Breakthrough in understanding chronic pain could lead to new treatments

Breakthrough in understanding chronic pain could lead to new treatments

Chronic pain, defined as disabling pain that persists despite attempts at treatment and often without obvious cause, has become a serious challenge for health professionals. It is not surprising that someone suffering from this level of pain might become depressed, but most studies consider depression a “comorbidity” – an associated disorder – or suggest that the pain is “somatization” of the…

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Don’t give up on finding a companion – Gulf Times

Don’t give up on finding a companion – Gulf Times

Many people who want to be in a relationship stop trying to find a companion and lull themselves into a life of quiet desperation and loneliness. The need for companionship is very human, very normal, and very necessary. It gives us emotional balance and lets us enjoy life. It is also in our DNA, so to deny that we need others isn’t facing reality. Dr Abraham Maslow, who created the hierarchy of…

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30 Natural Ways to Reduce Pain

30 Natural Ways to Reduce Pain

Many try pain management and that works for a while. As the disease advances, or the injury worsens, the pain medicine don’t seem to work as well as it once did. Sometimes it’s not the progression of the disease, but our body own tolerance, to that particular medicine. This leaves many to suffer painfully for hours. Which cause unnecessary stress, fatigue and a decreased ability to function.…

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Don’t give up on finding a companion – Gulf Times

You don't have to be alone, you can let a companion in

Many people who want to be in a relationship stop trying to find a companion and lull themselves into a life of quiet desperation and loneliness. The need for companionship is very human, very normal, and very necessary. It gives us emotional balance and lets us enjoy life. It is also in our DNA, so to deny that we need others isn’t facing reality.

Dr Abraham Maslow, who created the hierarchy of needs, listed “belonging” as our next need after food, safety and shelter. For almost everyone, this need pulls at your heart, and even if you have given up in your head, that other organ still yearns for the company of another person.

You don't have to be alone, you can let a companion in
You don’t have to be alone, you can let a companion in

Staying in denial about what you need to be happy, or even to be content, won’t help. Getting past your reluctance to reach out is something that you have to do for yourself, if not completely on your own. There are many people, both professionals and personal, who can help, but you are the one who gets it started and keeps it going.

I totally understand that at times you will feel like you want to give up. You may make yourself believe that though life alone may not be what you want, you will accept it and find a way to deal with and mask the pain. Unfortunately, too often that decision leads to unhealthy choices like self-medication with drugs or alcohol, which will only make you feel worse in the end and may damage your health and, at worst, end your life.

Let’s agree on one basic premise: It is better to be here, even if you are lonely, than not. Now a second premise: A lonely life is better than none at all or one spent in a concentration camp. When you realise that things could be much worse, it will help you appreciate what you have, and that gives you more desire to make it better.
The real truth is that we all have moments of wanting to give up, not just on ourselves but on the possibility of a full life. You need to become unwilling to accept that you are destined for sadness and that there is nothing you can do to change things. That is untrue, plain and simple.

Yes, it is okay for you to have moments, or even some days, where you just want to hide under the covers. That, too, is normal. But you do have to use every ounce of energy you have to pull yourself out of it and start making your life better again. It can only happen if you don’t give up and you continue to look for new and different ways to help you through the process of making your life more enjoyable.

When you feel that you may be resigning yourself to a life you really don’t care for, it is time to reach out. You need to start talking about how you feel.

By getting this kind of emotional support, you are breaking the negative cycle and allowing yourself to move forward again.

One final thought. There are a number of people who, for whatever reason, are better off not being in a relationship. If this describes you, there is no shame in not being part of a couple. You will find love where you can.

– Dr Barton Goldsmith, a psychotherapist in Westlake Village, Calif., is the author of “The Happy Couple: How to Make Happiness a Habit One Little Loving Thing at a Time.” Follow his daily insights on Twitter at @BartonGoldsmith, or e-mail him at Barton@bartongoldsmith.com

Last updated by 11:16 PM 7th February 2015 By Barton Goldsmith/Tribune News Service

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30 Natural Ways to Reduce Pain

Many try pain management and that works for a while. As the disease advances, or the injury worsens, the pain medicine don’t seem to work as well as it once did.

Sometimes it’s not the progression of the disease, but our body own tolerance, to that particular medicine. This leaves many to suffer painfully for hours. Which cause unnecessary stress, fatigue and a decreased ability to function.

There are some things you can do to get some pain relief. I will explain in the following paragraphs.

1- Acupuncture is often used to relieve pain. A chiropractor will insert tiny needles in different pressure point areas of the body. This will stimulate the body, which will cause it to release the pain reducing chemicals serotonin and endorphins. These small needles are also thought to overload the pain center of the brain, which decreases your discomfort.

