North Melbourne’s AFL pain providing the foundation for a brighter future


Football rebuilds are notoriously painful and sometimes seemingly never ending, as Carlton fans would attest.

In times of decline, supporters of clubs are desperately looking for glimpses of a more promising future. That glimmer of hope. The type of glimpses Essendon has given its fans this season as the young Bombers have looked to emerge again, more than 16 years after the club’s last finals victory.

As in daily life, expectation management plays a key part in shaping the supporter experience.

Carlton has long sold the “we’re coming” narrative. Until recently, Collingwood was projecting a confidence it could still play finals, while Hawthorn refused to acknowledge it needed to bottom out, with Hawks fans, so accustomed to success, in for less profitable times.

It’s a delicate balance between selling hope and reality.

To commit to memberships, fans need to feel they are either investing in something successful or something that’s entering a growth phase. There’s nothing less palatable than being somewhere stuck in the middle.

Essendon has been honest with its supporters, following a policy of under-promise and over-deliver. Bombers fans now feel like they’re embarking on an exciting journey, a feeling further fuelled by Sunday’s thrilling win over Freo.

North Melbourne is hoping to provide a similar ride for its supporters.

The Kangaroos came close to breaking their winless run before finally doing it on Saturday.(

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In recent times there are few examples of a club in a more dire state than the Kangaroos when David Noble took over.

The previous coach, Rhyce Shaw, had resigned after a period of absence from the club to deal with personal issues, North had won only three games in the 2020 season – one of its last 15 – and conducted a brutal list overhaul. Noble had seemingly inherited a basket case.

Highly experienced in a range of football roles across several clubs, Noble brought an immediate sense of calm and, most importantly, direction.

Port Adelaide, Gold Coast and the Western Bulldogs provided a torrid introduction to senior coaching, but North showed steady signs of improvement, culminating in a 54th birthday the coach will long remember in his home state on Saturday.

The winless Roos stormed from 32 points down to end their 16-game losing streak with a seven-point win over Hawthorn at York Park in Launceston. It was a huge result for a playing list and supporter base desperately seeking the affirmation and nourishment only victory can fully provide.

Noble was recently criticised for his assertion that nailing down process and game style was more important than winning for his developing side. Process would lead to outcome he said, and so it did.

You could sense North’s first win since round nine last season was coming. If not for some costly skill errors, the Roos would have beaten Collingwood the week before, and they were also very competitive against undefeated Melbourne in round seven, Adelaide in round four and Geelong in round five.

A group of North Melbourne AFL players walk off the field after losing to Geelong.
There is always pain for clubs in a rebuilding phase.(

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Like all the good North Melbourne teams of the past, Noble’s Kangas play with heart and physical presence. As former Essendon premiership player Adam Ramanauskas said on Grandstand, their intent is obvious.

“You look at passages of play from North Melbourne, you can see the system developing, you can see the process of what they’re trying to do,” he said.

“There’s no doubt [what] they’re going to be, when the final product is developed … it’s a high-pressure team that wants to get up in the face of the opposition, turn the ball over and then go offensively with speed.”

To compare their weekly playing list with that of the opposition can paint a grim picture, especially given the absence of key players like Robbie Tarrant, Luke McDonald, Jed Anderson and Aidan Corr. Jared Polec is also missing and, while an expensive acquisition given his relatively moderate output, he is one of the side’s few elite ball users.

But just as process and adherence to team principles lead to outcomes, they can also help bridge a gap in talent.

Richmond has won three of the past four premierships with, at best, a handful of players you could categorise as stars of the competition. The Tigers’ success has been built on the sum of all parts.

That’s not to suggest North Melbourne is talentless.

Jy Simpkin has now served a significant apprenticeship and is flourishing in the midfield. His 38-possession game was a career high and he complemented veteran Ben Cunnington – 37 possessions – superbly.

Luke Davies-Uniacke, the fourth pick in the 2017 draft, is starting to arrive as a player with his strength, step and clean finishing catching the eye, and Tarryn Thomas shows glimpses of his immense natural ability.

Cam Zurhaar played his best game for the season with four goals, while Lachie Young’s late contest back with the flight was a moment that epitomised North’s commitment. Charlie Lazzaro, Tom Powell and Will Phillips are all gaining valuable exposure to the top level.

