Using Botox for Migraine Prevention

Botox (onabotulinumtoxin A) is an injectable muscle paralytic drug used for migraine prevention. It had been approved as a medical treatment for severe muscle rigidity and for cosmetic use to smooth out wrinkles before it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010 for the prevention of chronic migraines. When used for migraine prevention, Botox injections are scheduled about every...

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What to Do About Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

What Is It? Nerve damage, what doctors call neuropathy, is a common complication of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Peripheral means the nerves in your feet, hands, legs, or arms are affected. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) can feel like tingling, burning, pins and needles, stabbing, or even numbness. If you're also overweight or have high blood pressure, high...

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An Overview of Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral nerves are thin structures located in your arms, legs and throughout your body. When one or more of these nerves become damaged (as a result of an underlying disease process, medication, or infection, to name a few), a condition called peripheral neuropathy develops. The diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy requires a careful and thorough medical history and neurological examination. Various...

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Tendinitis – Symptoms and Causes

Tendinitis is inflammation or irritation of a tendon — the thick fibrous cords that attach muscle to bone. The condition causes pain and tenderness just outside a joint. While tendinitis can occur in any of your tendons, it's most common around your shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees and heels. Some common names for various tendinitis problems are: Tennis elbow Golfer's elbow...

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Getting Social Security Disability for Peripheral Neuropathy

Social Security recognizes peripheral neuropathy and diabetic neuropathy as disabling when it severely affects movement. Peripheral neuropathy occurs when there is damage to the peripheral nerves, the nerves that carry messages to and from the spinal cord and brain from the rest of the body. When peripheral neuropathy is caused by diabetes mellitus (a common cause), it is called diabetic...

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Nerve Pain and Nerve Damage

Your nervous system is involved in everything your body does, from regulating your breathing to controlling your muscles and sensing heat and cold. There are three types of nerves in the body: Autonomic nerves. These nerves control the involuntary or partially voluntary activities of your body, including heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, and temperature regulation. Motor nerves. These nerves control your movements and actions...

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Exercise helps ease arthritis pain and stiffness

As you consider starting an arthritis exercise program, understand what's within your limits and what level of exercise is likely to give you results. Exercise is crucial for people with arthritis. It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. Of course, when stiff and painful joints are already bogging you down, the thought of walking around...

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Possible Causes of Joint Pain Beyond Arthritis

A joint forms where the ends of two bones come together (e.g., hip, knee, elbow, shoulder, finger). Most of our joints facilitate movement. In normal anatomy, joint components stabilize the joint, allow bones to move freely, and protect the joint from the rigors of constant, everyday use. The joint components include a capsule which is lined with synovium (i.e., a connective tissue membrane). The joint capsule...

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The Best Sleeping Positions for Lower Back Pain, Alignment Tips, and More

Do you deal with lower back pain? You’re not alone. The Global Burden of Disease study named lower back pain the leading cause of disability across the globe. What’s even more interesting is that most back pain isn’t caused by serious medical conditions, like cancer or arthritis. Instead, it’s often brought on by stress or strain from bad posture, awkward sleeping positions, and other lifestyle...

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Causes of Morning Stiffness From Arthritis

Feeling stiff when you first wake up in the morning is a common problem associated with arthritis. Morning stiffness causes you to hurt all over as you get out of bed. As you take your first steps, your joints and muscles ache so much, you want to crawl right back into bed. In fact, morning stiffness can be the most...

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