Degenerative joint disease, also called osteoarthritis or OA, is a common condition. As people age, joints undergo a lot of wear and tear where the cartilage in the joint, that serves as the joint “cushion” thins and deteriorates. Chronic, repetitive motions inflame joints and damages precious cartilage over the years. Any joint can become degenerative, but the hips, knees, hands, and the spine are the most commonly affected. I have it in all of those places.
A recent study says as many as 91 million Americans may suffer from degenerative joint disease, and the condition is painful, leading to loss of function and curtailed movement in the joints affected. Read on for treatments you can use to ease your pain.
I remember when I thought everyday pain was a thing that would happen only when I became a senior citizen. I was wrong to think I was so invincible. First came the arthritis diagnosis just as I turned 30. As time went on, inflammation levels increased, other diagnoses like rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia were thrown out there. My pain levels were advancing much faster and it didn’t have anything to do with my age. At times my pain is so severe I have no choice but to spend the day in bed.
While people with severe pain levels are at risk of having a poorer health than people without pain, you don’t have to become a statistic. It is possible to manage chronic pain and find relief with effective strategies.
Bunions are painful and unsightly, and incredibly common. About a quarter of all adults suffer from bunions (me included). But is surgery the only option for relieving bunion pain? I’ve had quite a few surgeries and just can’t get on board for yet another one, so I treat my bunion pain with home treatments to relieve the pain. In this post, I’ll discuss the many different, and inexpensive products and methods you can use to relieve bunion pain and either delay or avoid surgery altogether.
Because I successfully use Kratom instead of opioids when my pain is especially severe, I am a strong advocate for education regarding its use in pain relief. This post will give you answers to what Kratom is, why it can have a bad reputation, and how to use Kratom for pain management.
Thanks to some of the announcements and misinformation released by the FDA, people can have a negative opinion about Kratom. In reality, there's a lot more to Kratom than what the FDA would have you know. There are also legal organizations who fight to keep this solution for chronic pain sufferers out of the hands of the government crackdown forces (the same forces that are responsible for tapering opioids that give chronic pain patients a fair quality of life). Read on to learn about using Kratom for pain relief.
The right pillow can make all the difference when it comes to back pain. Millions of Americans suffer from chronic or occasional back pain. Over half of working adults in the U.S. admit to suffering from back pain at least once in the past year. It is also the leading cause of disability worldwide.
While for some, back pain may be little more than an annoying discomfort, if left untreated, it can become a debilitating problem.
One simple way to help treat it is to make adjustments in your life to treat the causes of your back pain. From the way you sit to your weight, many things can contribute to your pain. One easy change that can make a big difference is choosing the right pillow.
Guilt often accompanies a diagnosis of chronic pain. When your life changes so drastically, and you can’t do the things you used to, it’s all too easy to become consumed by guilt and other negative feelings. We may hesitate to commit to plans, or worry that our families feel overburdened with our care. Sometimes the deep, pervasive feelings of guilt from chronic pain can be just as bad as physical pain sensations. I've been there and I can tell you that it is possible to overcome your feelings of guilt and start to enjoy your life again.
Taking care of your emotional health is an essential part of your pain management regimen when you’re living with a chronic pain condition. As a chronic pain survivor, I’ve had to come to grips with my own feelings of guilt since my diagnosis.
● Guilt from causing my family and friends to worry about me.
● Guilt about canceling events because I’m in too much pain.
● Guilt from spending a lot of time in bed.
● Guilt about doing something fun even though it caused me a lot of pain the next day.
● Guilt and worry from choosing the wrong doctor or treatment.
● Guilt about not being able to cope with it all.
What is chronic pain? For those that suffer with chronic pain, it's torture...persistent, nonstop pain. Those that suffer from a chronic type of pain usually experience it all the time.
Chronic pain sufferers don’t have the type of pain that flares up and goes away, and usually they will always need some type of treatment throughout their lives in order to cope with even the mundane tasks of daily life. This post explains the basics of what it is, how to identify it over acute pain, what some of the causes of chronic pain are, and some of the treatments.
I love my TENS machine. It's one of my front line weapons for my back pain relief. Millions of Americans suffer from back pain on a regular basis. Women, in particular, are prone to back pain, with nearly 30 percent of them experiencing lower back pain each year.
If you struggle with lower back pain, you've probably tried a lot of different pain relief methods. One technique you may not have tried before is a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit.
If you've never used a TENS unit, read on. I'll tell you what it is, how it treats pain, and how to use TENS to treat back pain.
I’m the Lady in Pain, welcome! I’m Sophie, and I have been in pain of various types and severity most of my life. I love helping others that are struggling with ways to alleviate their pain as I’ve tried almost everything myself.
My favorite things include cozy mysteries, pain free days that get me outside, and cake. I hope you’ll find something to help you from my arsenal of pain relief attempts. Many have helped me, and I hope to save you from wasting your money on those that didn’t.