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: 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: 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 15, 2017 17 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: 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 September 12, 2016 23 Comments
    How Could A Cortisone Shot Make Tennis Elbow Wor…

    Many physicians and patients think a cortisone shot is a magic bullet when it comes to things like tennis elbow. Such corticosteroid injections can produce quick pain relief, but their long-term ben…

    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: Terry Graedon July 11, 2016 6 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 June 6, 2016 2 Comments
    How to Get Blood Sugar Control Without Sore Join…

    Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which blood sugar rises even though the body is still making its own insulin. The problem is that cells become resistant to the insulin that is available and are una…

    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 21, 2016 30 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: Joe Graedon September 3, 2015 5 Comments
    Cardiovascular Risks of Joint Replacement Surger…

    Persistent severe joint pain due to arthritis sometimes leads people to sign up for hip or knee replacement surgery. The thought here is that the "wear and tear" that years can put on the joints, toge…

    By: Joe Graedon October 23, 2014 117 Comments
    How to Make Gin-Soaked Raisins for Joint Pain

    Have you looked at the side effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) lately? Drugs like diclofenac, ibuprofen, indomethacin, ketoprofen, meloxicam, piroxicam and naproxen can cause hig…

    By: Terry Graedon October 1, 2014 9 Comments
    Acupuncture for Knee Pain

    Australian researchers report no lasting benefits from acupuncture for chronic knee pain. The study included 282 middle aged volunteers with osteoarthritis. They were randomized into four groups. One …

    By: Joe Graedon July 31, 2014 24 Comments
    Pineapple Juice Postpones Joint Pain

    Arthritis pain can be quite a challenge. Because it usually lasts for months or years, any medication that will be used must be super-safe for the long term. Few drugs meet that criterion, but some h…

    By: Terry Graedon July 28, 2014 1 Comments
    Senior Softball Players Rely on Gin-Soaked Raisi…

    Q. I played senior softball for 20 years. At many tournaments, our team might play several games a day, sometimes several in a row. Our bat bags were full of bandages, knee braces, bat gloves and yell…

    By: Terry Graedon May 12, 2014 9 Comments
    Joint Pain May Respond to a Wide Range of Natura…

    Q. I have severe seafood allergies, which probably explains why I became very ill a few weeks ago when I tried taking glucosamine and chondroitin for my aching joints. (I did not know glucosamine is d…

    By: Terry Graedon March 17, 2014 16 Comments
    Will Concord Grape Juice Ease Joint Pain and Low…

    Q. I have heard that Concord grape juice will lower cholesterol and alleviate joint pain. Do you know anything about that? A. Concord grape juice contains antioxidants that improve blood vessel flexib…

    By: Joe Graedon January 30, 2014 348 Comments
    Levaquin (Levofloxacin) Side Effects Leave Long-…

    Antibiotics are magical. Americans think of such drugs as miracle medicines. It all stems from the discovery of penicillin. Here was a drug that changed history. People who would have normally died fr…

    By: Terry Graedon January 20, 2014 0 Comments
    Will High-Dose Fish Oil Work for Human Joint Pai…

    Q. I am a veterinarian. In my world, fairly high doses of EPA and DHA (components of fish oil) are recommended for osteoarthritis. For instance, a recommended dose for a 50 lb dog is 3,200 mg. Is ther…

    By: Terry Graedon June 17, 2013 20 Comments
    Looking for Non-Drug Pain Relief

    Q. My doctor tells me that I can no longer take anti-inflammatory pain relievers for my arthritis because I have had stomach problems and my kidney function is not as good as it should be. I have give…

    By: Terry Graedon May 6, 2013 11 Comments
    Floating Poop Poses Diagnostic Puzzle

    Q. As far back as I can remember, my stool has floated. I never worried about it until I saw something on the web about pancreatic cancer and floating poop. I did some research and found that if you h…

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2013 20 Comments
    Meeting the Challenge of Easing Joint Pain

    Q. I took Celebrex for over 10 years for arthritis but it eventually lost effectiveness. My new insurance company would not cover Celebrex unless I tried three other medications: meloxicam, ibuprofen …

    By: Joe Graedon July 23, 2012 20 Comments
    Soothing Joint Pain Without Strong Drugs

    Q. I can't take aspirin or other over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or naproxen. They all make my stomach hurt! I am having trouble with joint pain, though, and wonder what you can sugg…

    By: Terry Graedon June 18, 2012 8 Comments
    Gin-Soaked Raisins for Joint Pain

    Q. I have lost my recipe for the gin and raisin procedure. I know that I need to soak the raisins in gin and take 10 to relive arthritis pain. How often do I do this and should the raisins be taken in…

    By: Terry Graedon June 6, 2011 17 Comments
    Gin-Soaked Raisins Ease Joint Pain

    Q. I've been eating gin-soaked raisins for over a year, and it helps me tremendously with my joint pain. I put the raisins in a casserole dish and, after pouring in the gin, I cover the dish with a di…

    By: Terry Graedon May 23, 2011 14 Comments
    Easing Joint Pain Naturally

    Q. I am interested in trying a remedy you've written about for joint pain, Certo in juice. Must pectin be used only in grape or cherry juice? These drinks tend to be high in sugar, which I try to avoi…

    By: Terry Graedon May 9, 2011 24 Comments
    Pectin in Grape Juice Eases Joint Pain

    Q. My husband and I have begun using pectin in grape juice and find it really helps ease our aches and pains. We started with liquid Certo, one packet to a half-gallon of purple grape juice. We drank …

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2011 40 Comments
    Turmeric Eased Joint Pain

    Q. For some time I have had increasingly bad pain in my right knee, left hip and lower back. I was getting so depressed because I was barely functioning. A friend recommended turmeric, and I decided t…

    By: Terry Graedon February 3, 2011 29 Comments
    Gin-Soaked Raisins for Joint Pain

    We first heard about gin-soaked raisins as a remedy for arthritis back in 1994. A gentleman wrote to ask our opinion about this approach. At the time, we thought it was the most original home remedy w…

    By: Joe Graedon August 12, 2008 60 Comments
    Certo in Juice Alleviates Joint Pain

    Q. I read in your column that someone used "Certo" in juice to relieve painful arthritis in the hands. Is this the pectin with which one makes jelly? I did buy some and started putting a tablespoon in…

    By: Joe Graedon June 19, 2008 6 Comments
    How Much Certo For Getting Rid Of Joint Pain?

    Q. My husband swears by golden raisins soaked in gin for arthritis pain. I don't like the taste and read about pomegranate juice with Certo in your column. How much Certo should I use to a glass (8 ou…

    By: Joe Graedon May 31, 2008 7 Comments
    Omega-3 For Stiff Joints

    Q. I have heard that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil may be beneficial in helping the body repair cartilage and improving arthritic joints. I wonder if this is an old wives' tale or if it holds up…