Posts Tagged ‘Chronic Pain’

Which foods are helpful to strengthen the back muscles and consequently get reflief from chronic back pain?

March 8th, 2009 3 comments
paresh p asked:

I know back pain can be relieved by medical examination and treatment but I feel that there may be some foods (for example foods which are rich in Calcium) to make the back muscles strong and as a result get some relief from back pain?


February 24th, 2009 No comments
Terry OBrien asked:

The sad fact is that nearly everyone will experience pain at some time in his or her life. Unfortunately however for some people pain becomes an everyday experience.

Here in the UK studies have shown that about 20% of the population suffers from chronic pain (pain lasting for more than three months). Nearly 15% of the population suffers from chronic pain severe enough to prevent them from living a normal life.

Studies have also shown that many people do not have their pain managed effectively.

Lets be honest Pain is an unpleasant experience.

It involves sensory nerves that detect pain and the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) that alters the final experience of pain. Pain is also influenced by our emotional state.

The simplest form of pain to understand is acute pain, for example that which occurs if you cut yourself. This pain acts as a warning signal so that you protect the injured area. The pain originates from pain-sensing nerves at the site of injury and usually gets better quickly.

Pain doesn’t always get better and may become chronic. Chronic pain is more difficult to control than acute pain and frequently requires specialist assessment and treatment. Sometimes pain becomes a disease in itself, rather than just a symptom of a disease.

This is confusing both to the person with pain and their treating health professionals, sometimes resulting in unnecessary investigation and even surgery.

Another form of pain that is difficult to treat is neuropathic pain (pronounced new-row-pathick). Neuropathic pain results from abnormal function in, or injury to, the nervous system, for example pain following amputation (phantom limb pain) or sciatica.

Neuropathic pain is sometimes difficult to diagnose, and the treatment of neuropathic pain requires specialist knowledge.

Being in pain is a stressful experience and can have an impact on many areas of your life activity levels, work, social life, relationships and psychological well-being.

People often feel they are no longer in control of their life. Other people may have suggested that the pain is not real or is ‘in your head’ At Back Trouble UK we know that your pain is real and we are here to help.

Terry O’Brien

Back Trouble UK


Does anyone take methadone for cronic lower back pain?

February 4th, 2009 1 comment
Tonia M asked:

I am on methadone for chronic lower back pain. I had surgery in 98 and now may need another. Is there anyway to avoid surgery, and still take LESS MEDS?
I don’t want to go through another surgery, but I can’t stand the pain, and the meds seem to help less less. I refused a higher dose recently because I am worried about addiction and the effects of taking too much medication. If I take more, It will be less effective AFTER surgery!
Anyone have a similar problem, and how did you handle it?


February 1st, 2009 No comments
Peter James Field asked:

At one point or another each of us has experienced pain.

Though few people actually welcome it, few would deny that it has an essential role to play in our survival. After all, without pain, we simply wouldn’t be aware that tissue damage is taking place somewhere in our body and that we need to do something – fast.

In any approach to pain, of course, we need to first check with a qualified doctor or other medical practitioner. It is essential that we get a proper medical evaluation of our situation and the correct treatment for any disease or injury that we may have suffered.

But what if we have already done this? But what if we have already received and understood the message pain brings, done all we – and the doctor – can do and yet still the pain exists?

This is the predicament faced by millions of us on a daily basis. And living with this kind of pain seriously affects the quality of life for anyone forced to experience and endure it.

Generally speaking, pain may be divided into two distinct types: Acute pain and chronic pain.

Acute pain is useful and indeed, essential. It informs us of what needs attention and this is the reason for its existence. It’s a signal relayed from the wounded area to the brain alerting us to take action.

But chronic pain is altogether different. With pain of this kind, we have already received the message and still it persists. It is ongoing and relentless. It’s as if we seem to be just stuck with it.

Indeed, the chronic pain generated by conditions such as rheumatism, back and shoulder pain, arthritis, migraine headaches, post surgical pain, cancer (and sometimes its treatment), fybromyalgia etc serves no useful purpose. It is unneeded for our survival.

