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News NHS reveals 20 most painful health conditions you can suffer from Some of these illnesses can occur for no reason, such as frozen shoulder, and others have no known cure Share Some of the conditions cannot be cured (Image: Rex Features) Get daily news updates directly to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email
The NHS has listed the 20 most painful health conditions you can suffer with – from cluster headaches to kidney stones.
Some of the conditions cannot be cured, while others can be managed with the help of medicine, plenty of rest, and support from loved ones.
However some of these conditions can be so debilitating and painful that they disrupt the way we live our lives, reports Kent Live .
The 20 health conditions known to cause pain so disabling that they can prevent you performing daily tasks have been listed by the NHS. Cluster headaches Woman at doctor’s surgery (Image: REX/Shutterstock) Read More Miracle dad paralysed by mystery illness learns to walk again at same time as baby daughter takes first steps
Cluster headaches are excruciating attacks of pain in one side of the head, often felt around the eye.
Cluster headache charity OUCH (UK) say although estimated to be around the same number of cluster headache sufferers in the UK as there are sufferers of MS, “hardly anyone” has heard of the condition and most people afflicted with this “devastating” disease are struggling on alone and isolated with their pain. Shingles A case of shingles (Image: Getty) Read More Bereaved mum discovers hospital cremated ‘perfect’ baby son EIGHT YEARS ago ‘without her permission’
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is an infection of a nerve and the skin around it which usually affects a particular area on one side of the body.
The main symptom is a painful rash that develops into itchy blisters which contain particles of the virus
An attack usually lasts between two and four weeks, but 20 per cent of sufferers go on to develop nerve pain in the affected area of skin. This pain can be severe and last for several months or even longer.
Shingles can occur at any age, but is most common in people over the age of 70. It is much less common in children. Frozen shoulder
Frozen shoulder means your shoulder is painful and stiff for months, sometimes years. The NHS says it means the joint can become so tight and stiff that it is virtually impossible to carry out simple movements, such as raising your arm. Daily activities can become an ordeal.
It is not clear what causes frozen shoulder but it can happen after a shoulder or arm injury, and is more common in people with diabetes. Broken bones Doctor examining child’s x-ray (Image: REX/Shutterstock) Read More Woman reveals bizarre sex problem live on the radio – and host is lost for words
This is an obvious one, but a fractured ankle, hip, arm or nose is one of the most painful things you can experience.
That’s unless the break is small, but usually, a broken bone is very painful, especially when you try to move it.
Broken bones can heal by themselves, but they may need to be lined up and fixed in position so they set properly. As a general rule, the older you are and the bigger the bone that’s broken, the longer it will take to heal. Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
This is described by the NHS website as a “poorly understood condition” in which a person experiences persistent severe and debilitating pain.
Although most cases of CRPS are triggered by an injury, the resulting pain is much more severe and long-lasting than normal.
The pain is usually confined to one limb but it can sometimes spread to other parts of the body.
The skin of the affected body part can become so sensitive that just a slight touch, bump or even a change in temperature can provoke intense pain.
Affected areas can also become swollen, stiff or undergo fluctuating changes in colour or temperature.
Many cases of CRPS gradually improve to some degree over time. However, some cases of CRPS never go away, and the affected person will experience pain for many years. Read More Heart attack
A heart attack is life-threatening and sees the heart muscle starved of oxygen-rich blood.
Most are caused when the arteries narrow and fill up with fatty materials which prevents blood from flowing properly.
Smoking and living an unhealthy lifestyle are major contributory factors in heart attacks, so regular exercise and maintaining a good diet are vital.
But through no fault of their own some people are more prone to having them as heart disease can be hereditary.
