Painfry - Pain Symptoms , Remedies , Management and Care

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Shin Pain Due To Shin Splints And Other Causes Like Running

Shin pain due to splints and other causes. Shin pain is generally caused by excessive running. However, many of the symptoms of shin pain are quite confusing with other conditions of the leg and many times people conclude that their pain in lower leg is due to shin splints.

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Shin pain is a pain that is felt in the front (anterior ) region of the lower leg. The leg bone is at the front of the leg and can be felt just beneath the skin. At the back side and side of the lower leg are the muscles like the calf muscle. A sharp aching pain in the front of the lower leg is mainly shin pain due to a shin splint.

What are shin splints ? 
It is called a stress fracture. In simple terms it is just a fine fracture or a hairline crack in the leg bone due to repetitive stress. The main cause of stress of this magnitude can be due to regular running, skiing, mountaineering and other such activities that put large forces on the lower leg bone.
Once a shin splint occurs, it causes pain in nearly every movement, that is as soon as weight is put on the legs. It can cause pain even while walking and even at night.

Other causes of shin pain other than shin splints : 
  • Weaker circulation to the legs causes an aching pain. This kind of pain is mostly experienced by aged people because of PAD ( peripheral arterial disease ). It can also cause shin pain at night. 
  • Varicose veins in the lower leg can cause sharp shin pain. This pain is worse when standing after lying for some time. 
  • Compartment syndrome is a dangerous condition which can occur after an injury to the lower leg. If you have recently injured your lower leg and there are symptoms like pins and needles sensation, swelling on the legs and aching sensation even after days of relief. 
  • Flat feet is a condition of the feet in which the arch is flat. People with flat feet may experience pain due to stresses on the ligaments and tendons of the lower leg. 
  • Knee injury can lead to shin pain. 
  • Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bone density reduces. Then the bone becomes susceptible to stress fractures. 
Home remedies for relief from shin pain due to shin splints : 

Some exercises to help with shin splints. 
  • Walking on the toes : Just tiptoe around the house barefoot. This simple exercise can prevent shin splints and provide relief from an existing shin splint. 
  • Massage the lower leg using generous amount of olive oil. Slowly rub it into the skin all around the shin bone and even at the back of the lower leg down to the Achilles tendon
  • Apply arnica montana oil on the shin. This is a herbal remedy for this kind of pain. Arnica montana is a herb that has been used in Europe since Ancient times to cure many types of pain of the body. 
Shin pain due to shin splints can be prevented by wearing best quality shoes for running or other activity and avoiding running on hard surfaces like concrete, stone, gravel, asphalt and rocks. 
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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Arthritis Pain Relief Using Natural Home Remedies

Arthritis pain relief using natural home remedies. Arthritis is a disease that affects millions of middle aged and elderly people in the world. It affects both men and women. The disease causes strange pain in the joints which feels like a grinding sensation. There is increased friction between the bones at the joint because the lubrication at the joint deteriorates. In severe cases, the joint may disintegrate and bones may not be properly aligned at all, leading to deformity. This disease leads to depression in people because they constantly fear the terrible pain it causes.

Arthritis pain relief should be top priority of people who are suffering from arthritis. There are many conventional and few ancient herbal remedies for arthritis. This disease has been troubling mankind since ancient times.

Arthritis pain relief using diet and natural home remedies.
It is known that all forms of arthritis ( there are nearly 100 types of arthritis ) are actually inflammatory disease. Inflammation is a body's reaction in which a part of the body becomes warm and has a burning sensation.

  • Eat a highly anti-inflammatory diet. This includes spices like cumin, clove, turmeric, cinnamon. Eat herbs like parsley, coriander, chevril, thyme and basil. Eat peppery things like black pepper, long pepper, chili pepper, capsicum and juniper berries. 
  • Eat fruits that have high anti-oxidant capacity. Eat blueberries, pomegranate, mulberry, pineapple, apple etc. 
  • Eat fish like salmon and cod. They contain a lot of nutrients ( like omega 3 fatty acids ) which are helpful in arthritis. 
  • Eat brazil nuts. They are a good source of selenium in diet which is helpful in reducing rheumatoid arthritis. 
  • Drinking green tea few times a day can also be beneficial. 
Most people know many of these things. But the most important thing is to put them into practice. Including all these things in diet is sure to boost health and may also relieve arthritis pain considerably. 

