By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2016 7 Comments
    How Safe Are Topical NSAIDs Like Voltaren Gel?

    When the FDA allowed drug companies to sell NSAIDs over the counter we were concerned. That's because drugs like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, etc) and naproxen (Aleve) came with some pretty serious si…

    By: Terry Graedon August 8, 2016 7 Comments
    How to Use Juniper to Fight Arthritis

    There are innumerable home remedies reputed to ease the pain of arthritis. One of the perennial favorites is golden raisins soaked in gin. Nobody knows quite how it works, and people have offered a v…

    By: Joe Graedon July 25, 2016 13 Comments
    Will the Gin and Raisin Remedy Help Hip and Knee…

    We first heard about eating gin-soaked raisins for arthritis more than 20 years ago. On May 16, 1994 we received this letter: "A neighbor gave my wife a recipe for "arthritis relief" that involves soa…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2016 9 Comments
    Boswellia Eased Arthritis Pain but Triggered Hot…

    You may not have heard of boswellia, but we'll bet you have heard of frankincense. This dietary supplement has been used for a variety of symptoms including inflammation. This reader reported that i…

    By: Terry Graedon July 11, 2016 5 Comments
    How to Use Cherry Juice for Your Joint Pain

    Whoever said "Growing older isn't for sissies!" probably had arthritis. Although it sometimes strikes younger people, the constant ache in knees and hips can make it hard to keep moving.  Pain in th…

    By: Terry Graedon May 2, 2016 12 Comments
    How to Use Turmeric to Ease Your Joint Pain

    People with arthritis find themselves in a difficult situation. Trying to stay active and enjoy life when your joints hurt is a huge challenge. On the other hand, most of the medications such as NSAID…

    By: Joe Graedon March 28, 2016 24 Comments
    What is the Link Between Fatigue, Joint Pain and…

    Hypothyroidism is one of the most common conditions affecting Americans. It is estimated that over 100 million prescriptions are filled annually for thyroid hormones either as levothyroxine (Levothroi…

    By: Terry Graedon March 24, 2016 24 Comments
    How to Ease Your Knee Pain

    What can you do for your knee pain? People with arthritis have relatively few good options for relief. Often, they may feel as if they are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Hip and knee pain make…

    By: Joe Graedon March 21, 2016 15 Comments
    What is the Connection Between Joint Pain and At…

    Q. You recently answered a question in your column from someone who complained about arthritis. I think you missed an important point. The reader asked about the pain medication naproxen (Aleve) for h…

    By: Terry Graedon March 7, 2016 7 Comments
    How to Ease Joint Pain Without Suffering Constip…

    Easing joint pain due to arthritis has been a concern for so long that there are scores, if not hundreds, of home remedies to take care of the problem. Just as with the response to pain-relieving medi…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2016 13 Comments
    NSAIDs Disrupt the Balance of Bacteria in the Gu…

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are taken by millions of people every day to treat pain and inflammation due to problems such as arthritis, bursitis or tendinitis. Such NSAIDs include diclofenac,…

    By: Joe Graedon January 4, 2016 12 Comments
    Exerciser Needs Home Remedy to Overcome Knee Pai…

    It is estimated that 30 million Americans take an NSAID-type pain reliever each day to ease their sprains, strains, arthritis and bursitis. Familiar brands include Advil, Aleve, Anaprox, Cataflam, Mob…

    By: Terry Graedon November 12, 2015 1 Comments
    Chondroitin Stacks Up Against Celecoxib for Reli…

    A small study just presented at the American College of Rheumatology meeting shows that the dietary supplement chondroitin sulfate is about as effective as the drug celecoxib in alleviating the pain a…

    By: Terry Graedon November 12, 2015 2 Comments
    Tai Chi Helps Ease Knee Pain from Osteoarthritis

    A study from Tufts University in Boston has found that tai chi works just as well as physical therapy to ease pain and improve function for people with osteoarthritis of the knee. Tai Chi Compared to …

    By: Joe Graedon October 1, 2015 10 Comments
    How Do You Make Gin-Soaked Raisins?

    Q. I have heard you talk about the raisin remedy on your radio show and I have seen reference to it on this website, but there are a lot of details that are missing. First, how the heck do you soak th…

    By: Joe Graedon September 28, 2015 15 Comments
    Knee Pain Disappears After Turmeric Treatment

    Q. I want to thank you. A couple of months ago you wrote about taking turmeric for knee pain. I immediately went out and bought some. I have had constant knee pain for many years. After taking turmeri…

    By: Joe Graedon September 27, 2015 14 Comments
    Save Money Safely With Authorized Generic Drugs

    People have become suspicious of the quality of generic drugs. Is there a way to benefit from the lower cost of these copycat medicines without sacrificing effectiveness? What are Authorized Generic D…

    By: Joe Graedon September 14, 2015 14 Comments
    Pain with Switch from Celebrex to Celecoxib

    People with arthritis frequently rely on medication to fight the pain and inflammation of their condition. When a drug works well, they stick with it. It can be a disappointment to discover that a dif…

    By: Joe Graedon September 7, 2015 16 Comments
    At What Age Do NSAID Pain Relievers Become Deadl…

    Q. I heard the FDA issued a stronger warning about cardiac risks associated with NSAID pain relievers. Is this correlated with age? If older persons are at greater risk of heart attack and stroke from…

    By: Joe Graedon August 23, 2015 5 Comments
    Reader Praises Voltaren Gel

    Many people recognize that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs such as diclofenac (Voltaren) can provide relief from inflammation and pain but have some important side effects if they are used…

