The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Can SAM-e Help Ease Your Back Pain?

SAM-e performed as well as an NSAID drug to relieve arthritis pain in some studies. Might it help you feel better?

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The Dark Side of Cortisone Shots: Joint Deterioration

When your knees, hips or shoulders hurt, you want rapid relief. Cortisone shots seem like a simple and fast solution. Are there risks with steroids shots?

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Cortisone Injections Can Have Devastating Effects

People who receive cortisone injections into joints for pain relief may also experience systemic psychological side effects such as insomnia or anxiety.

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Will Gin-Soaked Golden Raisins Help Your Joint Pain?

Many readers report that eating nine gin-soaked golden raisins daily can alleviate joint pain if used for at least a month or two.


Corticosteroid Injections in Joints Accelerate Arthritis

Doctors frequently use corticosteroid injections into joints to ease pain and stiffness. A new review of the evidence suggests this has serious downsides.

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Flip Flops on Fish Oil: Omega 3 Fats Now Have Heart Benefits

Studies of supplements rich in omega 3 fats have reached conflicting conclusions. The latest analysis concludes that they reduce the risk of heart disease.

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Alternative Health

Will DMSO Ease Your Aching Knees?

Some people like to apply DMSO topically for joint pain. Most of the research has focused on its use for interstitial cystitis rather than arthritis.

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Golden Raisins in Gin: Placebo or Powerful Arthritis Remedy?

People with arthritis are caught in a terrible bind. OTC and prescription drugs have some serious side effects. What about golden raisins in gin?

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How Can Topical Diclofenac (Voltaren Gel) Hurt Your Stomach?

Some people love topical diclofenac for sprains, strains or inflamed joints. Others find that it causes the same nasty stomach symptoms as oral NSAIDs.

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Do You Read OTC Medication Labels? You Should!

Most people believe that nonprescription drugs are safe. That's why they may not read OTC medication labels. What if we told you OTC drugs can harm or kill?

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Can Turmeric Relieve Your Aches and Pains?

Some supplements, including turmeric, can help alleviate aches and pains associated with arthritis, bursitis or tendinitis.

drugstore shelves with over the counter (OTC) pain relief products.

Do Arthritis Pain Relievers Trigger Heart Problems?

Do you take celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen, meloxicam or naproxen for aching joints? People with OA rely on arthritis pain relievers. What are the risks?

African american man holding his arthritic knee in pain
Alternative Health

Will Soap in Bed Keep Your Knees from Aching?

Some readers find that keeping a bar of soap under the bottom sheet helps keep hips and knees from aching during the night.

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Will Gluten-Free Diet Ease Arthritis Pain?

Joint pain is common, but one possible cause is less common. Will following a gluten-free diet ease arthritis? One reader reports benefit.

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Turmeric Lowered Cholesterol Raised by Glucosamine?

Have you ever taken glucosamine and chondroitin for sore joints? Did this combo raise cholesterol? Turmeric lowered cholesterol AND eased inflammation.

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Generic Drugs Hammered | Are AUTHORIZED Generics the Answer?

The FDA has been criticized for its oversight of generic drugs. Major news stories this week dealt a blow to this industry. What about authorized generics?

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How to Substitute Powdered Pectin in Arthritis Remedy

Some readers who have tried Certo in grape juice to ease their joint pain would like to use powdered pectin instead. It may be harder, but it is do-able.

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Alternative Health

Bee Sting Therapy (Apitherapy) for Arthritis Pain

Have you ever heard of bee sting therapy (aka apitherapy)? We didn't think so. Modern medicine has pretty much ignored this approach. Readers say it works.

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Can Grape Juice with Pectin Ease Your Joint Pain?

Many people find that drinking several ounces of Concord grape juice with pectin every day helps ward off or ease arthritis pain.

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Could a Low-Carbohydrate Diet Ease Your Knee Pain?

A small study suggests that people following a low-carbohydrate diet suffer less from arthritis in their knees. They also have better joint function.