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Home Remedies for Pain
This is where you will find several home based solutions for such discomforts as Arthritis, Stomachache, Earache, Headache and more.
What is Pain?
Pain is an unpleasant sensation signaling that the body is damaged or threatened by injury.
Pain receptors, scattered throughout the body, send the pain signal as electrical impulses to the spinal column, then upward to the brain.
The pain experience can be divided into acute and chronic types.
Acute and chronic pain are due to different physiological mechanisms and therefore require different treatments.
Acute Pain: Pain that occurs suddenly and does not last long.
If severe, it can cause rapid heart rate, sweating, elevated blood pressure, or rapid respiratory rate.
Chronic Pain: Pain that lasts for weeks or months; usually past the normal course of an injury or illness. Arthritis is a good example.
Chronic pain does not necessarily induce rapid heart rate or breathing rate etc, but it can be indicative of a severe condition. Always consult your physician, if in doubt.
Unhealthy, dehydrated and unstretched muscles, tendons, bones and bursas tend to create the greatest percentage of chronic pain. This type of pain can be life changing as it often tends to create many physical limitations.
Muscles are connected to bones to contract and create movement. Bursas are fluid-filled cushions intended to reduce friction by cushioning areas between muscles, tendons, ligaments and bone.
In brief, arthritis occurs when the "cushion-effect" between bones no longer exists. The pain experienced is the result of bone rubbing on bone coupled by inflammation.
Aches and pains can also be indicative of an infection, especially those associated with fevers.
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Acute or chronic pain can be managed in several ways. This page includes clinically based remedies. One can also consider meditation, and yoga as pain relieving methods.
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ARTHRITIS - Arthritis is a chronic joint condition characterized by the degeneration of joint cartilage and its adjacent bone. This causes pain inflammation and stiffness.
Joints typically have low friction levels and don't tend to wear out easily unless they are used excessively or injured.
Ultimately, the joint cartilage thins and develops cracks on the surface leading to bone weakness.
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EARACHE - Earaches tend to originate from the outer (swimmer's ear - otitis externa) or middle ear (otitis media).
One may get an earache from inflammation and pressure caused by an acute bacterial infection or from tumors or growths in the outer part of the middle or outer ear.
Children with a draining ear should not fly or swim because of the added pressure already contained within the ear chamber. This can be very excruciating for anyone, but especially a child.
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HEADACHES - Chronic or recurring headaches are distressing but do not necessarily pose a serious medical problem.
On the other hand, a change in PATTERN (from rare headaches to frequent headaches) or NATURE (mild to severe) can signify a serious concern and calls for immediate attention.
Always, consult your physician, if in doubt.
Headaches are often due to muscle tension, stress, allergies, migraines, eye strain...and other reasons which can be managed or remedied at home.
Other causes may include: elevated blood pressure, glaucoma (fluid pressure around the eyes), brain injury, and lack of oxygen.
There are several types of headaches:
* Tension headaches are caused by tight, contracted muscles in the shoulders, neck, scalp, and jaw. These are felt on both sides of the head, and usually start at the back and spread forward.
* Migraine headaches are severe, recurrent. These are often accompanied by symptoms such as blurry, hazy vision or nausea. The pain begins on one side of the head, and often spreads to both sides. Many experience an aura (a sensation of the headache before it starts).
* Sinus headaches cause pain in the front of the face and head. These are due to inflammation in the sinus passages which lie behind the cheeks, nose, and eyes. The pain is worse when you bend forward or in the mornings. These headaches are associated with postnasal drip, sore throat, and nasal discharge.
* Cluster headaches are very painful. These sharp, extremely painful headaches occur several times per day for months and then disappear for a similar period of time. These types of headaches are less common.
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SINUS CONGESTION / SINUS INFECTION - Sinus congestion can lead to a Sinus Infection or Sinusitis.
Acute sinusitis can be caused by a virus, such as the common cold. Chronic sinusitis can result from a tooth infection or decay.
The common cold tends to cause the swollen mucous membrane in the nasal cavity to block the opening of the sinuses. The air in the sinus is absorbed into the bloodstream creating negative pressure inside the nasal cavity.
If this pressure persists, fluid is drawn into the sinuses, creating the perfect enviroment for bacterial growth. This can be painful.
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STOMACHACHE / stomach ache - The stomach is a large, hollow, muscular organ. The stomach secrets acid and enzymes to break down food.
Food passes from the stomach into the small intestines where the acid is neutralized. Food is further broken down to be absorbed by the bloodstream.
The inside of the stomach is very resistant to injury because of its acidic enviroment. Yet, it can become irritated developing ulcers, indigestion, abdominal cramps, heartburn etc.
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TOOTHACHE - Dental problems require early intervention to prevent discomfort and structural damage.
These problems include toothaches; whether these are fractured, loose, or knocked-out.
A toothache can be due to an infection. If left untreated, it can lead to a systemic infection involving the brain or heart. This is completely preventable. If not, you should consult your primary physician.
Besides esthetics, this is the main reason dental hygiene is important.
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