Tag: pain relief

Ice or Heat? For Back Pain, It Depends

Ice or Heat? For Back Pain, It Depends

Using ice or heat for back pain is a simple, drug-free treatment approach that can be very effective. Which one suits you best will depend on your individual back pain and, specifically, whether your aches and pains are chronic or acute.
Chronic pain may result from slow-developing conditions that cause

Kidney Pain: What’s Behind It?

Kidney Pain: What’s Behind It?

Because kidney pain location is frequently focused in the upper back, it’s easy to mistake kidney pain for pinched nerve that can trigger spinal stenosis symptoms. Kidney pain also tends to feel different—deeper, with kidney pain location under the ribs rather than centered on the spinal column (although kidneys pain

Diabetic Neuropathy: What It Means, How to Treat It

Diabetic Neuropathy: What It Means, How to Treat It

Diabetic neuropathy is a relatively common complication of diabetes. Some 60 to 70 percent of all people with diabetes experience some form of neuropathy in their lifetime.
While the reason this happens isn’t fully understood, researchers think that blood glucose affects how nerves transmit signals in the body and also damages

Newsbriefs: Hearing Loss; Cancer Deaths

Painkiller Use Associated With Hearing Loss
A recent study (American Journal of Epidemiology, Dec. 14, 2016) suggests there may be a link between hearing loss and long-term use of acetaminophen (Tylenol®) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen (Advil®, Aleve®). Researchers looked at data on 55,850 women age 44 to 69.

Newsbriefs: Opioids; Hip Fractures; Vitamin C

Opioids Less Effective Than Expected.
While the U.S. is undergoing an opioid epidemic, new findings show that the millions of people who take opioids for back pain may not experience pain relief, and suffer side effects in addition. In a study of 2,030 people with low back pain, almost half took

Arthritis Medications: Which Drugs Will Your Doctor Prescribe?

Arthritis Medications: Which Drugs Will Your Doctor Prescribe?

Doctors have at their disposal a broad array of arthritis medications: some fast-acting and widely used, some that run the risk of dependence. Your prescription will depend on the severity of your condition.

The first tier in the drug pharmacopeia available is called “the first line” of available arthritis medications. They’re

Ask the Experts: Salmonella in Raw Almonds; Coffee “Cups”; Tart Cherry Juice

Q: Is there any danger of salmonella contamination in raw almonds?

A: Paige Murphy, a dietetic intern at Tufts’ Frances Stern Nutrition Center, answers: “All almonds sold and purchased within the United States—even those labeled ‘raw’—have been pasteurized. This is required by law. After several outbreaks of human salmonellosis were linked

Pain Behind Knee? Injury vs. Disease-Related Causes

Pain Behind Knee? Injury vs. Disease-Related Causes

Pain behind the knee can be caused by a variety of conditions, the vast majority of which are injury-related. Some systemic diseases, however, can cause pain-behind-knee symptoms, and some life-threatening diseases also can be a source.
Here, we take a closer look at injuries as well as diseases that might lead

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