    By: Joe Graedon August 23, 2015 10 Comments
    Certo Recipe for Joint Pain

    The pain of arthritic joints can often be unrelenting, so it is no wonder that people are always on the lookout for strategies that help manage it better. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)…

    By: Joe Graedon July 20, 2015 4 Comments
    Cortisone Shot Won’t Help Tennis Player…

    When sore joints start complaining, it can be tempting to grab for whatever will give the quickest relief and let you get back to your favorite activities. Sometimes that's not the best strategy. Pain…

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2015 8 Comments
    Generic Celebrex Leaves Many People in Pain

    Generic medications are supposed to provide exactly the same therapeutic benefit as the original brand name drug. That has been the FDA's promise since it began approving generic medicines. Now that g…

    By: Joe Graedon June 29, 2015 4 Comments
    The Combination of an NSAID with a PPI Can Harm …

    Using one medication to treat the known side effects of another pill often seems sensible. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work. In some cases, adding the second medicine can backfire. The combinatio…

    By: Joe Graedon June 1, 2015 16 Comments
    Turmeric Helped Dog’s Stiff Hips

    Q. I have been using turmeric for over a year for arthritis in my hands and have had really great results. I have an elderly large breed dog with hip problems. The pain was so severe the vet suggested…

    By: Joe Graedon May 18, 2015 6 Comments
    Pineapple Compound Fights Inflammation

    Foods with anti-inflammatory activity can often relieve pain nearly as well as medications, but without the scary side effects. A pineapple compound called bromelain is one that can be helpful, as thi…

    By: Joe Graedon May 11, 2015 15 Comments
    Knee Pain Responded to Turmeric

    People with chronic joint pain have difficult decisions to make. Do they take a pain reliever on a regular basis and risk the sometimes serious side effects, or do they limit their activities to what …

    By: Joe Graedon April 27, 2015 8 Comments
    Topical Pain Reliever Eases Knee Arthritis

    People with arthritis pain often find themselves caught between two terrible alternatives: suffer the pain, or suffer the side effects of the usual pain relievers. NSAIDS have some serious drawbacks, …

    By: Joe Graedon April 9, 2015 21 Comments
    Is Life Just a Bowl of Tart Cherries?

    Readers of our syndicated newspaper column have been singing the praises of tart cherries for decades. Back in 1999 we first heard that cherries could ease a gout attack: "I eat five tart canned cherr…

    By: Joe Graedon April 6, 2015 7 Comments
    Gin-Soaked Raisins Offer Relief for Arthritic Pa…

    Most people never consider that a home remedy or dietary supplement might interact with a prescription medicine. That is why this question is important. We wish more people would inquire about such in…

    By: Joe Graedon March 30, 2015 13 Comments
    Tai Chi Practice Became Painful on Generic Celec…

    Q. I've been a long-time user of Celebrex. Then my pharmacy gave me the generic. After the first week, I had pain all over and found I could do fewer and fewer things I've always found easy. My hour o…

    By: Joe Graedon March 2, 2015 260 Comments
    Does Generic Celecoxib Measure Up to Celebrex?

    Q. My doctor prescribed Celebrex several years ago to help ease the arthritis pain in my knee. Three days ago my pharmacy substituted with generic celecoxib. I was pleased with the savings, but my pai…

    By: Joe Graedon February 19, 2015 17 Comments
    Glucosamine and Chondroitin Measure Up to Celebr…

    Glucosamine and chondroitin are popular supplements for joint pain, but several US studies of these compounds have been disappointing. Even though many people report benefit when they take glucosamine…

    By: Joe Graedon February 16, 2015 11 Comments
    Why 9 Gin-Soaked Raisins for Arthritis?

    Q. I've been taking gin-soaked raisins for over two months. I don't know whether or not they are helping my knee joints, but I don't care. They are delicious. There's only one thing: I don't have a cl…

    By: Joe Graedon February 16, 2015 10 Comments
    Heartburn Drugs Don’t Protect Intestines f…

    Warning: This is a man bites dog story. In other words, it contradicts conventional wisdom. Physicians have long recognized that popular pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen can harm th…

    By: Joe Graedon February 2, 2015 6 Comments
    Massage Eased Joint Pain Without Side Effects

    Q. I would like to tell others what has helped me. My doctor told me I am riddled with osteoarthritis. He didn't have a magic bullet for me, but suggested I might try massage. I have been getting a fu…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2015 9 Comments
    Shots or Pills for Sore Knees?

    What works best to relieve symptoms of knee arthritis, pills or shots? A new meta analysis of 137 randomized clinical trials with a total of 33,243 participants concluded that injections trump oral me…

    By: Joe Graedon December 1, 2014 9 Comments
    Does Glucosamine Raise Cholesterol?

    Q. By fortunate coincidence, my total cholesterol was measured when I applied for an insurance policy one day before I started taking glucosamine and chondroitin for joint pain. I had a checkup a mont…

    By: Joe Graedon November 20, 2014 11 Comments
    Skeptical Rheumatologist Wants Info on Turmeric …

    Q. I have osteoarthritis and recently became unable to take NSAIDs due to a spike in my liver enzymes and a family history of heart disease. Then I read in a recent column of People's Pharmacy that tu…

    By: Joe Graedon November 20, 2014 4 Comments
    Running Keeps Knees Moving

    People who love to run will probably keep running regardless of the health outcomes, but others who are more ambivalent may worry about bringing on osteoarthritis in their knees with overuse. Research…