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problem. When experiencing pain, most of us reach for the usual painkilling
methods available at the chemist, and whilst this is fine for occasional
pain chronic, long-term pain can be really disruptive and much harder
to treat. Whilst painkillers can help dull the symptoms, very often the
pain is still there when the drugs wear off. Chronic pain sufferers are
far more likely to experience depression and emotional problems that a
healthy individual and very often feel at a low ebb most of the time.
If you don't particularly want to use a lot of painkillers, or suffer
from their side-effects it may be worth trying to manage your pain with
alternative methods. Many people prefer herbal alternatives and these
are proving particularly helpful for long-term pain. Regular back pain
or persistent period pain can be greatly eased with Devil's claw (available
at Boots) and joint pain can be significantly reduced with natures own
anti-inflammatory Bromelin (pineapple extract). Both supplements have
recognised results and will probably be okayed by your GP - but do ask
your doctor's opinion if you are on long-term painkilling treatment and
never stop any prescribed medication without a consultation.
|| Many of us suffer
from 'leg cramps' at frequent intervals, most commonly at night.
It is rarely a symptom of a serious problem but can be a nuisance,
and if the pain is quite severe or prolonged a trip to the G.P.
could be worthwhile. People taking diuretics, for instance, could
be losing too much salt or if you have been overdoing any strenuous
work (e.g. digging the garden) you may have a touch of tendonitis,
which can be extremely painful. Caffeine is also thought to increase
leg cramps so try switching to de-caffeinated drinks. The general
feeling is that light exercise can help - gentle stretching followed
by very gentle massaging with body oil can be beneficial. Many people
also find that Vitamin E can help ease symptoms when taken regularly.
If the cramps are accompanied by redness or a feeling of 'lumpiness'
you should check this out with your doctor in case there is an
|Is chocolate good for you? Most
people would agree that eating chocolate gives them pleasure and
can even make you feel better. Is it purely psychological? Well,
no actually. Chocolate contains tryptophan, a chemical converted
into serotonin in the brain which lifts mood and increased euphoria.
It also contains Theo bromine, a stimulant that peps you up. Added
to that it contains phenyl ethylamine which produces a mild, confidence
- instilling feeling. So all in all it's no wonder we enjoy reaching
for the odd bar now and again. Just to balance out the good points
though, don't forget that chocolate packs a lot of calories, contains
a lot of sugar and can be responsible for mood swings, some types
of acne, migraine and tooth decay!
condition - at the very least, discuss the symptoms
with your pharmacist privately who will give you sound advice as to whether
an appointment is necessary.
||According to medical experts many
women are treating themselves for medical problems mistakenly. It
is thought that up to 1/3 of women who treated themselves for oral
thrush actually had a totally different condition. In these days
of TV advertising, many conditions are being mis-diagnosed by the
sufferer and a trip to the chemist to buy a product advertised for
what appears to be their symptoms seems the simplest course of action,
often with disastrous results. For instance, symptoms of thrush
are often similar to those of bacterial vaginosis or trichomoniasis,
both of which are capable of causing serious pelvic inflammatory
disease if left undiagnosed. So next time you think you can't spare
time for a GP appointment, think seriously before you diagnose your
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