There was an interesting news headline the other day…”Opioids could kill nearly as many Americans in a decade as HIV/AIDS has killed since the epidemic began in the early 1980s.” In fact, death from opioid use has tripled over the last 15-18 years…it is no respecter of persons, not age, sex, or ethnicity. So how do we stop this epidemic, and still manage our pain?
If you have recurring constipation or diarrhea or a combo of both that has been resistant to treatment you may have more than just Irritable Bowel Syndrome, you may have a more complicated condition that causes a subset of I.B.S problems called Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).
The American medical association estimates that 80% of all health conditions have a stress component to them. Sometimes I have had patients who I felt, based on my treatment plan and my experience in similar cases, should be improving more than they were.
When people eat the wrong foods, foods that their IMMUNE SYSTEM and DIGESTIVE SYSTEM don’t like, this spikes INFLAMMATION…INFLAMMATION is at the root cause of a LOT of chronic illness. High inflammation in the body, is the enemy of health.
There are millions of car crashes in the Unites States every year, many of them major in damage and injury. But even those that seem like minor accidents can leave long-term, painful symptoms and/or disabilities for the victims.
Many of these injuries affect the spine, which causes both chronic back and neck pain, possibly for years.
What can you do to beat chronic pain? Pain is one of the most common complaints that people seek relief from at a doctor’s office. Pain develops when pain sensitive tissues including muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and of course spinal and peripheral nerves are irritated. The pain from mechanical irritation can be due to acute trauma or can develop from a repetitive activity that slowly builds up over time.