Ancient herbal remedies for arthritis from around the world. 

Traditional Chinese remedy for arthritis : Acupuncture can provide relief for arthritis and may also reduce the bouts of severe pain. 

Ayurvedic remedy for arthritis : 
Apply mustard oil to the arthritic joint. A regular application of mustard oil is great for arthritis. It is a natural rheumatic oil. 

Cedar wood oil is also a natural oil that is known for helping in knee pain caused by arthritis. It promotes better health of the joint and facilitates movement. This tree grows in Tibetan region of Himalayas and is a local remedy for this condition. 

Native American remedy for rheumatoid arthritis : 
Prickly Ash is a small tree with berries which grows in America. Its berries and bark have been used since ages for arthritis. 

Ancient European remedy for Arthritis : 
Chamomile is a popular herb which is also helpful in Arthritis. One can take it in the form of herbal tea. 

Other remedies for arthritis which are worth a try are cucumber juice, cranberry juice, tying meat on the joint, Angelica herb, olive oil and applying turmeric on the joint. 
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Coccyx Pain ( Coccydynia ) Relief, Causes And Treatment

Coccyx Pain ( Coccydynia ) Relief, Causes And Treatment. Coccyx pain is a feeling of pain in tailbone and the bones of the pelvic girdle. The bones that we sit on are called the sit bones. They are designed to take the load of the entire upper body, no matter where we are sitting. But, when we sit in a collapsed or sunken position, we actually sit on the tailbone or the coccyx. This wrong form of sitting is the main cause of coccyx pain.

Coccyx pain is also known as coccydynia. These are the major causes of coccyx pain :
  • Injury or fall on the tailbone. Many times we may fall down in an awkward position. This fall can injure the tailbone or the coccyx, leading to pain for a long time. 
  • Sitting on a hard surface in a reclined manner puts pressure on the coccyx. However, this is a habit of many people. This habit can lead to coccyx pain and in severe cases lead to chronic coccydynia. 
  • Improper selection of bicycle saddle makes the body rest on the tailbone instead of the sit bones. Riding a bicycle in this manner can obviously lead to pain in the coccyx. 
  • Injury in sports can also cause coccyx pain. 
  • Straining while defecation is known to affect the structures around the coccyx and lead to pain. This mostly happens to people who suffer from constipation and exert huge effort in defecating. 
  • A pinched nerve in the coccyx area can lead to sharp, burning pain in that region, including the pelvis and the groin. 
  • Genetic cause of coccyx pain : There are some inherent causes for coccyx pain. In some people, the last vertebrates of the tailbone does not perform as it should. There are minor deformities or dislocations in it when sitting, standing or bending forward or backward. This has to be evaluated using an X-ray. 
  • Bumpy ride also leads to coccyx pain. If you have been riding or driving through rough terrain or riding a horse, then such a pain can happen. 
Remedies and Home Treatment for coccyx pain : 
  • Sleep in face down position. This relieves the coccyx and helps it to recover while sleep. 
  • Visit a chiropractor to get minor deformities corrected. They are skilled at such problems and can provide relief from coccyx pain. 
  • Self massage with olive oil or any other good oil for the body can be helpful as it helps the body to heal any injury faster. 
  • Use a cushion to sit. This cushion elevates the sitting position so that there is hardly any pressure on the coccyx. 
  • Ice the tailbone. It is the last bony structure in the spine. This provides relief from chronic pain in the coccyx. It also helps the body to align any dislocations in the internal structures, like ligaments, tendons and nerves. Rubbing ice on the skin can help reduce internal swelling and relieve a pinched nerve, thus providing relief from sharp, tingling pain. 
  • Measure the distance between your sit bones to properly plan the size of bicycle saddle. 
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Fibromyalgia Pain Points, Relief And Management

Fibromyalgia pain points, relief and management. It is really very challenging to manage fibromyalgia, because there is no cure for this disease or syndrome. In fact, it is not even clear what causes fibromylagia. Near and dear ones of people who suffer from fibromyalgia are baffled by this condition.

