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7 Ways to Crush Chronic Neck Pain Caused by Being Stressed Out

By Howard | August 10, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Let’s face it… we live in a high-pressure, fast-paced world that is jerking us in different directions constantly. Our stress and anxiety levels have skyrocketed compared to what people dealt with only a few years ago.   So, the question is: could your aching neck be due at least in part to this stress? You bet! Stress and anxiety cause the body to prepare for a “flight or fight” response. Think of your caveman relatives that came across the saber tooth tiger. Run for your life or fight… those are the only two options.     HOW THE STRESS RESPONSE…

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Is There a Connection Between Thinning Hair and Neck Pain? Yes, Indeed!

By Howard | August 6, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Hair loss and neck pain may seem like two completely separate issues, but there is a very important connection – the thyroid gland. Just look at the picture below to see the position of the thyroid gland in the neck.     When problems occur with your thyroid gland – and we’re talking about low thyroid function (hypothyroidism symptoms – the most common problem)… lots of strange health issues begin to appear, including:   Trouble concentrating Memory Issues Diarrhea or constipation Sensitivity to cold Increase in appetite… usually with weight gain Dry skin Brittle nails and hair Thinning hair Loss…

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Wonder Whether the Weather Causes Neck Pain? 4 Facts to Know: Part 2

By Howard | August 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
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  In Part 1 of this article, we looked at different weather factors that might affect your chronic neck pain. To briefly recap, there are largely two weather events that have been researched: cold temperatures and barometric pressure (air pressure).   The research overall has been inconclusive. Patients with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis were studied in varying weather conditions. Some rheumatoid arthritis sufferers were affected by low air pressure… others were affected by the cold.   Osteoarthritis patients often were less affected by the cold, but noticed more pain issues when a storm was approaching and the pressure dropped.  …

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Wonder Whether the Weather Causes Neck Pain? 4 Facts to Know: Part 1

By Howard | July 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s been two hours since picking up the latest sci-fi novel that is stealing attention from everyday happenings. While digesting this book, subconsciously rubbing the back of your neck, the  feeling of achiness sets in.   A view out the windows shows that, as usual, the throbbing neck portells a coming storm. Oh sure… you’ve heard the stories – from aching knees to throbbing backs – predicting the soon-to-be-storms.   But – is this normal? Is there any scientific evidence that weather actually can cause pain? And… why is it that some of us seem to be greatly affected by…

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10 Reasons Your Neck and Shoulders Hurt While Jogging

By Howard | July 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you are one of the head-strong people that try not to let chronic neck pain slow you down… Kudos to you! Maybe you’re one of the more disciplined type that even tries to jog regularly.   If you are, maybe you wonder… does jogging help relieve neck pain?     JOGGING: HELP OR AGGRAVATION FOR CHRONIC NECK PAIN?   Most people realize that starting on a high-impact jogging regime without proper warm-up, correct shoes, some reasonable fitness level and a good sports bra for women will lead to various aches and pains… including neck pain.   Clearly, this is…

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Text Neck – 10 Ways Phones Cause Neck Pain

By Howard | July 25, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Welcome to the latest 21st century phenomenon! It seems we are all so addicted to our smartphones that we use them constantly. We make phone calls while driving, surf the web, check the weather and… nonstop texting.   WHAT IS TEXT NECK?   Text neck is a relatively new term (as much as I can tell, it’s not in any dictionary yet) coined to describe repeated stress injury and pain in the neck. It is caused by excessive watching or texting on handheld devices over a long period of time. Sometimes it is known as “Turtle Neck” posture.   This…

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Snap, Crackle, Pop – Is It Normal for Your Neck to Do That?

By Howard | July 23, 2018 | 2 Comments
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  Most of us that suffer with chronic neck pain have frequent episodes of cracking, popping or grinding as we move our head. Actually, it happens occasionally to those who have no pain issues.   WHY IS MY NECK CRACKING?   Crepitus, sometimes called crepitation or cavitation, is the term used for the sounds that are audible under the skin and are made by the joints and tissues of the neck. The sound occurs when two rough surfaces in the neck collide or grind against each other. This can happen in conditions where the cartilage has worn away – leaving…

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Use Fish Oil to Lessen Chronic Neck and Shoulder Pain

By Howard | July 21, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Let’s face it… chronic neck pain, especially when its severe and lasts for months or even years, ruins your life. Feelings of depression, anxiousness, hopelessness, frustration and just wanting to give up happen all too often.   So what do most people due? They reach for the nearest fix, which are often a class of drugs called NSAIDs. These are drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen. They work well if used sparingly… usually not more than several days in a row. We discuss the in-depth details of these drugs here. Briefly, these drugs work by inhibiting the formation of prostaglandins…

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13 Medications You May Be Taking Right Now that Make Your Pain Worse

By Howard | July 1, 2018 | 3 Comments
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Imagine living in  pain for years only to find out that one of your medications is the cause that you are in pain. Medications are supposed to help – not hurt… right?   Unfortunately, some common pain medications can cause pain, even the ones available without a prescription. Some cause headaches… others cause foot pain. Wherever there is pain, a medication may be the root cause of it.   And, it’s not like us Americans go lightly on drugs. In 2016, we spent 328.6 BILLION dollars on prescription drugs. That works out to just over $ 1,000 spent for every…

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23 Ways That Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners Cause Health Problems – Including Chronic Pain

By Howard | June 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
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  When I was growing up back in the 1960’s (yeah… I’m that old!), my mother used to take me grocery shopping with her. I always remembered her buying the little round tubs of margarine, thinking it was the healthiest choice for the family.   But, today – we know better.   You see, back then, the sugar industry had powerful lobbyists that spewed their hype to the government that fat was bad for you… margarine and other hydrogenated fats were good… and (of course) sugar was great for you.   My, oh my, how times have changed. We now…

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