Officially, chronic pain is pain associated with a condition that lasts more than three months. People with chronic pain, however, define it as living in an ongoing state of hideous torture. Such a simple, but accurate definition.
Chronic pain continues after the injury or disease should have healed but for some reason the nerves in the area continue to transmit pain signals to the brain. Cases exist where brain chemistry misfires and causes pain when there is nothing wrong with the body.
Insurance benefits are shrinking constantly while prescription prices break our banks. When the cost of a single pill can vary from $1 to $10, it's no longer just the elderly who are faced with the choice of eating or buying medications.
Helmet use reduces the risk of bicycle-related death and injury and the severity of head injury when a crash occurs. Unfortunately, national estimates report that bicycle helmet use among child bicyclist ranges only from 15 to 25 percent.
We can choose to sit back and do nothing with our lives or we can find ways to continue to live. The choice is up to us. Here are some ideas for those who want to move on.
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