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Understanding more about chronic pain - II

Last time, we started discussing how millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain, an often debilitating condition characterized by pain signals that remain active in the body's nervous system for months or years. Specifically, we examined how no exact cause of chronic pain has been identified, how the pain itself varies in duration and severity, and how many sufferers also cope with depression, anxiety and fatigue.

In today's post, we'll continue this discussion, examining how chronic pain is diagnosed and treated.

Understanding more about chronic pain

The human body is in many ways a perfectly constructed machine. This becomes especially apparent when you consider its ability to adjust to changes, fight illness and repair itself. In fact, the human body is even able to inform you when it has suffered some type of trauma through the mechanism of pain, which naturally subsides as the process of making repairs progresses.

As remarkable as this is, it's important to consider that there are millions of Americans for whom pain is generally not short-lived, but rather stubbornly persistent, such that pain signals remain highly active in their nervous system for months or even years.  

How genetic testing could help improve treatment for depression

According to the World Health Organization, depression is one of the most common mental disorders not just here in the U.S., but around the world, affecting the lives of countless working adults. In fact, the WHO identifies depression as one of the leading causes of disability worldwide.

As staggering as this reality is, it's encouraging to know that both scientists and mental health professionals remain committed to developing new methods to diagnose and treat this condition. 

Don't let low income prevent you from obtaining the medical care you need

It's not uncommon for an injury or illness to worsen over time before it prevents someone from working. In many cases, too, people are reluctant to stop working in order to seek the medical treatment they need.

The reality, though, is that not obtaining appropriate medical care for a disabling mental or physical condition could have two unwanted outcomes: your condition worsens to the point of permanent disability, and your right to Social Security disability benefits could be significantly compromised.

Study looks to determine whether placebos can help cancer survivors

Before dismissing the possibilities afforded by placebos offhand, it's important for people to consider that a multitude of studies have actually documented how they can prove to be incredibly effective for those suffering from a host of medical conditions.

For instance, consider that the American Cancer Society has found evidence suggesting brain activity -- the release of endorphins --- takes place in response to a placebo taken under the guise of helping manage pain.

What did a recent study have to say about global disability rates?

A recently published study in the British-based medical journal The Lancet has shed some much-needed light on the rates of disability not just here in the U.S., but around the world.

Indeed, the researchers, whose efforts were funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, found that one disease in particular has made remarkable -- yet highly discouraging -- inroads in both developed and developing countries.

Asthma sufferers 30 and older may be particularly prone to treatment failure

There are a variety of different treatments available for asthma sufferers. Asthma treatments, when effective, can be a big help for asthma sufferers when it comes to maintaining functional abilities. Unfortunately, instances sometimes arise in which asthma treatments are ineffective; some asthma sufferers experience treatment failures.

A recent study indicates that asthma treatment failures may be especially common among asthma sufferers at least 30 years of age. 

How an injectable gel could be used to treat knee injuries

There's a very good chance that either you or someone you know has suffered some sort of knee injury that required more than just a bag of ice and a couple of aspirin to treat.

While chances are good that either you or the person you know made a full recovery thanks to a simple regimen of rest and/or physical therapy, it's possible that more drastic measures proved necessary. Indeed, knee surgery might have been undertaken in an attempt to repair what was eventually diagnosed as torn cartilage.

Securing disability benefits can be difficult, but you're not alone

It's no secret that trying to secure Social Security disability benefits on your own can prove to be an arduous, confusing and ultimately disappointing endeavor.

While some of this can certainly be attributed to the need to complete and submit the all-important and all-perplexing application for disability benefits, at least some of it can also be attributed to the need to navigate the various bureaucratic channels of the Social Security Administration.

Study explores efficacy of oral steroids in treating sciatica

Statistics show that close to one in ten people will suffer from a condition known as sciatica at some point in their life. For those unfamiliar with sciatica, it is typically caused by a herniated or bulging disc in the lower back, and characterized by a sharp, radiating pain in the legs and back.

While there are multiple treatments for sciatica-related pain, including physical therapy and surgery, the one that is undertaken by doctors rather regularly is a regimen of oral steroids.

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