Hydrotherapy Can Improve FM Patients’ Pain, Quality of Life, Study Finds

BY JANET STEWART, MSC A study assessing hydrotherapy — exercise in water, such as a pool — found that it improved pain and quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia (FM). However, the treatment did not improve scapular kinematics, or motion of the scapula (shoulder blade). The study reporting the findings is titled “Effects of a 16-week hydrotherapy…

How Toning the Vagus Nerve Heals Pain

By Edwina Shaw Eight Ways to Boost Your Vagal Tone Naturally A few simple practices that everyone can do, could be the secret to relieving pain and inflammation. In her article Hacking the Nervous System, Gaia Vince, science journalist and editor of New Scientist, describes how a woman suffering from debilitating rheumatoid arthritis was successfully treated with a…

Intravenous Lidocaine Safe, Effective for Chronic Pain

   Lidocaine infusions were shown to provide long-lasting and adequate analgesia in 41% of patients with chronic pain, and to be associated with mild side effects in a study recently published in Pain Medicine.1 Researchers retrospectively reviewed the charts of 233 adult patients (average age, 51; 54% women) with chronic pain (average pain duration, 7.7 years; 80%…

This Is What Everyday Things Feel Like If You Have Chronic Pain Chronic Pain

   What Does Chronic Pain Feel Like? This Is What Everyday Things Are Like For People With Chronic Pain. By JR THORPE, Sleep is often a particularly vexing experience for chronic pain sufferers, who may need medication to be able to rest properly. Stephanie McDonald, who was diagnosed 11 years ago with post-herpetic neuralgia, or nerve pain resulting…

After Lady Gaga’s Fibromyalgia, this chronic pain will be taken seriously

Lady gaga has been suffering from fibromyalgia from a long time now, and recently she decided to disclose her sadness in her life publicly. This chronic pain has taken her sleeps, her rest and her comfort, along with this, it has taken down many others as well. But a solid treatment for this chronic pain…

Don’t Ignore These Shocking 4 Symptoms Of Chronic Anxiety!

“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow, ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”―  Corrie ten Boom Anxiety is a very complicated concept. The causes of anxiety and the solutions aren’t that obvious. Not all…

The Exhaustion of Cleaning When You Have Chronic Fatigue

I’m sure if you ask anyone who has ever lived with me, “Is Louisa a clean and tidy person?” they would probably laugh in your face and roll their eyes in a comedic fashion. I’ve never been a naturally tidy person, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to be and, after living with an…

Open Letter from a Person with Chronic Pain

By Stephanie Burke Chronic pain is not like other medical issues—it cannot be seen or measured, and there is no set protocol to “make it better.” The unique and complicated factors that characterize chronic pain make it difficult to communicate what you are going through. See Types of Back Pain: Acute Pain, Chronic Pain, and Neuropathic Pain…

Why did it take the CDC so long to reverse course on debunked treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome?

By JULIE REHMEYER and DAVID TULLER After years of resisting pleas from patients, advocates, and clinicians, the CDC quietly dropped its recommendations for debunked treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome, which included graded exercise and psychotherapy.APSTOCK F or years, people with chronic fatigue syndrome have wrangled with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over information on the agency’s website about…