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Back problems are another source of chronic pain. Sciatica affects the lower back and legs. It starts in the sciatic nerve, which runs down the lower back, hips, buttocks, and legs. A herniated disk that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve often triggers sciatica. Spinal stenosis; a narrowing of the spine, can also put pressure on the sciatic nerve. Sciatica can be very painful, but medicines, physical therapy, and other treatments usually improve the pain within a few weeks.

Sometimes back pain can be traced to the kidneys, which are located on the back side of the body. Many people mistake kidney pain for back muscle strains. The most common causes of kidney pain are infection, kidney stones, polycystic kidney disease (in which growths called cysts form in the kidneys), bleeding, and kidney cancer. Because kidney pain can signal a more serious condition, it’s important to call the doctor for any constant, dull pain on one side of the back.

Easing the Burden of Severe Joint Pain

If you suffer from severe joint pain, you’re not alone—in fact, about 14.6 million people have the problem, according to recent research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Oct. 7, 2016). The study analyzed 2002-2014 data collected by the U.S. National Health Interview

What Causes Leg Cramps?

What Causes Leg Cramps?

Up to 60 percent of Americans suffer from leg cramps—with women and older adults particularly susceptible—and about 4 million people age 65 and older report the problem. What causes leg cramps? Dehydration is often cited as a major factor, but numerous other reasons may contribute to cramps:
Excess alcohol consumption
Medical conditions

OTC Pain Relievers: Use With Caution

Most of us don’t think twice about swallowing a couple of over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers for back pain, muscle aches, or a headache. But, in recent years, research has revealed that these OTC products are not as benign as we once thought, and that long-term and/or excessive use actually may

Spinal Stenosis: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

Spinal Stenosis: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

Spinal stenosis develops when the space around the spinal cord narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord. If conservative approaches don’t relieve spinal stenosis symptoms, many sufferers undergo surgery to relieve the condition.
What Causes Spinal Stenosis?
The most common cause for spinal stenosis is osteoarthritis, a condition in which the cartilage

Know How to Respond to These Heart Attack Symptoms

Know How to Respond to These Heart Attack Symptoms

Heart attack symptoms can range from the obvious—sudden chest pain—to much more vague signs, such as back pain or a sense that something just isn’t right. So it’s important that you not only know what the list of heart attack symptoms includes, but how to react if those signs appear.
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Respond Quickly to Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

Respond Quickly to Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

Ovarian cancer is devious and deceptive. As it first develops in a woman’s body, it may offer up no indication of its presence. Oftentimes, it doesn’t reveal itself until after it’s progressed, and when it does, many times its warning signs still go unrecognized.

That’s because ovarian cancer symptoms tend to

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