Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a common and sometimes
devastating condition. I see it quite frequently
in many of my chronic pain patients. In
fact, it contributes to quite a bit of chronic pain, because of the difficulty
it causes in terms of getting a good night's rest, and because it in and of
itself can be rather painful. And there
are diseases associated with chronic pain which can result in so-called
Restless Leg Syndrome is a nighttime condition that has a huge impact on
daytime functioning for those afflicted.
The diagnosis of RLS is mostly arrived at through interviews
with the patient, and basically involves four important features:
is a compelling need to move, usually associated with unpleasant
sensations in the legs, which have been described variously as painful,
electric or "creepy-crawly."
sensations of RLS are worse or exclusively present at rest.
sensations are at least partial...
Losing a limb is a very traumatic event. Not only is the actual act of physically losing the limb traumatic, but there is also psychological trauma too. During these times of warfare and conflict around the world, many adults and children are living a life as an amputee and upwards of 80% of them will also be living with chronic pain as a result of losing that limb.
There are three different types of pain experienced by an amputee. First, the pain can be directly coming from the severed nerve. Second, the pain can also be coming from the residual limb. Finally, the most common type of pain is phantom limb pain. Phantom pain is a painful sensation perceived in the missing portion of the amputated limb. Phantom pain is not to be confused with phantom sensation which is a vivid non-painful experience in the missing limb.
The treatment of phantom limb pain is difficult because this type of nerve pain is often not responsi...
Traveling is supposed to be a pleasurable activity. We all dream of relaxing on warm sandy beaches, curling up by a cozy fire in a mountain-top chalet, or touring historic locations. Unfortunately, the harsh reality of traveling with fibromyalgia (FM) is that often, just getting to our destination is so stressful and exhausting, we spend most of our vacation in bed, trying to recover enough strength to make the trip home. Take heart! It does not have to be that way. With a little pre-planning, you can actually enjoy traveling again. Planning ahead reduces the stress caused by last minute rushing, essential items left behind, inadequate facilities and long lines. Because stress frequently triggers a flare of fibromyalgia symptoms , planning ahead can be the key to making your trip an enjoyable experience. Itinerary Evaluate where you are going and what you will be doing. Do not set unrealistic ex...
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