pain

A blog about pain and associated health conditions and topics, such as back pain, fibromyalgia, and back pain.

A spoonful, a spoon less

6Oct

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“Day in bed for me it seems…#spoonie.” You may have seen tweets or posts similar to this pop up on your social media news feed which include #spoonie. For many of you that do know what it means, it’s probable … Continue reading

  

Back in business: treatment options for lower and chronic back pain

2Sep

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While back pain can be debilitating and distressing, there are a number of treatment options available. As the largest private hospital group in the UK, BMI Healthcare are used to providing a range of options and treatments for back pain, … Continue reading

  

Depression and Pain: Are They Really Linked?

5Jan

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It is estimated that 1 in 4 of us will experience some kind of mental health problem during our lives, with depression being the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder in the United Kingdom. Mentally and physically draining, depression can seriously … Continue reading

  

May the force be with you …

18Dec

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Star Wars is everywhere. It is THE film of the year, with some of the original cast back to grace the big screen, including Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. Sadly, David Prowse who played Darth Vader, also affectionately … Continue reading

  

Tips to ease ear infection pain in children

24Nov

Middle ear infections (acute otitis media) are one of the most common childhood illnesses. More than 80% of children will have at least one infection by their third birthday, and nearly 100% will have experienced an episode by age five. … Continue reading

  

The Most Common Causes of Back Pain and How to Treat Them

23Nov

Back pain is something which thousands of people experience and live with, sometimes for years at a time. Back pain is something which can affect anyone: fitness fanatics, office workers, drivers, professional athletes or any number of individuals. It can … Continue reading

  

The Most Common Causes of Back Pain and How to Treat Them

12Nov

Back pain is something which thousands of people experience and live with, sometimes for years at a time. Back pain is something which can affect anyone: fitness fanatics, office workers, drivers, professional athletes or any number of individuals. It can … Continue reading

  

Pain Management and TCM

1Oct

  As a traditionally trained Acupuncturist I regularly get people coming to me for the treatment of pain; often as a last resort but also as part of a holistic pain management strategy working in partnership with other health professionals … Continue reading

  

Back Pain and Bedtime: Top Ways to Sleep Better and Wake Up Refreshed

28Sep

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Back pain during the night can lead to drowsy days and grumpy ways. If you’re struggling with this, as many people are, here are some smart tips to be more comfortable and get a good night’s rest. Get Into The … Continue reading

  

13 symptoms never to ignore

7Sep

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A large number of people have a habit of ignoring potentially serious symptoms. This may have dire consequences for the individuals concerned as delays in diagnosing cancer can lead to disastrous outcomes in terms of treatment and potential cure. There … Continue reading

  

Needles? Ouch! 10 Myths About Acupuncture

27Aug

There are a lot of myths about acupuncture, a medical model that has been around for over 4000 years and used successfully to improve the health and well being of people around world. Below are 10 of the common acupuncture … Continue reading

  

Natural Ways to Increase Pain Tolerance

11Jun

Living with chronic pain can be a life sentence and many struggle every day. Although pain killers such as Codeine that you buy with a prescription in the UK can help, they are not recommended to be taken for an indefinite … Continue reading

  

How An Ergonomic Chair Can Benefit You

10Jun

Are you one of the ten million office workers in the UK? Have you ever thought about your work station and how much time during the day you spend sat down on your chair? Well according to BUPA around 1 … Continue reading

  

Never say never …

4Jun

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In February this year I wrote a blog about my running – or should I say a lack of! Late last year, the GP had sent me to the hospital for X-rays as I’d been complaining of very sore knee … Continue reading

  

Accommodating the ageing body!

1Jun

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These observations are offered for the benefit of anyone of bus-pass age who is getting annoying aches and pains and is attributing them to ‘age’ or the onset of arthritis…. A year or so ago my right hip was starting to … Continue reading

  

Is your bed giving you a good night’s sleep?

26Mar

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Sleep is an important part of our overall health and well-being. Without enough sleep we can be grumpy and irritable, find it hard to concentrate during the day, and will often suffer with other health issues such as headaches, back … Continue reading

  

HotRox Handwarmers

22Dec

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With my chest condition, direct application of heat can immediately make breathing comfortable again. And when I’m gasping and wheezing with my chest feeling like it’s caught in a vice, there are a number of avenues I try to keep … Continue reading

  

Skin Deep Behind The Mask – charity founder Shabana shares her journey in national media.

11Dec

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Recently we were pleased to announce our collaboration with the charity Skin Deep Behind the Mask across all of our skin related forums.  Together it is our belief and aim that this will provide a greater support network and platform … Continue reading

  

Dream a little dream.