To borrow from football’s extensive bank of cliches, the Roos are playing for one another and they’re also playing for their coach.

While North Melbourne won’t be imminently contending for premierships, they are taking significant steps towards becoming a highly competitive side again.

Nobly laying the foundations for many more happy returns.

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National photo competition captures pain, humour and humanity of COVID-19 pandemic


A poignant image of a daughter and her elderly mother separated by a window pane, captures a universal experience of COVID-19.

It’s one of a series of striking photos a national photographic competition highlighting life during the pandemic.

Run by the NSW Mid North Coast Local Health District, the theme of the Your Health Link contest  is “We’re all in this together, keeping safe and healthy during the pandemic”.

It drew almost 2000 entries from across Australia, including every state and territory.

Margaret Edwards’s image of her twin sister at a window “visiting” their elderly mother during lockdown in Melbourne won the mobile category.

“It was very hard because she had trouble hearing and it was very hard for her to hear us and talk to her meaningfully. 

“The message I am trying to convey is, we are all in it together during the pandemic and we are all trying to support each other.” 

Open category winner “My family self-portrait in lockdown”.(

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Life turned upside down

Lucia Staykov, from Adelaide, said the pandemic had turned her family’s world on its head.

She won the competition’s open category with a quirky image titled “My family self-portrait in lockdown”.

“I took this photo when Adelaide was in a strict three-day lockdown,” she said. 

“We didn’t mind spending time with each other even though COVID has turned our world upside down.”

A black-and-white photo of a sad-looking man and woman holding hands across a dinner table.
“Suffero”, the high school category winner.(

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‘Reconnect and rebuild’

Wollongong’s Toby Schuback received the high school winner’s trophy for “Suffero”, showing a man and woman about to share a meal.

“I never dreamed that I would win any photo competition,” he said. 

He said the pandemic posed challenges for his family, but things had now improved greatly.

“My mum was a casual teacher and she didn’t have any work because everything was online,” he said.

“We are better than ever [now] really, everything is going just fine.”

Two adults sit outside in garden chairs, their backs to the camera, looking over grassy paddocks bathed in golden light.
Primary school category winner “Isolate together, family matters”.(

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The primary school award went to Sonya Clarke, from Sydney, for her photograph “Isolate together, family matters”. 

The competition also included a people’s choice award via the Your Health Link Facebook page.

Aurelia Susilo from Wollongong won that category with her image “The virtue of togetherness”.

An adult helps a young boy fit a face mask that reads: My parents make me wear this.
People’s choice winner “The virtue of togetherness”.(

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Many of the images reflected the way families had adapted and maintained connections during lockdowns.

Amy Strobach, from Stanthorpe, Queensland, placed third in the mobile category for her touching image “Papa keeps up the routine from the other side of the world”.

A toddler lays in bedding looking at a laptop screen with a side-on image of a smiling man.
Mobile placegetter “Papa keeps up the routine from the other side of the world”.(

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Competition organiser and Your Health Link Program Manager, Carolyn Guichard said the submitted photos were outstanding.

“The judges were impressed with the unique and creative images that showed how the world has changed due to the global pandemic, and ways we’ve adapted,” she said. 

“We received a range of entries and a broad range of themes…some of them very funny, some depicting isolation, physical activity, working from home and people’s experiences in regard to their mental health during this period.

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“Never forget” placed second in the open category.(

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Judge Toni Fuller said the best images stood out for the right reasons:  “Including an emphasis on love, consideration and caring for one another,” she said.

Four bodysurfers are captured inside the curl of a breaking wave in clean, bottle-green surf.
“Immersion” placed third in the open category.(

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Wendy James never saw the Bombing of Darwin, but for her and others, the pain lingers


Eighty-six-year-old Wendy James will never forget seeing the newspaper headline “Darwin bombed”, even though she was just six at the time.

Weeks earlier, she had waved goodbye to her father Stan Secrett on Stokes Hill Wharf, one of 2,000 women and children who were evacuated from the then-remote Top End military outpost after the outbreak of World War II.

“We were left in a terrible state. We didn’t know if dad had been killed. No-one knew the death rate,” Mrs James said on the eve of the 79th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin.

Australian war-time authorities kept many details of the attack secret at the time, deeming that disclosing casualties and damage would aid the enemy.

