Imagine … three failed back surgeries and two decades on opiates. Some, who have never experienced chronic, incapacitating pain, might be inclined to say, “Just suck it up.” But this man’s pain was so severe, so debilitating that not only did he have to give up coaching his then-adolescent daughter’s sports activities, but he couldn’t even enjoy a movie out with the family. Ever.
Radiofrequency neuroablation for facet joint pain is like turning up the volume on pain relief.
That’s the downside of a conservative approach: There’s an element of individual trial and error in treatments – and a need for patient patience during the process.
Although a “typical” headache can be severe, there often is a distinct look of pain in the face of someone experiencing a migraine. That’s probably because the nasty, stabbing sensation that patients describe as “complete torture” – usually on one side of the head, but sometimes both – when experiencing a migraine is often accompanied by:
Striking the right hydration balance can be tricky. The body, which is about 60 percent water, needs water to stay alive. Every system depends on it – from carrying nutrients to the cells and flushing toxins from organs.
We all know someone that claims to be able to predict weather changes based on sensations in old injuries or arthritic joints. Whether temperature or humidity levels are rising or falling, plenty of arthritis sufferers attest to experiencing more or less pain based on the conditions of their climates. Is “feeling it in your bones” an old wives’ tale, or is there truth in the claims?
Sciatica refers to the symptoms experienced when the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the body, is irritated. It can literally be a real pain in the butt.
That’s because the sciatic nerve branches from the lower back, through the hips and buttocks and down each leg. So the pain experienced by some three million Americans isn’t so much concentrated in the lower back, but radiates lower and usually only affects one side of the body. For some, the pain is debilitating; for others, it’s more of an annoyance with the potential to get worse. But for most, it’s easily treatable.
If you’re one of some 100 million Americans suffering with chronic pain – a conservative estimate at that based on various pain websites – you don’t need a designated chronic pain awareness month to know that you hurt. Your body’s message is loud and clear. But with September being chronic pain awareness month, there’s an important message to get out that might be muffled by that chronic pain.
Envision the cracking of a whip.
Only now we’re talking about your neck – and not a long piece of leather – that snaps forward and then hyperextends back. This creates extreme stress that can impact muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, joints and nerves.
If you go to bed soon after eating the kind of large meal that quickly breaks down into sugar, the headache you wake up with probably isn’t monsoon-related.
But if you notice that during monsoon season – defined as between June 15 and Sept. 30 since 2008 – there’s a marked connection between your headaches and/or joint pain increasing when those severe storms are about to occur, there quite possibly is a link.
Monsoon season doesn’t usher in host of new patients, but we definitely note a tendency to see more of our existing patients at this time of year.