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7 Pain Myths

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7 Pain Myths, Busted

By Lisa Collier Cool Oct 15, 2012 37 Recommend


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Whether you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain or simply get the occasional backache, chances are good that some of your beliefs about pain could be wrong.

and fibromyalgia. Myth: Babies don’t feel pain Fact: Both children and infants do feel pain. stating that the procedure is well tolerated with appropriate pain management. 7 Simple Tips To Manage Chronic Pain Myth: Pain meds are the only way to treat pain . kids in hospital receive infrequent pain assessments. Unfortunately. The belief that infants don’t feel pain because their nervous system is immature led to circumcisions being performed without anesthesia. Being distracted with music-related tasks caused a decrease in pain. At the same time. according to a study published this month in The Journal of Pain. A study had 143 participants listen to music while following the melodies and identifying incorrect tones. they received pain shocks on their fingertips. can continue beyond the usual recovery period. such as back pain. that medications are the best way to treat pain. physical therapy and other approaches.Many people believe. even more so among participants who had high levels of anxiety about pain. and may last for months or even years. those suffering from chronic pain can improve their quality of life and reduce their pain. However. for example. the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a recent statement on circumcision. which may prove itself useful when pain medication doesn’t entirely do the trick. Myth: All pain is curable Fact: Some chronic conditions. Becoming engaged in an activity could very well be a useful strategy for people suffering from pain. usually with a combination of medication. Here’s a quick look at seven common pain myths—and facts. However. However. This may be due to a false perception that pain affects children less than adults. surprising new research shows that something as simple as music could provide relief. arthritis.

Relaxation techniques such as yoga. but breast cancers can be tender. Doctors sometimes use implantable devices that stop pain signals from reaching the brain. soft. this doesn’t mean that painful lumps cannot be cancerous. or rounded.” These reports included a wide variety of ailments.Fact: Pills are just one of many treatments used for pain relief. for example. “the overwhelming majority put the pills away with no lasting harm” . Neurostimulators.” senior study author Atul Butte said in a news release. Myth: Women have a higher pain tolerance than men Fact: When asked to rate their pain on a scale of one to 10. “The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. should be checked by the appropriate health care professional. A procedure called facet joint denervation uses radio waves to burn away pain nerves. Myth: Pain in the breast can’t be cancer Fact: Although it’s true that breast cancer is often painless. new research from the Stanford School of Medicine shows. “but they’re certainly reporting more pain than men do. They can even be painful. “No matter what the disease. and has irregular edges is more likely to be cancerous. hard. And new research shows that acupuncture relieves pain slightly better than placebo. 9 Warning Signs of Breast Cancer Myth: Pain medication is always addictive Fact: Although 20 percent of Americans have reported misuse of prescription medication. Any breast changes. “It’s still not clear if women actually feel more pain than men do. women appear to report more-intense level of pains than men do. including new lumps or masses. women consistently pick a higher number.” he said.” according to the American Cancer Society. meditation and deep breathing reduce stress. according to the Mayo Clinic. A mass that is painless. which could relieve headaches. use electricity to decrease pain. tai chi.

To reduce your risk of injury or overtraining. no gain Fact: Although a fitness program can sometimes cause muscle soreness the following day. . However. make sure to vary your activities and to increase your intensity gradually. you’ll want to make sure to alternate days you work certain muscles or body parts to avoid overuse injuries. The Most Addictive Prescription Drugs on The Market Myth: No pain.according to WedMD. Increasing your dose on your own without consulting with your doctor can result in addiction or even overdose. you may very well be doing an exercise incorrectly. actual pain during physical activity is a problem —and if something hurts. However. taking painkillers as prescribed—and communicating your response to it to your doctor—is recommended. taking less medicine than prescribed may lead to unnecessary pain. If weight training is a part of your workout routine.

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