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Empathizing with the Pain of Fibromyalgia

In many ways, fibromyalgia is a lot like mental illness – no-one can tell from looking at you that you have it, and there’s no way of proving to people how debilitating it can be. Ironically, depression is a common aspect of fibromyalgia, so in effect you get two invisible illnesses for the price of one. The invisibility of these conditions makes it hard for people to understand the pain you are feeling, and this lack of empathy can make you wish you had something more obvious wrong with you, such as a broken leg. Nice plaster cast, crutches, immediate understanding from everyone who sees you that you have been through an extremely painful ordeal. The other advantage of having a broken leg is that it should heal completely in a reasonable length of time, whereas with fibromyalgia there’s no knowing when, if ever, your symptoms will be resolved.

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Why Opioid Treatment Doesn’t Work

Opioid Epidemic Alternative Treatment Options

No doubt you’ve heard by now that America is facing an opioid crisis of epidemic levels. Over 2 million Americans are thought to be addicted to prescription opioids, like oxycodone (OxyContin) and hydrocodone (Vicodin).

Opioids, prescription and otherwise, are now the leading cause of overdose deaths in the US, claiming 115 lives per day. With such incredible risks, you’d think that these highly addictive drugs would be prescribed in only the most severe instances. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

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Unexplained pain in the hands or feet? It may be Peripheral Neuropathy.

Peripheral Neuropathy can be Painful

You could be suffering from peripheral neuropathy. Around 42 million Americans are thought to suffer from this painful nerve condition, but only half are aware they have it.

Peripheral neuropathy is a complex condition that manifests in a number of ways. Depending on the source, it can cause symptoms like pain, burning, tingling, ‘pins and needles’, prickling, hot and cold sensations, and numbness. These symptoms tend to get worse over time, usually starting in the feet and legs and progressing to the hands and arms.

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