Suspect inflammation issues may be at the root of your Chronic Pain?
Here’s a quick, down-and-dirty quiz from the “Don’t Turn Your Back On It” people. They represent “a campaign to raise public awareness of inflammatory back pain (IBP) and AS (ankylosing spondylitis). It is an initiative organized and funded by AbbVie… and the team at Arthritis Australia“.
*Sorry- this is geared to those with Chronic Pain related to the spine.
Continuing research on Chronic Pain has begun to show that Chronic Pain, to some degree (they’re still working on all of this), can be a disease of the mind.
This doesn’t mean however that there are not major injuries to or diseases of the body involved as well, but simply, given the technology and brain-imaging that is now available…
Continue reading “Chronic Pain ~ Who’s in the “Driver’s Seat” of Your Pain?”
If you live with Chronic Pain you know all about the Pain Scale-
And too, the ambiguities of it.
Today’s a ” good day”…Does that mean I’m a 5 or am I just being Melo-dramatic?!?
If l’m really having a bad pain day, like I’m dreaming of jumping off a bridge or some such nonsense, does that make me a 10?
Or is 10 “reserved” for those who are literally on fire?
Who knows?!? Where’s the answer key?
For a good laugh on the subject (and others as well) …
Continue reading “Too Serious for Numbers”
A part of Chronic Pain for many, in some way, shape or form is connected to inflammation. Inflammation occurs naturally as the body’s response to many types of injuries, infections and organ, tissue and cellular disturbances. More often then not- if something is awry in the body, the body goes into inflammation-mode, bringing the message of distress to the body-owner (the pain signal) and the rush of needed blood and cellular activity (which we experience as swelling, heat and redness) to initiate the body’s healing process.
NSAID’s (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories) were developed and are commonly used today to decrease inflammation including to lower fevers and reduce swelling.
Many NSAID’s are readily available over-the-counter and others require a prescription, but they can all have serious results and side effects. For those who live in Chronic Pain, taking NSAID’s regularly and/or taking more than recommended, even rarely, can have serious consequences…
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There is a lot going on in our society at the moment in respect to Chronic Pain. More and more people are coming to see the condition as “real” and too, the complex nature of it
(which anyone with the condition can tell you – the impact on one’s mind and spirit, mental and emotional well-being when you live in constant pain, the lack of understanding amongst healthcare professionals, our families and friends and the public at large, the often invisible disability nature of the condition, and on and on it goes). There is certainly a lot of attention being given by the media to opiates and other pain medications, which can be concerning (to say the least) for those living in Chronic Pain, but there are also movements afoot such as…
Continue reading “Advocating to Affect Chronic Pain Positive Change ~ By Focusing Efforts on the State Government-Specific”