Put simply, chronic pain is useless pain.

When pain outlives its usefulness it needs to be muted or silenced.

Perhaps the most surprising thing is that we almost always look to ourselves last in any attempt to control our chronic pain. Yet it is within our self and our own mind that real pain relief and truly effective pain control can be found.

Because we are so accustomed to looking outside of ourselves for help with pain, we seem to have a learned mind-set of helplessness when it comes to chronic pain. We have been conditioned to accept that something or someone external to ourselves is responsible for making pain go away.

Understanding that we have it within our self to control pain is a major step forward in releasing its truly debilitating grip on our life.

And this is the wonderful power of using hypnosis and self-hypnosis for pain relief.

With properly applied hypnosis we are empowered to instruct our own mind to dramatically reduce – and in many cases totally eliminate – any pain we may be experiencing.

No drugs, no apparatus, no TEMS machines are needed. Indeed, hypnosis is so powerful that it can be, and sometimes is, used instead of local or general anaesthetic in order to completely eliminate pain even in major surgery.

All that’s required is your mind’s own innate capacities and abilities.

If you or someone you care about suffers from chronic pain, there really is something you can do about it.

By working with an experienced and fully qualified transformational hypnotherapist, you can learn how to control even long-standing chronic pain.

Using the power of your own mind you can indeed learn to control pain – and regain control of your life.


January 27th, 2009 No comments
Hemant Yagnick, M.D. asked:

Chronic pain is a complex medical condition influenced by biological, physical, behavioral, environmental and social forces. Because this is true I am dedicated to and passionate about using a multidisciplinary approach, relying upon my well-rounded training and experience in the field of interventional pain medicine.

Using a multidisciplinary approach increases the chance of identifying the source of pain at its root and then developing a treatment plan from the very beginning that has the greatest potential of lessening pain and returning the patient to as normal a life as possible.

And, whenever possible, I believe the patient should receive relief from pain and become trained in coping techniques to speed up their recovery. Why would anyone want to delay the lessening of pain and improve their quality of life? That’s not rational. In fact, it is very irrational for patients and employers not to take Chronic Pain seriously and intervene as quickly as medically possible.

Consider that in the United States alone employers spend nearly $1 billion a week on wage payments and medical care for workers hurt on the job, according to the 2005 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index.

A survey by the National Pain Foundation (NPF) has found that persistent pain has risen dramatically, up almost 40 percent, among full-time U.S. workers in the past 10 years. The NPF poll of more than 1,000 workers found the prevalence of chronic pain was much more common in the workplace (26 percent) in 2006 than it was in 1996 (19 percent).

Even more, almost nine out of 10 employees with chronic pain typically went to work rather than stay at home, the survey found. The vast majority — 95 percent — said their pain had to be either moderate or very severe before they stayed home from work. Forty-six percent of those employees with chronic pain said their pain often or sometimes affects their ability to perform their job.

I am the Medical Director of the Walton Pain Center, a part of the Walton Rehabilitation Health Systems of Augusta, GA, which uses a continuum of care approach to return Workman’s Comp clients or returning patients to work and to a comfortable lifestyle as well.

Walton has been a leader for many years in the conservative treatment of Chronic Pain through traditional outpatient services. Now that reputation has been elevated by reaching the same goal within two weeks through a new program recently launched by the Walton Pain Center.

The center has a demonstrable record of success using reliable interventional strategies, therapy, surgical consultations, and massage. The innovative Inpatient Pain Program adds a new dimension of achieving the same desired results but in far less time – within two weeks!

The primary goals of the new two-week comprehensive Inpatient Pain Program are to:

• Break the patient’s pain cycle

• Enhance physical function and mobility and thus increase productivity

• Improve emotional distress (depression, anxiety, diminished self esteem)

• Promote the return to pre-injury activities and/or employment

This new two-week program is designed for patients with Chronic Pain that has disrupted their professional and personal lives. The focus is on intensive pain management, under close supervision, in a structured, therapeutic and supportive environment. The pain treatment team consists of Physical and Occupational therapists, Psychologist, Nursing staff, Masseur, Dietician, Chaplain, and in-house case management.

