Hot topics: “Arthritis”

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Q. I have had success using fresh pineapple peel on a plantar wart. I applied the pineapple skin to the wart overnight with the fleshy fruit side toward the foot. I saved the peel in a plastic bag in the... (Read More)
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Q. I read a letter in your column from a person whose cholesterol had gone up dramatically after taking glucosamine. I had the same thing happen. I started using glucosamine with chondroitin four months ago for back pain and... (Read More)
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A new study shows that walking every day can help people with arthritic knees maintain their mobility. About 27 million American adults have osteoarthritis of the knee, and the pain that causes can make it hard to climb stairs or... (Read More)
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Q. I've been having some knee stiffness and pain that interferes with my bicycling. When I read on your website that castor oil might reduce inflammation and ease knee pain I bought a bottle. I think it cost less than... (Read More)
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Q. I have severe seafood allergies, which probably explains why I became very ill a few weeks ago when I tried taking glucosamine and chondroitin for my aching joints. (I did not know glucosamine is derived from shellfish.) Is there... (Read More)
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Q. Your recent discussion on NSAIDs for dogs was of interest to me since our last dog, an 85-pound Newfoundland mix, developed painful, vet-diagnosed arthritis in his legs and hips. He would cry and refuse to walk whenever he had... (Read More)
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Q. I have heard that Concord grape juice will lower cholesterol and alleviate joint pain. Do you know anything about that? A. Concord grape juice contains antioxidants that improve blood vessel flexibility (American Journal of Hypertension, Jan. 2014). Other... (Read More)
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Glucosamine remains one of the most popular dietary supplements for arthritis despite a lack of convincing evidence that it helps. Now a study from the University of Arizona has once again demonstrated no significant difference in knee pain or cartilage... (Read More)
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Q. I recently started my dog on Rimadyl for his arthritis and he is like a new dog, almost like a puppy. Is there a version of this medication for humans? A. Rimadyl (carprofen) was prescribed for humans between 1988... (Read More)
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A high-stakes drama unfolded at the FDA recently but very few people appreciated its significance. Naproxen, sold over-the-counter as Aleve and by prescription as Anaprox and Naprosyn, is a popular nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It competes with other NSAIDs such... (Read More)
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Q. I am having very good results with the gin-soaked raisins but I know several alcoholics who have terrible pain and want to try. Is there an alternative for them? A. Although there is only one drop of alcohol in... (Read More)
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Q. I am 55 years old and suffer from arthritis in my knees. One day I decided to try some unflavored gelatin with tart cherry juice because my nails were not growing as well as they used to, and gelatin... (Read More)
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Q. I am a veterinarian. In my world, fairly high doses of EPA and DHA (components of fish oil) are recommended for osteoarthritis. For instance, a recommended dose for a 50 lb dog is 3,200 mg. Is there any carry-over... (Read More)
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Q. I have an old yellowed article from the paper about a "black ball" arthritis remedy from the Mayo Clinic from the 1950's. I have kept the article but have never tried the formula and before I throw it away... (Read More)
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Q. I have arthritis in my fingers and I'm sure using the computer has compounded the pain. I can't take anti-inflammatory medication due to an ulcer, so could you suggest other natural approaches that might help and not hurt my... (Read More)
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Q. I've got a friend who swears by WD-40 for her arthritic knees. Well, I tried it on my painful shoulder, and to my astonishment, it really helped. My question is--can WD-40 do any harm if used frequently? A. You... (Read More)
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Q. My sister-in-law said she took too much naproxen for pain over an extended time. It damaged her liver, and now she is afraid to take any NSAID. I've found fish oil and turmeric great to manage my arthritis pain... (Read More)
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Apitherapy, the therapeutic use of bee products and particularly bee venom, has a venerable history going back thousands of years. It may sound bizarre, but some medical doctors report they have achieved excellent results in relieving pain from arthritis, tennis... (Read More)
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Q. I never thought I would get arthritis the way my parents and grandparents did. But now that I am past 50, I have noticed some soreness and stiffness in my fingers and knees. I tried ibuprofen and it helped,... (Read More)
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People with joint pain might be tempted to become couch potatoes because it hurts to move. A new study demonstrates this is the wrong approach. Regular physical activity can actually improve function and quality of life and reduce disability for... (Read More)
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