Month: January 2010

Your pain medication: Don’t mix and match

When you take prescription pain medication, what happens to it? Some people may think that the medication finds its way to a special “pain medicine” compartment in the body, which then sends it out to where the pain is. This is actually not what happens. When you take medications some of the organs in your body become… Read more »

What makes neuropathic pain different from other pain?

Amy is usually a multi-tasking whiz, but one day her multi-tasking talents let her down. While Amy was stirring soup on the stove with a metal spoon, she decided to rinse off one of her hands. She turned on the water faucet with one hand and kept stirring with the other – and got a… Read more »

Understanding fibromyalgia

Have you been told that you might have fibromyalgia? If so, then you could be one of the more than five million Americans who suffer from this chronic pain condition. Chronic pain is no laughing matter. According to the World Health Organization, one out of every five people around the globe has some type of… Read more »

Trigeminal neuralgia: When your face is on fire

What’s the worst pain you’ve ever felt? Kidney stones? Childbirth? For the 45,000 people in the United States who live with trigeminal neuralgia (also known as tic douloureaux), the answer is clear: The pain of trigeminal neuralgia trumps everything else. This type of pain is a severe, stabbing pain on one side of the face,… Read more »

Postherpetic neuralgia: Shingles pain that doesn’t stop

Rick is 63 years old. Like many people his age, he suffered through chickenpox as a child and was glad when it was over. Almost fifty years after that episode, he was surprised one day by a painful, blistering rash that wrapped itself in a “belt-like” band from his back to his chest. His doctor… Read more »

Cancer and neuropathic pain: Tingling, numbness, and sensitive nerves

Cancer is a harsh illness no matter where it strikes in the body. When cancer treatments also lead to health issues, the situation may seem overwhelming.   Today, we’re taking a look at the problem of neuropathic pain in people who have cancer. When nerves are injured by tumors, surgery, or by certain types of… Read more »

Acupuncture and acupressure for neuropathic pain: An ancient alternative

Neuropathic pain is a kind of chronic pain that usually results from damage to or malfunction of the nervous system. This makes it different from the usual type of pain that is a direct result of injury. Successful treatment for neuropathic pain can be difficult; often, the approach is with a combination of medications, physical… Read more »

Understanding phantom limb pain

You need to know: Phantom limb pain can happen after the amputation of a body part, such as a foot, arm, or leg. A person with phantom limb pain feels that his or her whole limb still exists (and still hurts) even though it’s no longer there. Up to 80% of people who’ve had a limb amputated have… Read more »

Diabetic neuropathy: Prevention and treatment

You need to know: Up to 70% of people with diabetes may get diabetic neuropathy Diabetic neuropathy may cause tingling, numbness or pain in the feet and/or hands Other parts of your body may have different symptoms If your feet or hands are numb, check them daily for cuts or signs of infection Approximately eight… Read more »

Control your pain by working with your health care provider

Have you been dealing with chronic pain? If you have, then it might be time to see your health care provider, if for nothing else, just to touch base and communicate. First of all, it’s important to know when pain is chronic. Generally, chronic means that you have had the same pain for at least 3 months… Read more »