Treatment strategies center on providing medication monitoring and conservative interventional management to insure patients are taking the most appropriate medications at the most effective dosages and other pain relieving procedures as needed. The physical/occupational therapy component is structured in such a way as to encourage the patient to take a greater role in improving their stamina and physical functioning through muscle strengthening, tone and endurance exercises.

The new two-week Inpatient Pain Program will provide more intensive and focused pain management than what is available now only through outpatient treatment.

By providing the psychological component, we speed the recovery process by ensuring that the Chronic Pain patient understands that our aim is not to eliminate pain but to lessen pain and providing coping skills needed to return to work and live a more normal, productive life.

And how important is this? Ask American employers who are paying $1 billion a week for workers hurt on the job. Returning workers to their jobs as quickly as possible and curbing reoccurring bouts with pain can produce major savings.

With reasonable per diem rates, based on the patient’s needs, this new Inpatient Pain Program is designed to provide more intensive and focused pain management than currently available through outpatient treatment only.

Walton Rehabilitation Health Systems (WRHS) is a leading not-for-profit comprehensive, multi-specialty, dedicated provider of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Our mission is to be an advocate for wellness by providing a continuum of services to treat the whole person. WRHS, whose reputation extends throughout the south, is a trusted partner with just the right expertise and treatments to help people with disabling injuries and illnesses return to work and to a fulfilling life.

By pursuing its mission, WRHS has grown to include Walton Pain and Headache Centers, Walton Community Services, Walton Options for Independent Living, Walton Foundation for Independence, and Walton Technologies. We are located at: 1355 Independence Drive, Augusta, GA 30901-1037. For more information visit or call 866-4-WALTON.


January 20th, 2009 No comments
Apurva Shree asked:

If you have been facing persistent back pain symptoms and have been ignoring them so far, then it is now time to give it a serious thought. Pain in the back which is usually severe or gives out a burning sensation can be termed as Chronic Back Pain. chronic pain symptoms are usually faced due to inflammation of the spinal tissues and they last over weeks or even months.

Five Stages from Acute to Chronic Back Pain

In most of the cases back pain progresses from being acute pain to chronic pain. Following are the stages through which you would undergo incase of a back pain:

Stage 1: In this stage, the back pain is at a preliminary phase. Most of us would ignore this back pain considering it to be a usual pain and take rest or maybe catch up on some extra hours of sleep! This stage lasts for maximum 2 -3 days.

Stage 2: The pain refuses to subside and gets stronger. This time you decide to take a pain killer or apply some external ointment to kill the pain. The pain is as severe as stage 1, however still bearable.

Stage 3: You face acute pain in the back and the pain subsides due to pain killers but reappears. However the pain is faced only in one particular area of the back. This is a critical stage. Most of the times, appropriate actions are not taken by the victim to curb these pains. Till this stage 3, you are only facing acute back pain. These pains could last for a week or two.

Stage 4: Many a times, you would see a gap between stage 3 and 4. In this stage you face a severe burning sensation in your back. These pains slowly get unbearable.

Stage 5: In this stage, you observe that the pain is moving from the spinal cord to the hips and into the legs at times and now your pain can be termed as chronic back pain. It is vital to go through a back pain diagnosis and eventually undergo treatments if your pain has lasted not only days but weeks.

All through these stages you will observe that back pain can be self controlled, however only at early stages. Taking pain killers is also only a temporary solution. Rather indulge in some simple stretching back pain exercises at home which could eventually prove to be beneficial. If not totally, surely 50% is in your hands on how you control your chronic pain symptoms and not let them turn into chronic pain symptoms. Also at every stage of back pain it is important to carefully do back pain diagnosis at every stage to be able to provide the right observations to the doctor when needed.