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Do Over-the-Counter Back-Patch and Pain Relief Products Really Work?

over-the-counter-back-pain-patchesKaren Weintraub of USA Today brought us the story of Kimberly Smalling, who has fibromyalgia so severe that she can’t always raise her arms.

Smalling takes out an analgesic back patch, splits it into pieces for each shoulder, and goes to sleep. This quick-fix over-the-counter pain relief solution has had value for her in the short term, allowing her to continue her career as a men’s hairstylist.

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5 Tips to a Healthy New You in the New Year

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To start out the new year, it’s common to write down a few resolutions, ways we intend to change our behavior and improve our lives. However, many of these “resolutions” prove themselves to be failed attempts. About 45% of us make resolutions each year, according to the Washington Post, but only one in four people who do make resolutions stick with them for the first week. In other words, many people are already letting their 2015 personal development goals slip.

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Stop Suffering From Tendinitis: 9 Treatment Options

Achilles tendinitisAccording to WedMd, “Tendinitis (also called tendonitis) is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon, a thick cord that attaches bone to muscle.” Tendonitis is most often caused by repetitive, minor impact on the affected area, or from a sudden more serious injury. Repetitive activities that cause tendonitis can be anything from gardening to shoveling, from painting to golf. Bad posture at work or home and not stretching properly before or after exercise and activities can also cause tendonitis

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Diagnosing Radiating Pain: Where Is The Pain Coming From?

Sciatica PainPart of what has always been challenging for pain management professionals is diagnosing were the root problem in the body lies. Two primary reasons why the source of pain can be difficult to ascertain are pain referral and pain radiation. Both processes result in pain signals firing in parts of the body that are in disparate physical locations from the place where the pain disorder originates. Sciatica is a particularly common form of radiating pain, so we will discuss that particular condition as a case in point.

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The 3 Food Types You Should Be Avoiding If You Have Gout

Gout is a form of arthritis that involves an accrual of uric acid crystals in the body, particularly the joints. Gout prevention has become a major concern of arthritis experts and pain professionals: 8.3 million individuals, approximately 1 out of every 25 people, are currently experiencing the condition. It is especially common among senior citizens.

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Pain doesn’t care how old you are

Many people think that pain is only likely to be experienced among the elderly, but pain conditions are common for all ages. Our focus for this piece will be lower back pain (LBP), the number one reason for disability in members of the working population across the globe, according to the American Chiropractic Association. The statistics on LBP demonstrate that pain conditions are clearly not only a concern for senior citizens: the relationship between age and pain is more complex.

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Foods That Should Be In Your Fridge NOW If You Have Arthritis

Inflammation is a root cause of cancer, heart disease, and obesity – health conditions that impact millions in the US and around the world. Inflammation is also the direct cause of arthritis, so those with arthritis should be concerned that its underlying issue is shared with some of the deadliest diseases.

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Stop Grinding! 3 Pain-Related Problems Caused by Teeth-Grinding

Bruxism is a health condition in which a person grinds or clenches their teeth. The root cause of the disorder is unknown, but it seems to often be connected to heightened stress. This practice involves any type of aggressive interaction between one’s teeth, whether the action forces the teeth against one another or involves the sustained, noiseless practice of clenching.

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How Weight Affects Pain

Most pain associated with weight gain is neck, back and joint related. Some specific symptoms are knee and ankle pain as these joints carry the bulk of our weight. Although there is no “magic” number as to how much excess weight can cause or contribute to back pain, it is known that people who are severely overweight often are at greater risk for back pain, joint pain and muscle strain than those who are not obese.

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