Pain

Everyone experiences pain at some time. It might be the result of an injury, operation, or pushing your body too hard. Headache, infection, arthritis, and other health problems cause pain. Unchecked, pain can rob you of the ability to sleep, work, and enjoy life. It can also lead to depression and anxiety.

We've come a long way from the days of "grin and bear it," or "no pain, no gain." Pain begets pain, so it's important to stop it early. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to pain relief. Standard medications can be a good option for many pain sufferers, but a wide range of effective nondrug therapies are also available.

Pain Articles

Foot problems? Try these tips to find comfortable shoes

For people who have corns, calluses, bunions, or hammertoes, comfortable shoes are a must. Good shoe candidates include those with uppers made of soft leather or materials with some stretch. Athletic shoes and sandals with adjustable straps are also good possibilities. It’s also important to look for shoes with wide or roomy toe areas (toe boxes), and make sure the shoes are at least half an inch longer than the longest toe. A sturdy heel counter will help keep the foot in place, to cut down on friction and pain.  (Locked) More »

The pain of strains, sprains, and cramps

Strains, sprains, and cramps are the most common injuries of muscles, ligaments, and tendons. However, appropriate treatment and preventive measures can speed recovery and keep injuries from recurring.  (Locked) More »

Muscle problems caused by statins: Can a genetic test reveal your risk?

A mail-order genetic test claims it can identify people at risk of developing muscle pain from taking a cholesterol-lowering statin. Using genetic material from a saliva sample, the test looks for gene variants that affect how statins are transported into the liver. About 25% of people have one of two copies of this variant. But the results apply only to a rare form of statin-induced muscle pain that affects about one in 1,000 people.  (Locked) More »

Shaking off shingles

One in three adults is predicted to get shingles at some point. It is essential to seek immediate medical attention, as untreated shingles can increase your risk for chronic pain, blindness, and other long-term health problems, including cardiovascular problems. (Locked) More »

How music can help you heal

Music therapy has been demonstrated to calm anxiety, ease pain, facilitate rehabilitation, and improve quality of life for people with dementia. (Locked) More »

Prescription pain pills: Worth the risks?

Opioids are powerful painkillers that block messages of pain to the brain and decrease the body's perception of discomfort. But taking opioids for four weeks or longer puts a person at risk for dependence and sometimes for addiction. (Locked) More »

Sciatica: Of all the nerve

Sciatica affects as many as 40% of people during their lives. While attacks can vary in terms of severity, duration, and frequency, you can take measures to manage the pain and prevent future episodes. (Locked) More »

Fight back against gout

Gout strikes men more than women and is more common with age. Lifestyle changes like reducing intake of meat, shellfish, and alcohol, losing excess weight, and staying well hydrated can help lower uric acid levels that lead to attacks. More »