Chronic Neuropathic Pain

Chronic neuropathic pain is commonly known as nerve pain. Many chronic pain sufferers are afflicted with neuropathic pain, a different kind of pain that responds poorly to standard pain treatments. Chronic pain patients can be troubled with both chronic pain and nerve pain, so seeking proper medical care is advised when experiencing an abnormal feeling within your body.

Chronic pain is also known as Chronic Pain Syndrome (CPS), defined as having pain lasting for more than six months. Chronic pain can become dangerous cycles that lead stressors to cause intense pain. One case in point of a stressor is, loss of sleep at night, which can lead to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), from sleep deprivation and discomfort. No sleep leads to irritating nerves in the mind and body, making the pain worse, and that affects the nervous system and the paths leading to nerve pain.

Nerve pain can derive from damaged nerves sending false signals to the brain leading to chronic pain from the sensory nerves. The feelings of nerve pain vary from person to person; some people experience intense feelings of pain that burn and feel prickly throughout the different parts of the body.

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Chronic nerve pain is an extreme form of pain that can be debilitating. Signals from the Peripheral nerves and the central nervous system are the cause of the way that neurological mechanisms function in the body. Photo Source: Cynthia Gladden

Nerve pain can also make an individual highly sensitive to certain ailments for instance diabetes can lead to Diabetic Neuropathy a common cause of damaged nerves from diabetes being untreated. Fibromyalgia can affect the skin, muscles, and nerve central neurological disorders that stem from the spinal cord and the brain, reacting through the peripheral nerves of the body.

There is a heightened sensitivity to pain from nerves and can cause the skin to be affected with pain to the touch of the skin. There are also ailments that can lead to painful body positions, such as standing and sitting causing more stress for the patient.

Treatment for chronic neuropathic pain varies due to the reasons of the nervous system disruption. Opiates are prescribed, but other medications are given to calm the nerves. Topical ointments are used, nonsurgical treatments, home remedies, and treating health conditions that can attribute to nerve pain. Yearly physicals can detect early onset conditions, where a doctor can give you a correct diagnosis and treatment plan for any condition.

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.

More Root Based Foods Could Help With Obesity

Healthy eating has been categorized as the culprit needed to help prevent and maintain certain health conditions. With the maintenance of weight and preventative measures taken to avoid the inevitable weight gain, from over eating and lack of exercise, there is still hope for those with exemplary determination to beat the odds of obesity.

Obesity is linked to many health conditions in societies of Millennia’s and Baby Boomers. The rate of obesity in the United States rank in the top ten of the nation and more than one-third (36.5%) of U.S. adults have obesity.

When food is grown from the soil of the earth water is part of its growth process. These fruits and vegetables are naturally part water, some more than others. Water is also associated with maintaining a healthier weight, whether it is through a beverage or multiple fruits and vegetables. Water is known to be the fuel for blood and the circulatory system in our bodies.

Eating healthy requires preparation of foods that are healthy, low in fat, calories, carbohydrates, sugars, and sodium. Eating healthier diets can be time consuming, from shopping more frequently, to assure freshness of the food, to the times it takes to prepare balanced meals. Too often, a hard day of work ensues not prepping or cooking proper meals throughout the day. Maybe you find yourself grabbing a bite to eat while on the move to get to work or home, and that could suffice for the time being, but after a while, you could find yourself at risk of health issues. Healthy eating is a lifestyle choice, and the preparations that are involved for meals involving daily fruits and vegetables can be time consuming but, well worth the extra time to keep your body full of water, and feeling like a well oiled machine, making yourself more vital and energetic and having less chance of being obese.