Living With Chronic Pain

When Do Epidural Injections Help Chronic Pain?

Most of us who suffer from back pain have periods that are worse than others. Many times sleep, exercise, eating healthy, topicals, medications, and physical therapy help. But too often, they stop working and these conservative measures don’t relieve the agony- especially if the problem is back pain caused by irritated spinal nerves. Sometimes, if you’re… Continue reading When Do Epidural Injections Help Chronic Pain?

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Living With Chronic Pain

Soak This Up: Salt Can Help Relieve Inflammation And Pain

Last week we talked about how consuming too much salt can exacerbate arthritic pain. But it's not all bad news- salt can also help relieve pain. Researchers in the U.K. have recently discovered that taking salt baths helps relieve pain. The research shows that anything that contains salt- from your common table salt to saline… Continue reading Soak This Up: Salt Can Help Relieve Inflammation And Pain

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Living With Chronic Pain

Salt- The Good And The Bad

Salt can be both helpful and hurtful to chronic pain, depending on how it’s used. Consuming too much salt makes cells attract water like a sponge. Water retention increases pressure on blood vessels and raises blood pressure. It can also cause cells to attract water in joints, leading to swelling and increased osteoarthritis symptoms. In… Continue reading Salt- The Good And The Bad

Living With Chronic Pain

Can Acupuncture Help Decrease Pain?

Living with chronic pain can make life miserable. It impacts every aspect. Standard treatments like ice and heat, anti-inflammatories and other medications, physical therapy, appropriate exercises, and topicals can often ease the pain. But what about alternatives like acupuncture?  Over the years, there has been substantial debate about whether acupuncture really works for chronic pain. The… Continue reading Can Acupuncture Help Decrease Pain?