Living With Chronic Pain

Yoga For Pain

Not long ago, the number one treatment for chronic pain was rest, rest and more rest. Now we know how much improving mobility, strength and range of motion actually decreases pain. "Use it or lose it" couldn’t mean more for those of us suffering every day. Yoga, an ancient form of exercise, can be a… Continue reading Yoga For Pain

Living With Chronic Pain

Eating For Less Pain

Researchers have identified certain foods that can help control inflammation. Many of them are found in the so-called Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes fish, vegetables and olive oil, among other staples. As we discussed last week, diet can decrease systemic inflammation, which then decreases chronic pain. Here are some ideas on how to accomplish that goal.… Continue reading Eating For Less Pain

Living With Chronic Pain

High Fiber Diet Decreases Pain

It's been said that you are what you eat, and that's definitely true when it comes to chronic pain. Often, chronic pain is the result of chronic inflammation and there’s clear evidence that diet contributes to increased systemic inflammation. So it shouldn't be a surprise that diet is one of the best ways to reduce… Continue reading High Fiber Diet Decreases Pain

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Let The Artistic Side Flow

Before one of my surgeries, a friend gave me a care package. A lavender scented candle. A CD of relaxing, soothing songs. Protein drinks. A lap cushion to write or read on. And coloring books with an assortment of crayons, felt tipped markers and colored pencils. I had no idea what to make of the… Continue reading Let The Artistic Side Flow

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Stop These 18 Headache Triggers

Headaches can be a minor irritant to a debilitating event. Either way they can often be stopped in their tracks by knowing their cause. Something as innocuous as forgetting that morning cup of joe to sleeping in late can be the trigger. Here’s a list of possibilities to watch for and ideas for minimizing their… Continue reading Stop These 18 Headache Triggers