Three weeks after the first air raid on 19 February 1942, Mrs James’s family received a heavily censored letter where they were staying in Western Australia, revealing that her father was alive.

But Mrs James said it wasn’t until she was reunited with him three years later that she learned about his ordeal.

Wendy James says her mother (left) didn’t want to leave Darwin.(

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‘At first, he waved at them’

Mr Secrett, a construction supervisor, was working on Darwin’s Stokes Hill Wharf when the first planes struck at 9:58am.

“At first, he waved at them, thinking they were Americans,” Mrs James said.

“He started running with all the men he was working on the wharf with. They ran near oil tankers and tried to hide in one of the slit trenches, but they were all full.

Hundreds of servicemen and civilians were killed and countless others injured during 64 bombing raids on the Top End, the largest single attack ever mounted by a foreign power on Australia.

Mrs James told the ABC about some of the hardships endured by the Darwin women and children who were separated from their loved ones, most of them for the duration of the war.

The evacuation order for the women and children came around the time that Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbour in December 1941.

It was those same planes, flying off Japanese aircraft carriers that attacked Darwin weeks later.

Mrs James remembers that her mother Poppy didn’t want to leave Darwin, then a military garrison town of dirt roads and areas of scrub.

Wendy James sits at her kitchen table, poring over a collection of archival photos and smiling.
Wendy James says after being evacuated, life in Western Australia was hard.(

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She said air raid sirens were sounding when a military policeman threatened to carry her mother over his shoulder to the wharf if she refused to cooperate.

“We didn’t realise we wouldn’t see my father for three years,” Mrs James said.

The family boarded the Koolinda, a ship that had brought the family to Darwin a few years earlier.

Women on board took shifts to watch for Japanese submarines, planes or mines during the trip to Perth.

It was only later that Mrs James realised that the search lights she used to watch as she sat on the back step of the family’s railway house in Darwin with her brother, were actually searching for submarines.

A black-and-white photo of the MV Koolinda docking in Broome after evacuating women and children from Darwin.
The family was taken to Western Australia on the MV Koolinda.(

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‘He didn’t know how to talk to his children’

Mrs James said life in Western Australia was hard.

The government did not provide any food or accommodation, “so we moved from house to house.”

She stayed for a time at a boarding school in WA, after her mother went to live in Alice Springs, then a bustling war town like Darwin.

She said she spent most of the time in “silent introversion” looking up to the moon.

A black-and-white image of a soldier standing on a small hill and looks over a vast Central Australian landscape.
Thousands of troops were stationed in Alice Springs during the conflict.(

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Mrs James re-joined her mother in Alice Springs about a year before peace was declared in 1945.

She remembers seeing people standing on top of trucks, blowing horns and cheering to celebrate the news.

By then her mother had given birth to twin boys after she had managed to be reunited at times with her father at Dunmarra Station, about 300 kilometres from Katherine.

After the war, the family returned to Darwin where they lived in one of the town’s pre-war Burnett houses, in what is now Mitchell Street, in inner Darwin.

A black-and-white photo of a platoon of soldiers marches through Alice Springs carrying rifles.
At the time, Alice Springs was a bustling war town like Darwin.(

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The side of the shed in the garden had been blown away by a bomb.

Mrs James said while driving back to Darwin her father “didn’t speak to us… he didn’t know how to talk with his children.”

“We were eating plenty of arrowroot biscuits on the journey.”

Keen to return to Darwin

Mrs James said in Darwin, truckloads of people were preparing to leave, to return to their southern home towns.

But she said most Darwin people who had been evacuated were keen to return.

“They might’ve been living in tin sheds or terrible conditions, but they were like mum and wanted to come home no matter what is was like,” she said.

Mrs James remembers riding a bike past destroyed, damaged or looted houses.

“Being the age we were we just accepted it. A lot had been bombed but our school wasn’t and we were riding around there.”

Mrs James said she remembers seeing a woman crying because her house had been trashed.

“I guess it’s something about war,” she said.

Soldiers inspect damage to defence buildings following a Japanese bombing raid
By the time Mrs James returned to Darwin, parts of the city had been reduced to rubble.(

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Her father was killed in a road accident on the Stuart Highway when she was a teenager.

She has lived in Darwin for more than 80 years, seeing not only the damage caused by the Bombing of Darwin but also Cyclone Tracy in 1974, when she huddled in her home with her family.

