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The Doctor’s Guide to Properly Managing Chronic Pain

For anyone who struggles with chronic pain you will know that it is one of the most difficult things to manage. It is hard to understand just how exhausting and draining it is to deal with chronic pain, to help out anyone who suff...

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The Doctor’s Guide to Properly Managing Chronic Pain

The Doctor's Guide to Properly Managing Chronic Pain

For anyone who struggles with chronic pain you will know that it is one of the most difficult things to manage. It is hard to understand just how exhausting and draining it is to deal with chronic pain, to help out anyone who suffers with it we’ve made a quick guide based on doctors recommendations on how best to manage chronic pain.

What is chronic pain?

To understand what chronic pain is, you must first understand what pain is. Pain is caused by the body’s central nervous system which is made up of the brain and the nerves in the spinal cord. The nerves and the brain are constantly sending messages between each other so they can communicate what is going on in your body. The brain is seen as the control center of the operations and the nerves send messages to it which the brain then deciphers and decided on how to react. If there is an alarming message the brain will notice this and when it deciphers the message it will cause pain. In most cases the pain signals will ease quickly, but sometimes they persist.

When they persist for longer than 12 weeks, after you’ve been prescribed medication or been on a course of treatment, this is known as chronic pain. Chronic pain is more common than people think, with 1 in 5 people suffering from chronic pain at some point in their lifetime. There isn’t always a medical explanation as to why some people’s pain becomes chronic rather than going away but there are plenty of ways to try and deal with it.

Is meditation effective?

There are various types of mediation, ranging from mindfulness to focusing on your thoughts, meditation originates from a variety of religions and over recent years has become much more prominent in western culture. Meditation is thought to be soothing and a good stress relief, it is a repetitive process that allows you to ignore your surroundings and focus on your thoughts or breathing to help you relax. If you’re struggling to get used to meditation yourself then there are plenty of classes or online courses that you can take to help you get into that state of relaxation. The most common way to meditate is to find a quiet and relaxing environment and to breathe very deeply. There are many studies that show that once you’re in this state of relaxation, it can help to ease your chronic pain, by doing this several times a week you will likely feel a massive difference in how much pain you’re struggling with.

How does my lifestyle affect chronic pain?

Chronic pain and lifestyle, although on the surface seem like there is no relation between them, actually go hand in hand. It is widely known that if you’re struggling with any negative mental emotions or have any mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety, this can actually worsen how much pain you’re having to deal with. Often, by dealing with events in your life that are causing you stress you can lessen how depressed you’re feeling which will in turn reduce the amount of pain you’re having to manage. There are many proven methods to help reduce stress but you’ll have to find the best method that works for you, some of the most popular stress relivers include listening to soothing music, listening to audio books or guided imagery.

Is there anything I can take to help manage the pain?

If you’re suffering from chronic pain it is likely that you’ve tried every pain killer under the sun, from ibuprofen to aspirin to co-codamol. Whilst it is not prescribed a great tip is using CBD gummies for pain relief. Some people avoid using CBD as they don’t know what it is, CBD is one of the active ingredients in cannabis, but it is not the ingredient that has psychoactive affects, this is THC. There have been plenty of studies on the effectiveness of CBD in helping deal with pain and over 60% of these studies have has positive results. CBD helps to block some of the messages that the nervous system is sending to the brain so the brain doesn’t send out any alarming signals, which blocks the pain that you’re feeling. There are plenty of websites online to buy CBD gummies, of if you prefer you can get CBD in vape form or as an oil.

Does exercise help?

Many people hate taking part in exercise and find it really difficult to maintain a regular exercise regimen. However, exercise seems to help with most things in life and chronic pain is included in this. Exercise is so good for your body that when you exercise your body releases endorphins, these are a chemical that are released in your brain and not only do they increase your mood but have been shown to block pain signals. Depending on what condition is causing your chronic pain you may need to be cautious about what exercise you participate in, if you’re unsure then your doctor will be able to help you work out a plan. It’s important to find an exercise that you enjoy as this will make it seem less like work or a chore and you’re more likely to stick to it and feel the long-term benefits.

Is there anything else I should be aware of?

One of the side effects of chronic pain is struggling to sleep, if you consume alcohol then this can also have a negative impact on your sleeping schedule so you’ll want to avoid alcohol to prevent making sleeping issues any worse. Smoking is another thing to avoid as this causes issues with your circulation which can also make your chronic pain worse. Another great thing to consider is finding a local support group, most people won’t understand the pain that you’re going through so it will be a relief to speak to people who can understand and provide you with tips from their own experiences.

How Your Oral Hygiene Can Affect Your Overall Health

How Your Oral Hygiene Can Affect Your Overall Health

From a young age, we were all told the importance of brushing our teeth. Our teeth are valuable tools that we need to take good care of, as they allow us to eat food, which gives our body the valuable nutrients that it needs to be able to thrive. Even in our earliest years of education, we got an extensive education on why we should keep our teeth clean and the importance of oral hygiene. Though we all have a pretty good understanding of why brushing our teeth is essential to ensuring our oral hygiene, not many people know that your oral health can have an impact on how the rest of your body functions, which only adds to the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene.

