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Chronic pain is something that no one should experience and yet various forms of ongoing persistent pain is not uncommon. 

The American Academy of Pain Management offers statistics that more than 50 million Americans have chronic pain.

It hinders your ability to work, and can result in a lower quality of life.

What is the definition of pain? According to medical experts, it is an unpleasant emotional and sensory experience. It is oftentimes associated with damaged body tissues. Pain is a personal experience and it varies from one individual to another.

Pain management is a discipline used by medical professionals today in order to cope with pain. Trained physicians can help patients suffering from acute, chronic, and progressive pain in eliminating the unpleasant experience.

Trauma can lead to acute pain. It is reversible but there is a need to correct any underlying problem. Chronic pain is caused by certain conditions that can’t be easily diagnosed.

In this case, it will be quite difficult to reverse it; typical examples are referred pain, neuropathy, and cancer.

If you’re suffering from such conditions, pain management is introduced individually to meet the varying needs of the sufferer.

Pain is already a symptom of the disease so it would be impossible to remove it at once.

Pain management is a multi disciplinary approach used by only qualified professionals. The approach is a combination of interventional procedures, narcotics, and analgesics.

Aside from that, the approach also involves cognitive therapy and biofeedback, also known as psychological measures.

Practitioners of pain management are considered experts in their own medical field.

Medical professionals who practice pain management include psychiatrists, neurologists, anesthesiologists, and physiatrists.

These individuals are experts in handling pain, whether in the use of drugs and in other interventional measures.

Nurses and doctors give particular attention to pain management because it is a major area in the medical field.

When treating various kinds of diseases, pain management is already part of the treatment program especially in the case of serious accidents, tumors, and cancer.

With the help of the doctors, nurses, and other concerned personnel, the patient will better understand his or her condition.

If they know what they are dealing with, it will be easier to address the pain problem.

Pain is not always physical. Some individuals tend to suffer from emotional pain. It is vital that pain sufferers consult the appropriate medical expert.

In most cases, referrals are being utilized. If a certain medical practitioner can’t handle the pain problem, the patient will be referred to the appropriate pain management expert.

Not all patients are willing to take drugs and other interventional measures provided by medical experts.

Some say that they don’t want to experience the side effects of such drugs or medications.

For those individuals who are tired of using conventional medicines to handle pain, they can turn to alternative pain relief and pain management tools.

What are these alternative pain management approaches? They include yoga, Reiki, herbs, and other natural means of relieving pain.

If you want to opt for these pain management approaches, it would be best to consult the experts and experienced individuals.

In the case of herbs, you can search the internet for local herbalists to help you with the herbal preparations.

If you want to learn more about yoga or Reiki, you should contact the yoga practitioners in your area.

Learning from the experts will ensure your safety and the effectiveness of such approach.

There are also online resources that can help you finding videos, CDs or DVDs on meditation techniques.

Pain relief can be addressed using conventional medicine but the pain sufferer can also opt for the alternative methods. It’s a good thing that people today can choose the best treatment that suits their needs.

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Signs & Symptoms of chronic pain

You have chronic pain yet you just can’t explain it. Your doctor can’t find it and yet it’s very real to you. You’ve probably been told that your pain is a Somatoform Disorder.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) a somatoform disorder means that your pain symptoms are physical but don’t have any connection to a general medical condition.

So is the pain real? The answer is yes and no. When there is no medical reason found to cause the pain, then pain disorder or somatoform disorder is considered to be emotionally triggered - and yes, psychological pain hurts plenty.

Some of the symptoms of pain disorder are:

• Increased pain with no physical cause found
• Extreme fatigue
• Insomnia
• Depression or anxiety
• Reduced activity or work
• Feeling helpless to control the pain
• Disruption of work, school, social relationships

Types of chronic pain

Whether suffering from Fibromyalgia Arthritis or some kind of Sports Injury, pain from the inflammatory response finds us and can make life absolutely miserable.

Below are just a very few of the most common sources of chronic pain that you may be experiencing:

Children: Growing pain is part and parcel of the growing phase in a child’s life. When the child stops growing so will the growing pain and when adolescence is reached, they disappear completely.

Growing pain can occur between three to five years or eight to twelve years of age. Growing pains are usually experienced in the legs usually in the calves, in the area in front of thighs and behind the knees. The pain starts either in the afternoon or night, just before bedtime.

The child can go to bed pain free, but can wake up in the middle of the night complaining of throbbing pain in the legs. But the good part is that these pains vanish by morning. About twenty five to forty percent of the children are known to experience growing pain.

Growing pains are experienced in the muscle region and not around the bones or joints. One of the major reasons of getting growing pains is because of the strenuous activities of the kids during the day. All the jumping around, running and climbing make the muscles tired. But no evidence has been collected which can prove that the growing pain is caused by bone growth.

Growing pains are also known to be caused by spurt of growth. This happens because the tendons or the muscles are too tight and do not synchronize with the growing of the bones. As a results muscle spasms are caused which last for less than fifteen minutes. The child usually gets pain in both the legs and not just one.

And usually, growing pains do not get accompanied with redness, swelling or fever. The pain should be over by morning and if it is still persisting after the awakening of the kid, the problem could be related to something else and more serious.

Arthritis:

Rheumatoid Arthritis isn’t just a garden variety pain - it’s an autoimmune disorder whose cause isn’t known. What is known is that Rheumatoid Arthritis can lead to permanent disability at any age.

You may think of arthritis as a disease of older people, but Rheumatoid Arthritis is found in younger adults and even in children.

According to medical experts, when you have arthritis, you’re likely to suffer other diseases. People who have arthritis often feel joint pains because it is accompanied by inflammation. Arthralgia is the medical term for the joint pain.

There are over 40 million arthritis sufferers in the United States and they are all continuously looking for effective pain relief. The disease is considered debilitating because sufferers can hardly stand the inflammation and pain.

Arthritis can affect different parts of your body but in most cases, the pain and inflammation occurs on the – tendinitis, fibromyalgia, sclerodermal, and joint types or articular.

Tendinitis aims at the tendons; Sclerodermal refers to the thickening of the connective tissue and skin; when the muscles become tender and sore especially when touched, it is called fibromyalgia; and the articular refers to lupus or gout and it can be really painful.

You can’t really tell when arthritis is going to hit you; whether you’re young or old, you can suffer from arthritis. At present, a majority of arthritis sufferers have Osteo-Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

People who have these conditions feel persistent back and joint pains. The causes of Osteo-arthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis are different, as well as the effects and risk factors. If you’re also suffering from the same symptoms, you can choose among the different pain relief devices, drugs, and products sold in the market.

In the US, Osteo-arthritis affects more or less 21 million individuals in different age ranges. If you have this condition, it’s natural to have swollen limbs. Your joint cartilage is affected and it also results to stiffness.