The most common signs of a heart attack are :
Chest pain – tightness, heaviness, pain or a burning feeling in your chest
Pain in arms, neck, jaw, back or stomach – for some people, the pain or tightness is severe, while other people just feel uncomfortable
Visit the British Heart Foundation’s website for more information. Read More Woman breaks up with her boyfriend – a few days later she learns something unbelievable about him Slipped disc
A new poll by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) reveals how deep-rooted the fear of movement has become for people with back pain
The NHS website explains one of the most common causes of back pain is a slipped disc. It’s often the result of a twisting or lifting injury. One of the discs in the spine ruptures, and the gel inside leaks out.
Most people with a slipped disc experience sudden and severe lower back pain. It’s usually eased by lying down, and often made worse by moving your back, coughing or sneezing. A slipped disc can also cause leg pain. Sickle cell disease
Sickle cell disease is the name for a group of inherited conditions that affect the red blood cells.
A sudden episode of pain, known as a pain crisis, is one of the most common and distressing symptoms of sickle cell disease.
The pain, which usually occurs in the bones and joints, can vary from mild to severe and last for up to seven days.
Some people may have an episode every few weeks, while others may have fewer than one a year. Arthritis Mature man with arthritis pain (Image: Getty) Read More
People with arthritis endure constant and often disabling joint pain, usually in the hips, knees, wrists or fingers. The pain can come on suddenly or over time, and is often linked with muscle aches and stiffness in the joints. Migraine
More than “just a headache” – migraine is a complex disabling neurological disorder, the Migraine Trust says.
It explains: “For many people the main feature is a painful headache. Other symptoms include disturbed vision, sensitivity to light, sound and smells, feeling sick and vomiting. Migraine attacks can be very frightening and may result in you having to lie still for several hours.
“The symptoms will vary from person to person and individuals may have different symptoms during different attacks. Your attacks may differ in length and frequency. Migraine attacks usually last from 4 to 72 hours and most people are free from symptoms between attacks. Migraine can have an enormous impact on your work, family and social lives.” Sciatica
Sciatica is a back problem that affects the sciatic nerve.
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body and runs from behind the pelvis down to your feet. Sciatica occurs if it becomes irritated or compressed in any way – this most commonly involves pressure being placed on the nerve by a slipped disc for example – and the pain will basically follow the path of the nerve, so what you’re describing in terms of it starting in the lower back and progressing through to your leg seems to fit with this.
Other symptoms can include tingling sensations, a bit like pins and needles in the leg, cramp, and shooting pain that starts in the buttock region and travels swiftly down towards the foot.
The pain of sciatica can vary from mild to extremely painful – to the point where in severe cases it is impossible to put any weight on the affected leg.
Sciatica can affect just about anyone, but the younger you are, the less likely it is. Kidney stones Kidney Stone X Ray (Image: Rex) Read More Girl, 14, dies after going into hospital ‘laughing and singing’ for routine test that went tragically wrong
The NHS website explains that passing a kidney stone can produce a sudden, sharp, cramping pain in your lower back or the side of your abdomen, or occasionally in your groin. The pain may last for minutes or hours, with pain-free intervals in between.
The pain often begins in the middle of the night and can be so severe that those who experience it may feel the need to go to A&E.
Most kidney stones are small enough to pass out in your urine, and the pain disappears once the stone has been passed. Appendicitis
Appendicitis is a painful swelling of the appendix, a finger-like pouch attached to the gut wall. It’s most common in children, who typically complain of pain in the middle of their tummy that comes and goes. The pain then shifts to the lower-right side of the tummy and gets worse.
Appendicitis is a medical emergency that usually needs an urgent operation to remove the appendix before it bursts. Trigeminal neuralgia
Trigeminal neuralgia is sudden, severe facial pain. It’s often described as a sharp shooting pain or like having an electric shock in the jaw, teeth or gums.
It usually occurs in short, unpredictable attacks that can last from a few seconds to about two minutes. The attacks stop as suddenly as they start.