Mrs James has received awards for her contribution to the Darwin community as well as an Order of Australia for her promotion of women’s issues.

These days she enjoys feeding birds in her tropical garden in the Darwin suburb of Fannie Bay.

Wendy James stands in her luscious green backyard in Darwin
Wendy James now takes pleasure from her tropical garden in Darwin.(

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“The birds I meet every morning at 7 o’clock… I have a conversation with them,” said Mrs James, as she gazed across her favourite bromeliads, philodendrons and calatheas.

The Bombing of Darwin Day Commemorative Service will be held at the Cenotaph on Darwin’s Esplanade, today, starting at 9:30am.

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MRI for Patients with Lower Back Pain: When It is Necessary


MRI for Patients with Lower Back Pain: When It is Necessary

MRI for Patients with Lower Back Pain: When It is Necessary : The MRI (Magnetic resonance Imaging) has revolutionized treatment for people who have lower back pain. It is generally considered to be the only imaging study of the spine that helps plan back pain treatment.

Often, doctors know what to look for on the MRI scan before it is performed.
Intermountain Medical Imaging services such as MRI scans are often used for pre-surgical planning like for decompression or a lumbar spinal fusion. Also, they are useful for ruling out infections or tumors, for differentiating scar tissue from a recurrent disc herniation in patients who have had back surgery, and ruling out the risk of injecting a steroid into a tumor or infection.

How MRIs Work

During an MRI, a magnet is rotated around a patient that alters the excitation level of the body’s hydrogen atoms. If the hydrogen atoms revert to their normal level of activity, they emit radiation that the scanner picks up. The MRI scan images demonstrate the difference between tissues with plenty of water and those that don’t have much.

Should Patients with Lower Back Pain Get an MRI?

Those who are suffering from lower back pain and or leg pain may be wondering if they must get an MRI scan to determine the possible cause of their pain. But, there are some factors to think about for an MRI scan, including limitations with the interpretation of findings and the time of when the scan must be done.

The abnormality that shows up on the scan may not be the cause of back pain. Studies reveal that many people in their thirties and forties have a lumbar disc herniation on their MRI scan and don’t experience any back pain. Thus, an MRI scan can’t be interpreted on its own. Whatever the scan shows must be well-correlated to the situation of the patient including their symptoms and neurological deficits on their physical examination. Also, the only time an MRI scan is immediately necessary is when the patient has progressive weakness in the legs because of nerve damage or bowel or bladder incontinence.

When an MRI is Needed to Diagnose Back Issues

Patients with suspected predominantly leg pain and a lumbar disc herniation must get MRI scans. Surgery for a lumbar disc herniation often carries some unwanted side effects and results in an early return to normal function for the patient. If the patient mainly experiences lower back pain, the only surgical treatment available is a lumbar spinal fusion, which can come with unwanted side effects and carries a longer healing time. Thus, physicians usually recommend waiting 3-6 months before having an MRI scan done. This will let them see if the pain will get better with nonsurgical treatments.

 

 

 

 

 

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Family shares pain at vigil for Kelly



Kelly Wilkinson’s grieving family remembers the young mum as a “strong, fierce woman with an enormous heart”.

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Are antidepressants also pain relievers?



Did you know that antidepressant medications are often prescribed for people without depression?

It’s true. Antidepressants are frequently prescribed for chronic pain, especially pain related to nerve disease (called neuropathic pain), chronic low back or neck pain, and certain types of arthritis.

In fact, some guidelines for the treatment of chronic low back pain and osteoarthritis (the most common type of arthritis) include antidepressants. One antidepressant in particular, duloxetine (Cymbalta), is FDA-approved for these conditions.

Just how antidepressants reduce pain is not well understood. One possibility is they affect chemicals in the brain involved in pain perception, a mechanism that differs from how they fight depression.

Not usually the first choice for pain relief

For people with chronic low back or neck pain or osteoarthritis of the hip or knee, an antidepressant medication is not usually the first treatment recommended. Other approaches, such as physical therapy, exercise, losing excess weight, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or cortisone injections are usually tried first. But if these aren’t helpful, antidepressants such as duloxetine or amitriptyline might be a reasonable next step.

When prescribed for pain, the initial dose is typically low (often lower than the starting dose for depression). It’s gradually increased if necessary. Ideally, people notice a benefit within weeks of starting the drug, and the medication can be continued at the lowest effective dose. Switching to a different antidepressant may be recommended if pain is not well controlled, side effects develop, or there is an interaction with another medication.

