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Senior man with backache holds his lower backBack PainJoe Graedon - May 13, 2021
A bottle of generic delayed-release Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 30 mgAnxietyJoe Graedon - May 6, 2021
aspirin tablets on blue paperArthritisTerry Graedon - July 19, 2021 - 14 comments

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?

Terry Graedon - March 5, 2020

Show 1203: How Yoga Can Help You Age Gracefully

Terry Graedon - January 21, 2020

Should You Take Turmeric to Ease Pain?

Terry Graedon - January 9, 2020

Show 1195: Do You Need Spine Surgery?

Terry Graedon - December 5, 2019

Substitute Pain Relievers Appear in Suicide Attempts

Terry Graedon - November 25, 2019

Can SAM-e Help Ease Your Back Pain?

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ArthritisTerry Graedon - October 21, 2019

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 PainTerry Graedon - April 21, 2019

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 PainJoe Graedon - April 11, 2019

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 HealthTerry Graedon - March 11, 2019

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 PainTerry Graedon - February 21, 2019

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 PainTerry Graedon - February 7, 2019

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 HealthTerry Graedon - February 7, 2019

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 HealthTerry Graedon - January 31, 2019

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 PainJoe Graedon - December 10, 2018

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 HealthTerry Graedon - December 3, 2018

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)Joe Graedon - September 5, 2018

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
ArthritisTerry Graedon - August 6, 2018

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