Relief Without Prescription Drugs

Debra Murray

There are several reasons that prescription pain medicine should be avoided whenever possible. First of all, it is highly addicting. Many people get hooked on it after they innocently take it as their doctor suggests. Also, this type of medication gets processed through the liver, which can get damaged over time from it. And lastly, it is easy to build up a tolerance to pain medications. Those who use them are often forced to take higher doses of them or switch to stronger types of pain medications, since they don't work as well anymore. Because of these reasons, many doctors recommend that...

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Simple Health Tips for Managing Pain While Traveling

Debra Murray

  The effects of flying and driving for long hours can make anyone feel stiff and sore. Back pain is the most prevalent problem for many travelers. Traveling can especially be a pain if you already have circulation problems, back pain or arthritis. If you take the time to consider these basic travel tips before disembarking on your next long journey you can minimize those aches and pains by a marginal amount.   Only Use Shoes That You Know You Can Rely On Comfortable shoes are vital for people who are flying. It's tempting to go for the cute or...

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Breaking Health News on Arthritis

Debra Murray

Are Galectins a New Target for Reducing Arthritis Joint Pain?  Pain is the most common complaint of arthritis sufferers and the primary reason they seek medical treatment or therapy. Pain can dominate the experience of arthritis sufferers often making daily tasks difficult. Many physicians believe that pain control should be the primary goal of medical interventions. Most of this pain arises from inflammation of the joints.   Inflammation is a normal process by which the body gets rid of bad bacteria and repairs the damage caused by physical injuries. The immune cells are key components of this process and therefore...

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