Is Chronic Pain a “National Crisis”?
I recently saw an opinion article on chronic pain as a national crisis in healthcare, and this is a concept that seems to be coming up again and again. Eyes seemed to be opening to this about a year ago, when I first read about how research into pain processing and treatment was being spurred by war casualties – medical advances mean a lot more of our wounded military personnel are surviving, but their injuries are leaving them in constant pain.
Maria’s Badge of Courage
The 28-year-old Border Harriers sprinter had just run the race of her life at the North of England Championships in Manchester even though she was forced settle for third place in the 100m. Only 18 months earlier, just getting out of bed was a struggle, dressing herself and walking to the end of her street left her physically exhausted and mentally drained.
Health leaders accused of ‘burying’ report on ME care
A SUPPORT group for people with chronic and debilitating fatigue has accused NHS Lothian of “burying” a report that criticises the way sufferers are cared for within the health service. The report, compiled by Edinburgh South Community Health Partnership patient involvement worker Anne-Marie Comber and Liz Simpson, senior health promotion specialist at South Central Edinburgh Local Health Partnership, is yet to be published despite ADVERTISEMENT being submitted in full to NHS Lothian over three months ago.
Is It All In My Head?
In the mid 1980s, Carole Howard was a highly driven academic, simultaneously pursuing a master’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago and serving as a college administrator—until the fateful morning when she got out of bed feeling not quite herself. “I woke up one day in a lot of pain,” Howard recalls. “I thought I had the flu.”
Diet and Exercise: What the Research Says
Studies almost always lead to great discussion here on Diet Blog. We analyze, ask questions, interpret and share our own experiences. Inevitably, we find flaws in the methodology, show other studies that counter it and (let’s be honest) editorialize it to suit our own belief systems.
Doctors make some gains against fibromyalgia pain
Lynne Matallana likens the pain that racked her body to acid running through her veins. It came on after uterine surgery in 1993 — a traumatic event, because she woke up in the middle of the operation — and it never went away. In the two years that followed, she saw 37 doctors. They diagnosed her with lupus, blamed her pain on stress, or said it was all in her head. None of the remedies they recommended helped.
Swimming in Warm Water Eases Fibromyalgia Pain
A regular, guided exercise regimen in warm water can relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Extremadura, Spain and the University of Evora, Portugal, and published in the journal Arthritis Research & Therapy.
Introduction to Acupuncture
According to legend, an arrow wounded an ancient Chinese soldier who was ill. The wound healed, and oddly, so did his illness. Intrigued, Chinese physicians began recording the places where stabbing wounds produced improbable healing. Their observations became acupuncture, Chinese needle therapy. After more than 2,000 years, this alternative” therapy is more popular than ever worldwide.