Chronic Pain and Depression

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Your mental well being is just as important as your physical well being. Leading research finds that chronic pain and depression go hand in glove towards treatment. A path of signals to the brain detects chronic pain and depression can be linked to behavior. Multi functions of the brain recognize chronic pain and depression separately one or the other disorder leads to more severe pain.

Doris Dangerfield, Professional Counselor, states “chronic pain gets worse when symptoms of depression are not addressed and if depression is not treated it makes the pain feel worse.”

Many ailments or conditions cause chronic pain disorders, for example, fibromyalgia, arthritis, as well as sports injuries or falls. As a result, many patients use whatever measures to reduce their pain. Some people become addicted to the opiates used to treat pain, trying to get rid of the physical pain that could…

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Chronic Pain and Depression

Your mental well being is just as important as your physical well being. Leading research finds that chronic pain and depression go hand in glove towards treatment. A path of signals to the brain detects chronic pain and depression can be linked to behavior. Multi functions of the brain recognize chronic pain and depression separately one or the other disorder leads to more severe pain.

Doris Dangerfield, Professional Counselor, states “chronic pain gets worse when symptoms of depression are not addressed and if depression is not treated it makes the pain feel worse.”

Many ailments or conditions cause chronic pain disorders, for example, fibromyalgia, arthritis, as well as sports injuries or falls. As a result, many patients use whatever measures to reduce their pain. Some people become addicted to the opiates used to treat pain, trying to get rid of the physical pain that could actually be connected to signals in the brain related to depression.

Doris Dangerfield feels that “pain causes depression and depression lead to pain, making a correlation between chronic pain and depression.”

Most people do not recognize the signs of depression, which leads to unexplained physical symptoms such as back aches and or headaches.

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The brain is the core of the central nervous system learning to relax can help reduce chronic pain.  Photo Source: Cynthia Gladden

Patients that are diagnosed with depression and chronic pain, antidepressant medications may find relief in both pain and depression because of the shared chemical messages in the brain. To help balance your life when coping with chronic pain being a part of your life, other healthy daily routines will help relieve the pain. Physical therapy, journaling, meditation, coping skills, eating healthy, and exercising, are just a few things that could help with reducing pain and building mental well being on a daily basis.

Pain can have a psychological effect and a physical effect for a correct diagnosis. A visit to your primary care doctor or local mental health center is advised for assessment of health conditions and treatment options.

Pain Signals To The Brain

The human body is equipped with nerve fibers known as the peripheral nerves, which connect the spinal cord and the brain. The central nervous system, known as the peripheral nerves and are considered the portal that controls the passage of pain signals to the brain for different parts of the body.

Aimal Khan describes the process that the brain goes through to approach pain. In the course of expanded growth of pain, chronic pain will progress leading to depression, anxiety, and a lower quality of life for some people. BBC World Service describes the link to chronic pain and inherited diseases, leading researchers to having a better understanding of chronic pain, so to help the many people that have to endure intense pain daily.

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During your lifes journey, if you cross a path of chronic pain that follows you, educate yourself on the choices of relief that are available.    Image Source: Cynthia Gladden

The business Calmare Therapy in Michigan helps chronic pain patients with their drug free therapy, the MICalmare treatment. Southside Pain Specialist tries other methods that involve nerve blocks that stop the nerves from sending signals to the brain. Health and Wellness Tips help with revealing news stories about burning the nerves that are the source of the pain.

The pain disease Fibromyalgia left doctors baffled for years, but after years of studies, it is now declared a disability that affects millions of people. Hawaii Island Recovery reports that brain scans reveal differences in brain patterns for Fibromyalgia patients and patients without it.

Ellen Blau, PSY.D., promotes another form of coping with pain through relaxation methods, stress management through connecting mind and body. American Pain and Spinal Center, PC, using a combination of treatments based on each patient’s own form of pain, as each brain is distinctive within a persons mind.

 

 

 

 

The Alternatives to Surgery

 

Spinal stenosis leaves many people who suffer from the degenerative disease faced with the choice of surgery, for pain relief. There are alternative solutions to try for relief with the hope of checking off having an operation off the to-do list. The alternative solutions do not always work, and the Ess word (surgery) becomes increasingly feasible for those whose pain is just too intolerable to bear on a daily basis.

You can develop spinal stenosis from deterioration due to, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, tumors, herniated disks, bone spurs on the spine and injuries to the spine. Some people are genetically predisposed to spinal stenosis due to being born with a narrowing of the spine. Nerve pain develops from the trapped nerves that can weigh down a person’s tolerance for pain, causing the pain to be unbearable. There is no cure for Spinal Stenosis, but there are treatment options to minimize the level of pain.

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This graphic is of the different stages that a healthy spine goes through as it deteriorates on the outside of the spine. Spinal stenosis comes from narrowing on the inside where the nerves are and become trapped from outside degenerated disc. Image Source: Cynthia Gladden.

