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What is the right tool for 24/7 pain? Having the right tool for the job can mean the difference between being on a roller coaster of uncontrolled pain versus being on a merry-go-round of good pain control. Pain medications have two basic methods for delivering the active ingredient: immediate release or sustained release.
Immediate release medications are designed for occasional, temporary pain because they work fast but don't last. This allows a person to use these short-acting medications like Vicodin , Lortab , and Percocet "as needed for pain" (this is a common instruction on prescription bottles). However, many people end up using quick-acting medications constantly, around-the-clock for 24/7 pain. That is like trying to use a hammer as if it were a nail. Immediate release medications are the wrong tools for the job of controlling constant pain. Because these medications wear-off so quickly, one never has a chance to stay ahead of the pain. Instead, this roller coaster...
You may be questioning whether or not physicians are really treating pain aggressively (see #10 of the Top 10 Reasons Pain Medication Use Is Increasing ). Relatively recently, pain was declared the "fifth vital sign," which means that, along with heartbeat, breathing, blood pressure and temperature, healthcare providers are supposed to evaluate pain levels. What does that mean for you - the patient who goes for help, only to walk away still in pain? Relief is trickling your way.
"Trickling" is the effect that medical training has on the entire medical community. For example, most small- to medium-sized towns have medical doctors who were trained over 15 years ago. These doctors may not be up to speed with the surge of pain management techniques and tools that are becoming available. Just 10 years ago, many teaching hospitals were only training doctors to prescribe hydrocodone ( Vicodin , Norco, Lortab , etc); beyond that, the doctors threw their hands in the air or blamed the patie...
Exercise is commonly broken up into two subcategories- aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Technically, these terms refer to the presence (aerobic) or absence (anaerobic) of oxygen in cell metabolism, the process by which the cells of the body obtain energy.
In aerobic work, the body uses oxygen to produce energy. Often, this means that the heart and lungs are working harder than usual, in order to get enough oxygen into the muscles. In aerobic activity, the muscles utilize oxygen to convert glucose (often from muscle glycogen stores) into adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, which is essentially a molecular unit of intracellular energy transfer. If the glucose stores in the body become low, the body begins to use fat as fuel.
Aerobic exercise is sustainable for longer periods of time; it is usually performed for twenty minutes or longer. (Examples include running, cycling, cross-country skiing, or walking.) Aerobic works strengthe...
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