Man with Body Aches

Thoughts On Everyday Aches & Pains

Man with Body AchesEverybody has some sort of pain everyday, some rather urgent and others just plain annoying. For instance, what about that tight ponytail we all must have had at one time in our life? This sensation is caused from nerve endings in the skin that contains your hair follicles. This type of pain on the skin of the scalp or hair is called trichodynia. Usually, when someone says their hair hurts, it is sometimes associated with depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive thoughts or behaviors.

Your brain’s way of interpreting information about a particular sensation is through pain. This can be a warning system that might be severe. Those women who have red hair sometimes need more anesthesia than those with dark hair. They have increased pain sensitivity.

Be sure to lift with your legs and not your back as 8 out of 10 people will have some sort of back pain, and we Americans spend at least $50 billion a year on back pain relief. Americans under 45 are on disability because of this type of pain.

Around 20% of children aged 2 to 12 have mild to severe pain in their legs at night. They are called growing pains, but that’s a little misleading since growth itself doesn’t hurt. Maybe they are getting a sign of overused muscles.

Migraines are reported by some people saying they occur as the weather changes. A study at Tufts University found that arthritis pain increased with every 10-degree drop in temperature and increasing barometric pressure was also a pain trigger.

The theory that women have a higher threshold for pain because they evolved to endure childbirth is debunked. Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine examined more than 160,000 pain scores for more than 72,000 adult patients and found women reported more intense pain than men in many disease categories, including acute sinusitis.

Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system and chronic pain can last for months or even years. Fibromyalgia and endometriosis are good examples of chronic pain conditions.

The body releases pleasure chemicals called endorphins during exercise. This helps with the stress and depression that can come with pain. Exercise can help protect older people against falls and bone fractures.

To reduce swelling and inflammation, use ice packs to numb the skin and decrease pain and spasms. Do NOT use ice on any open wounds, burned or blistered skin.

Arthritis affects the musculoskeletal system and joints, and Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s tissues. These joint problems caused by arthritis causes pain and some arthritis can occur as early as infancy.

Positive thinking can do more than make you feel happy, as it can also be an important part of managing chronic pain.

Most people have a cabinet full of acetaminophen or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen to treat their pain. Other medications used to treat specific conditions, will need a prescription from your physician.

For back pain it has always been thought a firm mattress is better for you. There really isn’t any evidence to support that. Perhaps it’s the way you are laying rather than what you are laying on. Maybe a better pillow will help.

The sinuses are actually air chambers behind your cheekbones, forehead and around and behind your nose that contain mucus. The tiny hairs sweep this mucus out of your sinuses so it can drain through your nose. Sinusitis occurs when the sinus lining becomes inflamed. Pain or pressure on the forehead and around your cheeks and nose is usually a symptom of sinusitis. You can also have jaw and tooth pain as well. That is usually the first sign of sinus problems for me. Enjoy these facts on our daily aches and pains. Hopefully they might answer some questions for you and reduce some of the stress.

-Dr Fredda Branyon

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