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6 Things about Chronic Pain You Didn’t Know You Knew

Chronic pain isn’t just constant pain, though that would be more than enough for anyone to handle, the truth is chronic pain always brings friends. …

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How Pain Works

It's lightning-fast and every bit (even the scream) serves a purpose<p>Your nervous system is designed to help you respond to pain with astounding speed. Good thing, too—if the reaction were slower, a simple cooking burn could end up threatening your life. Let's walk through the process:<p><b>1. THE POINT</b> …

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How to Understand Someone With Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a condition that lasts for three months or more and continues after the injury or condition is treated. The experience of acute pain …

Living With Chronic Pain 'In The Kingdom Of The Sick'

Laurie Edwards has a chronic respiratory disease so rare that she's met only one other person who has it — and that was through the Internet. In and out of hospitals her entire life, Edwards, now 32, wasn't accurately diagnosed until she was 23. Before they correctly identified her condition — …

Are Doctors Being Trained Enough To Treat Chronic Pain?

Not enough doctors have been adequately trained to treat chronic pain, according to a new review of studies.<p>Published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, researchers from Henry Ford Hospital reviewed studies and standards regarding the management of chronic pain in patients, as …

Spouse's Chronic Pain Could Hurt Partner's Sleep

Your spouse's chronic pain could be affecting how well you sleep at night, according to a small new study.<p>Published in the journal PAIN, the new research shows that spouses are more likely to report having bad sleep and feeling unrefreshed in the morning if their partners had a lot of knee pain at …

How I Overcame My Chronic Disease and Learned the Power of My Body

From the time I was 8 until I graduated from high school, I was almost always excused from gym class. My doctors didn’t want me to “overdo” anything …

Amputation pain 'still a challenge' for medics

<b>In the century since World War One, doctors still haven't worked out how to treat the pain commonly felt after a limb is removed.</b><p>Phantom limb pain, as it is called, is thought to affect around 60% of amputees.<p>With loss of limbs among military casualties a feature of recent conflicts in Iraq and …

Cognitive Function and Its Impact on Chronic Pain

We all know that pain can cause all kinds of issues with our brain function, including making it hard for us to think or behave as we used to behave prior to the onset of chronic pain. But some research now suggests that how we think and how our brain function is prior to a trauma/surgical event …

BY DUNCAN MACKAY Australian rower Erik Horrie has been named as World Rowing's Para-Crew of the Year for 2014.

Horrie received his award in Rio de Janeiro at the World Rowing Coaches Conference Gala Dinner after being chosen ahead of last year's winners and …

Sophie Christiansen, who won three equestrian golds in London, on the next challenge facing Paralympians<p>London 2012 was special and the Paralympics came of age. On a personal level, it was simply phenomenal. I had gone into the Games a double gold and silver medallist from Beijing so I knew I was …

Paralympic Medalist Amy Purdy Wears Minidress On Red Carpet, Flaunts Prosthetics

Our hats are off to Amy Purdy for proudly showing off her prosthetics on the red carpet.<p>The 2014 Team USA Paralympic bronze medalist proudly paired a minidress with her prosthetic legs Thursday night at the OK! TV Awards Party in Los Angeles, an inspiring choice her fans can't stop calling …

What George Osborne Felt About Being Booed At The Paralympics

Two years ago this month George Osborne got booed at the Paralympics. So here it is again as a reminder.<p>In an extract from 'George Osborne: The …

Paralympic gadgets of the future

Engineering students from Imperial College have been working with para-athletes to come up with designs for the future of the Paralympics including a Brain Sled and a new team sport, Cannonball.<p>As the Paralympics in London draws closer, engineering students at Imperial College have designed and …

Girl Wants Amputation So That She Can Compete in Paralympics

British teen has congenital disorder, lost right leg in 2010.<p>A 15-year-old British girl would like to have her left foot amputated so that she can be competitive in the Paralympics, InsideTheGames reports.<p>Danielle Bradshaw has a congenital disorder that previously confined her to a wheelchair. In …

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Excuses, Temptations, and Laziness Along the Path to Wellness

I passed through the gauntlet of Halloween and all its sugary horrors to some complacency on my part. While the basket of candy in the front room did tempt me with shiny wrappers and promise of good feelings, I was able to turn that craving off with my determination. The smaller stuff, the easier …