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Everyone is starting to spring into action. But sometimes those spring-time activities can trigger spine pain. After a few months of winter hibernation, your body might not be quite ready for a sudden burst of activity. So before you start cleaning with vengeance, swinging clubs like no tomorrow, or traveling all over hill and dale; here are few suggestions to help keep the spring in your step.
Spring is usually synonymous with cleaning. Vehicles, garages, houses, and yards; all need a thorough sprucing up once and a while. If you expect to do everything at once, you will likely pay a price for doing too much. By setting a sustainable pace, everything will get done without undoing you. Not only pacing yourself, but also practicing good body mechanics is an important way to get things done without causing a pain flare-up. Bending the knees, moving the feet, and minimizing the reaching can greatly assist your spine especially when using tools like the shovels, rakes and vacuums. ...
Although most people immediately think "headache" when they think of a Migraine, there are many times when some of the accompanying symptoms are as severe and debilitating as the headache, if not more so.
One of those symptoms can be neck pain. Until fairly recently, neck pain was often overlooked as a Migraine symptom. In 2010, a study showed that it's more common in Migraine than nausea. You can find more information about this in Neck Pain as a Migraine Symptom .
Beyond the obvious pain, when neck pain occurs during a Migraine, it impacts Migraineurs in other ways:
Its presence on the day preceding Migraine is associated with treatments not working as well.
Neck pain is predictive of Migraine-related disability, regardless of Migraine frequency and severity.
Presence of neck pain during a Migraine is associated with delayed treatment of Migraine attacks.
You can read more about this in Migraine Treatment Delayed by Neck Pain .
Have you ever had an extraordinary pain that doesn't respond to medication, one that has a team of doctors scratching their heads as they start the pharmacologic dart game? I have. It's a thrilling MS tale of pain, drugs, more pain and more drugs, and even more pain and even more drugs rounding it off with some relief, some breakthrough pain and ultimately some breakthrough revelations.
Let's go back to the year 2005. I was in the last year of a master's degree program at New York University. With a family, a commute and MS, I had to keep pinching myself to prove that I was really pulling it off. Unfortunately, my self-inflicted reminder was replaced with one that forced me to be acutely aware of every moment of every day.
As the story begins I'm on a train pulling into Penn Station. Reading a book, keeping to myself, when all of a sudden every muscle in my foot cramps up and the pain... come to think of it, it started very gradually - a cramping that would c...
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