Chronic Pain - Prevention
Chronic pain cannot always be prevented. Maintaining good physical and mental health may be the best way to prevent chronic pain or help you cope with the constant pain. It is important to get enough sleep every night.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome - Topic Overview
What is complex regional pain syndrome?Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a term used to describe a group of painful conditions. Examples of earlier names for these conditions include reflex sympathetic dystrophy, causalgia, and Sudeck's atrophy. Pain is the main symptom of CRPS. Most people have severe pain in an arm or a leg. Usually the pain is in a part of your body where you had surgery or an injury. The pain is usually constant and either shooting, sharp, or burning. The pain is much worse and it lasts much longer than you would expect for the kind of injury you had. Some people may not have had an injury or surgery before the pain started, but most people have.Women in their mid-30s are more likely to get CRPS, but it can happen to anyone at any age.What causes CRPS?The cause of CRPS is not well understood. CRPS is a reaction the body has after an injury, and the reaction is more severe than would be expected. This reaction happens in the limb (arm or leg, usually)
Sickle Cell Disease: Splenic Sequestration - Topic Overview
What is splenic sequestration?Splenic sequestration is a problem with the spleen that can happen in people who have sickle cell disease. Splenic sequestration happens when a lot of sickled red blood cells become trapped in the spleen. The spleen can enlarge, get damaged, and not work as it should. When the spleen doesn't work well, a person is more likely to have serious, life-threatening infections with certain types of bacteria.If splenic sequestration happens suddenly, it can be a life-threatening emergency.Who is affected by it?This condition is more common in infants and young children who have sickle cell disease. It may follow a respiratory infection. In older children and adults, the spleen often does not work because of years of damage from sickled cells.What are the symptoms?Splenic sequestration causes sudden and severe anemia, with symptoms of sudden weakness, pale lips, rapid breathing, excessive thirst, belly pain, and rapid heartbeat. If you have a baby or young child
Opiate Pain Relievers for Chronic Pain
Drug details for Opioid analgesics for chronic pain.
Chronic Pain: Using Healthy Thinking
Living with pain can be hard, especially if it's long-term—or chronic—pain. Chronic pain is pain that lasts for 3 months or longer. It can make you sleep poorly, feel tired and irritable, and have a hard time being active or working. It may strain your relationships with loved ones too, making it hard to be the kind of friend, parent, or partner you want to be. You may feel stressed or get depressed or anxious. And these feelings may make your pain worse, because they can make it harder to manage your pain.Learning how to control your pain can help with all of these things. In most cases, chronic pain can be managed so that you can get on with your life and do your daily activities. One way you can help manage and cope with your pain is through healthy thinking. Your thoughts are something you can control. You can learn techniques to make your thoughts more helpful and encouraging.Cognitive-behavioral therapy, also called CBT, is a way to help you stay well and cope with pain by
Chronic Pain - When To Call a Doctor
Call a doctor about chronic pain if your pain has lasted more than 3 months without a clear reason.
Bodywork and Manual Therapy - Topic Overview
What are bodywork and manual therapy?Bodywork and manual therapy are general terms that refer to body manipulation therapies used for relaxation and pain relief. Massage and chiropractic are well - known forms of bodywork.The idea behind bodywork is that people learn-or are forced by injury or stress into-unnatural ways of moving or holding their bodies. This unnatural movement or posture changes
Chronic Pain Syndrome - Topic Overview
In some people with long-lasting pain,biochemical changes are triggered in the body,causing a different type of chronic pain (neuropathic pain) that doctors currently find difficult to diagnose and treat. Pain signals are somehow triggered by the nervous system and continue to fire for months or even years. (It is also possible that certain brain chemicals that suppress pain do not work ...
Chronic Pain - Exams and Tests
Many exams and tests are used to evaluate chronic pain. An initial assessment includes: A detailed medical history. Your health professional will ask you about your general medical history, past illnesses, and overall health. He or she will ask you questi
Neck Pain: Immediate Attention
Does your neck pain need immediate medical attention? WebMD tells you when to call the doctor.