8Dec

Lets talk about inspiration.  Specifically inspiration to lose weight. Why are you putting yourself through the upheaval of making all these changes?  Lets face it, its a right pain in the arse so whats your motivation? Are you doing it … Continue reading

  

How “Seconds Matter” to someone living with arthritis

17Nov

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With more than 100 forms of arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases, the cost to the UK for musculoskeletal conditions is over £5billion annually. With Arthritis being a disease that affects more than 10 million people of all ages across the UK, … Continue reading

  

The Pillow Fort: A Magazine For Chronic Health Problems

28Oct

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Living with a condition today is very different from when I was first diagnosed. It’s much easier to find documentation, research and advice on any number of strange health problems. Spelling Teitze’s Syndrome correctly is something of a demand for … Continue reading

  

“Breathing’s Just a Luxury”

25Aug

I was incredibly moved by Saz’s recent post about how some Coldplay lyrics had proven to have a deeper meaning relating to her experiences with Epilepsy. I feel the same when it comes to my own condition. There are certain … Continue reading

  

When Did I Need Help?

9Aug

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When it comes to this question, the answer for all three of my conditions seems to be “months before I actually tried to get any”. It’s pretty much the case of everyone I meet, a total reversal of hypochondriacs and … Continue reading

  

No Pain, No Gain? Keeping Fit with Tietze syndrome

1Aug

I know that almost all gyms and fitness instructors have long-since moved away from the die-hard dedication to “No pain, no gain” but it can still be a psychological issue for someone with a chronic pain condition. Depending on what … Continue reading

  

Surprising Responses to Chronic Conditions

24Jun

It never fails to amaze me how people can instantly become Drs and start prescribing you treatments, no matter what the condition. Some people will offer you home remedies, some will tell you about an amazing new treatment they heard … Continue reading

  

The Things We Give Up For Our Conditions

19Mar

It’s been a long time since I’ve breathed as confidently as I do now. My chronic pain condition seems to be fading away of its own accord and I’m left dumbfounded at the grip it has had on my life … Continue reading

  

Endometriosis UK’s Awareness Week Campaign – 3rd-9th March, 2014

3Mar

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Women and young girls are waiting an average of two years before consulting their GP about difficult or painful periods.  The Diagnosis Survey by Endometriosis UK found that women and young girls do not realise that what they are suffering … Continue reading

  

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

13Sep

I often find myself working with clients suffering from IBS, both in my Hypnotherapy and in my Personal Training capacities. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or ‘IBS’, is a disorder involving a collection of symptoms that can include abdominal pain and cramping … Continue reading

  

Using Self-Hypnosis To Create Numbness & Anaesthesia

14Aug

This article is the one promised in my previous article here at my Health Talk blog; it’s aim is to further and develop your self-hypnosis skill set for applications of self-directed pain relief. During lectures in recent years and when … Continue reading

  

Self-Hypnosis for pain blocking

14Aug

In an exchange in an online clinic here at the TalkHealth website regarding pain relief for fibromyalgia sufferers I explained that self-hypnosis can be utilized greatly and thought it would be useful to share a couple of ways and means … Continue reading

  

Ibuprofen & increased heart rhythm

3Jun

Link between Ibuprofen & increased risk of an irregular heart rhythm

Last week, as normal, I was woken up by my alarm/clock radio at bang on 6am, just in time to hear the news. The first story was about the use of Ibuprofen and the risk of increased heart problems … … Continue reading

  

Knee pain sufferers let down by lack of treatment choice

20May

Research released today has laid bare the sorry state of Britain’s knees – with 1 in 4 Britons stating they have suffered from knee pain in the last year[1] and 81% of sufferers currently in pain. A third (34%) of … Continue reading

  

American study confirms people benefit from osteopathy treatment for lower back pain

26Mar

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A recent report from the USA states that people with low back pain may benefit from a hands-on treatment known as osteopathic manual therapy (OMT) more than they do from ultrasound therapy. The study published in Annals of Family Medicine … Continue reading

  

The Back Pain Show 2013: FREE tickets for everyone, courtesy of talkhealth

13Feb

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The Back Pain Show 2013 is the UK’s largest event dedicated people (like you) living with back pain, and the health professionals that treat them. Taking place on 22-23 February 2013 in Olympia, London, this is the one-stop-shop for back … Continue reading

  

Back To Basics – Take Control of Back and Neck Pain

19Oct

If the statistics are to be believed – and sometimes at least they must be right – then 17 million people in the UK are affected by back pain.  That is 80% of us and certainly includes me – and … Continue reading

  

Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS) Part 2: What can we do?

29Sep

Joint hypermobility syndrome (JHS) is commonly seen in my clinics, either as a feature observed or as a problem in itself – see previous blog. Commonly people desecribe pain, poor spatial awareness (so-called clumsiness), flat-footedness, problems with walking and controlling movement. … Continue reading

  

Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS) Part 1 – what are the problems?