The condition is commonly called OA and it can affect different body parts like the spine, hips, knees, and fingers. Other parts like the ankles, shoulders, elbows, and wrists can also be affected but this seldom happens.

According to medical experts, these parts are subject to OA if there is a history of unusual stress or injury. Physical trauma and repetitive injury during early age can also cause OA.

The common OA symptoms are intermittent or steady joint pain, stiffness especially an inactive period, tenderness or swelling of a joint/joints, and crunchy feeling when you use your joints.

The only way to determine if you have OA is through an x-ray test. If the symptoms are already present, the doctor will request an x-ray test.

The x-ray results will reveal the cartilage deformation as well as the tissues around it. Joint Aspiration can also be performed by a qualified doctor. A synovial fluid will be taken from your affected joints with the use of a tiny needle.

Rheumatoid arthritis is another dreaded condition because it is characterized by chronic and progressive pain of the joints. The synovial tissues tend to increase in size and this is called hyperplasia.

This condition provokes bone and cartilage destruction. Damaged cells will eventually die and it also promotes abnormal growth of the surrounding tissues.

There is a full page of content about arthritis and its best natural nutritional remedies and pain management here: Arthritis

And here Rheumatoid arthritis

Back Pain:

Do you feel like there’s a knife in your back due to stabbing pains in your spine? Is it hard to sit or stand and you can’t seem to find a comfortable way to get to sleep? Back pain is one of the most common complaints that doctors hear about.

Sometimes you know the reason for the back pain – a simple straining lifting something heavy, an injury due to playing sports, an auto accident or maybe even a work related injury. Other times you have no idea what you did or didn’t do to ignite the pain.

When the back muscles are overused or wrongly used, you can feel pain for a few days and then you might notice an improvement.

If the back pain doesn’t go away after a few days with rest and over the counter pain relievers, then you need to seek medical pain management help. You may have a more serious problem that can result in chronic pain.

You can learn more about the causes and pain management remedies here for : Back Pain

Gout:

Historically, gout was a disease that was associated with rich, old people. In fact it was a disease of royalty - the only people who could afford to eat fatty, over stuffed foods. While there’s some truth to the type of foods contributing to the problem, gout can happen to anyone at any age.

Gout is actually a type of arthritis. The pain is an inflammation that occurs when crystal deposits from inside connective tissue and impedes the joint function. These crystals are made from uric acid.

Your body makes uric acid from purines in certain foods. Most of the uric acid is eliminated from the body. But when the body makes too much uric acid, it gathers in the joints and causes serious problems.

A gout attack starts with tenderness, warmth and sudden pain in the joint of the big toe. That’s a classic sign of gout, although pain can happen in the ankles, knees, wrists or fingers.

The affected joint also looks red and feels hot to the touch. The initial gout attack may last a few days, but with each new attack, it lasts longer and the pain is more severe.

Toothache

You can learn more about toothache and how to treat that pain here:

Toothache & Dental Diseases

Importantly, you need to see a dentist immediately if a gum or tooth pain becomes chronic as it can be very dangerous for your overall health to leave dental diseases untreated.

If you have chronic pain from your gallbladder you need to learn more about how to deal with it: Gallstones

Chronic headaches and migraines need to be managed with professional care, learn more here: Headache and here:

Migraine

RSI and Painful leg muscles can be helped with the information on this page: resltless leg syndrome & painful legs

Shingles opens up a whole new world of pain for people! Learn more about the treatment of this chronic neuralgia pain here: Shingles

Prevention - Relief for Chronic Pain Naturally:

It’s natural for the body to look for pain relief when it is in pain or when it’s not functioning properly. All the techniques to relieve pain are based on the philosophy that in order to be an effective pain relief tool, it should be able to manipulate the body.

Getting a massage every now and then can really make you feel good and be an effective pain management tool. But do you really think that if you force ‘pain relievers’ to your life, you will feel better?

Well, you’re wrong. There is no need to force the pain relief techniques. If you can manipulate the therapies or techniques to relieve pain, you can expect better results.

People are already used to ‘doing’ something in order to achieve a certain goal. By doing so, people are stressed out which brings about chronic pain. It is very easy for people to forget that they are just human beings.

Try to observe nature. What do you see? You can see birds flying, trees swaying, wind blowing, and plants growing all over the fields. As you may have noticed, these things happen naturally and no force is required.

According to studies, people who suffer from chronic pain should forget about ‘doing’ something about the pain. So what can you do?

You can try relaxation and meditation. However, you might find it difficult to do this especially when you’re feeling excessive pain.

In every therapeutic or meditation process, it is vital for you to relax. To some individuals, the pain will become more evident when they are in a relaxed state.

Try to find a position where joints are centered and your voluntary muscles are disengaged. Quiet your mind; don’t think about the pain. Feel the stillness around you. Soon you will realize that your body is no longer in pain.

This idea may seem ridiculous since people are already used to ‘doing’. However, if you try it now, you will not lose anything. So what are you waiting for? If you’re suffering from chronic pain, find a comfortable position where you can relax.

It would be best to do this at home. Lie comfortably and put your body at rest. Forget about everything and empty your mind of thoughts. Try to feel the silence and stillness. Think positively so that your brain will not think of the pain.

Before you even think that this technique is not effective, try it out yourself. By the time you’ve finished this technique, you will notice that the pain is going away.

Don’t expect immediate results. It may take some time especially if you’ve been suffering from chronic pain for a several years now. Just try to be patient because your efforts will be rewarded and there are no costs involved.

Preventing Back Pain:

Back pain may also be a warning sign that you need to change your ways. Don’t bend over and pick up your child or a heavy object without first bending your knees, and then lifting.

Improper lifting is a leading cause of back pain and disc damage. Your body may also be trying to tell you to sit up straight and stop slouching in your desk chair at work. Another message from back pain is that your mattress is too soft or too hard to promote comfortable sleep.

If the mattress is too hard, you can add a down-filled or egg crate-cushioned top to the mattress. A too soft mattress probably needs to be replaced also if it doesn’t support your back.

When back pain strikes, you need to limit strenuous activities and get extra rest. You might try an ice pack or heating pad, depending on which provides the most pain relief. Women need to trade heels for flats or at least wear lower heels.

Those stiletto heels that are all the fad are practically a business builder for neurosurgeons when you consider how much damage long term wear will do to some women.

Choose to sit in a chair with a firm, straight back. Stay away from over-stuffed chairs or sofas that you sink into. In your car, set your seat straight and move slightly closer to the steering wheel. You want to keep your knees bent to reduce the strain on your back muscles as you drive, particularly if you regularly drive long distances. If you’re driving a lot during the day, pull over to a safe location and get out to stretch.

When you’re sitting at your desk, get up frequently for stretch and movement breaks. Walking is a fantastic exercise for back problems. It’s much safer than running because at least one foot is in contact with the ground and there’s no strain on the knees from pounding the pavement as occurs with running.