What is fibromyalgia pain ? 

Fibromyalgia is a condition in which the person experiences pain anywhere in the body for no apparent reason. And not only pain,  there are other symptoms like joint stiffness, weakness, tingling sensation and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Many people feel a brain fog like situation in which there is confusion and lack of attention in the mind. Brain feels too preoccupied with many feelings and unable to concentrate properly. What does fibromyalgia pain feel like ? It feels like a sharp pain which also has burning sensation. Fibromyalgia pain may be similar to a sunburn without any apparent problem on the skin. The pain is not deep felt and may feel superficial. This makes the person feel his or her skin but to no avail. There are some incidents of tingling and even the pins and needles sensation.

What are the most probable locations for fibromyalgia pain ?

There are some specific locations for fibromyalgia pain which are known as trigger points. They are found in pairs, symmetrically located on both sides of the body. They are in the neck, shoulder, between the shoulder blades, lower back, upper chest, outside of hips, insides of knee and inside of the elbow.

Natural remedies for fibromyalgia pain :
In order to combat this mysterious condition, one should use all he or she can to get over it. These are some natural remedies for fibromyalgia pain.
  • Anti-inflammatory diet : Eat foods that are high to highest in anti-inflammatory properties. This includes ginger, turmeric, salmon, green tea, onion, turnip, beetroot .Take spices and herbs that are anti-inflammatory like black pepper, cinnamon, parsley, coriander and rosemary. These things in diet can perhaps provide relief from terrible fibromyalgia pain. 
  • Turmeric and sandalwood paste : Apply a paste of turmeric and sandalwood on the skin where the pain occurs. Let it stay there overnight and wash it off in the morning. Turmeric has wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties which it can exercise even as a topical agent. 
  • Eat foods rich in magnesium. This includes nuts ( almonds, pistachios, walnuts ) and seeds like melon seeds and pumpkin seeds. These foods can help a little with fibromyalgia pain. Stinging nettle is a herb which has magnesium and it can be taken in the form of a tea. 
  • Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial arts. It is much more than a fighting arts. It involves meditation and provides some health benefits too. 
  • Lemon balm is a wonderful herb which can be applied on the skin to relieve the trigger points of fibromyalgia pain. 
  • Lavender flower bath in warm water can be very relaxing and provide relief from pain. 
Fibromyalgia is different from Myofascial Pain Syndrome, although the two may seem similar because of the presence of trigger points. 
By using the home remedies, one may possibly get some relief from fibromyalgia pain. 
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Friday, July 12, 2013

Thigh Pain Causes In Children, Adults And Elderly

Thigh pain can be caused by sitting for too long or too much running. These are just the mild causes of thigh pain. However, thigh pain can also be a symptoms of really problematic medical conditions. The thigh has the longest bone in the body and is surrounded by group of long thick muscles. These are the different kinds of thigh pain caused by different conditions or activities.

