If you’re like many people living with chronic pain, you feel worse when the cold weather sets in. While there’s not as much scientific evidence as you’d think that connects weather changes and chronic pain, some studies have shown slight associations between pain and temperature, humidity, wind speed and barometric pressure. Most evidence is linked to weather’s effects on those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.
One of the most common chronic pain disorders, fibromyalgia affects more than five million people in this country. It is also the second most common condition affecting the bones and muscles. Unfortunately, it’s also quite frequently misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Highlighted by classic symptoms like muscle and joint pain, fibromyalgia is also accompanied by fatigue. There is no cure at this time for this condition; however, there are ways you can manage your symptoms in everyday life.
More than 1 in 5 American adults have received an arthritis diagnosis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with Osteoarthritis being by far the most common form. While most people generally expect the “wear and tear” inflammatory joint condition to be one that affects those over age 65, a full 14% are diagnosed as early as 25 years old. What are the causes of early onset osteoarthritis, and does a diagnosis mean doom?
How do you know if what you’re experiencing is migraine pain?
Dr. Timothy Dembowski, the founder of Atlanta Medical Clinic, begins by drawing a parallel with back pain: Someone might feel a low-back twinge after a Saturday filled with yard work – or suffer a couple of days of agony for no apparent reason.
Unless chronic neck pain is caused by an injury, the chances are that it is caused by poor posture. Because of the neck’s placement on the body, neck strain can come from the curvature of the spine below, and/or the tilt of the head above. Poor posture not only causes neck pain, but it can also lead to joint degeneration in the spine.
The knees and hips are the largest joints in the body, supporting the body’s weight and working together to provide the mobility we typically take for granted. Unfortunately, these joints tend to experience a lot of wear and tear, and resulting issues like pain and inflammation can lead to joint instability and inactivity, and result in nearly 10 million doctor visits by women for knee pain annually.
Back pain is the main cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study. There are a variety of conditions that can prompt patients to seek back pain relief. For example, you could be suffering from a disc herniation, a strain, sprain, or spasm, or you could just be under stress, causing your back to tense up.