Older couple riding a bike to stay healthy

5 Ways to Incorporate a Blue Zone Life

What if we could live to be 100 years old? The idea isn’t far fetch, especially for those living in one of the five designated blue zone areas (Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California). Dan Buettner, with the support of National Geographic, traveled across the world to learn why certain populations were outliving others.
Older man can't stand on up on his own

4 Unique Types of Diabetic Nerve Pain

Yes, there is more than one! Nerve pain can affect patients differently when living with diabetes. The signs may be prevalent in some, while others are difficult to diagnose or not that common. Take a look at the following types of diabetic nerve pain and ask yourself if one of these best relates to your pain symptoms. Peripheral Neuropathy This is the most common type of diabetic nerve pain. Peripheral is defined as something that exists on the edge of an area.
Woman describing where the pain is to her doctor

How to Describe Your Pain to the Doctor

It’s been said that communication is the foundation to every successful relationship. If we are honest and open, it makes it easier for our loved ones and friends to better understand how we are feeling. The same can be said about a relationship between a doctor and a patient. Patients are encouraged to express concerns, questions or inquiries toward how they are feeling. How else will we know what is wrong? There’s no need to be afraid of talking to your doctor when it comes to any level of discomfort or pain.
Doctor discussing medical history with patient

How is Nerve Pain Diagnosed?

Nerve pain affects a growing number of individuals undergoing chemotherapy treatment, living with diabetes or having suffered an injury. An estimated 20 million Americans suffer from peripheral nerve damage, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Nerve damage can cause a tingling, burning sensation in the arms, hands, legs and feet, making it impossible to function on a daily basis. The causes as to why and how certain patients are susceptible to nerve pain can vary.
Man resting and recouping after a long week

5 Ways to Rejuvenate Yourself on Sabbath

Is it just me or have you noticed life seems to be flying by? Every day goes just a little faster as we try to keep up with work, school, and any other event that has us on the go. Even doctor appointments can become a daily chore for those of us living with chronic nerve pain. But just because everyone else is operating at the speed of fast and faster doesn’t mean we have to. The beauty is we have the time to rest. Though, we need to make it our priority. Remember Sabbath? This is the time God asks us to slow down. He did not intend for us to function seven days a week.
Walking off the pain

Walk Off the Pain

If you’re suffering chronic nerve pain in your hands, arms, legs or feet you know all too well the challenges to living a pain-free life. It seems that with each passing day the escalated pain can make the simple activities of cooking a meal for your family absolutely daunting. So, what can you do to make the tingling, burning or numbness simply go away? Even if just for an hour? The truth is nerve pain is what we consider a pesky bad habit. It’s hard to shake at first, but there are ways to reduce or alleviate the sensation.
Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN)

What do all those big words have to do with nerve pain? Great question!   Did You Know? CIPN is the single greatest limiting factor that keeps cancer patients from receiving their entire medication regimen. In other words, their nerve pain becomes so unbearable the medication regimen is stopped. Does this sound familiar? If so, there may be hope. First, let me explain what CIPN is. It is a disabling side effect to the hands and feet following chemotherapy treatment.
Muscle pain in the neck

Nerve Pain vs. Muscle Pain — Is there a Difference?

Surprisingly, yes! Our bodies are meant to feel some form of pain at one time or another. Whether we want to or not, that’s a different story. Pain can come from a sprained ankle after a run, a burned finger from the stove top or the nagging pain of a headache after a long day of work. Pain is pain and it is not fun. But, what about nerve pain versus muscle pain?
Walking to reduce nerve pain

4 Exercises to Reduce Chronic Nerve Pain

Do you suffer from nerve pain? Well, it’s time to knock it out. Give your chronic nerve pain the one two punch with these simple-to-do exercises done at home, at work and with friends. Why live with stabbing, tingling or numbing pain any longer? Nerve pain is caused by a lack of blood flowing to the heart creating discomfort and pain throughout the body. If you had the chance to relieve this pain and all it took was 30 minutes, would you do it? Start living a more active life with these four fun-filled (yes, fun) exercises appropriate for all ages and levels.