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Chronic Pain: Causes and Treatments

Chronic Pain: Causes and TreatmentsPain is a part of everyday life, more so as we age. In fact, 25 percent of Americans suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts 12 or more weeks. With more people living longer, the odds of having a population with chronic pain is increased. Chronic pain affects more Americans than heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined.

Since chronic pain is the leading cause of long term disability in the United States, it's no secret that the way pain is dealt with makes all the difference. Regardless of the reason for the pain, all areas of life are affected. Fortunately there are a few key ways to deal with pain without having to resort to more prescriptions.

One of the areas of one’s life that is most affected by pain is stress. Stress is responsible for causing anxiety, headaches, muscle pain and eating problems. Adding a simple 5-10 minute meditation to your day or listening to calming music can have a huge impact on stress relief. Even though chronic pain can create physical limitations, you should try and exercise every day. Any form of movement will be beneficial. Start with an easy walk or dance with music or program on TV.

Whatever you choose to do, make sure you have fun and set goals. Setting goals will keep mental and physical ailments from getting the best of you. After your productive day, getting good nights sleep is also crucial for controlling pain. Your body must be able relax and recuperate from the day. If pain is getting in the way of your happiness it's time to reassess your situation and make a plan to take back your life. After all, it is yours for the taking.

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