If you have to stand for long periods or even long enough to do the ironing, place a short stool beside you. Alternately place one foot and then the other on the stool. Keep your back straight.

This is one way to reduce the negative impact of standing. Back pain makes you rethink how you do things and find ways to adapt that both reduces pain and prevents further damage.

Preventing Gout:

There’s plenty that you can do to prevent the next gout attack. First, moderate your diet. Start by limiting or eliminating high purine foods such as beef, pork, lamb and organ meats.

You also need to give up alcohol including beer. Some seafood is problematic for uric acid including anchovies, herring, mussels, codfish, sardines, scallops, haddock and trout. Second, add more gout preventative foods to your diet.

Use low fat dairy products which can actually help prevent gout. Increase your consumption of low-purine foods such as cereal, fruit, bread, grain, pasta, rice, olives, cheese, eggs, tomatoes and some green vegetables.

Third, lose excess weight and do all you can to improve muscle tone with moderate, regular exercise. You want to keep your body in the best shape possible. But you can’t go on a fad diet or high protein diet - that will cause more harm.


What Kind of Pain Should You Be Managing?

There are many conditions that cause pain. You might suffer from one – or a combination of many conditions, making your treatment more difficult – but not impossible.

Frequent headaches are the most common type of pain that men and women seek help for. They can affect you all over your head, just behind the eyes, or on one side of your head.

They can vary from a mild, dull feeling to a throbbing, blinding migraine. Some come and go in a flash – repaired before you even have a chance to take something for it. Others won’t go away, and then you’re stuck having to find relief in some form.

The first thing you want to do is see what’s causing your headache pain. Is it stress? Your nutrition? Do you only get it after physical exertion, or when you fail to get a good night’s sleep?  You might be able to manage your pain simply by making lifestyle changes.

Sometimes you have headache pain due to other medical conditions like a sinus infection – or something more serious like a blood clot or brain tumor. This isn’t usually the cause, but if your pain never ends, it’s time to make an appointment with your doctor.

Pregnancy pain is another common type of pain that people (women) seek relief for. There are many sharp, sudden or dull, lasting pains during pregnancy – and for a new expectant mother especially, this can be alarming.

Back pain affects millions of men and women – most often after the age of 30. It can be caused by a simple spasm or tenses up muscle - or something more serious like a ruptured disk or broken bone.

Sometimes it’s a symptom of another disease like Scoliosis, kidney stones, or Endometriosis. Even stress can cause back pain in a person’s body because you’re constantly tensed up during the day.

Like headaches, back pain can be mild and dull or sharp, intense and throbbing. Your best bet is to be proactive and strengthen your back to prevent injuries. Lose weight and exercise your core.

Back pain can come and go. Sometimes it will only last a day, or maybe 2-3 days. But for other people, it’s a never-ending chronic pain that has to be managed for a better quality of life.

Find a Pain Management Option That Fits Your Level of Pain

Have you ever been in a doctor’s office where they had a cute little pain chart for you to look at? No matter what your age, the doctor will point to the smiley face chart and ask what your pain level is.

The chart typically goes from a scale of 1 (no pain) to 10 (worst pain imaginable). The smiley face loses its smile as you go up the chart, until you see a red-faced icon with tears streaming down its face.

You need to first diagnose how bad your pain is. You don’t want to be getting surgery for a mild pain, and you don’t want to try treating yourself with a single dose of Aleve or Tylenol if you’ve just been hit by a car.

Frequency is an important part of your pain management strategy. Whichever option you choose, make sure that using it too often won’t actually hinder your ability to manage your pain.

Using headaches as an example, sometimes you can actually cause your own headaches because you overmedicate. Medication overuse headaches are technically known as an analgesic rebound headaches.

Track how often you use headache medicine. Is it more than twice a week? If so, you could be doing more harm than good by taking headache medicine. Not only can the frequency increase, but also the amount of pain that you have and the length it lasts. 

If this happens, you have to rely less on headache medicine and more on other pain management strategies. It might feel hard to do at first but then you’ll actually suffer less intense and less frequent headaches.

Non-interfering relief is important to consider when working on a pain management strategy. You’ll often see certain pain relievers with warnings, like you might get drowsy, you shouldn’t operate machinery (like a car), etc.

If you’re dealing with frequent or chronic pain, and you have to work and stay alert, you don’t want to be out of it 24/7. In fact, even if you’re home, you don’t want to sleep your life away, so find a management tool that lets you remain active and alert if possible.

Sometimes age will factor into the equation. You never want to give a young child or even a teen a dose of pain reliever that isn’t fitting for them. And even with elderly individuals, sometimes some medications aren’t suited for them – or they may interact with other medicines negatively, so you have to be careful.

Safety with other medical conditions is important. It’s not just the medications, it’s the conditions themselves. You need to make sure that if you have any kind of medical condition, you ask your doctor if a particular pain management medication is okay for you to take.

For example, let’s say you have asthma, ulcers, or a liver or kidney disorder. You might not want to take even a simple over the counter aspirin like Excedrin because it’s not good for people with those conditions.

When to seek Medical Advice:

Where do you go for help? Your physician will likely recommend a psychological consultation. But no one is saying that you’re crazy. If there’s an emotional connection to the pain, it needs to be addressed.

Treatment will probably start with psychotherapy to help you probe the causes of your pain and what you can do to manage it. Your therapy may be individual or group therapy and at some point your immediate family may be asked to join a session.

If the psychologist discovers that you’re severely depressed or anxious, you may receive a prescription for anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications.

These medications can be necessary to facilitate therapy. Relieving the depression or anxious mood can make a major improvement in the pain problem.

In the meantime with physician approval, you may use acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) to take the edge off your pain sensations. Be careful not to self medicate with alcohol or any other over the counter drugs. Never take pain pills from someone else.

Chronic pain, regardless of the cause, can make you feel down on yourself. In psychotherapy, you will build up your self-esteem and learn ways to deal with pain that are safe, effective and non-drug related.

You may not be able to cure the pain - but you can find better ways to live fully in spite of the pain disorder.

Medical Pain Management Sources

Aspirin, Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen are the most common pain relievers that you’re probably used to. You go to your local grocery store, pick up a bottle of Aleve or Tylenol, and you hope to rid yourself of the pain of a headache or even a mild aching back.

Prescription medications are the next step up. This is when a simple over the counter pill won’t help dull the edge of the pain you’re feeling. But the problem with these is, you usually eel drowsy and if you work and have to drive, it can cause problems by interfering with your daily routine.

Nerve blocking can be used as a solution because it’s not as invasive and risky as surgery is. This is when the doctor injects a medication directly into a spot where your nerves are causing pain to your body. It numbs the nerves so that you don’t have to feel pain in that area anymore.

