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Carol Krucoff, co-author of Relax into Yoga for Seniors, tells how to age gracefully

Show 1203: How Yoga Can Help You Age Gracefully

The right yoga practice can help you age gracefully and alleviate pain. Find out more and call in your own questions on 3/7/20..

turmeric (curcumin) capsules in plastic cup
Back Pain

Should You Take Turmeric to Ease Pain?

A reader reports great results using turmeric to ease pain. Before you start swallowing pills, though, you should be aware of possible side effects.


Show 1195: Do You Need Spine Surgery?

Chronic pain has a huge emotional component. While spine surgery can correct deformities, people with chronic back pain may need additional help.

Gabapentin pills in a bottle, 300mg
Back Pain

Substitute Pain Relievers Appear in Suicide Attempts

As doctors turn away from opioids for pain relief, the drugs they are prescribing instead are implicated in more suicide attempts.

Senior man with backache holds his lower back

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?

doctor administers injection

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.

Hand with pen drawing the chemical formula of CBD (cannabidiol)
Back Pain

Will Cannabidiol Relieve Chronic Pain?

Readers report success using cannabidiol to relieve chronic pain, but scientists contend that more research is needed to establish efficacy and safety.

Chiropractor performing spinal manipulation on a patient's lower back
Back Pain

Spinal Manipulation Can Ease Low Back Pain

A meta-anlysis of controlled trials shows that spinal manipulation works as well as NSAIDs or exercise to help chronic lower back pain.

spoonful of golden raisins, gin-soaked golden raisins
Alternative Health

Are Gin-Drenched Raisins a Big Joke?

A skeptic attacked gin-drenched raisins as offering arthritis sufferers false hope. But many readers have found this remedy helps relieve pain.

Active duty military members
Back Pain

Can NSAIDs for Pain Harm Your Kidneys?

A study of US Army soldiers found that those who took high doses of NSAIDs for pain were at a small but significant increased risk of kidney damage.

Senior man in pajamas sits on bed unable to sleep
Back Pain

What Is the Other Drug Epidemic?

Researchers say there is another drug epidemic in addition to opioids. Doctors are prescribing more benzodiazepines than ever for longer periods of time.

Woman rubs sore knee with special cream to fight pain
Alternative Health

Special Creams Fail to Fight Pain

Researchers found that special creams created by compounding pharmacies are not effective for treating chronic pain. They are pricey, though.

a man with a bad back, acute lower back pain.
Alternative Health

Can Mindfulness Help You Manage Chronic Pain?

Cognitive behavioral therapy and mindulness meditation can help people manage chronic pain without adding additional drugs.

rows of yellow mustard on a store shelf
Back Pain

Will Yellow Mustard Ease Cramps from Statins?

Have you heard of SAMS? It stands for statin-associated muscle symptoms. It may be more common than doctors think. Could mustard and/or Coenzyme Q10 help?

Hand with pen drawing the chemical formula of CBD (cannabidiol)
Alternative Health

Will CBD for Pain Make You Fail the Marijuana Test?

People who take CBD oil to alleviate pain should be warned that there is a possibility–though not a probability–that their urine will test positive.

Purple Diclofenac pills
Arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)

The Dangers of Diclofenac and Other NSAID Pain Relievers

A Danish study reviews the dangers of diclofenac and finds that it can harm the heart and digestive tract. Are topical NSAIDs like Voltaren Gel any safer?

African american man holding his arthritic knee in pain

What Are the Advantages of Voltaren Gel?

People concerned about potential problems with NSAIDs such as celecoxib, ibuprofen, meloxicam or naproxen may want to consider topical medication for their sore joints. Find out about the advantages o

Senior man with backache holds his lower back
Alternative Health

Will Chiropractic Care Help You Recover from Back Pain?

A study of US military personnel found that adding chiropractic care to the usual medical care for low back pain helped people feel better within six weeks.

aspirin tablets

How Do You Weigh the Benefits and Risks of Aspirin?

Before starting a daily regimen, carefully consider the benefits and risks of aspirin. Are you more likely to be helped or harmed by this amazing drug?

Woman feeling eye pain when using cellphone at night

No Study Support for Fish Oil Soothing Dry Eyes

Although fish oil has a reputation for soothing dry eyes, a recent randomized controlled trial found that placebo capsules of olive oil worked just as well.