Living With Chronic Conditions

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When Back Pain Means More Than a Back Problem

Tags: back pain, Be Well e-News, Great Pretenders Series, naf1, neuropathy, peripheral arterial disease, spinal stenosis

Don’t assume pain in the lower back, cramping in the legs and that “pins and needles” feeling are the result of a problem with your spine. Symptoms of artery disease, arthritis and neuropathy often masquerade as spinal pain.


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9 Diet Tips to Help You Fight Inflammation

Tags: fruits and vegetables, healthy diet, inflammation, vitamins and supplements

The health benefits of choosing whole foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains are nearly endless. One of the primary benefits of nutrient-rich foods is that they can reduce inflammation in the body.


If You’re Tackling Diabetes, Choose Your Plan Carefully

If You’re Tackling Diabetes, Choose Your Plan Carefully

Tags: diabetes, diet, exercise, Mediterranean diet, weight loss

If your doctor has told you that you’re at risk for diabetes you can tackle the threat on your own through a plan that combines weight loss and physical activity. All programs, however, are not created equal.


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How Techy Tools Can Help You to Sleep Better

Tags: alcohol, caffeine, exercise, insomnia, sleep, sleep apnea, sleep disorders, sleep testing, sleepwalking

Sleep apps and online programs are becoming a popular way to combat sleep issues. Many find these techy tools can give you the feedback and instruction that can help you get back to sleep.


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2 Surprising Reasons Women Are at Risk for Knee Injury

Tags: ACL, athletes, chronic knee pain, knee injury, knee pain, knee replacements

You feel it. Sometimes you even hear it. You’re running, jumping, playing hard. Suddenly, there’s a “pop.” Have you may have torn the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in your knee. Find out why women are more at risk.


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Do You Have a Heartburn Problem? Try These 7 Natural Fixes

Tags: antacids, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), GERD, heartburn, sleep positioning pillow

If you suffer from occasional heartburn, learn these seven steps, including losing weight and sleeping at an incline, that can give you relief.


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Does Your Baby Have Jaundice? When You Should Worry

Tags: blood transfusion, breast feeding, breast milk, childbirth, growing pains of parenting, health screenings, jaundice, phototherapy

Neonatal jaundice is not preventable, but it isn’t always a cause for concern. Know the difference between mild cases and severe cases that require a doctor’s attention.


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Why You Need to Address Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Tags: chronic pain, complex regional pain syndrome, CRPS, pain management

As its name suggests, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a serious and challenging condition to treat and often goes undiagnosed. A leading authority talks about how CRPS can be treated.


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Are Artificial Sweeteners Safe for People With Diabetes?

Tags: artificial sweeteners, aspartame, blood sugar, diabetes, sugar, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes

Searching for something to help curb your cravings for sugar? There are many low calorie sweeteners out there, but are they safe if you have diabetes? Find out what you need to know.


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How to Care for Cuts and Scratches If You Have Diabetes

Tags: diabetes, feet, skin care, skin infection, surgery wounds, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, wound care, wounds

If you have diabetes, you should learn about different approaches to treating cuts, scrapes and scratches safely and watching for infections.