What Causes You to Feel Pain?
Jun15

What Causes You to Feel Pain?

While no one ever expects to get hurt in a slip and fall accident, it happens all the time. Being injured in a fall, a car accident or at work can cause your body to react in ways that you never thought possible. Oftentimes, your body reacts in an uncomfortable way. It is going through a lot of pain and isn’t sure how to react. However, it is important to remember that not every type of pain is the same. If you break your bone, the level of pain you feel is going to be significantly different than if you were to get a papercut. Just like all injuries are different, every person is going to react to the injury differently as well. While you might be able to deal with a lot of pain, someone else might not be able to. Injuries Affect Your Brain After an injury, your body is going to react a certain way: There are certain parts of your brain that are activated following an injury. A signal is sent through your spinal cord and to the area that was injured causing you to feel pain. This natural reaction is what allows you to make it through the injury and begin recovering. If you never felt pain, it would make it quite difficult to recover from the injury. Whatever you do, don’t try to walk an injury off. It is only going to amplify the problem and make things far worse for you down the road. Especially if the accident has caused brain damage or head trauma. These injuries can be serious and even life threatening. You need to give your body time to process what happened and go through the healing process. Your doctor can walk you through the process and what you need to do to make a full recovery. Don’t ever attempt to treat your injuries on your own. You need to take things slowly and follow-through with what the doctor orders. If they tell you to take a week or two off of work, you need to do it. Time is of the essence. Give your body what it needs and you can expect a full recovery. Pain Can Last Your Entire Life Depending on what type of injury you sustained, the pain could stick around for quite some time. Roughly, 25 percent of all individuals injured will end up dealing with moderate to severe pain a year after the accident occurred. One out of every three people will end up dealing with significant pain three years after the accident took place. A slip and fall lawyer will go to...

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Lead Exposure and Brain Health
Apr11

Lead Exposure and Brain Health

If your home was built prior to 1978, there’s a high possibility that lead could be present throughout your home. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), lead is a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth’s crust and can be found in the air, the soil, the water, and even in our homes. While lead has been beneficial and used in paint, plumbing materials, and other household items, it can be toxic to humans and animals. The dangerous effects of lead have been known for centuries, reportedly dating back to Roman times.   Although lead has been widely used for centuries, the dangers associated with lead exposure has gained more attention since unsafe levels of lead has been found in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan. Lead Exposure: Who’s at Greatest Risk?   While exposure to lead can lead to a variety of health problems in humans and animals, but lead can have the most detrimental effects to children or pregnant women. The EPA suggests that children are more likely to be exposed to lead because they are prone to putting objects (that may contain lead) in their mouth. An adult’s exposure to lead is more likely if he or she breathes in lead dust when renovating or repair homes containing lead or when participating in a hobby where lead may be used such as stained glass or pottery. Both humans and animals can be exposed to lead through drinking water (as seen in the recent crisis in Flint, Michigan) and food. Symptoms of Lead Poisoning   When an individual has been exposed to lead, it may be months or even years before he or she shows symptoms of lead poisoning. According to the Mayo Health Clinic, many lead poisoning symptoms are not present until the level accumulated lead is high. While an individual, who has been exposed to lead, may exhibit a variety of symptoms, here are some common signs and symptoms to look for:   Infants and Children: Unborn babies, newborns, and children may have developmental delays, slowed growth, and damage to the developing brain.   Children: If exposed to lead, may have weight loss, fatigue, irritability, vomiting, constipation, or hearing loss.   Adults: While infants and children are more susceptible to the negative effects of lead exposure, adults may suffer from neurological issues, high blood pressure, mood disorders, and abnormal or reduced sperm count.   Extremely high levels of lead may even lead to death for infants, children, and adults. Reducing Exposure   Whether you’ve been diagnosed with lead levels in your system or want to limit your exposure, it’s...

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