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Understanding Headache Treatment

How Do I Know if I Have a Headache Problem? Most headaches can be diagnosed by medical history and physical exam. Rarely, to rule out other causes of headaches such as an aneurysm, tumor, or structural abnormality, a doctor may call for vision tests, X-rays, a CT scan, MRI, a [...]

November 13, 2014

Spinal Cord Stimulation Advantages and Risks

Like any chronic pain treatment, there are both appreciable advantages and risks/disadvantages involved with spinal cord stimulation. In general, the biggest risk of this treatment is that it does not work for everyone—most studies show that about 50-60% of patients who try neurostimulation find meaningful pain relief (e.g. reduction of [...]

November 10, 2014

Arthritis pain

Arthritis is a leading cause of pain and disability worldwide. You can find plenty of advice about easing the pain of arthritis and other conditions with exercise, medication and stress reduction. How do you know what will work best for you? Here are some do's and don'ts to help you [...]

November 9, 2014

Home Remedies for Headache Treatment

Headache Home Remedy: Lavender Oil Not only does lavender smell great — it’s also a useful home remedy for headaches and migraine pain. Lavender oil can be either inhaled or applied topically. Two to four drops for every two to three cups of boiling water are recommended when inhaling lavender-oil vapors [...]

November 7, 2014

Overlooked Remedies for Lower Back Pain Relief

Unfortunately for the millions of people suffering from chronic low back pain, there is no one certain cure. The key is to find what works for you, often through trial and error. Medical approaches usually focus more on addressing anatomical problems in the lower back, but treating pain is often [...]

November 5, 2014

What is a Herniated Disk?

A herniated disk refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (disks) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to make your spine. A spinal disk is a little like a jelly donut, with a softer center encased within a tougher exterior. Sometimes called a slipped disk [...]

November 2, 2014

Chronic Pain Relief: New Solutions (4)

Counseling to Cope Better With Chronic Pain Living with chronic pain is hard, and depression, anxiety, stress, and anger can make pain worse. These negative emotions reduce the body's natural painkillers and increase the body's sensitivity to pain. When chronic pain sets in, your life shrinks to fit your pain. You're less [...]

October 29, 2014

Chronic Pain Relief: New Solutions (3)

Zapping Chronic Pain With Targeted Procedures For some, these procedures can also help with chronic pain relief: Nerve blocks. When a group of nerves is causing pain to a specific organ or body region, the pain can be blocked with an injection of a local anesthetic. That's a nerve block. Injections [...]

October 27, 2014

Chronic Pain Relief: New Solutions (2)

Medications: First Step in Chronic Pain Relief When treating pain, doctors typically start with oral painkillers like acetaminophen (Tylenol) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Advil, Motrin, Naprosyn, and Voltaren. These reduce inflammation and relieve pain, especially related to arthritis, tendinitis, nerve injury, mild to moderate cancer pain, and other forms [...]

October 25, 2014

Chronic Pain Relief Solutions

Today's pain specialists have sophisticated new treatments -- from effective drugs to implants and electrical stimulation -- to provide chronic pain relief. There's much that can be done to tame the beast. These advances have emerged in the past several years, as researchers have gained a greater understanding of chronic [...]

October 22, 2014