Fibromyalgia and Brain Abnormalities – Is it All in Your Head?

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Abnormal blood flow in the brains of fibromyalgia patients could explain pain and cognitive symptoms.

The cause(s) of fibromyalgia remains unknown but in recent months scientists have presented the idea that fibromyalgia is all in your head. Now, before anger sets in, it is important to note that this is not akin to your physician saying that anxiety, depression, and stress are the underlying cause of your fibromyalgia and neck pain but that, instead, brain abnormalities may be the true cause of the condition. Read more

Chronic Neck Pain – Could Vitamin B6 Supplements Help?

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Could popping B6 pills help your neck pain?

A new study has linked chronic inflammation to low vitamin B6 levels, so could some simple dietary changes help your neck pain? Although some inflammation is normal and, indeed, helpful, at the time of acute injury once this becomes chronic it can create all manner of problems for cardiovascular health, musculoskeletal health, type 2 diabetes, and even cognitive health.

More research needs doing but, perhaps, it’s a good idea to create a ‘neck pain diet’ including vitamin B6-rich foods to lower inflammation. Read more

Complementary Therapies for RA Don't Work, According to New Review.

complementary therapy neck pain rheumatoid arthritisA systematic review of complementary therapies for Rheumatoid arthritis has concluded that there is little evidence to support their use in relieving the pain of this autoimmune condition. Millions of patients make use of alternative treatments for neck pain and back pain but this latest research may make them think twice before shelling out money for unproven remedies for Rheumatoid arthritis.
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Pain Medications May Actually Make Pain Worse

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Could your neck pain medication actually be making your pain worse?

Pain costs the United States an estimated $635 billion each year according to recent statistics with money spent on medical care and loss of productivity as workers take days off or work less efficiently due to pain. A fairly new phenomenon further adds to the misery: chronic neck pain and opioid-induced hyperalgesia. What this means is that your pain medications are actually making your neck pain worse. If you’re taking opioids to manage chronic neck pain then read on, it could make the difference between recovery and a lifelong problem.
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Hair Loss, Neck Pain, and the Connections.

Menopause and Thyroid-Related Hair-Loss

Many women (and often their hairdressers) notice changes in hair quality during menopause, with hair becoming dry and coarse, falling out more easily and not growing as fast. Thyroid problems due to hormonal disruption are common as the production of estrogen in the ovaries slows down in menopause, making the adrenal glands an important site for hormone production. As the adrenals are negatively affected by stress, caffeine, and alcohol, this makes homeostasis even more of a challenge than before. Stress also induces inflammation and some people compound the problem by resorting to smoking as a calming activity. Smoking, neck pain, hair loss, stress, and thyroid disease may all be bound up together in a complex dysfunctional state, meaning that a patient may need considerably more than just thyroid medication to resolve all their issues surrounding hair loss and neck pain. Read more

Once-Daily Rheumatoid Arthritis Pill Shows Promise

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Ed Keystone, MD, of the University of Toronto, presented preliminary findings from a trial of a one-a-day Rheumatoid Arthritis medication, baricitinib.

A new, once-daily Rheumatoid Arthritis pill looks set to revolutionize treatment of the autoimmune joint disease as trial data is released for Baricitinib. Last month the FDA approved a twice-daily drug for RA called tofacitinib and some rheumatologists are singing the praises of this latest move towards the ‘holy grail’ of RA treatment, the one-a-day oral medication. Rheumatoid Arthritis, which can cause symptoms of fatigue, fever, joint swelling, and neck pain, is thought to affect 1.3 million people in the US, with three times more women than men affected. Read more

Can You Golf With a Bulging Disc in Your Neck?

Bulging disc in the neckA bulging disc in the neck is not necessarily symptomatic but neck pain and other symptoms can arise when a cervical nerve root becomes compressed by a bulging disc. Playing golf with a bulging disc in the neck may, therefore, become virtually impossible. Anyone who plays golf knows that success on the course depends on the ability to repeat a smooth, integrated swing. This requires coordinated body movement from head to toe, which is hard to maintain if a bulging disc is causing a pinched nerve in the neck or any other part of the spine.
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How an Office Worker Can Handle Neck Pain Related to a Herniated Disc

Herniated discOffice workers generally don’t have to do much heavy lifting, or operate complicated machinery, or climb to perilous heights supported only by a rope and carabiner. Yet, even though a serious  injury is not typically a major concern in an office setting, neck pain experienced while sitting at a desk can be every bit as disruptive as an ankle sprained on a construction job. In fact, neck pain related to a herniated disc or similar spinal condition could be far more serious and difficult to manage over the long term than an acute injury such as a sprain or muscle strain. There are, however, several ways an office worker can mitigate the symptoms related to a herniation of an intervertebral disc in the neck. Read more

Tension Headaches and Neck Pain

tension headache and neck painTension headaches and neck pain are very common but many people, and their physicians, neglect to find out the underlying cause meaning that treatments for tension headaches and neck pain are either unsuccessful or never applied. The pain in a tension headache will usually commence at the back of the head and move forwards, engulfing the scalp, creating a sensation of tightness across the head, and maybe even extending into the neck and shoulders. Some tension headaches and neck pain are connected to Read more