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iVillage.com: Everyday Habits That Make Pain Worse

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Smoking

New research from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health suggests a link between smoking and musculoskeletal pain syndromes in women, including fibromyalgia, sciatica, chronic neck and back pain, joint pain and frequent pain in other parts of the body. This may be partly because smoking decreases blood flow and depletes the delivery of oxygen to the muscles, nerves and tissues, which puts these areas in need of continuous repair and slows the healing process, Dr. Gross notes. Plus, smoking creates free radicals (unstable molecules) that damage cells and cause inflammation.

Solution: Kick those butts now, for the sake of your pain and your overall health. All sorts of aids (smoking-cessation support groups, antidepressants, nicotine patches, gums, inhalers, nasal sprays) can make breaking the habit a little easier.

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