Trigeminal Neuralgia Association UK say that unfortunately, for most sufferers, the condition is progressive and will worsen over time. Although to date there is no guaranteed cure for the condition, there are a number of treatments which can give relief. Read More Vichai Srivaddhnaprabha’s daughter was NOT on Leicester helicopter when it crashed Endometriosis
Endometriosis is a gynaecological condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows in other areas of the body, most commonly in the pelvic region. This tissue responds to hormones in the same way as the lining of the womb but, with no outlet, it can cause inflammation, scarring and adhesions, leading to severe pain and many other symptoms.
The classic symptoms of endometriosis are severe pain during or between periods; very long, heavy and irregular periods; painful bowel movements; pain in the bladder and pain during or after sex.
Extreme fatigue is very common, and fertility may also be affected.
It costs the UK economy £8.2 billion every year in lost working time and healthcare costs and affects 1.5 million women in the UK.
But endometriosis is estimated to take 7.5 years to diagnose.
There is no cure for endometriosis, but the condition is manageable and timely diagnosis could save women from many years of living in constant pain.
There is no definitive cause for endometriosis and the only conclusive way to determine if a woman has endometriosis is through a laparoscopy, usually done under general anaesthetic. Read More Woman ordered to pay £149 in coins after spending just five minutes in airport car park Gout
Gout, which has been recognised for the past 2,000 years, is a painful rheumatic disease which causes the inflammation of the joints and often starts in the feet or toes – for 70% of sufferers a joint in the big toe is the first to be affected.
Uric acid gathers and crystallises at the joint, causing swelling and heat with the skin sometimes becoming purplish red.
Gout, which mainly affects men aged between 40 and 60 causes acute, intermittent and painful attacks of arthritis in the joints of the foot, knee, ankle, hand and wrist.
But is can be treated through either medicine or a serious change in lifestyle. Acute pancreatitis
Acute pancreatitis is the swelling of the pancreas, a banana-sized organ that’s part of the digestive system. The most common symptom is severe abdominal pain that appears suddenly.
This dull aching pain often gets steadily worse and can travel along your back or below your left shoulder blade.
Eating or drinking, especially fatty foods, may also make you feel worse very quickly. Leaning forward or curling into a ball may help to relieve the pain, but lying flat on your back often increases it. Read More Bodies of young sisters found bound together on river shore 250 miles away from their home Stomach ulcer
A stomach ulcer – or peptic ulcer as they are sometimes known – is an open sore in the lining of your stomach or your small intestine.
The main cause of these ulcers is bacteria – responsible for up to 90 per cent of cases. The second most common cause is overuse of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) including the commonly used aspirin and ibuprofen which can irritate the stomach lining in some people.
Excessive smoking or alcohol abuse can also increase the chances of developing the condition.
Another significant cause of ulcers is stress. Chronic stress can increase the chances of developing a stomach ulcer and this, combined with the bad habits that many of us fall into – such as irregular meal patterns and generally eating on the move – can play a major factor.
Those suffering from a stomach ulcer often describe their symptoms as similar to indigestion, heartburn and bad hunger pangs – a burning sensation or pain in the upper abdomen which can travel up to the neck or down as far as the navel. As you described, the pain can last a few minutes or can continue for as long as a few hours depending on the ulcer itself.
It is the abdominal pain which distinguishes a stomach ulcer from both heartburn and indigestion though – often coupled with both bloating and abdominal fullness.
In some sufferers eating can actually ease the pain whereas others think it makes the pain worse. Most people find that fatty foods, citrus drinks and spicy food irritate the ulcer. It is important that these types of food are avoided to reduce the chances of a flare up. Read More Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia Action UK explains the chronic condition causes “widespread pain and profound fatigue”.
It says: “The pain tends to be felt as diffuse aching or burning, often described as head to toe. It may be worse at some times than at others. It may also change location, usually becoming more severe in parts of the body that are used the most.
