Chronic Pain

Defining Chronic Pain

According to multiple studies, it's estimated that between 20-30% of people in this country suffer from what the CDC terms "high-impact chronic pain," which is pain severe enough that it frequently limits life or work activities. But chronic pain syndrome (CPS) is a common problem that presents a major challenge to health-care providers because of its complex natural history,… Continue reading Defining Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain

Debunking Common Myths About Chronic Pain

Many Americans downplay pain as an annoying part of getting older. In fact, one recent study found that we rank pain at the bottom of a list of health concerns including cancer, obesity, heart disease, alcohol and drug abuse, and AIDS. According to multiple studies, it's estimated that between 20-30% of people in this country… Continue reading Debunking Common Myths About Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain

My Journey To Realizing What Living With Chronic Pain Meant For Me

How many times have you been shamed into doing something you knew would exacerbate your pain? Or felt guilty because you couldn't participate as much as you'd like, or slowed others down when you did? Pushed yourself beyond your comfort zone because you didn't want to disappoint? I'd hazard to say a lot. I know… Continue reading My Journey To Realizing What Living With Chronic Pain Meant For Me

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Certain Foods May Worsen Pain

Something as simple as changing your diet may help decrease your pain.  A 2015 study found that people eating a whole-food plant-based (WFPB) diet significantly decreased their osteoarthritis pain—in just two weeks. By the end of the six-week study, they reported more energy and better physical functioning, too. Another study found that a high-fiber diet lowers the… Continue reading Certain Foods May Worsen Pain

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Caffeine Can Reduce Pain

Highlights of this post: - Caffeine can be an effective pain reliever. - To obtain the same amount of response from an analgesic without caffeine (i.e. Tylenol, aspirin), requires a dose that is approximately 40% greater than one with caffeine (like Excedrin). - Caffeine can also reduce muscle pain during moderate intensity exercise - Excessive caffeine… Continue reading Caffeine Can Reduce Pain