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Living with Chronic Pain

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

The onset of arthritis and many other conditions lead to chronic pain - that is pain who’s cause has no known cure - and it is a fact that many of us will spend a good part of our life suffering from such; arthritis, in many forms, affects a large proportion of the population, particularly those in middle age and beyond, and is the result of the degeneration of joints. It can not be cured, but there are many ways in which one can learn to live with chronic pain.

It is a fact that stress can lead to an exaggeration of joint and muscle pain, so one of the steps towards living with chronic pain, whether it be arthritis induced or otherwise, is to alleviate stressful conditions. Make sure time is taken for relaxation, and that rushing and last minute actions are kept to a minimum, as these actions can induce stress and add to the problem.

Furthermore, and it may sound like a paradox, exercise is essential in managing chronic pain, especially that linked with joint degeneration or muscle pain; simple and basic, but regular, exercise is advised by many medical practitioners and helps on many levels. The joints and muscles are designed to move, and degenerate when not active. This can be clearly seen in patients who have had a limb in plaster for some length of time - once the cast is removed their muscles will not be able to act as they should, and physiotherapy is needed. Keeping the joints active, and the muscles moving, helps to alleviate the pain and keep them in better order.

The second level is that exercise has a proven benefit to mental health, and this needs to be kept in top order so that one can combat chronic pain; regular walks of short distances are advised, and the improvement should be notable.

The use of pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs is popular and can have a desired effect, for the intention with chronic pain sufferers is to relieve the suffering - a direct cure is unavailable, after all.

There are also treatments that help by lubricating the joints and areas infected; these are very useful in managing chronic pain and can be extremely effective on the whole. They work on different levels, too, bringing relief to the pain and slowing the onset of arthritis or other degenerative diseases by helping keep the joints in better condition.

Chronic pain is something that affects many of us - as many as one in five people according to recent research - and those who do suffer need all the help they can in adapting to a life dominated by chronic pain. The treatments mentioned go a long way to helping the individual mange his or her pain, and to relieving the suffering to at least some degree. As medical research advances there will be more treatments available, but for now the above tips should go some way to helping sufferers live with chronic pain.

Yours Truly,

Joseph Marquardt
President, Q-Based Healthcare TM
The Makers of TriReliefTM Cream
Info@qbased.com
Toll Free 1.866.314.8917

Can a chronic pain sufferer lead an active life?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

It’s an often asked question, and one that has a surprisingly positive answer: yes, sufferers of chronic pain can live active and full lives with the right treatment and attention to the problem. Chronic pain has no cure, of course, and has many causes - arthritis being the prime - but there are ways and means of keeping suffering to a minimum, and reducing the impact of loss of mobility on ones life.

The first step for a sufferer is to take professional advice, and there are many web sites that can be used as valuable sources of information. Given the lack of a cure it is conceivable that repeated visits to the health practitioner will result in prescriptions of pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs; this is neither the best way nor one that many people want to go down, and there are alternative treatments available, plus further advice.

There are treatments that concentrate on keeping the lubrication of the joints enhanced, as most chronic pain is caused when the smooth lining - the cartilage - that enables painless movement is damaged or infected. These treatments will help this problem and, also, reduce future degeneration of the cartilage and its associated artefacts.

Furthermore, it is important to keep the joints moving, as when they are underused - even when healthy - they deteriorate and add to the chronic pain problem. Devising a simple and non-strenuous exercise regime is important in the fight against chronic pain, and with a few very easy exercises first thing in the morning a sufferer can find the rest of the day improved in a very short time.

Walking in the fresh air is a recommended pastime, too, as this involves exercise of the hips and knees, and the related arm joints, giving further movement and mobility to affected joints.

As we have said there are no known cures for chronic pain or its causes, but there remains the choice - in severe cases - to have a surgical replacement; this is carried out in cases where degeneration is almost complete, and the damaged bone will be replaced by an artificial open.

For the daily sufferer living with chronic pain is a chore, but it is entirely possible to live a full and active live if attention is paid to the details; walking regularly - leave the car for every other journey, say, or simply dedicate time for a stroll each day - is advised, and cycling can be a fine way of keeping joints in motion. A stationery bicycle may be a preferred option, as then regular exercise can be taken indoors.

Given that many millions of people suffer from chronic pain - in fact the estimate is one in five - it is important that the above, and many more, steps are taken to make the life of the sufferer easier and alleviate the constant pain. There is no reason why, with planning, ones life can not be as active as the perfectly able man.

Yours Truly,

Joseph Marquardt
President, Q-Based Healthcare TM
The Makers of TriReliefTM Cream
Info@qbased.com
Toll Free 1.866.314.8917