317 St. Francis Dr. Suite 350
Greenville, SC 29601

317 St. Francis Dr.
Suite 350
Greenville, SC 29601
Tel: 1-864-235-1834, Fax: 1-864-235-2486

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Aches & Pains

Navigating Your Way Through Brain Fog

Navigating Your Way Through Brain Fog.  Brain fog is a symptom of several chronic pain problems, notably fibromyalgia, from where it gets the commonly used name of fibro fog. It can accompany a number of medical conditions, including vascular problems, diabetes, and as a result of contact with a toxic substance. It is also a side effect of chemotherapy treatment used for cancer patients. Whatever the health issue that gives rise to brain fog, the effects are broadly similar. In combination with the chronic fatigue that is a frequent symptom of pain conditions, it can have a significant impact on your quality of life.

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The Problems of Describing How Chronic Pain Feels

The Problems of Describing How Chronic Pain Feels.

It can be difficult to describe your own experience with pain, but self-reporting is one of the most important ways of diagnosing chronic pain conditions.

One of the most difficult aspects of getting a diagnosis and appropriate treatment when you suffer from chronic pain, is the difficulty of expressing how the pain feels. Your doctor will inevitably ask you to describe your pain, and may offer suggestions such as burning, stabbing or aching to help you pinpoint the type of pain you are enduring. However, pain can be so variable, and the experience of it will be unique to the sufferer, so very often you may struggle to find the right words to describe what it is you’re feeling. It’s like trying to describe the peculiar noise your car is making to your mechanic – they will ask you if it’s a grinding, or a squealing, but you know it’s not really either of those. The solution is for the mechanic to take your car out for a drive and listen for the noise themselves, but when it comes to sharing your pain, your doctor can’t experience what you’re feeling.

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Diagnosing Low Back Pain

Diagnosing Low Back Pain.  Pain in the lower back is one of the most common reasons for people to call in sick to work or be unable to function as well as they would like in their day to day lives. According to the World Health Organization low back pain accounts for around 149 million lost work days each year, which equates to between 100 and 200 billion dollars a year of losses due to reductions in productivity and lost earnings. It’s such a widespread condition, and yet initial treatment options predominantly consist of rest, massage, taking painkillers and gentle exercise. The situation has been described by doctors writing in the March editions of leading medical journal The Lancet as a “major global challenge”, with a reported 50% increase since 1990 in cases of disability due to back pain.

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