By: Joe Graedon January 15, 2018 24 Comments
    Are Doctors Overprescribing Gabapentin and Prega…

    Let's be perfectly honest. Most doctors have a difficult time with chronic pain patients. One physician described it to us many years ago: "When I see a patient suffering severe chronic pain come in t…

    By: Joe Graedon January 11, 2018 7 Comments
    Do Ibuprofen Side Effects Include Hormone Imbala…

    Pain relievers like ibuprofen are “the most commonly used over-the-counter drugs worldwide (Nature Reviews Endocrinology, July, 2016). People assume that if the FDA permits OTC sale, such products m…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2018 25 Comments
    What to Do About Arthritis Pain When NSAIDs Are …

    Tens of millions of people suffer constant arthritis pain. Many of them have severe joint deterioration. The usual recommendation is to take NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). You know: ib…

    By: Joe Graedon January 1, 2018 48 Comments
    Blackseed Oil Saved Knee and Lowered Cholesterol…

    Have you ever heard of blackseed oil? We didn't think so. It has not gotten the attention that turmeric has. The first we became aware of this dietary supplement was from an integrative oncologist, Dr…

    By: Terry Graedon December 18, 2017 14 Comments
    Can Cocoa in Oatmeal Ease Arthritis Pain?

    Scientists have found that compounds in cocoa can affect the balance of bacteria in the intestines (Magrone, Russo & Jirillo, Frontiers in Immunology, June 9, 2017). Those changes in turn seem to …

    By: Joe Graedon December 11, 2017 5 Comments
    Seeking a Super Smoothie for Everyday Health

      People love smoothies. They are a fast way to get off to a healthy start in the morning. But not all smoothies are created equal. Some have way too much sugar or carbohydrate. How can you creat…

    By: Joe Graedon December 11, 2017 4 Comments
    Ibuprofen Eased Back Pain But Caused Life-Threat…

    Americans love ibuprofen. Some have taken to calling it vitamin I because they rely on it so often to relieve pain. But ibuprofen and naproxen can cause life-threatening ulcers. Just because they are …

    By: Terry Graedon December 4, 2017 9 Comments
    Will Boswellia with Turmeric Ease Your Joint Pai…

    Millions of us suffer with joint pain, and the older we get, the more likely we are to have achy knees or sore hips. It is little wonder, then, that there are many home remedies or dietary supplements…

    By: Joe Graedon November 30, 2017 1 Comments
    The Best Christmas Present Yet!

    Do you hate thinking about shopping for presents at this time of year? What do you give mom or grandpa. What about the neighbors or cousin Charlie? Just trying to come up with the right gift for peopl…

    By: Joe Graedon November 13, 2017 4 Comments
    Will You Experience Drug Shortages Because of Hu…

    There is an epidemic of drug shortages in the U.S. It has been going on for years. The reasons are often hard to pin down. Drug company consolidation has contributed. The big fish swallow the smaller …

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2017 19 Comments
    Alternatives for Arthritis vs. NSAID Disasters

    Do you like to save money? Here's a little reminder: the sale on our brand new book: Graedons' Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis will last only until Friday, November 10, 2017. Go to the bottom of t…

    By: Terry Graedon October 23, 2017 3 Comments
    Rub on Heat from Peppers to Ease Pain in Hands

    People have been suffering with arthritis since the dawn of humankind. Painful joints and stiffness can slow a person down considerably. And arthritis pain in hands makes it difficult to accomplish ev…

    By: Joe Graedon October 2, 2017 3 Comments
    Ibuprofen Side Effects Can Include Really Bad Di…

    Americans love ibuprofen. Some athletes refer to it as vitamin I. That's because this non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug can ease the pain and inflammation of of sore joints. Most people recognize t…

    By: Joe Graedon September 25, 2017 19 Comments
    Will Glucosamine Repair Damaged Cartilage?

    In 1997 Jason Theodosakis, MD, MS, MPH, and colleagues launched the book, The Arthritis Cure: The Medical Miracle That Can Halt, Reverse, and May Even Cure Osteoarthritis. It could be stated that Dr. …

    By: Joe Graedon September 18, 2017 33 Comments
    What Can You Do For Arthritis Pain If You Can…

    Roughly one out of five Americans takes an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) regularly. That includes medications like celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen, indomethacin, meloxicam and naproxen …

    By: Terry Graedon September 10, 2017 10 Comments
    Will Your Pain Pill Boost Your Blood Pressure?

    People in pain are caught in a terrible bind. When you hurt, it is common for your blood pressure to go up. That's hardly a surprise. Pain is extremely stressful for your entire body. But taking nonst…

    By: Joe Graedon August 17, 2017 26 Comments
    Glucosamine a Bust in New Analysis

    A study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (online, July 28, 2017) concluded that glucosamine lacks evidence of effectiveness. Although the researchers don't come right out and say it, …

    By: Joe Graedon July 24, 2017 25 Comments
    NSAID Gel Rescued A Vacation

    People in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Italy and many other countries have been able to buy topical NSAIDs for decades without a prescription. In the U.S. you can buy unlimited amounts of oral ibu…

    By: Terry Graedon July 17, 2017 1 Comments
    Turmeric in Milk Prevents Stomach Upset

    Have you considered taking turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties? Perhaps you've considered it as a way to ease psoriasis instead. Researchers have suggested that turmeric or its principal com…

    By: Terry Graedon July 9, 2017 12 Comments
    Will Herbal Oils Ease Arthritis Pain?