Surgery is an option depending on what your type of pain is. If it’s a chronic condition and pain relievers that basically keep you sedated or drowsy aren’t an option, then you might want to consider this path.

Surgical treatment varies. Sometimes, a doctor can snip something (as in the case with a discectomy where a portion of a herniated disc is removed) and your pain is gone for good.

Other times, you may have to have something inserted into your body to help you manage pain. For example, back and neck pain might be managed with a pain pump or stimulator.

A pain pump delivers medication right to the source so that you don’t have to run to the doctor whenever you’re hurting. An electrical stimulator delivers electric impulses that help get rid of or minimize your pain.

Physical therapy can range from simple ice or heat packs to more individualized treatment where you’re working one on one with a specialist to help you regain normalcy in your life.

The trainer might have you do a variety of stretches, help you gain strength in certain areas of your body, and work with you to assist in making you more flexible.

Exercise is something your doctor might actually prescribe when you’re in pain. Again, back pain is a good example of this. There are stretches you can do on the floor to strengthen and stretch muscles without the need of a trainer.

Chiropractic therapy is perfect for those who are in pain due to a misalignment of your bones and muscles. This is a natural, non-medicated option for those seeking pain relief.

Psychiatric counseling is another thing your doctor might recommend. When you do suffer from an on-going pain issue, it can result in depression and anxiety – and that, in turn, adds to the severity of the pain.

It’s a vicious circle. Having a psychiatrist to unload your emotional stress to can help alleviate your pain to some degree, and help you to better manage it usig other therapies.

Pain Management Treatment/Therapy:

Taking anti-inflammatory medications is the most common pain management defense against chronic or acute pain. But new research shows if you want to add even more relief to your pain symptoms you can make some small changes to your diet.

Natural Pain Management Options

Meditation and hypnosis are relaxation methods that you might try to relieve your pain. Some people don’t realize the power that your mindset – your mood and stress levels – have over how much pain you’re in.

You might find that your pain goes from an 8 on the pain chart to a 5 or 6. This type of alternative pain therapy helps you get more mileage out of your other pain relief strategies.

Deep breathing can help. Prevention Magazine had an article about how deep breathing is commonly used in childbirth to alleviate pain – but it’s not just for women delivering a baby!

At the very least, deep breathing is an opportunity for you to learn how to make the pain matter less, and not focusing on it will naturally alleviate it to some degree.

Acupuncture is a holistic practice for dealing with many things – pain being one of them. It might sound like having small needles strategically placed in your body would increase pain, but it’s just the opposite.

You might even be able to manage your pain just through your nutrition choices. Caffeine, for example, has been known to contribute to headaches. Sometimes a lack of caffeine, like when you’re weaning yourself off of sodas, can cause a headache.

There are also fun ways to manage pain that have proven effective. These are off-the-wall pain relievers that you may not have considered.

They include:

·       Looking at pictures of loved ones

·       Shouting words (swear words for some, not for others)

·       Smelling an apple – green in particular

·       Socialization with friends

·       Listening to music

No one should have to live in a state of pain. Even infrequent bouts can cause many people to have increased anxiety and stress.

Make sure you stay aware of the frequency and length of these episodes and talk to your doctor to see what kinds of options you have.

Remember that not all doctors think alike.

You may want to have a second or third opinion so that you get a well-rounded view of what you can do to manage and hopefully eliminate your pain for good.

Children growing pains:

If the pain is unbearable, the parent or caretaker should administer pain relieving medications which are available over the counter such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

Aspirin should not be given for pain management to children as they have a tendency to develop a very serious illness known as Reye Syndrome.

Heating pads can be placed on the region that is hurting to ease the pain. Massage can also be given by the parent or the child can do stretching exercise to help the muscles relax.

If the child develops fever, redness, swelling, tenderness, limitation in movement, or if the child limps while walking, the doctor should be approached.

Before that the parent can do a little diagnosis of the intensity of the pain by feeling around the area and observing the pain experienced by the child.

The pain shouldn’t be so intense that the child is abstained from normal routine such as walking, running or playing. The doctor conducts the diagnosis of exclusion to understand the problem.

According to this diagnosis, it is not made until all the conditions are checked before considering growing pains.

The doctor studies the child’s medical history and conducts a physical examination. In some serious cases, the doctor advices to go for X-ray or blood test before the final decision is made.

Children can prevent the growing pains by doing stretching exercises on a daily basis. The exercise need not be complex.

Even if the pain subsides, the exercise should be continued so as to keep the tendons and muscles relaxed and to adjust with the growth spurt.

Fluids, when taken in good quantity, decrease the cramping. For this reason, the child should be given tonic water or quinine before going to bed.


R.I.C.E. - Relief for Knee Pain

Have you ever had a knee injury? Knee injuries are quite painful and people suffering from such a condition will immediately look for effective pain relief. Your knees are one of the most important body parts.

If you encounter repetitive knee injuries or accidents, you should know about the various pain management techniques to support your condition.

When you encounter any injury or accident, you must attend to it at once. You can use this pain management technique which is more popularly known as RICE.

‘R’ stands for rest.

You need to take a rest after you’ve cleaned the wound or injury. Place your legs in a relaxing position.

‘I’ stands for ice. Put ice over your knees.

‘C’ is for compression and it is important when you have a knee accident.

‘E’ stands for elevation so don’t forget to elevate them as well.

A lot of pressure is exerted on the knees so you need to ensure that when you have a knee accident, the pressure is removed. Rest is vital if you want to relieve pain.

Don’t even try to put your knees at work. Blood flow should be slowed down and you can do this by placing ice over the affected area.

By doing so, you can reduce swelling. Get some bandage and put it over the injury. Don’t make it too tight.

The healing process is also promoted through elevation. Try elevating your knees and you will notice that there is less pain.

Repetitive injuries can cause progressive pain. You can get rid of the pain by taking pain relievers. Ointments and creams are also available without doctor’s prescription.

Again, don’t remove the bandages because it will help in stabilizing your knees. The discomfort is already part of the injury but you can still reduce it to moderate by taking medicines.

You will need immediate professional assistance once you meet a knee injury. Consult an orthopedic expert or a pharmacist so that you will know what to do.

Don’t take medicines without a doctor’s supervision because it might worsen your condition. The orthopedic physician can teach you effective exercises and methods that can ease the pain of the injury.

It may take a while before you can exert pressure on your knees again but it’s worth the wait; if you put your knees at rest, complete healing can come sooner. Always follow the doctor’s instructions and if you need to take medicines, take them on time and at the right dosage.

You can’t do your routine activities if have a knee injury so make sure that you recover from it as soon as possible. Thanks to the modern technology of today, there are now countless medicines (natural and conventional), techniques, and other procedures that can speed up healing.

Affected individuals should also be determined to get well. If you think positively and you’re doing everything to get rid of the pain, you will gain positive results.

