Pain - A Personal Perspective

Mik Scarlet | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

I know many people who live with pain similar to mine, and many others whose pain manifests itself totally differently. However pain touches them, it needs treating to allow them to live anything near a normal life.

Most Sleepwalkers Don't Feel Pain During Their Nighttime Expeditions

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Most sleepwalkers don't feel any pain during their nighttime wanders, according to science. And we're pretty freaked out about it. A small study f...

We Can End the Pain of Arthritis Together

Liam O’Toole | Posted 25.10.2015 | UK
Liam O’Toole

We want people to share their stories with us in order to shine a light on the realities of living with arthritis pain, and, importantly, to guide the pain research we fund in 2016.

No I Won't Accept It......

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

The definition of acceptance is to realise the reality of a situation and be at peace with it. When you break it down like this you can see it's not an over night flick of a switch. For example living with pain requires a level of kindness to oneself and an ability to be with things as they are to move on and carry on in life.

How Can We Change the Experience of Pain?

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

Researchers studying neuroscience have shown that just a weeks worth of sitting with awareness of pain and engaging with meditation (following the breath), changes the brains response to pain.

The Ties That Bind Us

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Our instinct is to run away from pain, because it seems the sober emotional equivalent of drinking it away. But all that happens is we store that pain up inside of us, to the point where we build such an intolerance to the pain that it displays itself in other ways.

Men And Women Go Head To Head To See Who Has A Higher Pain Tolerance

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Contrary to popular belief that women have a higher pain tolerance than men in order to prepare them for the scream-inducing nightmare that is childbi...

The Emotional Pain of Words

Vic Lennard | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vic Lennard

As children, many of us were taught the old adage that "sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me." But while broken bones heal, the damage done by hastily spoken words rarely does and the pain can be multiplied manyfold when words are left unsaid.

This May Be Why Some People Can't Feel Pain

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Around one in a million people worldwide are thought to be born without a sense of pain. Although this may sound great at first, the rare conditio...

MRI Scans Show Babies Are More Sensitive To Pain Than Adults

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Parents

Whether babies can feel pain has long been a subject of debate in the medical profession, but a new study has found that newborns do feel pain more st...

Who Are We Really?

Dr. Bill Cloke | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Bill Cloke

As I navigate the straights and narrows of intimate connections, I am struck by the difference between being righteous and defensive and my willingness to look at my behavior from the reactions I get from others.

The Balancing Act of Living With Chronic Pain

Jade Hamnett | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jade Hamnett

Once someone has exhausted the over-the-counter options, it can be a difficult decision to go to the doctor to ask for something different. It shouldn't be. Pain deserves to be managed as well as any other symptom of a condition, but there seems to be far more judgement intrinsically linked.

Anorexia Is Stealing Me

Claire Greaves | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

Anorexia's screams are so loud, it's unbearable and it's blocking out all other sounds and deafening me from the world around me. I can't hear anyone, I don't know what they are saying. I am being pulled in and totally absorbed by this illness.

Crossing Your Fingers Could Affect How You Feel Pain

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

While it might not actually bring good luck, scientists have revealed that the action of crossing your fingers could have an impact on pain. The h...

Break the Cycle: Talk About Period Pain

Ria Chatterjee | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ria Chatterjee

When was the last time you heard someone at work complain about period pain? Not in gruesome detail, just "My stomach is hurting. It's period pain. Anyone got some painkillers?". If the answer is never, then it's time to question why not.

World Oral Health Day: Billions Are Still Suffering - And Some Dying - From 'Tooth Decay'

Mark Topley | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK
Mark Topley

If like me, you're not a dentist, your response may well be 'so what?' Given the level of other diseases we hear about, like ebola, that reaction is understandable. So why is oral health important, when there's so much else in the news?

How to Overcome the Pain of Separation

Karen Ruimy | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Ruimy

Sometimes I've experienced a lot of pain when somebody leaves my life, like a lover, a friend, a work partner or an employee - someone who is close to me in my life and then has to leave to go on another path. It takes a long time for me to soothe that pain.

Mindfulness in the Face of Terrorism

Alexa Frey | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alexa Frey

Many of us have probably wondered, "Are we next?" This is a scary prospect. For Londoners it's also bound to bring up painful memories of the 07/07 bombings. These fears are then fuelled by sensationalist media coverage. If we're not mindful, we can end up feeling paralysed by fear and despair.

Why Are Paper Cuts So Tiny, Yet So Horrendously Painful?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Paper cuts are tiny nicks to the skin. Alongside wasps, we're convinced they're the devil's punishment. But for such a tiny health hazard caused by...

Until You've Wheeled a Mile In My Shoes...

Mik Scarlet | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

Please before you pass judgement on anyone's quality of life, stop and think. Don't just claim "I couldn't cope", as I really think you could. Pain, like many other trials in life, can be beaten. It can be medically treated and psychologically mastered, with help, and so we need to have a sensible debate on quality of life before we go any further down a road that may be very hard to come back from.

Be a Pain Killer This National Arthritis Week

Alan Silman | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alan Silman

Arthritis holds 10 million people in the grip of excruciating pain, that's one in six of us. This pain can be agonising and affects people of all ages.

Is Love Actually All We Need?

Tony Lobl | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Indeed, so magnanimous have some seen this spiritual Love to be, that an early follower of Jesus once said (emphasis added): "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."

Why Using Paracetamol To Ease Your Back Pain Is All Wrong

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Millions of people who have been using paracetamol to ease their lower back pain may have been better off not taking anything at all, a study has foun...

The Joy of Being Misunderstood: How To Handle Pain

Sacha Wise | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sacha Wise

Really?! The joy of being misunderstood? Yes, bare with me for a second and just keep reading. Misunderstandings can be like sharing your home with a stranger: awkward, uncomfortable and frustrating. Even worse, when the stranger is supposed to be your best friend, parent or partner, and the intimate space is your relationship. No joy yet.

Assisted to Die or to Live?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

Today the Supreme court ruled against right to die campaigners Paul Lamb and Jane Nicklinson in their latest attempt to change the current laws on assisted suicide, and I must admit I am relieved. I know that might sound heartless, and there are many voices who cry about their suffering and choice, but a recent stay in hospital made me realise that there is a wider issue behind the assisted suicide debate.