The People's Perspective on Medicine
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Arthritis

Will Vitamin D Boost Your Mood This Winter?

Studies suggest that adequate vitamin D levels might boost your mood by warding off seasonal affective disorder. The vitamin has other benefits as well.

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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?

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Arthritis

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

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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
Arthritis

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?

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Aging

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.

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Arthritis

What Do You Really Know About Scary Ibuprofen Side Effects?

Ibuprofen is one of the most popular pain relievers in the pharmacy. Do you read labels and stay alert for ibuprofen side effects? Learn about symptoms to watch for!

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Anxiety

How To Stop Duloxetine (Cymbalta) Without Withdrawal Symptoms

If patients are prescribed one drug for anxiety, arthritis, depression, nerve pain or fibromyalgia they may not be told how to stop duloxetine (Cymbalta).

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Alternative Health

Will Yoga Help Back Pain?

People with lower back pain found special yoga classes just as helpful as physical therapy. Not everyone benefited, however.

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Back Pain

Will a Statin Make Your Back Sore?

Taking a statin was associated with a higher chance of being diagnosed with a condition that makes the back sore. Is it muscle pain?

a man with a bad back, acute lower back pain.
Back Pain

Can a Chiropractor Help Your Acute Lower Back Pain?

There are several ways to help ease your acute lower back pain, including a visit to the chiropractor for spinal manipulation.