Crohn’s and Chronic Pain: What You Need to Know

Today marks the beginning of Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week. For those of us who suffer from forms of Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), we know that while IBD patients may look healthy, they are suffering on the inside. Crohn’s disease is incurable and attacks the digestive system causing abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever, and …

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The Family Tree: What You Don’t Know Can Kill You

The U.S. Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving National Family Health History Day. Let’s make sure that you and your family members maintain good health. Be aware of your family history, and if you don’t know then ask. Many people are at risk of certain diseases because of their genetics, and knowing your genetic background may …

End of Life

Pain at the End: Are Opioids a Risk or a Relief?

At the end of life, we want to make sure that we are comfortable. People across the globe fear dying in pain. It’s a real fear because the World Health Organization estimates that 1/10 people alive today risks dying a painful death. This is true for developing countries, as well as developed countries like the …

The Silent Pain of Alzheimer’s: How You Can Help Your Loved One

People at the end stages of Alzheimer’s disease are commonly afflicted with pain and suffering. Communicating this pain is a struggle for many of these patients, caretakers, and loved ones. Not only does the patient have to deal with the physical and mental deterioration accompanying dementia, but that person is often dealing with chronic pain …

Dealing with Diabetes: How to Decrease Your Pain

Diabetes is the most common cause of neuropathy worldwide. People experience burning, numbness, and tingling in their legs most often, and then it can spread up the leg, and to the hands and fingers. When it occurs, it strikes both legs and arms at the same time in a “stocking-glove distribution,” meaning that the affected …

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The Secret Signs of Drug Abuse

This week is Red Ribbon Week until October 31st. Run by National Family Partnership (NFP), Red Ribbon Week brings drug awareness to the nation. Since 1985, Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. The Red Ribbon campaign brings hope to families that are …

Bad to the Bone: How to Overcome Bone and Joint Pain

The skeleton provides the main structural support of the body. The entire skeleton is remodeled and replaced with new bone every 7 years before the age of 40. Once we reach beyond 45 years of age, it’s highly likely that we will experience some sort of bone pain. 

Breast Cancer

Beating Breast Cancer Pain: What You Need to Know

Those who are battling breast cancer are bound to feel pain at some point. It may result from the cancer itself or from the treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or other therapies. Regardless of the stage of the cancer, pain can occur. In fact, as many as 50% of cancer patients with pain may …

The Secret World of Depression: Physical Symptoms of Silent Suffering

You may know the obvious signs of depression or what has become the “norm” for depression symptoms. Similar to what you might see in TV commercials, sadness, hopelessness, “loss of interest”, are typical signs of someone with depression. But how can you really tell from someone’s physical symptoms that they may have depression? If they …

Pain You Should Never Ignore

There are certain types of pain that we can brush off as a one-time thing. Maybe the pain lasts for a few days and it goes away, and it doesn’t occur again. With any symptom of acute pain, chronic pain could develop if it lasts for 3 months or more. Chronic pain is typically not …