4 Ways Anyone Can Handle Chronic Pain And Live A Happier Life

4 Ways Anyone Can Handle Chronic Pain And Live A Happier Life

Chronic pain is a serious health problem that should be a priority for everyone.

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Chronic pain, whether due to arthritis, old age or other underlying health concerns, is a serious problem that should be a priority for everyone. This condition is a common health concern, and in the United States alone, there are more than 116 million individuals who suffer from the problem. In fact, this number is bigger than the number of individuals who suffer from other serious health concerns like heart-related conditions, diabetes and cancer combined.

Unfortunately, not everyone pays the right attention to chronic pain, and too many patients simply rely on prescription drugs to put an end to chronic pain. If you are suffering from the same problems, keep in mind that there are other tested approaches on how you can handle chronic pain and live a happier life.

1. Don’t rely on prescription medicine alone

Prescription medications have their own benefits, and many patients have relied on these to ease the pain. While these are helpful, it's important that you should go slow on these options when it comes to treating chronic pain. The problem with these pills is that it can be addictive which can prove to be a problem in the long run.

This doesn't mean that you should not use these pills to treat chronic pain. As a matter of principle, it's best that you properly manage its use, and make sure that it's not the only solution used.

2. Eat the right kind of food

Sometimes, the food that you eat can help you put an end to chronic pain, or at least reduce the inflammation. According to health experts, it's best that you prepare a diet that revolves around red radishes, purple cabbages and dark-green vegetables since these are rich in anti-oxidants and Vitamin C.

You can also include kale, cauliflower and broccoli in your shopping basket. And according to one study, eating berries on a daily basis can also help reduce the inflammation.

Going the natural way to relieve arthritis pain is a great option since it's safe and even provide your body with the necessary vitamins that it deserves.

3. Find a specialist who can help you

It is also important that you work with a healthcare specialist who can provide you with precise answers and solutions to your problem. A specialist can offer a complete analysis of your health problem and offer specific solutions.

It's easier to relieve arthritis pain when you a specialist works for you, and this professional has the experience and a network that can he can easily tap. Keep in mind that not all doctors and pain specialists provide the same services.

For best results, you should always work with a specialist who is board-certified when it comes to pain management.

4. Always manage your expectations

Keep in mind that the main objective of pain management procedures today is to manage or simply reduce the pain. The emphasis here is to manage — which means that health professionals will try to exhaust all means to reduce the pain — and not necessarily remove it in an instant.

There's a chance that the health professional may be able or may not solve your chronic pain, but they can always help control the severity of the pain. If you decide to work with a competent specialist, they will be able to explain to you the nature of the pain, and the main reason why the chronic pain will take time to subside.

This principle is actually true for other health concerns like heart-related conditions. By handling your expectations, it's easier for you to receive the treatment and live a healthier life.

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An Honest Review Of ItWorks! From Someone Who Doesn't Sell The Products

No, I'm not looking for you to "join a team" or begin any challenges.
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I'm sure you've seen your friends on Facebook transition from friend to salesman. Whether it be for Scentsy, LipSense, or AdvoCare; multi-level marketing companies are on the rise thanks to social media. ItWorks! remains one of the most prominent.

ItWorks! is a health and wellness company using primarily plant-based ingredients without any artificial sweeteners or coloring. Their "number one seller" is the famous body wraps but the company is mostly weight loss supplements and vitamins. The company has a passion for the natural over the synthetic. Co-founder Mark Pentecost states on the site's Our History page that "you want to know that you're putting the very best things in your body."

Since most reviews of these products come from distributors, who are therefore biased, I have reviewed three of their greatest products and one I believe you should avoid.

1. Greens™ Blend Chocolate

As a vegan, I sometimes have to double check that I'm receiving the proper nutrients. ItWorks! Greens have been saving my life lately. It contains 52 herbs and nutrient-rich superfoods as well as 34 fruits and veggies. It is meant to alkalize, balance, and detoxify.

This is my favorite product! It gives me energy and even fills in for breakfast sometimes. It honestly makes me feel great. Then again... they always said eating all your fruits and veggies would!

ItWorks! gives you those healthy servings in a delicious chocolate flavor (which is bomb with almond milk). Make sure you use a blender bottle or blender. Like many powdered supplements, it can have that grainy aftertaste.

