Listen to Your Body
If you have fibromyalgia, it may be tougher to exercise. WebMD gives you tips on staying fit.
What to Know About Supplements for Pain
Many people take supplements to help relieve pain and other symptoms. But talk with your doctor first -- some can cause side effects or interfere with other meds.
Phantom Limb Pain and Chronic Pain - Topic Overview
Phantom limb pain is pain that is felt in the area where an arm or leg has been amputated. Although the limb is gone,the nerve endings at the site of the amputation continue to send pain signals to the brain that make the brain think the limb is still there. Phantom limb pain can be mild to agonizing and even disabling for some,and it may lead to a lifelong battle with chronic pain. Women ...
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
Pain Management - Frequently Asked Questions
Learning about pain: What are the different types of pain? What is chronic pain? Getting treatment: How is pain treated? What medicines can I take? What are the side effects of medicines? Should I use complementary medicine? How do I control cancer pain? Living with pain: How do I know if my pain is worse? When should I call my doctor? Where can I find support? ...
Sickle Cell Crisis - Topic Overview
What is a sickle cell crisis?A sickle cell crisis is a painful episode that may begin suddenly in a person who has sickle cell disease.A sickle cell crisis occurs when sickle-shaped red blood cells clump together and block small blood vessels that carry blood to certain organs, muscles, and bones. This causes mild to severe pain. The pain can last from hours to days. Painful event and painful crisis are other terms used to describe these episodes. Some people who have sickle cell disease have many painful events, while others have few or none. The pain can happen in any part of the body. But the most common areas include the:Bones of the spine.Bones in the arms and legs.Chest.Abdomen.How is it treated?Treatment depends on the level of pain and how long it lasts. Sometimes, nonprescription, or over-the-counter, pain relievers such as ibuprofen can help. Other times, a person needs stronger pain relief medicine that is prescribed or given by a doctor. Some painful episodes may need IV
Chronic Pain - What Happens
In some cases, chronic pain develops after an injury or illness. The pain continues even after you have recovered from the injury or illness. For example, many people who have had a limb amputated report feeling chronic pain in the missing limb.
Pain Management - Topic Overview
WebMD discusses different types of pain and how each can feel.
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.
Opiate Pain Relievers for Chronic Pain
Drug details for Opioid analgesics for chronic pain.