There are non-surgical treatments available for the relief of the chronic back pain for spinal stenosis. The treatments range from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NAISDs), epidural injections, opiates, and exercise. If overweight, weight loss, or maintaining weight through a regular exercise program can also help, relieve the pain symptoms of the chronic pain of spinal stenosis. Stretching and walking every day is the key to most exercising techniques for the patient; this helps keep muscles flexible, which is important in long term of the disease. Finding relief from the non-surgical methods alleviates the surgery for the relief of pain, caused by the narrowing of the spine leading to nerve pain.

After all the researching and tips to control the pain, some people still opt to have surgery after years of trying to keep pain levels a minimum. There are several different spinal stenosis procedures, and as the alternative methods, sometimes the surgery works and sometimes it does not. When led to make the decision a Neurologist that works with nerve issues is a good place to start asking questions. A Neurologist will refer you to a Neurosurgeon who is a spinal surgery specialist, and you will be advised of the risk and benefits involved in surgery for the relief of pain due to spinal stenosis.

Regardless of what treatment option that is chosen, a lifestyle change is inevitable to help cope with being as pain-free as possible. Living a full and functional life can become a person’s goal after living in chronic pain for years of trying to be pain-free.

The Stigma That Follows Opiate Users

The high increase of opiate use and abuse has caused problems for narcotic pain users that have no addictions with the utilization of the drugs, only relief. Because of the high rate of misuse by some, other suffers; suffer from the stigmatization of being addicts behind the use of opiates, on a regular basis.
Patients that were stable with their level of pain tolerance have faced the changes made through the CDC to help with the drug addictions. Now there is an increase in non-addictive patients being depressed and committing suicide because of the controlled regulations placed on the disbursement of narcotics, used for pain. Medications disbursed to pain patients are through a pain management facility, by a doctor that manages agonizing discomfort.

There are many different aspects of pain depending on the condition of what is causing the pain. Everyone does not opt only to try opiates; there are other alternative treatments that some try to find useful. These could be physical therapy, acupuncture, epidural steroid injections, nerve block injections, burning nerves and the last option is, surgery. There is the risk for these short-term solutions, and that is they do not work for all patients. All patients do not find relief with the alternative medicines, especially since everyone metabolizes drugs differently.

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Info-graphic explains the different approaches to pain management for chronic pain.
Image: Cynthia Gladden

Everyone’s body is different, and it may not respond to the various treatments according to their metabolism and how it absorbs and breaks down the opiates in their body and how well the body accepts the minimally invasive procedures, described as alternative methods. Pain patients can try many methods including self-management; this is to be aware of the different things that could cause the body to a flare-up in pain. Know what your triggers are to help keep your body as pain-free as possible.

As a person attempts to self-manage their pain levels, many patients find that they still need the opiates to be able to function throughout the day. Even though there is a crisis among addictions, some people will take the meds as prescribed and try the alternative methods, and that does not make them an addict for wanting to be as free from pain as possible. The alternative methods work for some and not for others, and people that live in chronic pain still believe in full active life styles.

One Hell Of a Ride Toward Success

 

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The obstacles I’ve faced since I’ve started my journey of mastery, in New Media Journalism have been quite compelling.   But the car accident my son was involved in, late Saturday night, thousands of miles away from home and with no family members have me a bit confounded, but I must continue on with my journey, being so close to the end.

Rickey Gladden loves his children immensely and left Detroit, to work. Through my studies, I’ve been told that writing about family members is a big no-no, but I want the world to understand my struggles as I use this form of media to help encourage other people who find it difficult to succeed throughout the ups and downs of life.

Rickey still is breathing with the help of a respirator.  The doctors are going to remove the tube soon, and hopefully, he will breathe on his on, if not he will have a trachea inserted.  I have not raised enough money to get to Portland, Oregon yet, but I will remain hopeful.

You can follow this story on Cynthia Gladden’s Vlog.

More Root Based Foods and ExerciseCould Help with Obesity

Stretching is an important start of the day.

The rate of obesity in America is growing, and as 38 percent of Americans are obese, as 17 percent are teenagers. There is an expectancy of 44 percent of Americans to be obese by the year 2030.

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, through the Healthy Eating Research program, “teens have a higher rate of not realizing the greater number of calories in fast foods.” In the survey performed, 34 percent of teens do not accurately calculate the correct calories when eating fast food and junk foods, as to 23 percent of parents of school-age children and 20 percent of adults.

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The wrong type of food to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack.  This package contains three servings(about 15 chips). Total clories from entire bag is 440 calories and 260 calories from fat, also sodium and sugar.   Photo by: Cynthia Gladden

Further research indicates that at the end of the day healthy lifestyle choices and no exercising is the biggest culprit for obesity, making many people responsible for their own growth into obesity.  Healthier eating choices and appropriate exercise can help with burning unnecessary calories that lead to obesity.

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Immune system support. … Bone strength. …Eye health. Pineapples can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a disease that affects the eyes as people age, due in part to its high amount of vitamin C and the antioxidants it contains, Digestion Health and Anti-Inflammatory benefits. Photo by: Cynthia Gladden

Eighty percent of adult Americans do not meet the governments physical activity recommendations for aerobic and muscle strengthening, causung a high rate in healthcare cost for obese patients with sicknesses related to obesity.