#61 Talking About Pain

#61 Talking About Pain

Make the most of pain scales. Even though they are not perfect, pain scales are still incredibly helpful. They provide the basic level of information that gets the point across and they can be tracked and analyzed to help find common patterns or trends. There is a lot of potential to using the scale when using it well.

#54 Lidocaine – Numbing the Pain

Image of A man holding his lower back with both hands. His lower back appears red indicating inflammation or pain.

What is Lidocaine? Lidocaine is a type of anesthetic, a substance which numbs tissues to block pain perception. Lidocaine is often used as a topical anesthetic in forms such as gels, liquids, or creams, but is also available via injections.…

7 Self-Care Methods to Manage Chronic Pain

7 Self Care Methods for Pain

7 Self-Care Methods to Manage Chronic Pain By guest blogger: Brad Krause of selfcaring.info Research continues to illuminate how the immune system changes in response to chronic pain. Hopefully, this will provide effective treatment options in the future, but until…

#47 Journaling for Pain Management

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If you’re suffering from chronic pain, a simple but helpful tool to consider is journaling. It doesn’t involve much (just a pen, paper, and the willingness to sit down and write), but it can be quite useful for pain management.…

#44 Rethinking Self-Talk: Mindfulness

A graphic that displays the Bhagavad Gita quote: " The mind is a friend of those who have control over it, and the mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it."

Positive Self-Talk Just think happy thoughts The glass is half full, not half empty Change your attitude, change your life When was the first time you heard these mantras? How often do others say derivatives of the following to you?…

Margo – Ischemic Total Peripheral Neuropathy

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Margo developed neuropathy when, during surgery, she lost too much blood and her nerves were permanently damaged. Listen to this inspiring woman as she talks about her road to recovery, living with Ischemic Total Peripheral Neuropathy, and her experiences with…

#43 Herbal Healing: Butcher’s Broom for Poor Circulation

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Neuropathy in Autonomic Nerves Neuropathy comes in many forms, with peripheral neuropathy being the most noticeable, due to detectable experiences like pain and numbness. Meanwhile, autonomic neuropathy and its symptoms are less easily recognized. Since autonomic neuropathy affects the autonomic…

#42 St. John’s Wort (Hypericum)

St. Johns Wort, a small yellow flower with 5 petals and spiky leaves

Herbal Healing: Exploration of Hypericum for Mental Health Growing one to three feet tall, hypericum reaches out with leafy branches and bright yellow flowers (Spira, 2011). Commonly known as St. John’s-wort, depending on your perspective, you may see a weed…

Micronutrients with Dr. Bonnie Kaplan-Part 3

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Dr. Bonnie Kaplan spoke at the CNA January 2018 meeting. Dr. Kaplan is a retired researcher from the University of Calgary who spreads the word about nutrition and mental health. She works to educate people about the important role of nutrition…

Micronutrients with Dr. Bonnie Kaplan-Part 1

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Dr. Bonnie Kaplan spoke at the CNA January 2018 meeting. Dr. Kaplan is a retired researcher from the University of Calgary who spreads the word about nutrition and mental health. She works to educate people about the important role of nutrition…