Year: 2011

The truth about arthritis myths

Arthritis is a common disease, with 46 million Americans affected. But there are many misconceptions about it. This may be because researchers don’t yet know what causes some forms of the condition and a constant flow of new research has changed how we treat it. Then there’s the Internet, which, while helpful, can spread information that’s… Read more »

How an occupational therapist can help you to improve your quality of life

As part of your arthritis treatment plan, your health care provider may recommend that you work with an occupational therapist. Often called an OT, this licensed health care professional is trained to evaluate how a medical condition affects daily activities and to offer solutions. For people with arthritis, an OT often demonstrates different ways to… Read more »

Parenting with migraine: Preventing medication-overuse headache in teens

If you have migraines and you are a parent, it’s possible that one of your children also has migraines.  If both parents have migraines the chances may be increased that their child will have migraines. As a person with migraines, you may have learned that overusing your medication can actually lead to more headaches. How… Read more »

Get moving with the whole family

Most health care providers agree that staying physically active is a good thing for people who are living with chronic pain.   While people may think “if it hurts, rest it,” many pain specialists advise that people with chronic pain participate in some form of regular physical activity.  This is because when the parts of the… Read more »

Frequently asked questions about alcohol and pain medications

People with chronic pain should learn the facts about alcohol and how it can interact with pain medication, even if they only drink occasionally. Here are some things that are important to know: Combining alcohol with some pain medications can cause serious and unexpected health problems, and sometimes can even lead to death.  They both have the… Read more »

How to evaluate health-related research

Did you ever hear about the possibility that some childhood vaccines might cause autism? This claim was based on a study that was published in The Lancet – a reliable British medical journal – in 1998. Unfortunately, it took until 2010 before The Lancet finally removed the study from the medical literature, saying that the author’s results were based… Read more »

The facts about weight loss myths

For many people, losing weight helps them manage their chronic pain.  Losing weight can help ease the burden on muscles and bones, and can be especially helpful for people with back pain or pain from osteoarthritis.  Unfortunately, there are many weight-loss myths that can make it hard to try to lose weight.  Here are some… Read more »

Update on Shingles and Postherpetic Neuralgia

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster (the virus that causes it is the varicella-zoster virus), is an often painful condition that occurs in people who have previously had chickenpox. It is estimated that 95% of all Americans have had chickenpox at some point in their lives. The possibility of developing shingles is quite high, close to 1 of every… Read more »

My coping strategies for breakthrough pain

Contributed by: Vivian Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, January 2011 Vivian lives in Memphis, TN.  She is 55 and worked as a registered nurse for 35 years. She has multiple medical problems causing chronic pain, including diabetic polyneuraphy, postherpetic neuralgia, L3 disc herniation with radiculopathy, and osteoarthritis. In her story Vivian describes coping strategies she… Read more »

Adding fun to your life

When people are in pain, the last thing on their mind may be how to plan to do something enjoyable. They may withdraw from social events and reduce their level of activity. Some people stop being active simply because they fear it will cause more pain. Others want to save their energy for accomplishing what they… Read more »