How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

Sleep, exercise, and diet can impact chronic pain

Chronic pain can be debilitating. More people seek medical help for chronic and acute-onset pain that any other health issue. While acute-onset pain requires immediate medical attention and can be due to an emergency situation, chronic pain is something that patients have to live with and find ways to manage. Taking pain relievers and anti-depressants are both very successful ways to manage pain, as well as the depression and anxiety that can accompany chronic pain, though neither are sustainable ways to live and can cause side effects over long periods of use.

If you suffer from chronic pain there are many ways that you can help yourself, in addition to seeking conventional medical help. Getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, eating healthy, and using complementary and alternative medical help such as Qigong, Tai Chi, and acupuncture, can help to manage pain symptoms and provide relief. For my own back and neck issues, I've found that chiropractic has been helpful and I may also try acupuncture at some point since this seems to be the only aspect of traditional chinese medicine that recent scientific data has indicated may actually provide more than placebo effect. As for chiropractic, I was NOT a believer in any sense until I found that adjustments did seem to alleviate my neck pain. To each his own, of course.

Establishing a sleep routine, keeping a food journal to determine food sensitivities, and exercising at least 30 minutes a day have all been shown to increase mood and reduce pain (walking does wonders for my own mood and general health). Tai Chi is thought to relieve muscle cramping, while acupuncture is alleged to stimulate pressure points that can reduce pain, elevate endorphin levels and elevate cerebral spinal fluid. Qigong, apparently, has been shown to reduce pain through relaxation techniques.

Although it may seem easier to keep up an unhealthy lifestyle, taking control of your daily routine can do wonders for pain. In addition to conventional pain killers (which, if you read the news, seem increasingly to be the cause behind other problems), complementary and alternative medicine "may" have the potential to help manage pain symptoms and improve quality of life.

Having said that, though, it's my own personal belief that new problems and symptoms, and old problems that seem to be changing in some respect, should always be given a "run through" with a family physician. Better safe than sorry, particularly when its so true that, with certain illnesses, early diagnosis seems to be at least half the battle.

Essential Questions

What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?

Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?

How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?

Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

Receiving a Disability Award Letter

Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability

Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

Applying for disability in your state

Most popular topics on SSDRC.com

Social Security Disability SSI Questions

The listings, list of disabling impairments

Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?

Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials

How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?

How to apply for disability for a child or children

Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application

Filing for disability - when to file

How to apply for disability - where to apply

Qualifications for disability benefits

How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits

Qualifying for Disability - The Process

How to get disability for depression

Getting disability for fibromyalgia

SSI disability for children with ADHD

What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?

Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips

More Social Security Disability SSI Questions

Social Security Disability SSI definitions

What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?

New and featured pages on SSDRC.com

Who can help me file for disability?

Related pages:

How to file for disability in Pennsylvania PA
Applying for disability with hearing loss
Filing for Social Security Disability with Post Polio
Social Security Disability and cerebral palsy
How long will it take to receive my Social Security Award letter and back pay?
Will I qualify for disability if I tried to go back to work?
Can I get disability for arthritis in my shoulders, arms, and feet?
Should you get a Statement from a Personal Physician for your SSD or SSI Disability Case?
Can you file for disability with dyslexia?
Applying for Disability with high blood pressure
Will my children get benefits if I get approved for disability?
Social Security Disability claims and the economy
Moving to a different state after applying for disability
Question about Social Security Disability Retroactive pay
How much time for a decision on a disability claim?

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Disability lawyer fee - what does an attorney cost?
Social Security Disability appeal status
The status of your Social Security Disability or SSI case
Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI tips
Maximum SSDI SSI Disability back pay
SSI disability back pay
How Far Back Will Social Security Pay Benefits?
What if the SSDI Disability application gets denied?
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions
When You File an SSI or Social Security Disability Application
After you file and apply for disability
Applying for disability, the application process
Tips for how to get approved for SSDI or SSI
Social Security Disability SSDI SSI Tips
Proving Social Security Disability for a mental condition
SSDI SSI Eligibility Requirements and Criteria
Qualifying for disability benefits (SSDI or SSI)
How does a person qualify for SSDI or SSI disability, how are they eligible?

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.