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What Causes Chronic Pain, and How to Cope with it

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

The causes of chronic pain - that is pain that is suffered for the rest of ones life - are many, but the most common causes are related to arthritis. Without getting too deep into the detail, arthritis comes in many forms and is a disease of the joints. Our bodies are equipped with many joints, all of which enable our limbs and body to move as we want to.

If we imagine that a joint - of which there are many types - is akin to a ball and socket, we get an idea of how the joints work; the ball moves freely in the socket, and is aided in doing so by a smooth coating on the bone called the cartilage. It is when the cartilage begins to degenerate - as in cases of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis - or is damaged in an accident that we suffer from chronic pain; the smooth coating is no longer doing its job, hence the two bones grate against each other.

There is no known cure for any of the types of arthritis, or other causes of chronic pain, but there are ways to help the sufferer cope with the symptoms.

Exercise is recommended - paradoxically - as joints are designed to move and should be kept doing so. The same applies to muscles, as these are directly related to the joints and can also be a source of chronic pain themselves. It is often in the morning, when the patient has been in one position for some time, that chronic pain can manifest at its worse, and doing a few simple exercises first thing in the morning is a sensible move.

Walking and cycling are other methods of exercise that are recommended, but it is imperative that the sufferer takes advice on how much, and what types, of exercise to partake of.

Pain management is vital to sufferers of chronic pain but the oft-prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs are sometimes not successful, and many sufferers do not want to follow this route. However, there are treatments that concentrate on - among other things - lubricating the joints and restoring some of the movement and, thus, reducing the effects of the pain.

These treatments are tried and tested and also harmless, and concentrate not on curing the condition - as this can not be done - but on stemming the degeneration of the joints further and, thus, alleviating the pain.

In severe cases the option of joint replacement can be investigated; this is a practice that has been done for many years now and is considered a relatively simple operation. It involves removing the damaged joint and replacing it with an artificially created version, and in doing so restoring the movement in the affected joint.

It is possible to live with chronic pain, and the above methods of attention all aim at making life more bearable for the sufferer. Finding the right solution to every individual case is the ultimate aim.

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