FROM OUR EXPERTS
This question has not been answered by one of our experts yet.
As I sit here writing, I'm in a lot of pain. The left side of my low back is throbbing. Often I can ease this pain by popping the back, but this time that hasn't worked, and neither has Advil. The next step will be to put a prescription pain patch on it.
"Depression hurts," say the Cymbalta commercials. Yes, it does, and antidepressants that, like Cymbalta, work to make more of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine available have also been shown to relieve pain.
My questions arise from my own experience. Although I was formally diagnosed with bipolar relatively late, I see symptoms going clear back to childhood. I began to have chronic pain in my early 20s, first in my neck and head, then crippling pain in my arms that finally moved to my mid and upper back. This was diagnosed, after 9 difficult years, as fibromyalgia. Then later I injured my low back and have had trouble with it ever since, while other areas of my back flare up periodically.
One of t...
Fibromyalgia (FM) must be diagnosed by a qualified physician who is familiar with the illness and has experience diagnosing it. The specialists who most often diagnose and treat fibromyalgia are rheumatologists. In 1990, the American College of Rheumatology established the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia . Both of the following must be present: A history of widespread pain in all four quadrants of the body for a minimum duration of three months, and Pain in at least 11 of 18 designated tender points when four kilograms (about 10 pounds) of pressure are applied. (See a diagram of the fibromyalgia tender points here .) Although the American College of Rheumatology does not classify fibromyalgia as a diagnosis of exclusion, there are several other illnesses that have similar symptoms and sometimes occur along with FM. Therefore, it is important that the doctor test for certain comorbid conditions as well. Which tests may be necessary wi...
Current research is confirming what biblical wisdom told us centuries ago – that laughter is good for us. Proverbs 17:22 observed, “A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones.” You know that laughing makes you feel better emotionally, but now scientific studies are also revealing positive physiological effects. Laughter: Reduces pain by triggering the pituitary gland to secrete endorphins, a natural painkiller. Stimulates your immune system to fight infection. Gives a feeling of well-being brought on when the endocrine system secretes hormones called catecholamines. Aides brain function by improving circulation and oxygenating your bodies. Improves discernment by stimulating your hypothalamus. Well-known author Norman Cousins was the first to document the physiological benefits of laughter, giving validity to the adage that laughter is the best medicine. In 1964 Cousins was diagnosed with a painful, degenera...
You should know
Answers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition. Content posted by community members does not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media, which also reserves the right to remove material deemed inappropriate.