2- Massage is often used to remove the tension from stiff sore muscles. One type is Ayurveda massage. This therapy is thought to restore positive energy while removing negative energy. These things restore overall balance of the mind, body and soul, which decreases the pain and other symptoms you may be experiencing.

3- Diet Studies show that eating healthy foods reduce pain. When we eat healthy, we replenish essential vitamins and nutrients in our body. This will assist our body in maintaining homeostasis, over all wellness. In addition, we are boosting our immune system and eliminating harmful free radicals.

It’s suggested to eat 21/2 cups of fruits and vegetables a day. We should have 3 cups of dairy products and 3 Ozof whole grains. For meat we should have 5 Oz of either lean meat or fish.

To further reduce pain we need to stay away from central nervous system stimulants processed foods, foods high in saturated and Trans fats. We should also limit the amount of sugar, flour, yeast and carbohydrates we consume each day.

4- Exercise has shown to decrease pain levels. While you exercise your body releases endorphins and other chemicals in your body that helps reduce pain. In addition, exercising stretches muscles which relieves the pressure on muscles and pinched nerves. When you exercise don’t push yourself into doing more than you should. You should warm up before exercising and cool down afterwards.

30 Natural Ways to Reduce Pain
30 Natural Ways to Reduce Pain

5- Yoga has shown to decrease stress and fatigue which will lower your pain level.

6- Relaxation Techniques When we relax, we reduce stress and fatigue which decrease our pain.

7- Meditation This is another pain relief alternative. It empties your mind which reduces the pain signals to the brain.

8- Cognitive Behavior Therapy CBT replace the negative thoughts centered on the pain with more positive ones. It also teaches mindfulness and other pain related techniques.

9- Topical medicines There are several on the market to help alleviate the pain. There are also pain patches that you can apply. Many choose these options because the side effects are minimal

10- Bath time some people take a nice warm relaxing bath. Perhaps add a few candles, and a scented oil to increase the relaxing experience.

11- Warm Moist Heat Some people use warm, moist heat to relieve painful areas. There are several ways to accomplish this. You can use a damp towel that’s been warmed in a microwave. Hot water bottles work well too. There are also rice socks that when warmed releases moist heat. Of course, there is always a heating pad. No matter what you use, be sure that it isn’t hot enough to burn you and the hot water bottle lid is secure.

12Ice Some use ice to reduce swelling, and inflammation. If you use ice, don’t put it directly on the skin and only leave for 20 minutes at a time, with a half hour break in between.

13- Hobby Some find a hobby helps them relax. This helps reduces stress and fatigue, which decreases pain levels. You should choose something that you enjoy doing, and will keeps your mind busy. Perhaps drawing, painting, writing, working out in the garden. Maybe take a ceramic, woodworking, arts and crafts or a dance class. Perhaps you could try sitting down with a good book, or some puzzles.

14. Tennis Balls Some use tennis balls to relieve some of the muscle tension. Take the ball and place it between your sore area and a hard object. Now gently press. Afterwards, use warm, moist heat to relieve the remaining pain.

15- Herbal Alternatives Oils include Balm of Gilead, Boswellia, Castor oil, Eucalyptus, Helichrysum and kava. Devils Claw cream, Skullcap, Feverfew, Cats claw pill, Corydalis powder or oil.

Sometimes we can get the most pain relief from a simple plant. I’ve listed the top shown to reduce pain and inflammation.

  1. Arnica Oil used in sports medicine to reduce muscle pain.
  2. Balm of Gilead reduces pain and inflammation.
  3. Black Pepper reduces pain.
  4. Boswellia reduces pain and inflammation. It helps with arthritis.
  5. CastorOil helps relieve swelling and chronic pain.
  6. Cat’sClaw helps with painful inflammation and with arthritic pain.
  7. Corydalis is a central nervous system depressant.
  8. Devil’s Claw helps relieve muscle and rheumatoid arthritis pain.
  9. Eucalyptus helps with diseases like, osteoarthritis, rheumatism and cancer.
  10. Feverfew reduces inflammation, pain and helps with menstrual cramps.
  11. Helichrysum is an anti-inflammatory analgesic
  12. Jamaican Dogwood relieves migraines it also helps a person sleep by reducing pain, stress tension and fatigue.
  13. Kava it helps reduce pain and helps with insomnia.
  14. Rose it helps reduce pain.
  15. Skullcap relieves pain associated with atherosclerosis, stroke and stroke induced paralysis. It reduces stress, fatigue and insomnia.
  16. Wintergreen rub this in to get relief from sore, stiff muscles. Be sure to dilute according to directions beforehand.

Thank you to ChronicBodyPain.Net for a great article

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