Chronic Pain

Does Acupuncture Work? What is the Science Behind It?

Acupuncture is not a new technique, but the roots of this treatment fall back to China around 100BC. This is a traditional Chinese concept that involves qi, which is the life force energy. Also, it includes a path from where the qi flows. You can refer to this path as meridians. Even though scientific principles …

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Do Genetics Play a Role in Chronic Pain

Despite how much distress it may cause, pain is essential and necessary for the human body. Throughout evolution, the pain sensation has played an important role, fleeing early humans away from danger. Most of the time, the feeling of pain is nothing more than your body’s way of telling you that something is not right. …

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The Relationship between Back Pain and High Blood Pressure

Back pain is one of the most life-disturbing medical conditions. It disrupts the way you walk, sit, and do work, and most of all, chronic back pain can cause stress. Back pain is common in 13% of adults between the ages of 20 and 69, but does it have a link with high blood pressure? If you do not get treatment for your back pain, it may progress into severe states and possibly lead to hypertension (e.g., due to stress).

How do I get my doctor to take my pain seriously?

Do you have chronic pain? Does your doctor not take your pain seriously? If so, then keep reading. We have mentioned reasons why some doctors don’t understand their patients’ condition. You will also learn some tips on how you can get your health provider to take your pain seriously.  Why doesn’t my doctor take my …

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How Pain Affects Quality of Life and What are 3 Ways to Help Improve QOL?

You might experience chronic pain for numerous reasons, such as arthritis, shingles, cancer, and other underlying diseases. Depending on the cause, you might experience pain in different parts of the body, but it will affect your life quality nonetheless. Using the quality of life scale as a tool, your doctor will assess the pain and …

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Mindfulness is Medicine

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is commonly defined as a type of meditation, where individuals practice being completely engaged in the present moment. It may also be defined as a state of awareness.

Mindfulness is rooted in Buddhism, and is an ancient spiritual practice. However, mindfulness has been integrated into Western Medicine and psychology in various ways. The introduction of mindfulness is linked to the introduction of Zen Buddhism in the 1950’s. As Zen Buddhism grew in popularity, providers began to integrate certain techniques into their medical and psychological practices.

Lidocaine? Tell me more.

Clinical Significance of Lidocaine in Treating Pain  Despite the fact that medical science has discovered a lot about the nature of chronic pain, its management remains a challenge for both patients and clinicians.  Lidocaine, in this regard, has long been used for its efficacy to treat chronic pain. It is a medium anesthesia that is …

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What is the Endocannabinoid System?

According to National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), cannabis has a critical role to play when it comes to producing emotional and cognitive effects. When a patient is treated with cannabinoid drugs, it drives his/her endogenous system in the brain. This system acts as a modulator in various emotional and cognitive processes.