Your brain tells you when you’re in pain and to some individuals it’s all in the mind. While you’re trying to recover from the injury, don’t think too much about the pain because it will only get worse.

Pain management can be simple, watch a movie, read a book, etc. but make sure that you maintain a resting position. If you don’t exert pressure on your knees, your knees will be in shape once more.


Pain Relief for Your Aching Muscles

Soft tissues are vulnerable to injuries, both chronic and acute. The best way to repair injured soft tissues is through hands-on approach. Consult a chiropractic doctor or an osteopath because they know how to manipulate the soft tissues and how to mobilize them. Aside from that, you can also try physical therapy and massage.

Individuals who haven’t tried Massage Therapy are hesitant to try such approach and they get really nervous. Well, you’re not the only person who’s anxious of getting a massage.

Oftentimes, patients tend to ask question like if they need to take off their clothes, if they should talk to the massager, or what they would do just in case they get uncomfortable. These are common questions that require immediate answers.

Firstly, you need to look for a massage therapist in your area. You can ask for referrals or you can check out the different massage parlors in your locality. Once you find a massage parlor, it’s now time to talk with the therapist.

You will be asked to provide some vital information about your health and your current health concerns. You see, the therapist needs to analyze your condition so that he or she can determine what techniques to use and what not to use. This is important to ensure your safety.

Aside from the personal questions, the therapist will also ask you about your preference when it comes to the actual therapy. The therapist will try to meet all your preferences to ensure comfort.

The most commonly used oils are lavender, cajeput, and tea tree oil but you will still be asked to choose scented oils. The reason why therapists prefer these oils is because they soothe inflammations and irritations.

The oils also desensitize and penetrate nerve endings, thereby giving pain relief. However, if the therapist doesn’t ask you, you can bring up your concerns and preferences.

The question of getting undressed is another consideration. Therapists prefer to work with a patient who doesn’t have clothes on because they can easily work on the different areas of the body.

However, if you’re uncomfortable in such setting, you can talk to your therapist about it.

Besides, you will not be asked to expose your whole body because you will use a drape. If you still want to wear clothes, make sure that you wear loose clothes so that the therapist can still work well on the affected areas of your body.

You will simply lie down on the massage table. Some tables have bolsters for more comfort. There are also times when you will be asked to move so that the therapist can better access the area being massaged. If the position makes you uncomfortable, tell the therapist at once.

During the therapy, you can talk to the therapist or you can remain silent. When changing positions, then there is a need to talk but after that, there is no need to converse with the therapist.

It is up to you to tell the therapist if you like a conversation during the therapy or if you prefer to be silent.

Don’t worry if your body is oily after the massage. The therapist will help you in removing them so that the oils will not stain your clothes.


Simple remedy for lower back pain:

Lower back pain starts with the muscles around the spine. When the muscles are weak or quite tight, you will feel pain. It is very important that you have good blood circulation as it can also bring about back pain.

Even when you’re in the office, you should stretch up a little. Don’t just sit down.

Try to move from time to time; stand up and stretch your arms. By doing so, you can reduce the tension on your lower back. When muscles are stretched and moved, it will not become too tight.

You need to lie down on the floor and under your knees, you need to put pillows. Bend your knees and feet. By doing this position, the weight is taken off from your back. If your back still hurts, you should lie down in this position. Try to walk from time to time to get those muscles moving.

If you feel muscle spasms, use heating pads. You can use it for 20-30 minutes. For additional relief, you can also try massages and ice packs.

Some individuals take non prescription medications like aspirin, naproxen, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and ketoprofen for pain management. These medicines can reduce swelling and pain.


Treatment for the pain of Gout:

You need a thorough medical evaluation for gout and will probably be given prescription medication. Be consistent in taking any prescription medications you take - even during times when you don’t have gout pain.

A gout attack can be triggered or worsened by stress, illness and alcohol use. Once the attack starts, you have to be extremely careful of foods and over the counter medications to avoid prolonging the attack.

Because the pain makes walking and standing so difficult, you have to reduce your activities during a gout attack. You can live a full life even with gout if you do all you can to prevent future occurrences.


Arthritis Pain Management:

Start with a nutritional consultation. You definitely need to make sure you’re eating a balanced diet with sufficient fish oils, antioxidants, zinc, selenium and Vitamins A-C-E.

These vitamins and minerals are believed to be essential in helping the body fight off the effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

If you’ve been eating foods high in animal fat, you need to drastically reduce those foods and replace them with coldwater fish for protein. Certain fruits like blueberries, blackberries and cherries are dense in flavonoids, which are also beneficial in supporting your immune system.

You can also experiment with alternative therapies. Hypnosis and visualization are widely used for all types of pain management.

Learning hypnosis or visualization gives you a sense of control and the ability to deal with pain without taking drugs.

You can apply these pain management techniques anywhere, anytime for relaxation and stress reduction. Just knowing there’s something you can do to reduce pain lets you feel some sense of control with a disease that seems so out of control.

Although movement can be painful, some movements like yoga are very helpful for living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Join a class or work individually with an experienced Yoga trainer who can show you the moves that are designed to improve the areas of your body where Rheumatoid Arthritis is most painful.

The gentle stretches of yoga improve joint flexibility. Still more effective alternative therapies are acupressure and massage. Scheduling weekly treatments is both therapeutic and relaxing.

Use Meditation for Chronic Pain Management:

Perhaps you’re already familiar with meditation. People who are suffering from pain can benefit greatly from mind and body medicine. Through centuries, meditation was used by people to achieve a relaxed state of mind and body.

It is truly an effective tool in relieving pain. Aside from relieving pain, meditation can also maintain your overall health and it helps in boosting the body’s resistance against diseases.

If you want to cope with pain, try meditation now. Meditation techniques are now being taught for pain management in some clinics all over the world. Stress is a very common cause of pain which can lead to headaches, eczema, arthritis, back pains, and other health conditions. Meditation can also work for almost anything especially if you do it right.

The body produces endorphins and this hormone is said to give humans a good feeling. It is also helps in alleviating stress and in reducing pain. Through meditation, the production of endorphins is enhanced so you will soon feel better.

When you’re meditating, your brain is in a coherent and synchronous state. Large quantities of endorphins are produced so you will feel good. You will be at peace. It’s easier to feel happy and connected to your body and mind.

Pleasurable experiences stimulate the brain and because of this fact, it will be easier to overcome pain and depression. Yoga meditation makes use of different techniques and you can choose only the ones you prefer.

Breathing is usually the initial step to achieve awareness. Breathing patterns are followed to provide body relaxation. When the breathing rate is slowed down, your body will also calm down and relax. If your body is relaxed, you will also feel less pain.