A new study suggests antidepressants don’t work well for common types of pain

Past research on antidepressants for chronic pain, such as duloxetine for osteoarthritis of the knee, amitriptyline or duloxetine for chronic low back pain, and amitriptyline for chronic neck pain, demonstrated modest, short-term benefit. But the studies were limited: most trials were small and lasted only a few months or less. Notably, medication side effects, such as nausea, constipation, and erectile dysfunction, were common in these trials.

Now a 2021 study has combined the data from past research to get a better sense of just how safe and effective antidepressants are for these conditions. The news isn’t good:

  • On average, treatment with antidepressants minimally reduced pain and disability compared with placebo. The improvement in pain — about 4 points on a scale of 0 to 100 — was considered too small to be noticeable.
  • People treated with certain antidepressants for chronic pain often stopped taking the medication because it didn’t work, caused unacceptable side effects, or both.
  • People with both chronic pain and depression did not experience more improvement than people with chronic pain alone.

Sciatica may be an exception: antidepressants may have reduced pain for up to a year. However, the quality of the prior research was poor, so the study authors were not confident about these conclusions.

These findings cast doubt on the usefulness of antidepressant treatment for these common causes of chronic pain. However, they don’t rule out the possibility that some individuals may get more relief from these medications than others.

The bottom line

The available evidence suggests that, on average, the benefit of antidepressants for osteoarthritis or chronic low back pain and neck pain is modest at best, and tends to be temporary. That’s disappointing because, for many pain sufferers, there are no reliably effective treatments (short of joint replacement for osteoarthritis).

So, if you’re on an antidepressant for pain and you aren’t sure if it’s working, talk to your doctor about whether you should consider stopping it. But don’t stop it on your own. There may be other reasons your doctor is recommending this medication, and many antidepressants should be gradually reduced, not stopped all at once, to avoid discontinuation symptoms.

If you’re taking an antidepressant for pain, it’s worth revisiting whether it’s really doing anything for you and whether it might be time to shorten your medication list. Not only might you simplify your medical regimen, you may also reduce the cost of your medicines and the risk of medication-related side effects.

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Sun Pharma slashes Tasmanian poppy production following slump in global demand for pain relief


The reduced need for surgical pain relief during the pandemic has forced Tasmanian poppy processor Sun Pharma to cut its growing area for the coming season.

The multinational, which contracts growers across the state to produce poppies for its factory at Latrobe, has also made two field officers redundant as part of the cuts.

Worldwide demand for opium-based pain relief dropped to an all-time low last year as COVID cancelled most elective surgeries.

The pandemic also shut some pharmaceutical manufacturing plants in the United States and Europe for several months.

This added more pressure to inventories of raw narcotic material from the previous season that was used to make painkilling drugs.

“Elective surgeries take up a big part of the inventory,” said Tasmanian Poppy Growers Association chief executive Keith Rice.

Mr Rice said 20 growers in the south would not grow poppies this year and 150 others will have their contracts reduced.

“At the moment, everything south of Woodbury, that is the Southern Midlands, the Yorke Plains, the Central Highlands and the Derwent Valley will not be offered contracts for the coming season.

“I say ‘up to’ because it’s not quite determined at the present time.

“It’s a very severe and substantial cut right across the growing area.”

The push to slash contracts has hit as growers prepare paddocks for the coming season.

Tom Edgell grows poppies on his mixed cropping property at Bothwell in the central Highlands of Tasmania.

He said the announcement had blindsided the local industry.

“It was completely out of the blue,” Mr Edgell said.

“The first time we realised something was amiss was when our area field reps were made redundant.

“It’ll be a big hit for those farmers that were growing with Sun [Pharma].

Mr Edgell said he anticipated that Tasmanian botanical research and development company Extractus Bioscience would be contacted by growers with surplus product.

The company’s field operations manager Noel Beven admitted his phone had been running hot.

“There are a lot of Sun [Pharma] growers hoping that we will be able accommodate them,” he said.

Extractas Bioscience had also been affected by changes in demand, however, Mr Beven said the company had already done a lot to become “a much leaner, meaner machine” last year.

Mr Rice said Sun Pharma assured growers the reduction was not permanent.