Thigh pain causes in children, adults and elderly : 
  • Thigh pain due to sitting for long hours is usually a dull and constant ache. In most cases it is caused by lethargy and muscle weakness. As you stand up after sitting for so long, entire musculature including the muscles, tendons etc has been in a relaxed state and causes a pain when they are put to use. However, this kind of pain should go away with exercise. If the pain doesn't go away and it feels deep set, then it could be pain due to deep vein thrombosis ( DVT ) which is a dangerous condition. 
  • Thigh pain due to running : People who run a lot run the risk of getting pain anywhere in the leg, even in the thighs. Running can cause aching in the muscles at the front , side or back of the thigh , particularly the hamstring muscle. 
  • Varicose veins : The lower legs are the most common place for varicose veins but they can also occur at the thighs, leading to pain and stiffness when standing or sitting. 
  • Thigh pain in elderly is usually caused by reduced blood flow to the limbs caused by a disease known as Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD ). In this condition, blood flow to the extremities is reduced due to narrowing of the arteries due to plaque. 
  • Sciatica pain : This is a condition that causes a characteristic burning pain and electric sensation in the leg. The pain due to sciatic nerve is felt in buttocks and back of thighs and even down the back of the knees
  • Pain at the outer side of the thigh ( away from the body ) and burning sensation is usually a sign of nerve entrapment of a major nerve of the thigh. This condition is known as meralgia paresthetica. 
  • Bone pain can occur in the femur bone in the thigh. It is a large bone and pain can be really deep and aching. This pain can be alarming because it is generally intense and unlike any other kind of pain. Bone pain is often caused by bone cancer. 
  • Injury to the muscle group at the front, back or side of the thigh can cause pain. 
  • Pain can also be referred to the thigh from the hip flexors or the groin region. Hip flexor injury is common in sports of high intensity, like rugby and soccer. These injuries can lead to sharp pain the upper thigh and hips, making it difficult to raise or straighten the legs. 
  • A twisted ankle can also cause sharp pain in the thigh due to distortion of the internal arrangements of tendons and muscles. 
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Rib Pain Causes And Treatment Options

Rib pain causes and treatment. There are few causes of rib pain. It is a very uncomfortable situation. The person is unable to sleep properly or rest the ribs against something. Painful ribs may make breathing painful because the ribs are flexible and they move when we breathe.

Causes of rib pain : 
  • Bruised ribs : This is a common cause of rib pain. When the body gets brushed past something, generally something hard or metallic and the ribs rub that surface, then the ribs get bruised. It can also happen during a fall. Bruised ribs pain bad. A more severe injury can lead to fracture of the ribs and internal bleeding which takes months to recover properly. 
  • Pain at the ribs in the back can be due to stress on the spine and the ribs. Falling on the back can cause such a pain. People who do work in industries where there is powerful vibratory forces transmitted to the body, like drilling and construction may also experience pain in the ribs. 
  • Costochondritis : This condition causes inflammation of the cartilage which joins the ribs to the sternum bone. It causes sharp and stabbing pain in the ribs close to the center of the chest. 
  • Lung disease : In diseases like bronchitis, asthma or pneumonia, due to excessive coughing the ribs bear powerful forces. This causes fatigue in the ribs and pain. 
  • MS hug ( Multiple Sclerosis ) : Some people who suffer from MS may experience a dull hugging force acting on their chest. This manifests in the form of pressure on the ribs, back and flank
  • Pleuritic chest pain may also feel like a pain at a particular rib. It is caused by inflammation or tear of the fine membrane which protects the lungs known as pleura. 
  • Sore ribs during pregnancy : In the late pregnancy, many women may experience pain near and under the ribs due to the added pressure on the body. 
  • Myofascial pain due to muscle knots or fascial constrictions can occur close to the ribs. It is quite a complicated condition. 
Rib pain treatment options : 
Rib pain can be managed effectively by using the right treatment option for a condition. 
  • Chiropractic treatment is one of the best for relieving rib pain due to mild injury or bruised ribs. Sometimes, muscle spasm in the rib cage due to sneezing forcefully can cause pain. This can be relieved by chiropractic techniques. 
  • Apply ice pack is great to reduce the pain of bruised ribs. For most other conditions, a warm compress is much more effective.
  • Myofascial pain can be relieved through self myofascial release technique. If someone is faced with this condition, he or she can learn this technique to release myofascial pain anywhere in the body. 
  • Take enough rest during the day as well as in the night. Lie down on a comfortable surface, like a couch and prevent the ribs from pain as much as possible. Switch on TV or listen to some songs. Do not work at the computer because it can increase the stress and pain in the ribs. 
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