Pain is a very difficult thing to measure. There's no lab test that can put it into an absolute number like a white blood cell count. Yet with 50 million chronic pain sufferers in the United States alone, there's got to be a better way to measure pain than the visual analog scale (VAS). Using this scale, patients assign a number from zero to 10 to rate their pain (zero is no pain, 10 is the worst pain). This is so subjective, even the patients can't tell if a rating of three today is better or worse than yesterday's three. Efforts are being made by pain researchers to develop an interactive, intuitive computer program that will help quantify (put into numbers) variable describing and defining pain (e.g., location, intensity, duration). There is also a need for some kind of chronic pain assessment tool that can measure improvement in pain levels. Being able to measure improvement would help researchers identify which treatment approaches are working best. In this study, researchers from ...
Generic Name: CAPSAICIN - TOPICAL Pronounced: (kap-SAY-i-sin) Muscle Relief Top Uses
This medication is used to treat minor aches and pains of
the muscles/joints (e.g., arthritis, backache, sprains). It may also be used to
treat nerve pain. Capsaicin works by decreasing a certain natural substance in
your body (substance P) that helps pass pain signals to the
How To Use Muscle Relief Top
Use this medication on the skin only. Follow all
directions on the product package. If you are uncertain about any of the
information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
For the cream, gel, and lotion forms, apply a thin layer
of medication to the affected area and rub in gently and thoroughly. You may
want to use a cotton ball/swab or latex glove to apply the medication to avoid
touching the medication with your hands.
Do not apply the medication in the eyes, mouth, nostrils,
or genitals. If you do get the medication in those areas, flu...
A couple of months ago, I had coffee with a friend who had just started an exercise program. She would grimace anytime she got up, obviously her muscles and joints rebelling against her new regimen. To ease the pain, many people would use the heating bad, a massage or a hot bath with lots of Epsom salts. Those all are great ways to ease the discomfort, but there are other options you can use as well.
For instance, your dietary choices can make a big difference! “Food works on a cellular level, so you might not notice a difference in the first hour after eating them,” Jessica Crandall, a Denver dietitian and member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, told The Wall Street Journal . However, some foods can decrease muscle inflammation and can help you recover. These foods and beverages include:
Omega-3 fatty acids - The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that eating foods with omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation. The George Mateljan Foundation poi...
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