Boomer Pain Booming  

Boomer Pain Booming  

Pain management will continue to be an important facet of health care as America ‘s baby boomers age and more of them develop chronic illnesses. If you are fighting pain, tell your doctor. There are many pain treatments that can give you relief, and others Baby boomers are getting older, and effective pain treatment is becoming more important all the time — no coincidence there.

Compressed Nerve (Pinched Nerve)

Compressed Nerve (Pinched Nerve)

What is Pinched Nerve? The term pinched nerve describes one type of damage or injury to a nerve or set of nerves. The injury may result from compression, constriction, or stretching. Symptoms include numbness, “pins and needles” or burning sensations, and pain radiating outward from the injured area. One of the most common examples of a single compressed nerve is the feeling of having a foot or hand “fall asleep.” Pinched nerves can sometimes lead to other conditions such as…

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Pain Caused By Burns

Pain Caused By Burns

Pain management for burns can be difficult since burns differ in type and severity. There are three types of burns: First-degree burns are considered mild compared to other burns. They result in pain and reddening of the epidermis (outer layer of the skin). Second-degree burns affect the epidermis and the dermis (lower layer of skin). They cause pain, redness, swelling, and blistering. Third-degree burns go through the dermis and affect deeper tissues. They result in white or blackened, charred skin…

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What Should You Do With Your Chronic Pain?

What Should You Do With Your Chronic Pain?

What Happens In some cases, chronic pain develops after an injury or illness. The pain continues even after you have recovered from the injury or illness. For example, many people who have had a limb amputated report feeling chronic pain in the missing limb (phantom limb pain). Chronic pain can also develop even though you have not had an injury or illness. But the result is often the same-a cycle of sleeplessness, inactivity, irritability, depression, and more pain. Chronic pain…

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Pain Basics

Pain Basics

Everyone experiences pain at one point or another. It often is an indication that something is wrong. Each individual is the best judge of his or her own pain. Feelings of pain can range from mild and occasional to severe and constant. What Is Acute Pain? Acute pain begins suddenly and is usually sharp in quality. It serves as a warning of disease or a threat to the body. Acute pain may be caused by many events or circumstances, including:…

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Beyond Opioids: The Future of Pain Management

Beyond Opioids: The Future of Pain Management

A three-day weekend spent jumping and dancing on Labor Day 2014 had left her with a neck injury – specifically the cervical spine – that was possibly an exacerbation of an unrecognized mountain biking injury earlier that year. To make matters worse, her doctor performed the surgery to fix the injury on the wrong part of her spine.

Gout – Definition, Diagnosis and Treatment

Gout – Definition, Diagnosis and Treatment

DEFINITION Gout is a term used to refer to a group of disease states caused by tissue deposition of monosodium urate due to prolonged hyperuricemia. Clinical manifestations of gout include acute and chronic arthritis, soft tissue inflammation, tophus formation, gouty nephropathy, and nephrolithiasis. Untreated hyperuricemia in patients with gout may lead to chronic destructive deforming arthritis ETIOLOGY Gout is induced by inflammation from mono- sodium urate (MSU) crystal deposition. The primary risk factor for MSU deposition is hyperuricemia. Hyperuricemia and…

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What Is Pain?

What Is Pain?

When you first experience pain, it is a symptom of illness or injury in the part of your body that is having the pain. The sudden onset of pain is called acute pain. It gets your attention and prompts you to take action to prevent further worsening of the condition causing the pain.