    Many people have a very difficult time managing their arthritis pain. Perhaps they take NSAID drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Although these medicines can help temporarily with pain relief, they …

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2017 11 Comments
    What Can Prolotherapy Do for Sore Knees?

    As Americans get older and grayer, we also have to cope with more joint pain. We swallow large quantities of anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or naproxen). Many of us take supplements…

    By: Joe Graedon June 29, 2017 79 Comments
    How To Stop Duloxetine (Cymbalta) Without Withdr…

    From what we hear from readers of our syndicated newspaper column and visitors to this website, most patients are not warned about how to stop duloxetine (Cymbalta). Perhaps the prescriber assumes tha…

    By: Joe Graedon June 26, 2017 13 Comments
    How Good Is Aspirin Against Pain?

    Once upon a time doctors actually prescribed aspirin for headaches, backaches, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other painful conditions. But once non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs…

    By: Terry Graedon June 26, 2017 13 Comments
    How to Make Gin-Raisin Remedy

    Would you like to alleviate arthritis pain without drugs? Many people would, especially when they learn about potential NSAID side effects such as bleeding ulcers or cardiovascular complications. But …

    By: Joe Graedon June 5, 2017 9 Comments
    Side Effects of TNF Blockers: Enbrel, Humira, Re…

    Most drugs are double-edged swords. In other words, they have the potential both to help and to harm. But some medications have sharper blades than others. TNF blockers are great examples of this deal…

    By: Terry Graedon June 1, 2017 7 Comments
    How Good Is Pharmaceutical-Grade Chondroitin?

    In the US, chondroitin sulfate is usually sold as a dietary supplement and taken in conjunction with glucosamine to treat arthritis pain. Most well-controlled trials in this country have shown that th…

    By: Terry Graedon May 29, 2017 8 Comments
    Will Acupuncture Relieve Your Arthritic Knee Pai…

    People with chronic arthritis are faced with a terrible choice: do they suffer from pain every day, or do they take pain relievers with scary side effects? Unfortunately, the pain medications used …

    By: Joe Graedon May 22, 2017 16 Comments
    Can You Wreck Your Kidneys With NSAID Pain Relie…

    Most people take their kidneys for granted...until something bad happens. When your kidneys fail, though, your life hangs in the balance. Short of dialysis or a kidney transplant, kidney failure rapid…

    By: Joe Graedon May 18, 2017 32 Comments
    Do Treatments for Knee Arthritis Do More Harm Th…

    Steroid shots and arthroscopic surgery have been mainstays in the treatment of pain and inflammation brought on by knee arthritis. Many people try to delay knee replacement as long as possible, especi…

    By: Terry Graedon May 15, 2017 18 Comments
    Can You Avoid NSAID Danger with Topical Pain Rel…

    Chronic pain, whether it is severe or moderate, poses a serious dilemma. People need relief from pain, but most medications that they can use for relief have significant downsides. People often take N…

    By: Joe Graedon May 11, 2017 50 Comments
    Really Bad News About Ibuprofen, Naproxen and Ot…

    People who are hurting are caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. Whether they're suffering from a bad back or arthritis, there aren't many medications that are effective. Now more bad …

    By: Terry Graedon May 8, 2017 7 Comments
    Medicine for Sore Feet Linked to Unexpected Head…

    Arthritis hurts. Different people find the pain hits their joints in a very particular individual pattern, but when a joint hurts, you want relief. What will ease your joint pain? One reader found tha…

    By: Joe Graedon May 1, 2017 15 Comments
    Should You Worry About Scary Corticosteroid Side…

    Cortisone, dexamethasone, hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone, prednisolone and prednisone are called corticosteroids or glucocorticoids. These drugs dampen an overactive immune reaction. They can soot…

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2017 4 Comments
    Could Pain Reliever Cause Ringing in the Ears?

    Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can be a maddening problem. No one else can see or hear what is going on for the sufferer, so they get too little sympathy. Even so, the ringing, hissing, chirping or…

    By: Joe Graedon April 17, 2017 14 Comments
    Is There Any Science to Support Glucosamine for …

    For decades we have been agnostic about the use of glucosamine for arthritis. Some readers praised this dietary supplement while others denounced it. We remember when New York Times health columnist J…

    By: Joe Graedon April 4, 2017 21 Comments
    Ibuprofen Makes Life Bearable So Do Not Ban It!

    Pain is part of the human condition. Sometimes it can be useful, warning us to keep our hands away from flames and sharp tools. Recurrent or chronic pain is not helpful, but it can be extremely diffic…

    By: Joe Graedon March 19, 2017 52 Comments
    Should We Ban Ibuprofen?

    A study published in the European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy (April, 2017) reports that ibuprofen is associated with a 31% increased risk of cardiac arrest. Now some people are ask…

    By: Joe Graedon March 13, 2017 23 Comments
    Do Statin Side Effects Make It Harder To Exercis…

    Regular exercise is considered essential for good health. The benefits include weight control, diabetes prevention, blood sugar management, blood lipid control, improved mood, better sleep and a reduc…

    By: Joe Graedon February 27, 2017 26 Comments
    Why Is Celecoxib Not Working and What Can People…

    Celebrex is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It was supposed to be easier on the stomach than other arthritis drugs. But questions about its heart health slowed sales over the last decade. We r…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 9 Comments
    Will Ashwagandha Ease Your Severe Arthritis Pain…

    People with persistent arthritis pain often find it difficult to get relief. The usual nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as diclofenac, ibuprofen, meloxicam or naproxen cause side effects wit…