When meditating, you will also ponder on the realities of life and its ever changing concepts. You must be able to understand yourself in order to view things differently. When your perspectives are changed, you will also begin to deal with problems or pain effectively.

Inner peace is achieved and you will feel more in control of your life. Emotional transformation can improve your overall health and it helps in reducing physical symptoms and pain.

Pain and anxiety can also be effectively addressed through visualization techniques. You will simply imagine a relaxing and pleasant place or activity from your past. By doing so, you will feel calm and relaxed thereby reducing pain.

Through meditation, chi or prana flows through your body giving you more energy. Such energy can be directed to improve health conditions and relieve pain. Yoga meditation has its benefits and for centuries, people have already proved its efficacy. Learn the various yoga meditation techniques now and use it as a pain management or pain relief tool.

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TENs or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation

TENs works through your skin. In order to use it, you will put the patch on the skin area where you feel any pain. This conductive patch will serve as the entry point of the electrical impulses from the TENs machine.

Your brain tells you that you’re in pain. The electronic impulses from the machine block the sensory nerves of your body so that the pain signals cannot go to the brain.

If the pain signals are blocked, you will not feel any pain; thus, resulting to pain relief. The machine generates signals that aid in the release of ‘feel good’ hormones or endorphin.

Back pain is quite common and if you’re also suffering from it, you can try using the machine. According to a Swedish study, the machine really works. In fact, about 70% of workers were satisfied of the pain relieving results of the TENs.

The recent TENs kits already comes with an electrical probe which can help in stimulating the acupuncture points of your body. The machines always come with cautions so that users will know where to put the pads. For neck and head pain, you should follow the machine instructions so that you can determine the acupuncture points or the channels. Read the manual carefully so that you won’t encounter any problems.

For the machine to be effective, you should know how to position the electrode pads. If you’re suffering from joint or muscle pain, the pads should be positioned near the pain source.

For those suffering from nerve pain (sciatic), the pads should be placed over the sides of the spinal column and the leg’s top portion.

Consult your medical specialist and ask about the machine. There are lots of medical practitioners out there who encourage the use of TENs. They can help you in effectively using the equipment. Proper placement of the electrode pads is vital.

Always follow the guideline of the manufacturer so that you can get the best results. Keep in mind that the electrode pads should not be placed over the brain/neck/throat nerves, as well as near your eyes.

The machine allows users to control the electrical signals received by the body. You should always check for the settings of the machine. Muscle twitching is an indication that the control setting is too high. Make sure that you feel only tingling sensations when using the TENs.

Don’t use the machine without the supervision of a qualified medical professional. You see, not all pain conditions can be relieved by the machine.

Through expert help, you can determine if the TENs is the most suitable pain management / pain relief option for you. Ask your doctor now and if he or she recommends the use of the machine, you can always try it out.

Use Hypnosis for Pain Relief :

For many years now, hypnosis has and is still being used for different purposes. Did you know that it can also be an effective tool for pain relief?

Hypnosis is just another alternative method to rid your body of pain but you should not use it as a substitute for medical examinations. Pain can be eliminated using different hypnosis techniques. Is there really a connection between pain relief and hypnosis? Read on and you will find out.

You’re probably aware by now that your brain is responsible for telling your body that it is in pain. Hypnosis is a method that concentrates on the minds of its patients. Now, if hypnosis can tell your brain that there is no pain, then there is a possibility that you won’t feel any pain.

People tend to have different pain levels. For instance, mild irritation can be viewed by others as agony. Pain is not the same among individuals. What might seem very painful to you may be just slight pain to your friend.

Hypnosis works on your subconscious mind and it redirects the body’s pain indicators. Such pain indicators should not reach the brain because once it does, you will feel pain.

Giving birth is really painful. In some clinics and hospitals, women who give birth utilize hypnosis as a pain killer and it really works. However, hypnosis can only be performed by an experienced individual.

Although some patients may welcome it, there are still others who hesitate to try it. They fear that such technique won’t work and the pain will persist.

If you want to get rid of the pain you’re feeling, you should always think positive. Chronic pain can be very irritating as it affects your routine activities.

According to some studies, hypnosis can address chronic pain. Hypnosis sessions should be done regularly for better results.

Who can benefit from hypnosis as a pain relief method? Individuals suffering from hip pain, knee pain, arthritis, and chronic pain can turn to hypnosis for pain relief.

Even those patients who lost their limbs (i.e. arms and legs) can turn to hypnosis. Losing an arm or a leg is devastating. Even if the wounds are healed, the patient still feels pain. Hypnosis is an excellent tool to get rid of the pain.

It will also help the individual in accepting his present condition. Acceptance is important in getting rid of the pain. Again, it’s all in the mind.

If you tell your mind that everything’s fine and that it’s okay to have lost an arm/leg, the pain will gradually disappear; find a qualified individual who performs hypnosis in your area.

If you want, you can also ask how much it’s going to cost you. Oftentimes, the rate is per session of the hypnosis. If you can afford to pay for regular sessions, then you can start as soon as possible.

Pain receptors are quick but if a certain method or medicine can redirect it, the pain will surely be gone in no time. Search the internet now for professionals who practice hypnosis. There are lots of online resources that can help you out.

If you’re still unsure about this procedure, do a bit of research. By learning more about this effective procedure, you will have no second thoughts in trying it out.

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Pain Management Self Care strategies for Living with chronic pain

Living with chronic pain means changing the way you do things. You may have to let some household chores go or get help with them.

Cooking healthy foods is satisfying, but you may have to limit your four course Sunday dinners to a more reasonable option.

Trying to do too much and pushing yourself toward perfection is simply not worth the pain and stress. Learning to ask for help can be one of the most difficult aspects of living with chronic pain.

Massage – many years ago, ancient civilization was already using massage to get rid of certain body pains. Oriental traditions believe that at the center of the massager’s palm is an energy source that can immediately rid the patient of pain.

Its efficacy has long been proven. Have you ever heard about infant massage? Mothers are encouraged to give their babies infant massage to relieve muscular pains.

At present, massage therapy is already considered a profession. If you don’t want to take medicines, consider this an effective and affordable pain management option.

Acupuncture – this ancient science was first used in China. In this method, the acupuncturist inserts tiny needles to the ‘meridians’ found in the different parts of the body.

You can find a lot of information about acupuncture on magazines, newspapers, and on the internet. If you want to choose this option, make sure that you contact a real acupuncturist to ensure your safety. Get only the professional.

Herbs – herbs have healing wonders. Depending on the location and nature of the pain, there is always an appropriate herb that you can use. You can now find natural herbal supplements and preparations for ease of use. Minor pains can be effectively addressed using herbs.

Relaxation Therapy - you need to achieve deep relaxation of the mind and body. A therapy is now widely prescribed for pain management by some medical experts; examples are Reiki and Yoga.

