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 ...
Doing anything is difficult if your hands hurt, especially the thumbs . Unfortunately, when arthritis strikes the hands, it can affect multiple joints on both sides. As a result of aching hands, many people have to give up their favorite hobbies or even a career. Before you throw in the hand towel, consider some treatment methods for those painful, worn-out hands.
A counter-intuitive method for relieving hand pain is to use heat and keep the hands warm. One way to keep the hands warm is by using hand arthritis gloves . You would be amazed at how helpful this simple, cheap item can be for painful hands. Going another step further, some people purchase home paraffin wax units . Dipping arthritic hands in warm wax really helps to improve range-of-motion and relieve stiffness. If a paraffin wax unit is too expensive, try soaking your hands in warm water two or three times per day for 10-15 minutes. Warmth keeps the hands going.
Because inflammation keeps the hands swollen and p...
Mouth sores usually go away in 10 to 14 days, even if you don't do anything. They sometimes last up to 6 weeks. The following steps can make you feel better:
Avoid hot beverages and foods, spicy and salty foods, and citrus.
Gargle with cool water or eat popsicles. This is helpful if you have a mouth burn.
Take pain relievers like acetaminophen.
For canker sores:
Rinse with salt water.
Apply a thin paste of baking soda and water.
Mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide with 1 part water and apply this mixture to the sores using a cotton swab.
For more severe cases, treatments include fluocinonide gel (Lidex), anti-inflammatory amlexanox paste (Aphthasol), or chlorhexidine gluconate (Peridex) mouthwash.
Nonprescription medications, such as Orabase, can protect a sore inside the lip and on the gums. Blistex or Campho-Phenique may provide some relief of canker sores and fever blister...
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