“The fatigue ranges from feeling tired, to the exhaustion of a flu-like illness. It may come and go and people can suddenly feel drained of all energy – as if someone just ‘pulled the plug.'” Pain after surgery Surgeons in operating room (Image: Getty)
It’s common to have some pain after surgery, though the intensity of the pain will vary according to the type of operation.
But too much pain after surgery is not a good thing, the NHS website explains, and you should never feel you have to “tough it out”.
Visit the NHS website for more. Read More

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Add some spice to your diet By Mandy Nix – Nutrition columnist Oct 26, 2018 Save
Do you love spicy foods? Did you know spicy foods such as hot peppers have health benefits? Capsaicin is the ingredient in hot peppers that makes your mouth feel hot and is also the beneficial health ingredient. Capsaicin has been proven to aid in weight loss, manage chronic pain, boost heart health and help prevent certain cancers. People have not only used spices in food for centuries but also for medicine. Check out the following benefits of adding hot peppers to your diet.
» Nutrition benefits. Hot peppers are a rich source of vitamin C. They also contain antioxidants and flavonoids such as vitamin A and beta-carotene and lutein. Hot peppers contain minerals potassium, manganese, iron and magnesium and are a good source of B-6.
» Heart health. Capsaicin found in spicy foods can help lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure. According to a study reported in Cell Metabolism chili peppers helped reduce blood pressure in hypertensive rats. A study from Harvard University published in 2015 in “British Medical Journal” showed that people who make spicy foods a part of their diet have lower rates of mortality.
» Antimicrobial and antibacterial. Capsaicin has been shown to have antimicrobial effects. Peppers also contain vitamin C which help boost your immune system.
» Live longer. A study at the University of Vermont showed that consumption of hot red chili peppers is associated with a 13 percent reduction in total mortality, particularly in deaths due to heart disease or stroke.
» Boost metabolism. According to a study in “Bioscience Reports,” capsaicin has multiple benefits for metabolic health, especially for weight loss in obese individuals. A study in “International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition” concluded that chili peppers can help in weight management and the consumption of chili can help accelerate weight loss.
» Anti-inflammatory properties. Capsaicin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.
» Helps with pain/headaches. Many topical pain relief creams and patches contain capsaicin. According to the Arthritis foundation, in a 2010 German study, joint pain decreased nearly 50 percent after three weeks use of 0.05 percent capsaicin cream. A study in “International Journal of Clinical Practice” showed that topical capsaicin may relive migraines.
Not a fan of spicy food? You can still get the health benefits by adding spices with a milder spice to your dishes. Spices such as ginger, cumin, coriander and red pepper flakes provide health-promoting benefits as well.
To add more spice to your recipes, try adding green or red chili peppers to chili, make a homemade curry sauce to pair with your stir-fry, or make a spicy homemade salsa with jalapeno peppers to keep on hand for snacking.
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Review | Bespoke Aroma Relaxing Bath Tea Infusion & Refreshing Facial Mist

I’m reviewing 2 products today and I absolutely loved them both. They were both from the August Quench & Glow Edition of The Natural Beauty Box.
I’ll start with this lovely Relaxing bath tea infusion, I have to admit I’ve used a bath tea before but not quite like this. I’d never heard of the brand before so as always I’m keen to try things out.
When you open the box the scent instantly hits you and it’s so nice. It comes in a little resealable plastic bag, which can also be reused (but is a little disappointing when I’m trying to reduce my plastic waste and usage.
It’s full of gorgeous ingredients like:
Lavender Flowers – These are used for relaxation and the relief of anxiety and stress.
Chamomile Flowers – These help to calm and soothe so you can relax and unwind.
Marjoram Leaves – comforting and warming, marjoram has been shown to help ease headaches, migraines and insomnia
Mandarin Powder – a natural sedative, mandarin is also rich in vitamin C, which improves skin texture, and antioxidants which help to fight off free radicals which are the cause of wrinkles and sagging skin.
Oatmeal – used as early as 2000 BC by the Egyptians to beautify their skin. Oats contain polysaccharides which form a fine protective film when applied to skin which helps to prevent moisture loss.