Even if you plan to use these alternative pain management options, it is still important that you seek medical attention from a qualified professional. If you plan to turn to herbs, you need to consult an herbalist so that you can make the appropriate herbal preparations.

The other alternative pain management options also require professional attention so that you can ensure the efficacy and safety of such methods. It may take a while before you can see the effects but you need to be patient especially if you’re learning Reiki and Yoga.

If you exert a little effort in learning the alternative methods, you can achieve desirable results. For centuries, people relied on natural ways to relieve pain.

There is no harm in trying and if such alternative methods don’t work, you can always go back to using conventional medicine. Safety should always be your first consideration when using pain relievers.

Who would want to worsen their situation right? So what’s it going to be – massage, acupuncture, herbs, or relaxation therapy? Choose now and experience a different way to get rid of pain.

Diet change strategies to cope with chronic pain:

Research shows if you want to add even more relief to your pain symptoms you can make some small changes to your diet.

Natural products like cod liver, olive oil, and ginger act as pain relievers. These are renowned and affordable products which can relieve pain effectively.

Try them out now and see the pain relievers can also work for you. When you feel chronic and progressive joint pains, consult a doctor right away because you may be suffering from arthritis already.

It would be best to address your condition at an early stage to prevent the onset of undesirable effects of the disease.

Foods that have the greatest effect on the inflammatory process are fats. The predominant omega-6 fatty acids present in the American diet tend to promote inflammation while omega-3 fatty acids help to inhibit the inflammatory process.

The omega 6 to omega-3 ratio in the Western diet is a high 16:1.8 leading some researchers to say the typical Western diet is a pro-inflammatory diet.

No wonder we are in such pain! Even though omega-6 fatty acids are good for us and needed in the diet, we are eating far too many of them and not eating enough of the health-promoting omega-3's.

Omega-6 fatty acids are found in beef, pork, chicken, whole milk dairy products, egg yolks, vegetable and seed oils, and packaged convenience foods-all staples of the American diet.

The pain reducing Omega-3 fatty acids are found in cold water fish (salmon, mackerel, halibut, and tuna), ground flax seeds, canola oil, and walnuts and there are some very powerful supplements available.

There is one more fatty acid to throw into the mix and that is omega-9. Not as much of an attention getting fatty acid but just as important to know about.

These fatty acids are also involved in prohibiting the inflammation process bringing pain management & relief to its sufferers.

Omega-9's are found in olive oil, avocados, pecans, almonds, peanuts, cashews, sesame oil, pistachio nuts and macadamia nuts. All those nuts you thought were off limits, not anymore.

Just make sure you only eat 10 - 12 nuts for a serving size so you don't add to your waistline with these high calorie snacks.

Fruits and Vegetables - I wonder how long it will take us to realize they really are good for us.

The antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables play a role in decreasing damage by free radicals which to you and I means it prevents the initiation of the inflammatory response nipping it in the bud. What's the recommendation?

The same as it's always been, 5-8 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. It's not as tough as it seems. Black cherries are wonderful for arthritic pain management!

A serving size of fruit is the size of a tangerine or half of a banana while the serving size for vegetables is ½ cup cooked and 1 cup raw.

Add some berries to your cereal, some vegetable soup with lunch or sneak veggies into your scrambled eggs, add them wherever you can.

Although this doesn't count as a legitimate study, my mother, a long time arthritis sufferer decided to put some of these ideas into practice.

She decided to take 2 tbsp. of ground flax seeds per day which she added to her oatmeal in the morning.

She also added almonds regularly. That was it. No other changes and she found her arthritis pain markedly decreased. It goes to show that small nutrition changes can make a big impact on your health.

Now that you know the information, let's get practical.

Here are 8 small diet changes you can make starting this week to decrease inflammation.

1. Replace chicken, pork or ground beef with salmon, mackerel, or halibut 2 times each week.

2. Use canola or olive oil in place of other vegetable oils for salad dressings and cooking.

3. Add walnuts, almonds, or pecans to salads.

4. Snack on an ounce of cashews or macadamia nuts with a piece of fruit.

5. Use sliced avocado in your sandwich in place of the cheese.

6. Use omega-3 fortified eggs (can find at all local grocery stores: look for the sentence: fed with DHA and EHA).

7. Add 2 tbsp of ground flax seeds to your oatmeal or yogurt.

8. Add a side salad each night with dinner (filling up with veggies during your meals will also help with weight management).

Using medications alone to manage your pain is difficult because most drugs eventually lose their effectiveness and can cause side effects.

Take some small steps to add these dietary practices so you can have a more complete support system to alleviate pain.

Source: Raffetto is a recognized professional in the area of nutrition and wellness. She specializes in weight management and cardiovascular nutrition and offers online programs to help people reach their weight loss and health goals. For more information visit http://www.reallivingnutrition.com.

Relieve Your Pain, with a Better Arthritis Diet

People who suffer from arthritis are always looking for ways to relieve their pain. One way to ease or even prevent it is through an arthritis diet.

There are some arthritis diets that some people will swear by, but have never been proven to make a difference. There are some diets that make a definite difference according to health experts.

First we’ll take a look at some arthritis diets where there’s little or no evidence that they actually make a difference. One of the most common arthritis diets is to eliminate potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, and most peppers.

While the diet won’t do any harm, it hasn’t been proven to affect arthritis at all. Another arthritis diet seeks to reduce the acids in one’s body eliminating sugar, coffee, red meat, most grains, nuts, and citrus fruits

It’s intended to be followed for just one month. People may feel better because they lose weight which reduces the stress on their joints, but again there is no evidence to support this. It also excludes many sources of vitamin C which is essential in fighting arthritis.

Drinking green tea has been shown to reduce the effects of rheumatoid arthritis in mice, but there are no conclusive results on human studies yet. Shark cartilage is supposed to relieve arthritis. Animal and lab studies show promise, but there are no human studies to support this yet.

Not let’s take a look at some arthritis diets that have been shown to work. Switching fats can reduce inflammation. Eating fats found in red meat and poultry have actually been shown to increase inflammation.

Switching to cold water fish can help reduce the inflammation. Using corn, safflower, and sunflower oils also helps.

Another arthritis diet is the ASU (avocado-soybean unsaponifiable). It has been shown to relieve osteoarthritis, stimulate cartilage repair, and lessen a patient’s need to NSAIDs to control pain.

Ginger has been shown to ease pain and inflammation as well as protect the stomach from gastrointestinal effects from taking NSAIDs.

Glucosamine is a supplement that relieves pain in some patients with osteoarthritis. It helps the body rebuild cartilage, but can take up to two months to see the effects.

If you are allergic to shellfish, check with your doctor before taking this as it is derived from crab, lobster, or shrimp shells. Before taking any supplements talk with your doctor as some can interfere with or worsen side effects from your medications.

