When pain conditions turn deadly

"Killer pain" is supposed to be just a figure of speech.

Sure, chronic pain can do a number on your quality of life... and, in some cases, pain can be so bad you might actually think you're dying.

But can it really kill you?

Turns out, maybe it can.

New research reveals the ugly truth about chronic widespread pain, showing how it can take years off your lifespan -- especially if you're battling a condition such as fibromyalgia.

But despite what you may have heard... despite what your own doctor may have told you... there's a way to REVERSE the pain, RESTORE your quality of life, and live both LONGER and BETTER.

I'm going to share the secret to turning that around in a moment.

But first, the new study shows just what's on the line when you're struggling with pain, especially chronic and widespread pain.

According to the research published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, folks who battle these forms of all-over agony have more than double the risk of death overall.

They don't die of the pain itself, mind you.

But the folks who battle these widespread chronic pain conditions have a higher risk of nearly everything else -- especially cancer, heart disease, and respiratory diseases.

One reason for it: Folks with chronic pain are more likely to be unhealthy, inactive, and overweight or obese.

None of those factors are good for you -- even without pain.

Throw a condition such as fibromyalgia into the mix, and you've got trouble waiting to happen.

I know what you might be thinking, especially if you're battling a pain condition yourself.

You're in so much agony that it's tough to be active... and it's all too easy to have bad habits.

But you'd be surprised at how you can turn that around.

I know it's hard to believe when you're in so much pain that you can barely move, but studies show that if you make the effort, both the pain and your overall quality of life will improve.

It doesn't take much. Even simple steps like getting up and going for a walk will help.

That's true of pain conditions across the board, from widespread pain such as fibromyalgia to specific pain conditions including arthritis.

Once you find the pain starts to fade, you can be even more active. And as you increase your levels of activity, your risk of all those deadly conditions -- cancer, heart disease, respiratory diseases, and more -- will plummet.

Of course, activity alone won't cure a chronic condition such as fibromyalgia, so be sure to work closely with a holistic medical doctor who can help you fight the pain without drugs.

If you're in the San Diego area, I can help. Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

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