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Chronic pain: difficult to measure, frustrating to treat

"On a scale of 1 to 10, what is your pain level?"

This question is one of the most subjective questions patients answer when they visit the doctor. It can also be one of the most important for people suffering from chronic pain, as the answer gives medical professionals a way to score that pain. It is far from an exact science, however, and doctors and researchers continue to search for reliable means of measuring and locating pain.

Childhood illnesses that could be disabling

Every parent hopes a child will be born and stay healthy. Tragically, this doesn’t always happen and a baby or child suffers a serious illness or injury. This often means that a family will devote money, time and effort to a child’s care. Not only can there be regular visits to the hospital and demanding treatment regimens, but families may also need to make daily lifestyle accommodations and changes.

As difficult as all this is for any family, it can be especially difficult for families with limited resources.

Understanding different types of burn injuries

Many of us have gotten burned at some point in our lives, whether it was by touching a hot pan or spending too much time in the sun without proper protection. These burns are often painful – but temporary.

Then there are far more severe types of burns that cause catastrophic and permanent injuries. While these burns may be less common, they still affect thousands of people every year. Below, we explain in more detail the various types of burns and the impact they can have on victims’ lives.

3 ways medical care can help sufferers of depression

In recent weeks, the topics of depression and mental illness have been at the forefront of our national discussions. Unfortunately, serious illnesses like depression affect millions of people in the U.S., and sufferers don't always seek the medical care they need.

While there are myriad reasons why a person may not seek medical attention for mental illnesses like depression, it is perhaps the most critical step in treating these troubling conditions. If you or a loved one suffers from depression or has suicidal thoughts, we urge you to seek immediate medical help. Doing so can help in many ways.

How arthritis can affect the lives of sufferers

Did you know that there are more than 60 types of arthritis and diseases related to arthritis? This is according to the Arthritis Foundation. The various types of arthritis range from common and mild to rare and severe.

No matter what type of arthritis a person may have, it can affect his or her life in various ways.

Traumatic brain injuries can have a traumatic impact on victims

Accidents that cause brain injuries can happen in the blink of an eye, but the impact they have on victims can last a lifetime.

Traumatic brain injuries disrupt the normal functions of the brain, which could lead to severe, permanent conditions. With this in mind, we urge readers to take seriously any accident or event that could cause a traumatic brain injury and get the help you need to recover and cope with the effects of the injury.

5 types of digestive disorders that can be disabling

Digestive problems can affect any person at any age. Often, the issues are short-lived or treatable with dietary adjustments or medical care.

However, some people experience severe, chronic disorders of the digestive system. These disorders can cause painful, uncomfortable symptoms that dramatically limit a person’s lifestyle and capabilities. And the treatment for such conditions can be demanding and aggressive.

Understanding musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders

In a recent post, we discussed the fact that musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders are the most common reasons people collect Social Security Disability benefits, according to recent statistics.

In this post, we will look more closely at what these disorders are and why they can be disabling.

Multiple sclerosis: The far-reaching impact of this illness

Anyone who struggles with a disabling condition knows that it can affect every aspect of his or her life. Multiple sclerosis is one such condition that can change everything about a person's life.

There are four types of MS, which means that not everyone will have the same symptoms or the same prognosis. It is also unpredictable, meaning it is all but impossible to know how the illness will affect an individual. That being said, there are common ways that MS - and many other potentially disabling conditions - changes a person's life.

What types of workers receive disability benefits?

People who struggle with serious health conditions know that numbers play a considerable role in understanding what to expect in terms of their prognosis and treatment options.

The same can be said when it comes to understanding what to expect in terms of Social Security Disability benefits. If you have a severe condition that prevents you from working, statistics regarding who is collecting disability benefits could help you understand your own situation a little better.