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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 »

Pain and the brain

Pain is complicated. It is a result of much more than the initial disease or injury that set it off. In the past, people believed that pain signals traveled only one way – from a nerve injury up to the brain. Scientists have now learned that the brain has the ability to act like a… Read more »

‘Off-label’ use of medication

What is a medication label? Before a new medication can be sold on the market, the law requires that the manufacturer prove to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the medication is an effective and safe treatment for a particular medical condition. This is done through months, and sometimes years, of costly scientific research,… Read more »

Back at work: Managing pain on the job

Work is a big part of our lives. When chronic pain and work coincide, there are consequences. Sometimes the consequences of a chronic pain condition lead to choosing another line of work, or stopping work altogether. However, a study published by the Harris Allen Group found that 29% of employees work with ongoing problems with… Read more »

Pain relief through exercise

Exercise is the last thing you want to do when you feel pain, right? Consider this: exercise may reduce pain. It gets adrenaline flowing, the endorphins kick in, and fresh oxygen is delivered to the muscle groups. All of this can do both your body and mind a world of good. If you have let your… Read more »