Relearning How To Sleep With Chronic Pain

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 15, 2019 2:18:44 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Chronic Pain

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For many of us, achieving quality, restful sleep remains a challenge. Most Americans average only 6.8 hours of sleep a night, with a whopping 40 percent of us clocking in at less than six total hours.

For neuropathic and chronic pain patients, the struggle to attain sufficient sleep levels consistently can often reach new heights.

A 2015 poll released by the National Sleep Foundation revealed that those with chronic pain, on average, experienced a 42-minute "sleep debt," or gap between the sleep they need, compared to the amount achieved, while those with an acute pain episode experienced a 14-minute sleep debt.

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How You Can Help Friends or Family That Suffer Chronic Pain

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 1, 2019 10:53:17 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Chronic Pain

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When loved ones suffer from chronic pain issues, they may also experience emotional suffering due to the impact their condition can have on their personal relationships. It’s not that their friends or family don’t care about their pain, merely that others often don’t understand the nature of pain and how to be supportive of the situation. As a result, they may instead keep a distance, in absence of knowing just what to do to help.

For the individual living with chronic pain, this can be hurtful; they may feel abandoned, uncared for, or even angry and depressed that their condition is causing distance from others around them. This can leave them feeling more isolated than ever, and does nothing to help improve their physical condition.

The good news is, there are many ways you can help those you care about when they’re suffering from chronic pain conditions. While you may not be able to alleviate the pain itself, you can certainly provide encouragement and purpose in their lives. By supporting them and being present in their environment, you will boost their morale and energy, and in turn, help to lessen the intensity of the pain they feel.

Not sure where to start? Here are some ways that you can help improve the quality of life for those you care about when they suffer from chronic pain in their everyday lives.

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How Many People in the U.S. Suffer from Chronic Pain?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 21, 2019 7:09:47 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Chronic Pain, Florida Pain Relief, medical conditions and pain

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If chronic pain affects your life, or the lives of your loved ones, you’re not alone. In 2018, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report estimating that some 50 million Americans are living with chronic pain. That’s “just over 20 percent of the adult population,” or one in five adult individuals.

However, findings from research conducted by other agencies differed widely from the CDC estimate, even when those agencies operated from within the same overall departments. Alternate figures ranged from 11 million all the way up to 100 million Americans with chronic pain.

So, why are these numbers so far apart?

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Chronic Pain and Anxiety Go Hand-In-Hand

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 8, 2019 1:27:35 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Chronic Pain, Wellness, Pain Prevention, Chronic Pain and Anxiety

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Chronic pain can be especially difficult to treat when combined with the effects of anxiety. It’s fairly common for sufferers to experience both conditions at once, and in such cases, it can be challenging to determine whether the pain is worsening the anxiety, or the anxiety is intensifying the pain; these often work in conjunction to form a debilitating cycle that may be hard to escape.

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How Chronic Pain Works and What You Can Do About It

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 5, 2019 12:52:45 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Interventional Pain Management, Chronic Pain, Pain Relief, Florida Pain Relief, Causes of Chronic Pain

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According to a 2018 study released by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 50 million Americans are affected by chronic pain. This is not to be confused with acute pain, which is the body's reaction to a physical injury and typically doesn't last very long; the pain usually subsides as your body heals.

Chronic pain, on the other hand, is pain that doesn't go away in 3 months or more. This type of pain produces symptoms that can occur continuously or on an intermittent basis, and may fluctuate in intensity, depending on any number of factors such as time of day or level of physical activity. The causes of chronic pain may vary widely from one individual to the next.

Though chronic pain differs from acute pain in that it may result from a number of long-term conditions, the chronic pain can also be ‘extension’ of an original injury, wherein the initial cause of pain has healed, but the body’s pain processing signals continue to ‘fire’, rather than turning themselves off.

The more typical types of chronic pain, however, can be broken down into two different major categories:

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Chronic Pain Sufferers Often Get a Double-Whammy from Depression

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 31, 2019 10:06:19 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Chronic Pain, Wellness, Pain Prevention, Depression

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It is widely suggested that up to half of all people living with chronic pain also suffer from depression. And while it is at times difficult to determine whether pain worsens the depression or vice-versa, it’s not surprising that these two conditions can cause, and exacerbate, one another.

According to Harvard Health Publishing, if you live with chronic pain, the likelihood of developing depression or anxiety is tripled. And by the same token, living with depression in turn triples the likelihood of developing chronic pain. When interacting, these two conditions can ‘feed on’ one another and ultimately cause a downward spiral from which it may be difficult to recover.

How can chronic pain cause depression?

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Sarasota Pain Management Expert Shares Five Ways to Improve Low Back Pain Without Medications or Surgery

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 30, 2018 5:59:13 PM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers posted in Back Pain, Interventional Pain Medicine, Pain Medicine, Chronic Pain, Pain Relief, Low Back Pain

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In Sarasota, Dr. Lance S. Cassell specializes in the treatment of patients with acute and chronic pain, and with physical impairments and disabilities secondary to both traumatic and non-traumatic causes.

One of the most common pain conditions Dr. Cassell encounters is low back pain, which affects an estimated 80% of the United States population at some point in their lives, according to the ACA.

Dr. Cassell offers patients relief from pain without need for traditional pain management methods such as back surgery or additive opioid medications, instead producing remarkable results with powerful alternative treatments.

In addition to the minimally invasive procedures provided at clinic locations in Sarasota, Dr. Cassell also provides helpful information about how to lessen back pain in our everyday lives. Here are his recommendations for steps you can begin right away to help prevent or alleviate suffering.

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