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It's back-to-school time, and for me, that means many things.
One thing the new school year means is a new cadre to disclose to. Thankfully I'm at the point in my graduate career where I am no longer taking classes. This considerably slims down the number of new people to potentially disclose to.
Another thing the new school year means is that I have a whole new crop of students to get to know; names to learn (assuming that my lupus mind can remember anything at all), papers to grade, and the inevitable drama that can ensue when teaching undergraduates.
Although between my office hours, my teaching sections, and the lecture for the class only takes up eight hours a week, the toll that it takes on me is immense. Many of my symptoms that had been gone for nearly a year are back. I've been exhausted and in pain. And I'm really frustrated by this.
The thing is, teaching, no matter when and where you do it, is ultimately a performance art. You have to be on all ...
Spinal pain, or back pain, is very common in the Western world. In fact, it affects up to 80 percent of people at least one time in their life. Usually, the pain is nonspecific , not caused by any particular trauma or injury, or there isn't any body part or tissue that has been noticeably injured. Most often, nonspecific back pain goes away after three to 12 months, although most people do end up having more back pain later. And, among those people, an average of 16 percent experience back pain that's bad enough to affect their every day life. This means the majority of people with nonspecific back pain don't usually have any long-term problems and don't even seek medical help. Many studies have been done that have helped doctors understand things like catastrophizing (feeling that things worse than they really are), depression and feeling badly about oneself as a result of chronic pain. It's been found that the amount of psychological distress felt by a patient affects how the patient...
Back care consists of any of several approaches used to restore or maintain a healthy, pain-free back. Low back pain is a major problem in our society. Up to 90 percent of all Americans will have a problem with back pain at some time in their lives. They will spend approximately five billion dollars annually for relief. Each year, some 200,000 back surgeries are performed, and hundreds of thousands of prescriptions are written for medications to relieve low back pain. It is estimated that one-third of all workmen's claims and 60 percent of all long-term disability payments are used for the care of back injuries. It is no wonder there is an increasing interest in the prevention and management of low back pain. The major reason low back pain is not a simple problem to solve is that each individual's situation is unique. Pain may be the result of any combination of factors, such as day-to-day activities, lifestyle, level of fitness, nutritional status and even, the aging process. ...
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