Of course the best arthritis diet is a good old-fashioned well balanced diet. Eat 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables, and go easy on fats and cholesterol.

A heart healthy diet is especially important to patients with rheumatoid arthritis as studies have shown a link between this disease and heart failure.

Vitamin C is good for repairing body tissue. Vitamin D helps absorb calcium, build bone mass, and prevents bone loss. Calcium helps strengthen your bones. If you are on medication, ask your doctor if he/she recommends taking vitamins.

Some medications can create vitamin or mineral deficiencies. When choosing your arthritis diet, be sure to talk with your physician as different types of arthritis have different needs.

Herbal Remedies for Arthritis and Joint Pain

Everything old may be new again, particularly in finding the effectiveness of herbal remedies for pain management of arthritis and joint pain. Whether your pain is from arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis or rheumatoid arthritis, herbal remedies may provide relief that is inexpensive and easier to tolerate than some prescription medications.

Camphor oil has been used since ancient times to sooth aches, pains and injuries. You can mix camphor oil with oil of peppermint or coconut oil and warm it slightly before applying.

Apply it to the painful area in a gentle, circular motion and then cover it for twenty minutes with a soft cloth - flannel is a good choice. The smell is comforting to many people, too. Most any aromatic oil can be mixed with the camphor to suit your preference.

Tired feet and painful ankles can find relief from soaking in hot water with Epsom salts. Make the water as hot as you can stand it and remove your feet when the water becomes room temperature.

You can enjoy the same all over relaxation by adding several tablespoons of Epson salts to your bathwater. Soaking in the tub is also a good way to get relief for knees and elbow joint pain.

Garlic is an effective anti-inflammatory agent. Even if you don't like the strong taste of garlic in foods or if stomach problems prevent you from eating garlic, you can get a medicinal dose of garlic in capsule form.

Health food stores also carry some brands of garlic that are gentle for digestion as well as those that are low odor. Remember - if you decide to eat more garlic to reduce joint inflammation, carry breath mints so that you don't reduce the time your friends want to spend around you!

You can also make your own pain management ointments. Start by melting a small jar of petroleum jelly over low heat in a double boiler. Don’t microwave this.

When the petroleum jelly is liquid, add herbs such as arnica, rosemary or St. Johns Wort and stir until it’s mixed. Return the mixture to a glass jar and allow it to cool at room temperature. Once the herbal mixture is cool, you can apply it to the painful joint area.

Increasing your intake of fresh raw juices is good for everyone, but particularly so if you have any type of arthritis. Raw juice has higher levels of alkaline than what you can get from processed or bottled juices.

The alkaline content is useful for reducing deposits inside the joints that are responsible for pain and decreased functioning levels. Juicing your own fresh fruits and vegetables is time consuming and messy.

You have to buy a large quantity of produce to get a small pitcher of juice. And since the highest nutrient value is present immediately after squeezing, you have to do this daily. You'll save time and frustration if you purchase a juicer.

Look carefully at the directions for use. You want to get a juicer that is easy to clean – otherwise, you'll get tired of it and stop using it.

So a cheap juicer is destined to become a dust catcher. For a little more money, you can get a juicer that works efficiently and fast.

You can visit our health food products page here: Herbalife Health Nutrition Supplements to learn more about some of the nutrition products mentioned in our recommendations above.

Even when we try to eat well, we're disadvantaged. The nutritional content of most food has been compromised over the years, not only by deficient soils and modern production, transportation, storage and processing methods, but also by the enormous amounts of chemical and artificial substances added to promote growth, storage life, taste and appearance.

It's for this reason that more and more medical authorities are advocating the use of vitamin and mineral supplements. However, finding them in the right combination can be both confusing and costly.

The nutrition products I am going to recommend you make use of knowledge gained from the botanical world's 6,000 year history. They incorporated health building nutritional herbs with the best modern technology to help our bodies cleanse and detoxify so that the cells - the tiniest living units - can be as fully nourished as possible.

This allows the cells to grow, repair and to perform their functions with the best possible efficiency so that we feel and look better and are more able to prevent and fight disease. Once the body begins to clear itself of toxins it can more efficiently absorb nutrition.

As Aloe Vera Juice is a refreshing and anti-bacterial drink, you might find that taking this daily, diluted in some filtered water will not only refresh you like ‘a shower inside you’ but also assists in dealing with any digestive issues you may also be experiencing. Taken with Flora-Fiber tabs it will cleanse your digestive system and improve your immunity levels overall.

You may find benefit from our information on detoxification as well as a bit about detoxing because of change of diet

It may be due to difficulties with your digestive system that is causing your body to be starved of key nutrients, vitamins or minerals. In this case you may find useful answers by reviewing our article on Nutrition For Your Cells. There is also more information here about why is nutrition such an issue nowadays?

It may be that your metabolism has slowed due to pressures that have been placed on your system through life in general or through specific “challenges” you have faced in the last few months or last few years. Review this by looking at our article about balancing your Metabolic Rate.

Further reading through our articles on chronic pain health issues will give you a body of information that will help you decide what options you have to deal with the underlying causes of your problem through giving your body the nutrition products that will assist you body to heal from the inside out.

You can visit our health food products page here: Herbalife Health Nutrition Supplements and learn more about our core nutrition program, the Cellular Nutrition Advanced Program and also check out these targeted products, Florafiber to replace your healthy flora and Aloe Vera Juice to help cleanse your system.

We wish you well in your search for solutions to this chronic pain problem and your movement towards better health in all areas.

More Resources available about chronic pain:

You can learn more about the causes and remedies here for Back Pain

You can learn more about toothache and how to treat that pain here: Toothache & Dental Diseases

There is a full page of content about arthritis and its best natural nutritional remedies here: Arthritis

And here href= https://www.thehealthsuccesssite.com/rheumatoid-arthritis.html>Rheumatoid arthritis

If you have chronic pain from your gallbladder you need to learn more about how to deal with it: Gallstones

Chronic headaches and migraines need to be managed with professional care, learn more here: Headache

Migraine

RSI and Painful leg muscles can be helped with the information on this page: resltless leg syndrome & painful legs

Shingles opens up a whole new world of pain for people! Learn more about the treatment of this chronic neuralgia pain here: Shingles

For all the other various forms of chronic pain that you may want to learn more about their specific pain management, go to the A to Z section directory.

For many people, pain is a chronic condition – or at least one that occurs frequently enough that they feel they have to seek out on-going relief for it when it rears its ugly head.

There is no one size fits all pain management tool. Everyone is different in terms of what we find effective.

You have to find a tool that’s right for you – and that means understanding all of your options as well as taking precautions for safety purposes.

Understand that with long-term pain management, you might have to switch things up over time.

Sometimes, with pain, a certain treatment will become less effective and you’ll need to give your body a break and try something different.

One thing you need to know as you navigate this journey is that you’re certainly not alone.






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