Facing the Pain in Fear of Addiction
In the United States, there is a common fear that taking pain medications for a long period of time could lead to addiction. And this fear may extend beyond those taking medications for chronic pain.
Military PTSD Outlasts Physical Pain
Serious injuries can leave marks on both the body and the mind. Combat veterans with leg and arm injuries may feel a mental health burden long after physical pain eases.
Aches & Pains Higher in Smokers
Quitting smoking, may at the very least, ease chronic pain conditions. Even occasional smoking may still contribute to long-term pain in seniors.
How Are Our Soldiers Sleeping?
Military service can be brutal on a person's body. But it may be even more brutal on a person's sleep. Insomnia, sleep apnea and too little sleep appear common among military personnel.
Depression and Anxiety Linked to Jaw Pain
Many factors are associated with jaw pain including genetics, environment and personal habits. Depression and anxiety also play a role in jaw pain, but to what degree is not fully understood.
Using the Mind to Reduce Inflammation
If you're in pain, you probably don't feel great. If you're emotionally frustrated or upset, it can make your pain worse. So then how do you break the cycle?
Don't Worry, Be Happy — and Healthy
Got a lot of stress in your life? No biggie. It's not the stress that will affect your health ten years from now. It's how you react to it.
PTSD for Back Surgery Common
Post-surgery recovery can seem like a daunting ordeal before considering the possibility of a related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For many patients, PTSD is a reality, and addressing any psychiatric conditions like depression or anxiety may help reduce the chance of occurrence.
Pain is More Than Expensive
The U.S. economy feels the impact of lower worker production and higher healthcare costs due to chronic pain. What can be done to help patients feel better and get back to work?
Depression and Substance Abuse
Depression in patients with access to an opioid prescription can lead to misuse through self-medication. Doctors should screen chronic opioid therapy patients for depression.