“They [Sun Pharma] are committed to go back to the south,” he said.

“It was a very subdued and sombre meeting; you could tell that the Sun Pharma senior management hadn’t had a lot of sleep in recent days.

“They were very mindful of the impact this decision was going to have.” 

Sun Pharma declined to comment but said it would talk to all of its growers in the coming weeks.

It is not yet known how the drop in demand will affect Sun Pharma’s processing plant at Port Fairy in Victoria, with a review of that operation still underway.   

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Natural Remedies for Menstrual Pain


Natural Remedies for Menstrual Pain

Natural Remedies for Menstrual Pain : More than half of women who menstruate experience period pain (dysmenorrhea) for one or two days a month. If you experience period pain regularly, consider trying some natural remedies before reaching for over-the-counter medicine.

Period pain often manifests as headaches or general discomfort and is usually caused by menstrual cramps. Menstrual cramps happen when the uterus contracts to shed the uterine lining, causing pain in the stomach, lower back, groin, or upper thighs.

Let’s look at some natural remedies to help with menstrual pain.

Stay Hydrated

According to many experts, you’re more likely to experience menstrual cramps during your period if you’re dehydrated, so it’s important to keep up your fluid intake. Drink plenty of fluids to ease bloating which can make symptoms worse. Eating extra fruits and vegetables around this time can also help keep you hydrated. Visit Wellness Nova for more tips on healthy living for women.

Cut Back On Caffeine and Salty Foods

Another important part of staying hydrated is cutting out things in your diet that can dehydrate you. Such things can include caffeine, alcohol, fatty and salty foods, which can cause water retention, bloating, and general discomfort. A study from 2000 showed that a low-fat vegetarian diet can help reduce period pain and premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms.

Massage Your Abdomen With a Blend of Essential Oils

Massaging your abdomen with essential oils has been shown to reduce symptoms of PMS such as cramping. The most effective oils are those that are known to increase circulation, such as:

  • Clove
  • Cinnamon
  • Marjoram
  • Rose
  • Sage
  • Lavender

Be sure to mix the oils with a carrier oil, such as sesame (which is also good for circulation) coconut, or jojoba. Massaging your abdomen in a circular motion for just five minutes a day before and during your period can help ease discomfort and increase circulation.

Exercise

Including some low- to medium-intensity exercises three times a week for eight weeks has been shown to reduce symptoms of period cramps. Consider brisk walking, taking the stairs, cycling to work, or just dancing at home to your favorite music if you struggle to find the time to hit the gym.

Reduce Stress

Stress is likely to make cramps worse. Use stress-relieving techniques such as yoga, meditation, deep breathing, or anything else that works for you to avoid and alleviate discomfort. Including such practices in your day-to-day life will also have a positive effect on your health overall by reducing inflammation and improved mental health.

Alternative Medicine

Before reaching for over-the-counter medicine, consider looking for relief in alternative medicine practices, such as acupuncture or acupressure. Both techniques can help release muscle tension, help you relax, and improve circulation, which can also help with any menstrual discomfort you may be experiencing.

To Sum Up

Menstrual pain can be an uncomfortable and sometimes painful experience. Luckily there are natural remedies and lifestyle interventions that you can use to ensure that these unwelcome monthly occurrences are kept to a minimum. Staying hydrated is always recommended and will help in reducing bloating which can cause discomfort.

Exercising regularly and including stress-reducing practices in your daily routine will help keep your body’s inflammatory response down and keep pain at bay. Consider alternative medicine practices instead of over-the-counter medication for a more holistic approach to your PMS.

 

 

 

 

 

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St George Illawarra Dragons star Ben Hunt on the pain of playing 71 minutes with a broken leg


“The doctor put some numbing cream on it, then I got on the bike and sat on that nearly all of half-time to keep the legs ticking over. It wasn’t much fun running around in the second half.”

Hunt picked up the impact fracture in his right leg when tackled by Queensland Origin teammate Daly Cherry-Evans and Jack Gosiewski in the eighth minute. Replays show him feeling for his leg before playing on.

He received a knock on the same spot a week earlier in Townsville, a performance some good judges hailed as his best to date in the Red V.

“Trying to sleep on Friday night was rough, and when I went to recovery on Saturday morning all the boys were into me because they thought it was just a cork and I was on crutches,” Hunt said.

