Aches such as stretched or torn ligaments, muscles, and tendons are incurred by people who are physically active. Both cause swelling and inflammation. Sprains can give you bruises. Strains may trigger muscle spasms. We review several medicinal and home remedies that can really help you handle the aches and pains.
Aches: Tension Headache
This common type of headache feels like a band is squeezing your head. OTC painkillers, rest, and drinking water will often do the trick. Your headache should go away within hours, but it could last a couple of days. Plenty of rest, proper posture, less stress, and lots of fluids (without caffeine) will help you get rid of it.
Throbbing pain in the front or side of your head can put a hold on your daily activities. You might feel sick to your stomach, be sensitive to light, or have other symptoms. Find somewhere dark and quiet to rest. An ice pack may numb pain; a heating pad can relax tense muscles. An OTC pain reliever with a bit of caffeine may help if you catch a migraine early. Some people need a prescription to treat or prevent them.
Tooth decay, cracked teeth, broken fillings, and gum disease are likely causes. You might not be a fan of the dentist, but if your toothache lasts more than a couple of days, you should go. If you don’t take care of it, an inflamed area could become infected, leading to bigger problems. Tooth pain can also signal a sinus infection, a problem with the joint where your jaw meets your skull (TMJ), or grinding your teeth at night.
Aches: Neck Pain
Your neck is less protected than the rest of your spine, so it’s vulnerable to sprains and strains. Those pains are usually temporary, and often, you won’t need a doctor. Regular wear and tear, such as the disks breaking down, can also hurt. Good posture helps prevent pain. Moreover, you might feel more serious neck injuries in other parts of your body, such as the upper back, arms, and legs.
Aches: Back Pain
As you age, it becomes more common. Back pain can be dull or sharp and last months at a time. Being overweight and lifting something the wrong way can cause it. Diseases including arthritis and cancer can affect your back and spine, and your genes can play a role, too. Treatments for most types of back pain include OTC medications and muscle relaxants, hot and cold packs, and light exercise.
Aches: Frozen Shoulder
The pain is usually worse at night, when you lie on that side. Simple, everyday tasks can be hard to do. Your shoulder becomes stiff to the point where you can’t move it. Exercises and physical therapy can improve your range of motion. Untreated, it could take 2-3 years to heal. It mostly happens to people between 40 and 60.
Aches: Tendinitis and Bursitis
These are swelling around a muscle or bone, usually brought on by the overuse or injury of a joint, like your ankle, elbow, knee, hip, shoulder, or wrist. Treat these with rest, ice, and exercise. Get medical attention if the pain becomes worse or if redness occurs.
Aches: Stomach ache
There can be a number of reasons, including indigestion, gas, and constipation. Try OTC medicines as they may help feel better. If the pain is severe, lasts for days, or if you’re vomiting blood, have bloody stool, or notice any other unusual symptoms, get immediate medical help.
This shooting pain can make either sitting or standing uncomfortable. You feel weak, numb, and a burning or tingling in your leg. It’s often caused by a pinched nerve or slipped disk in your lower back. Sneezing and coughing can sharpen the pain. Sciatica usually goes away in a few weeks with rest and gentle exercise. In addition, the typical age onset occurs in people between the ages 30 to 50.
Aches: Nerve Pain
Tingling, burning, numbness, and weakness can all signal a problem with your nerves. People with uncontrolled diabetes tend to get nerve damage in their feet, hands, arms, and legs. In addition, shingles, is a painful rash caused by the chickenpox virus traveling down nerves, and can also lead to ongoing pain. Medications, physical therapy, and eating well will help.
Aches: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
There’s little evidence that keyboard overuse is at fault for one of the leading nerve disorders. Pecking at the computer could make the tingling and numbness in your fingers worse though, if you already have a pinched nerve. Rest first; avoid bending or twisting your wrist for a couple of weeks. Then try yoga or physical therapy. Sometimes medicines that reduce swelling can also ease the symptoms.
Aches: Sore, Swollen Feet
Ice your feet for 15-20 minutes at a time. If you must stand on a hard surface all day, try compression stockings, wear shoes with good support, and take short breaks off your feet when you can. Women and people who have flat feet or high arches are more prone to plantar fasciitis, which makes the bottom of your heel hurt. Try light stretching to ease the discomfort.
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