Dead Sea Salts – These salts contain high levels of magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride and bromides which help to slow skin ageing, increase circulation to the skin, balance skin moisture and ease muscle stiffness.
Ylang Ylang essential oil – this oil has a calming effect on the mind and body.
Benzoin essential oil – this oil calms the nervous system and has a very relaxing effect.
It comes in this really cute muslin bag which you simply pop into your bath whilst it’s running so that it can infuse with the water. Even the munchkin couldn’t resist sharing my bath. It makes you feel so relaxed afterwards and your skin even feels really soft and smooth to touch. I love products like this and definitely want to try more of their products.
They also have Hard Working Bodies Bath Tea Infusion which is perfect for easing aching sore muscles.
Moisture Shot Bath Tea infusion which is great for nurturing dry skin.
Skin Tonic Bath Tea Infusion which is great for slowing the signs of ageing.
You can buy this wonderful bath tea from Bespoke Aroma for £4.95.
The second Bespoke Aroma product is this gorgeous Refreshing Facial Mist which is made from 100% Natural blend of Peppermint Essential Oil and Organic Peppermint Water.
I absolutely loved using this, even though it’s only 30ml you get a lot of product in it. It’s fantastic as a little early morning pick me up when you’ve had a wash.
Pop it in the fridge and it’s great for cooling down your skin on those warm days or just use it throughout the day to give yourself a little bit of an extra moisture boost.
I could not get enough of this and will definitely be buying this again and popping a bottle in my hospital bag for when I go into labour. It only costs £4.25 as well.
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Understanding The Benefits Of Chiropractic And Massage Marietta GA

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Even though massage therapy and chiropractic care are two different things, they both work hand in hand to enhance ones overall wellness. A dependable chiropractor can do manual manipulations of your spine, joints and bones to alleviate pain within the musculoskeletal system. The expert can also serve as a massage therapist and knead your muscles to alleviate both tension and pain. If you need chiropractic and massage Marietta GA is an excellent place to begin research for top rated specialists.
Both chiropractic care and massage therapy can benefit your entire body and your mind. You can look forward to enjoying numerous physical and mental paybacks, especially if you choose to book sessions on a routine basis. For the best possible experience, ensure that you work with a qualified and competent chiropractor.
There are various benefits that you can look forward to enjoying. The most significant payback is that back and neck pains will be alleviated. By getting spinal misalignments corrected, patients are able to manage pain or even find complete relief. Treatment sessions can also ease pain that is caused by repetitive action, bad posture, sports injures and everyday strains.
When the muscles are tight, this could subject you to devastating pain that can restrict you from doing certain things. Both massage and chiropractic care provide short-term relaxation because they tackle muscle tension. By seeing your practitioner routinely, you can enjoy extended periods of muscle tension relief.
Some people suffer from chronic headaches. In this case, chiropractic care as well as the expertise of a masseuse can help. Similar to back and neck pains, constant headaches can be caused by muscle tension as well as spinal misalignments. The treatment offered could therefore assist in treating both chronic migraines and headaches.
During a treatment session, you would benefit from outstanding tension relief. Your blood pressure will drastically come down and this is a good thing, especially for people battling with hypertension. Patients with heart disease or even those who are genetically predisposed to battling with heart issues may find it best to include massage and chiropractic care sessions into their wellness plans. Your risk of suffering from heart disease will be reduced if you combine therapy with diet, exercise and treatment.
Reliable chiropractors and massage therapists get visits from thousands of athletes with each passing year. Such experts schedule for sessions with the intentions of boosting their performance. A competent expert can help you condition your muscles, spine and joints. This will make it easier to avoid injuries during intensive workouts and long games.
Finding the ideal practitioners is easier said than done. It remains necessary for you to do some serious detective work before choosing where to book your first appointment. The right professional will have a holistic, full-body approach to wellness. Before scheduling for a session, make sure that your specialists of choice have numerous outstanding client reviews and testimonials.
