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Pain

Ask the Doctor: Is Gout Hereditary; Post-Surgical Radiotherapy

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Q: Is gout hereditary? My father and several other relatives have gout, and I am hoping that my family history doesn’t raise my risk.

A: If other members of your family have had gout, you’re more likely to develop the disease. Researchers have identified several genes associated with gout, but it’s  … Read More

Steroid Drugs Ease Inflammation, but Use Them With Caution

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The first steroid medication, cortisone, earned the reputation of a “miracle drug” more than 60 years ago when it was found to be effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Since then, the number of steroid medications has grown, along with the number of diseases and disorders that are treated with them.  … Read More

Stretch Away That Pain in the Neck

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Neck pain is a common complaint among older adults. It often is related to underlying arthritis, or osteoporosis, which can result in vertebral fractures that cause chronic pain. It also may occur due to strain or spasm of the neck muscles. These muscles are on constant duty supporting the head.  … Read More

An Unexpected Alternative for Pain Relief

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Starting in the late 1990s, opioid painkillers became a mainstay in health care. These drugs effectively treated pain, and the pharmaceutical companies that developed them assured doctors that they were safe to prescribe to patients. Patients trusted their physicians and, while many completed their course of treatment with no complications,  … Read More

9. You Can Manage Your Back Pain

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While reading this report, you’ve undoubtedly realized how complicated low back pain can be. You’ve learned about back pain in general, spinal anatomy, risk factors, and common instigators of lower back pain. We discussed treatments you can seek at the doctor’s office as well as lifestyle changes and everyday things  … Read More

8. Surgery Is for a Minority

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Only a small minority of people who battle low back pain will need surgery. Back pain surgery is either done in an emergency or electively (by choice). In this chapter, we’ll consider what goes into the decision to choose elective surgery as well as the situations that create the need  … Read More



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