2. Advanced Formula Fat Fighter™

The idea behind this supplement is that it’s "okay to indulge if you have your Fat Fighters." Basically, if you just must have that sweet treat or piece of bread then you can take this pill within an hour to prevent your body from absorbing the carbs and a portion of the fats. If you're anything like me, you eat what you want when you want, so you'll end up taking these pills on the daily.

The main reason I like the Fat Fighters is that they reduce cravings and I normally have such a sweet tooth!

3. ThermoFIGHT™

This product is meant to increase calorie burning, boost the rate of your metabolism, and boost your energy. Like with Greens, I definitely feel energized when I take this supplement. Not in a jittery or wired way, either.

They say "abs start in the kitchen" but I'll try and cheat the system when I can!

4. Ultimate Body Applicator™ and Defining Gel™

This is the ItWorks! claim to fame... and that ASTOUNDS me.

I used to be so skeptical of this company because of the wraps. I tried them three different times and was not impressed each time. The ultimate body applicator and defining gel are meant to tighten and tone the skin to redefine the appearance of your body’s contour. Sure, you'll receive those results... just at an outrageous price. It's an expensive product that requires a lot of re-purchasing in order to receive any drastic results. Not to mention the most drastic results are just reduction of water weight.

They're really just an overpriced skin firming lotion. I suggest finding a nice cream from Target and sitting in the sauna instead.

If your facebook-friend-turned-salesman pushes for you to buy the wraps, just remember that I warned you.

I would like to give an honorary mention to KetoCoffee (probably their second most popular item). Because it is not vegan, I have not given it a try. I have heard amazing things from multiple women, though. Most keto coffee recipes give people the shakes and amp them up too hard. I've heard that ItWorks! has perfected the recipe.

I have used the first three products for a little over three months now. Sometimes I am inconsistent and miss servings. However, I match these products with a vegan diet (mostly whole foods based) and 3-4 days of exercise. I do not have drastic results but I have lost a little over ten pounds and feel great each day. I plan to remain a customer with this company (I have Greens on Autoship!).

I feel so blessed to be a Loyal Customer with ItWorks! because I receive up to 40% off and free shipping after three months. Without this discount, I probably never would have given this company a second thought. I highly recommend going that route because, well...

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Most Incoming Freshmen Are Only Worried About Making Friends, But I'm Worried About When To Tell My New Friends About My Disability

I shouldn't have to worry about if people are going to accept me for something I can't control.

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Going to college is a big change for anyone and it's a difficult time for a lot of us. It is hard enough being an incoming freshman at a new school, let alone a freshman with a disability.

I never knew how much extra stuff I had to do in order to be able to get the accommodations I need plus all the typical college duties a student has on their plate. I had to fill out an online application to prove my disability, a learning accommodations form, an accommodations form, a Vocational Rehab form, a transportation form, plus the millions of other forms you have to fill out in order to become a student at any college.

It took three hours... It was very overwhelming. And I had to talk to a lot of people about the million forms I filled out without my parents' help.

"Welcome to adulthood," they said.

It happened in the blink of an eye. Besides all the forms, choosing roommates is harder than I thought it was going to be. It's something that most people find nerve-wracking. I have the challenge of not only trying to meet new people in an unfamiliar environment like everyone else but in hopes of being accepted by my peers because of my disability.

At what point do I tell people about my disability? Do I tell them when we are getting to know each other or when we are going to meet up? That's probably the thing I am scared the most about.

I have heard that college students are more accepting of disabilities than most high schoolers, which puts me at ease a little bit.

But people can be really cruel, no matter what age.

I am also realizing as I go through the roommate process that students are not properly informed on disabilities and how to treat others with disabilities. I shouldn't have to worry about if people are going to accept me for something I can't control. Students should be nice and accept people of all different abilities. But it's easier said than done.

Another thing, trying to find a job that will be accommodable to me has been difficult. It seems so easy for a typical college student to get a job, but not me. I have spent the last six months applying for jobs just to hear nothing back from businesses. All I want to do is earn money like everyone else to try and go to college.

That's one of the reasons I applied to Vocational Rehab is to potentially get money monthly in order to suffice a job for now or at least to keep me on my toes for a little bit.

There's that... then there is the typical college student stuff housing, dining, medical forms, transcripts, and student sport passes... It is just a lot for one 18-year-old to handle. The point is, as some of you are going through the same college process, be courteous to your classmates around you.

We are all going through something similar but others may be dealing with a little more or nervous so be kind and understanding.

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