“Once I went for the scans they found the fracture. I’m in a moonboot now for a couple of weeks and basically have to keep the weight off.

“But I don’t need surgery and the timeframe they’ve given me to return is four to six weeks. There’s nothing we can do and we have to let it heal itself.

“It’s definitely a bugger because personally I felt like I was hitting my straps, and the boys were coming together really well, but that’s the way footy goes. Every team has their share of injuries. It’s my turn at the moment.”

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Hunt said a return for the Anzac Day clash against the Roosters would be the best-case scenario. Two Sunday games follow against the Wests Tigers and Bulldogs, before the Magic Round weekend against Melbourne.

The 31-year-old is desperate to get back for the Dragons. They were considered wooden-spoon contenders just a few weeks ago, but are now coming off wins over the Cowboys and Sea Eagles and head to Newcastle on Sunday brimming with confidence.

Hunt also knows if he can quickly regain his form it will not be lost on new Maroons coach Paul Green.

In the meantime, Hunt has backed Adam Clune to again do his Dragons’ No.7 jersey justice, especially with his excellent organisational skills.

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‘Can’t take this pain’: Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze



Noor Banu, 32, points at a picture of her eleven-year-old son Mohammed Karim who went missing after a fire broke out earlier this week and destroyed thousands of shelters at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, March 25, 2021. “I can’t take this pain any more,” Banu said. “I believe Karim is dead, and I may not even be able to identify his body.” REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

March 26, 2021

By Ruma Paul

BALUKHALI REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh (Reuters) – After losing her husband, two young sons and her home, Noor Banu thought she had seen the worst of life.

She made the perilous journey from her village in Myanmar’s Rakhine State to the refugee camps in Bangladesh in 2017, with nothing except her four surviving boys.

Now she fears she has lost another son to the massive blaze that ripped through the Cox’s Bazar camps, reducing tarpaulin and bamboo shelters to ash. More than 300 refugees are missing. Eleven-year-old Mohammed Karim is among them.

“I can’t take this pain any more,” Banu said, breaking into sobs as she spoke to Reuters inside a temporary shelter on Friday.

“I believe Karim is dead, and I may not even be able to identify his body.”

The 32-year-old Rohingya Muslim has already seen two sons die by fire.

In 2016, as the Myanmar army poured into Rohingya villages in response to coordinated insurgent attacks on security posts, Banu said her home was set ablaze in Pawet Chaung, killing the two boys – one barely a year old, and another seven.

“My home was torched in front of my eyes,” she said. “I could do nothing to save my children from the blaze.”

Her sons still bear burn marks from the fire.

Banu was among hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled Myanmar in 2017 following army operations that the United Nations called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.

Myanmar denies the charge and says it was waging legitimate counterinsurgency operations against Rohingya insurgents.

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Banu is one of around a million Rohingya refugees living at the camps. Myanmar denies most Rohingya citizenship and considers them interlopers from Bangladesh even though they have lived in Myanmar for decades.

She – like many others – arrived with the trauma of the violence back home. Her husband went missing in 2015, and she said she later learned he had been arrested and was in jail – she does not know on what charges. She has not heard from him since.

The family stayed at a shelter close to those of her relatives and survived on food aid.

The boys began to attend the religious school at the camps. Slowly, they were learning to build a life out of ruins.

On Monday, Banu said she had just finished with lunch when she heard people screaming and rushed out of her hut. Her four boys, who had been at the madrassa, were running toward her, and behind them, flames were rising from shelters.

“My sons were hurrying home to take me away,” she said.

She grabbed her youngest and ran, but as people scurried from the fire, Banu said she was separated from her other sons.

That evening, two of the boys managed to reach her by making calls through the phones of other refugees. Four days on, there has been no word from Karim.

The ruins of scores of charred huts can be seen at the hilly camps. Some 45,000 refugees have been displaced, according to the United Nations. Some refugees are working to rebuild their tent homes, others search for their relatives. Eleven people have so far been confirmed dead.

Banu has approached aid agencies at the camps to seek help in finding Karim, but her hope is fading.

“My son knows the camps very well,” she said. “If he was alive, he would have returned to me by now.”

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(Reporting by Ruma Paul; Additional reporting by Mohammad Hossain; Writing by Zeba Siddiqui; Editing by Alison Williams)



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