MS pain can be excruciating, frequent, inconvenient or heavy unending dullness. There are many traditional treatments that help to alleviate those pains . However, they don't always work and there is always someone who can't or just doesn't want to take too much medication. Some MSers are ready to try anything -- just to make the pain stop. Today, I am talking about alternative treatments that may be used when addressing pain. Approximately 50% - 75% of MSers use some form of Complementary and Alternative Medication (CAM), non-traditional interventions intended to reduce pain. There are many alternative treatments targeting MS pain, some even promising a cure. Some of them are recognized and recommended by the medical community, effective in stopping or reducing pain. Others are completely useless and a few possibly even harmful. Alternatives often lack sufficient documentation and research, and some are not taken seriously enough to justify research costs. Therefore, efficacy of most alt...
In April, I turned 43. Yes, I'm a Taurus. Living in the middle of what I hope to be a
long life, I'd like to give you some observations about recovery at mid-life.
When I was in my twenties, I had a rocky time of
it. My first psychiatrist, Dr. Santiago,
told me, "Your thirties will be prime time."
It turned out that he was on to something. That was the bridge decade-between sickness
and health. Now that I'm older, I can
honestly say that our forties are the victory lap. Your forties are going to be some of the best
times of your life, a time when the symptoms hopefully attenuate.
I talk every so often in here about "ultimate goals"
to strive for in recovery and I'm not sure the one that takes center stage, but
this one is up there: forgiving yourself and letting go. What I know: at 43, I'm more open and kind
and generous, towards myself and others.
I'm not so concerned with how I look, and with other people's appearan...
Alternative Names Backache; Low back pain; Lumbar pain; Pain - back; Acute back pain; Back pain - new; Back pain - short-term Symptoms You may feel a variety of symptoms if you've hurt your back. You may have a tingling or burning sensation, a dull achy feeling, or sharp pain. Depending on the cause, you also may have weakness in your legs or feet. Low back pain can vary widely. The pain may be mild, or it can be so severe that you are unable to move. Depending on the cause of your back pain, you may also have pain in your leg, hip, or bottom of your foot. See: Sciatica Signs and tests When you first see your doctor, you will be asked questions about your back pain, including how often it occurs and how severe it is. Your doctor will try to determine the cause of your back pain and whether it is likely to quickly get better with simple measures such as ice, mild painkillers, physical therapy, and proper exercises. Most of the time, back pain will get better using these approaches. Questions w...
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