By: Joe Graedon June 5, 2017 5 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 6 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 7 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 13 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 16 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 46 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 11 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 50 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 22 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 19 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…

    By: Joe Graedon January 23, 2017 24 Comments
    Do Simvastatin Side Effects Include Diabetes and…

    Many physicians tell us that even if statins increase the risk for diabetes, the drug benefits far outweigh any increase in blood glucose. But diabetes is a challenging condition to treat. Then there …

    By: Terry Graedon January 19, 2017 1 Comments
    How to Help Arthritis Pain with Chair Yoga

    Researchers at Florida Atlantic University report that chair yoga can be an effective treatment for people suffering from osteoarthritis pain. Many older people with significant hip, knee or ankle pai…

    By: Joe Graedon January 16, 2017 16 Comments
    Do Ibuprofen Side Effects Include Scary High Blo…

    We have heard ibuprofen referred to as vitamin I. That's because a lot of weekend warriors rely on ibuprofen and other non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve inflammation and pain. …

    By: Joe Graedon December 19, 2016 17 Comments
    Is the FDA Biased Against Dietary Supplements?

    Will your vitamins or dietary supplements hurt you? Millions of Americans take multivitamins, herbs or other supplements every day. Most people don't worry about possible dangers from these pills. Man…

    By: Terry Graedon December 15, 2016 9 Comments
    Will You Wear Your Knees Out If You Run?

    Osteoarthritis has long been considered a disease of wear and tear. The older people get, the more likely they are to have pain and inflammation in their joints. That is presumably because of a lifeti…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2016 9 Comments
    What Will MSM Do for Joint Pain?

    Arthritis creates such dilemmas for its sufferers. There are medications that alleviate pain reasonably well, but many or most of them have serious side effects. Narcotics cause addiction if they are …

    By: Joe Graedon November 28, 2016 7 Comments
    Is There a Link Between NSAIDs like Ibuprofen an…

    Pain relievers like ibuprofen, indomethacin, meloxicam, naproxen and piroxicam have been popular for decades. Tens of millions of people take these non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) daily…

    By: Terry Graedon November 14, 2016 21 Comments
    Anti-inflammatory Activity of Turmeric and Other…

    Drugs with anti-inflammatory activity are immensely popular. NSAIDs such as celecoxib, diclofenac, ibuprofen or naproxen are taken by millions of people on a regular basis. Such medicines can have ser…

    By: Joe Graedon November 14, 2016 8 Comments
    Are ALL Arthritis Drugs Including Celebrex Risky…

    The big news out of the American Heart Association meetings in New Orleans is that Celebrex (celecoxib) is no more dangerous for the heart and cardiovascular system than pain relievers like ibuprofen …

    By: Terry Graedon November 10, 2016 5 Comments
    How to Avoid Arthritis Pain with a Mediterranean…

    A Mediterranean-type diet has been shown to be good for the brain and the heart as well as for controlling blood sugar. Could it also help people avoid arthritis pain? Can You Use a Mediterranean Diet…

    By: Terry Graedon October 10, 2016 4 Comments
    Will MSM Ease Pain and Swelling in Arthritic Joi…

    Arthritis frequently puts people in a terrible double-bind. The medications that are generally used to ease the pain of stiff joints can have risky side effects. People often rely on over-the-counter …

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2016 17 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 16 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 10 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 14 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 31 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 25 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…