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How To Get Rid Of A Headache Fast Without Medication

How To Get Rid Of A Headache Fast Without Medication Here’s what to do if you’re slammed with a headache and need pain relief fast — but don’t have time to get meds. By Cory Stieg , Refinery29Not to brag, but I get lots of headaches on pretty much a regular basis. Not just run-of-the-mill tension headaches, either: I deal with intensely stabbing and debilitating headaches each time I get a migraine. Although a headache is just one part of a migraine (there’s also the disorienting visual aura, nausea, and vomiting), it’s pretty brutal in and of itself.The silver lining to these periodic episodes of torture is that now I have a wealth of knowledge about how to avoid headaches and how to treat the pain that comes when they strike. Migraines can strike at any time, so often you have to be creative with your solutions, because you may be stuck in a situation with a headache or migraine without your usual medications.If this sounds like you right now, follow one of the tips ahead, which come from research on headaches and plenty of anecdotal experience. While they definitely can’t cure a migraine (friendly reminder that there is no cure for migraines), they will help whatever headache pain you’re dealing with. Drink water. You’ve probably heard this one a billion times before, but drinking water and staying hydrated is key to preventing or managing headaches. Headaches are often a symptom of dehydration, and in some cases, dehydration can trigger a migraine — so it goes both ways. Drinking enough water each day based on your needs (like how much you sweat and exercise) is one easy way that you can be proactive. Wear an ice pack on your face. Let me introduce you to my friend, the Headache Hat. The Headache Hat is a wearable ice pack that covers your eyes and blocks out all sunlight, which is key when you have a migraine. It’s not the most flattering accessory out there, but it works wonders. Even if you have a plain tension headache, applying ice to your muscles can help to ease some of the muscular tension you might be feeling in your neck and shoulders. Massage your body. When you’re riding out a brutal headache, sometimes you don’t want to be touched — in fact, 80% of people with migraines also experience “allodynia,” which is the experience of pain from light touch. But sometimes having someone give you a gentle massage, or using a massage tool like a foam roller or ball, can be pleasant during a headache. Additionally, there are some acupressure points that may help alleviate nausea that’s often associated with migraines. Basically, do whatever feels good to you in your body. Drink caffeine. The reason why you’ll see caffeine added to certain headache medications like Excedrin is because it’s a vasoconstrictor, meaning it makes your blood vessels constrict. When you get a headache, your blood vessels enlarge, and then caffeine helps bring them back to normal size. Everyone responds differently to caffeine, but the National Headache Foundation suggests that people with headaches stick to about 200-300 mg of caffeine (equal to two to three cups of coffee) daily. Try CBD lotion. Cannabidoil, aka CBD, is a wildly popular ingredient in many wellness products right now, and many people apply it topically for muscle or pain relief. There are a variety of creams or roll-on formulations that you can experiment rubbing on your forehead or neck during a headache. One product that’s great for headaches in particular is the Wildflower CBD+ Healing Stick. Although it’s on the pricier side, the hemp-based CBD formula also includes essential oils that are meant to help with inflammation and pain. Take a nap. Sometimes the best thing you can do is turn down and take a nap when you have a headache or migraine. But keep in mind that if you feel like you have to nap everyday because you’re so tired, that can be a sign of sleep deprivation. What’s most important is that you develop a consistent sleep schedule, because sleep loss and oversleeping can be headache triggers. Rub some peppermint oil on your head. Peppermint oil can be soothing on your forehead and temples during a headache, because it can have a slight numbing effect — it also smells delightful. Eat something. Going too long without eating can lower your blood sugar and trigger a headache. Some people might find that they wake up with a headache because their blood sugar is low. Eat a substantial snack — like something with fiber or protein — and see if it helps you feel more like yourself. See more at: Refinery29

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