Here is a look into how your oral hygiene can affect your overall health and wellbeing.

Mental Health

Something that you may not have thought about is the way that our oral hygiene affects our mental health. When you look at someone, one of the first things that you notice about them is their smile, as this is where our eyes naturally focus.

If you are someone that suffers from poor oral hygiene, then the idea of someone focusing on your teeth maybe your idea of a nightmare. This is perfectly understandable as nobody wants people to focus on their insecurities.  Poor dental hygiene can also lead to poor breath and according to this dentist in Wembley, bad breath only becomes worse with constant exposure to bacteria and can become extremely noticeable very quickly. This may create feelings of social anxiety, which can get in the way of you making friends and doing something as minute as smiling, which can take quite the toll on your mental health.

Simply keeping a good oral hygiene plan can mean that you avoid these feelings of social alienation, which means you can enjoy life without worrying about feeling embarrassed or people noticing your poor hygiene.

Diabetes

If you are someone that suffers from diabetes and you are not putting the work into maintaining good oral hygiene, then you may be putting your body at risk. Studies show that people that suffer from diabetes are much more likely to develop gum disease. Not only are you opening yourself up to the risk of developing gum disease easier, but other studies show that there is a direct correlation between gum disease and your bodies glucose levels. This means that if you already have diabetes, then getting gum disease can you make you feel incredibly unwell and will heighten any of the effects of diabetes that you already experience.  If you are someone that doesn’t suffer from diabetes, developing issues such as gum disease can trigger diabetes in your body, so be sure that you take the time to focus on your oral hygiene every day.

Lungs

Something that you may not know is that having poor dental hygiene can have a direct impact on your lungs. The reason that we brush our teeth every day is to get rid of any build-up of nasty bacteria that may have developed throughout the day. If you are not brushing your teeth, then you are not getting rid of the bacteria and so it is being left to continue to build up in your mouth. When you breathe throughout the day, you are inhaling all of the nasty bacteria into your lungs, which can lead to problems. From abusing your dental hygiene you can develop lung infections and even pneumonia, so it is best just to clean your teeth.

Stay Safe While Dating: 8 Health Tips

Stay Safe While Dating: 8 Health Tips

Dating can be painted as all fun and games, something that is easy and natural to do. However, a lot of women know that dating can be very dangerous as well, especially using dating apps and meeting complete strangers for the first time. This is why we always must be extra careful, and here are some tips to help keep you safe whilst you’re trying to find the Mr Right.

Background check

Before meeting with your date, it would be a good idea to research them first. Look them up on social media and see what you find. This way you can check to make sure they’re a real person, and it also allows you to learn a little bit more about them prior to the date. Be careful to not let this fall into stalker territory though, you only want to check that their safe, not go through their whole Facebook profile.

Catfish

This can fall into the same category as the last one, but it is easy to create a fake profile online for someone to find. Therefore, it is a good idea to video call your date before you meet them, to make sure they are who they say they are, and that means you can pass on details to your friends so they know what your date looks like too, in case of an emergency.

Personal information

It is also a good idea to not tell your date too much personal information, before meeting them and on the first few dates, as this could be used against you by the wrong person. Avoid giving details like your address, the place you work, or family information as this could be used to track you down.

Transport

If possible, get one of your friends to take you to and from the date. This way, if things go sour, you’ve got somewhere there to help you, and your date won’t be able to find your address. But if this isn’t an option, then you could always get an uber to and from the date. If this is the first time you’re meeting this person, then it is unwise to agree to get a lift from them, as once you’re in the car you might not be able to get back out.

Location

Where you choose to go on your date is very important. First dates should always be in public areas, especially if this is the first time you’re meeting them in the person. If your date becomes very insistent on leaving and going somewhere private, then do not go with them and consider it a massive red flag. Most people will also prefer somewhere public to meet for the first few times.

Friends

You should always let your friends know when and where your date is happening, and if you are feeling especially nervous, then you could ask them go to the place you’re having your date at so they can be nearby in case of an emergency. Another good way to have them keep track of you is having an app that lets you see location of their phone or using snapchat maps if you don’t want to download an app.

Keep your drink safe

It is very easy for someone to slip something in your drink whilst you’re not looking. Fortunately, there’s lots of products available now that can help to prevent this, such as drink covers you can reuse and hide away until you need them.

Physical contact

It is said that men form emotional bonds through kissing – this is why guys like kissing so much especially when they’re getting to know someone. However, with covid still being around, it is a good idea to keep physical contact to a minimum where possible, and both you and your date should do a covid test before meeting. However, if you have been on a few dates with this person, or you know that they take precautions, then you can be a little less careful at your own risk.

Hopefully these tips help you to keep safe on your next dates, and if you’re still feeling unsure or nervous, just ask a friend to go along with, or wait until you’re ready.

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