29Sep

I see many people who are hypermobile, in other words, are able to move certain joints through a greater range. But what is normal? With so many being able to do this including some of the best known athletes, what … Continue reading

  

INSOMNIA…NOOOOOOO – SLEEP-YEEESSSSSSS

22Sep

How much sleep do you get? Not getting enough sleep isn’t good.Requiring too much sleep can be just as bad…either way something could be wrong with your health. Sleep has ALWAYS been one of my favorite pastimes,as a teen, I … Continue reading

  

Never underestimate the affect of pain in people living with dementia

18Sep

I have recently been working with two residents in our care homes that have been showing signs of agitation and distress.  Working closely with their GPs in reviewing their treatments, we have considered the part pain may be playing in … Continue reading

  

Back pain in football and sport

4Sep

Back pain is a common experience across society. Millions are spent each year on treatment yet we do not seem to be making any significant progress in tackling this vast problem. Undoubtedly footballers are also subject to spinal aches and … Continue reading

  

Another hamstring injury, but how serious is it?

4Sep

The hamstring injury is one of football’s blights, affecting so many of our best known players. The latest is Andy Carroll who sustained the injury yesterday in his first game at West Ham – read here. The extent of the injury will … Continue reading

  

LOSING IT…MY HAIR

26Aug

At this moment, while writing this blog post…I am doing something I don’t like to do: getting my hair done. I would rather sit in a dentist chair than spend the many many hours it takes to get my hairconstructed. … Continue reading

  

AUTOIMMUNE OLYMPIADS

19Aug

Well, the Olympics are over. Thank God! Now I can get some sleep. I was so sleep deprived. I could have won a gold medal in crankiness. I am in awe when I see the super-human type feats executed by … Continue reading

  

CLEANING HOUSE

21Jul

Since I’ve written a blog post about poop, I feel as though I can talk to you guys about anything. We are all family, right? OK, so, I want to discuss with y’all a word that is even more vile … Continue reading

  

BOOST YOUR IMMUNE

23Jun

This week’s blog is dedicated to those who suffer from one or more autoimmune diseases. I take my hat off to you! Having to endure the daily struggles of your respective invisible illness is truly a heroic feat, and in … Continue reading

  

Chiropractic

28May

Almost everyone gets back pain at some time, but staying active, with the help of chiropractic, may well be the best solution. Are you sitting comfortably? Poor posture may lead to back pain. Your chiropractor may advise you to make … Continue reading

  

Chiropractic Introduction

22May

Whether at home, at work or at play, you put your body through a lot each and everyday. Loss of joint movement may be caused by factors including your everyday lifestyle or just simple wear and tear. People of all … Continue reading

  

Gardening

15May

Over the last 2 weeks I have noticed a dramatic increase in back pain patients. This is due to what I call…’Binge Gardening!’ the weather as we all know has been terrible, so all gardening and manual labour outside has … Continue reading

  

Is it psychosomatic then?

12May

Today is Fibromyalgia and M.E/CFS awareness day, the day when the people who live with and charities who support try to raise awareness and inform people about these conditions. M.E Association Uk Fibromyalgia FMA uk Today’s post is dedicated to … Continue reading

  

Tackling chronic pain – it’s like learning a new language..and unlearning an old

7May

Tackling chronic pain is a challenge. Undoubtedly our understanding of pain, the role of the nervous system and other body systems, has advanced to permit a reconceptualisation of the experience and how we can approach it. The knowledge that there … Continue reading

  

Reconceptualising pain for better treatment – a revolution? A revelation?

7May

Traditionally pain is understood to be an unpleasant experience in the body where a problem exists, and is something to be got rid of as quickly as possible. The so-called ‘biomedical model’ considers which structures require treatment or surgery, stopping … Continue reading

  

Teaching an old dog new tricks

7May

Not that I am calling anyone an ‘old dog’, ’you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’  is a universally understood phrase implying that once we are set in our ways, change is impossible. This is simply not the case. I am … Continue reading

  

Getting into bed and staying there?

1May

The family GP doesn’t do house calls anymore In late May 2009, my 87 year old mother-in-law fell. She got back into bed and stayed there. She was unwilling to get out of bed and be taken by ambulance to … Continue reading

  

The importance of the first minutes, hours and days of an injury

1May

Sustaining an injury is commonplace in sport. What happens in the first few minutes, hours and days can play a big part in how well we recover. The injury needs to be diagnosed and understood, for example an ankle twisting … Continue reading

  

Denial is not a river in Egypt

11Apr

There is no magic pill, drink or technique that will cure you of having a chronic health condition. Well-meaning people will say in the early days, “Oooh try this thing”.  Or, “I’ve heard if you cut out bread, wheat and … Continue reading

  

Aqua Classes… Do they really work?

10Apr

The benefits of Aqua Exercise. Warm water pressure helps to block pain receptors, making it ideal for persons post surgery. (back, hip, knee, shoulder etc) Water works to keep you buoyant meaning the exercise is less weight bearing. This means there … Continue reading

  

Introductory blog

3Apr

My name is Galin Cleary and I am a Chiropractor.  This is my first blog for talkhealth and I am very excited to be joining the team. I thought I’d start with my journey into Chiropractic.  I initially did an … Continue reading