By: Joe Graedon January 3, 2022 248 Comments
    How To Stop Duloxetine (Cymbalta) Without Withdr…

    Based on 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…

    By: Terry Graedon December 23, 2021 5 Comments
    Vitamin B12 Helps Ease Nerve Pain of Diabetes

    People with type 2 diabetes often develop a painful nerve disorder called diabetic neuropathy. People with this condition may experience numbness, tingling, burning or pain in their hands or feet. The…

    By: Terry Graedon November 18, 2019 20 Comments
    Supplements to Help Ease Diabetic Neuropathy

    Diabetes threatens the health of millions of Americans. Five years ago, doctors had diagnosed more than 30 million people with this metabolic disorder. People with diabetes either don't make insulin (…

    By: Terry Graedon October 3, 2019 12 Comments
    Show 1183: How to Manage Your Foot Problems

    Do your feet hurt? Foot problems can interfere with both work and leisure time activities. You won’t want to walk the dog or go dancing, not to mention stand at a cash register or move about a clini…

    By: Terry Graedon August 2, 2019 2 Comments
    Show 1174: What to Do About Skeeter Syndrome

    Have your summer evenings outside been spoiled by the whine of a mosquito coming in for a bite? How do you deal with the resulting itch? Mosquito bites usually itch for a while and then go away, but s…

    By: Joe Graedon July 29, 2019 32 Comments
    Are Statin Side Effects Fake Medical News?

    Doctors dislike drug side effects. After all, physicians prescribe medications to help people, not to hurt them. And yet every medicine has the potential to cause adverse reactions. This leaves physic…

    By: Joe Graedon June 27, 2019 16 Comments
    Statins, Low LDL Cholesterol and Nerve Damage in…

    A new study from Germany reports that there is a connection between low total cholesterol and low LDL cholesterol and nerve damage in patients with type 2 diabetes (JAMA Network Open, May 31, 2019). T…

    By: Terry Graedon January 3, 2019 26 Comments
    Are Non-Sugar Sweeteners a Healthy Choice?

    When people hear that sugar-sweetened beverages pose health hazards, some respond by switching to diet soft drinks. A new analysis in The BMJ suggests that might not be the best strategy. Non-sugar sw…

    By: Joe Graedon May 7, 2018 19 Comments
    Can the Antidepressant Amitriptyline Mess Up Mem…

    It is estimated that nearly two million people take the antidepressant amitriptyline every day. We suspect that most are not taking this drug to improve mood. That’s because amitriptyline (Elavil) h…

    By: Joe Graedon April 9, 2018 43 Comments
    Lyrica and Weight Gain | Can It Be Reversed?

    Pregabalin (Lyrica) has become a go-to drug for nerve pain (neuropathy). There aren't many medications in the doctor’s tool kit for this kind of problem. A similar drug, gabapentin, has been approve…

    By: Joe Graedon March 12, 2018 14 Comments
    Lyrica (Pregabalin) Side Effects Include Confusi…

    Lyrica is widely advertised on television. It's hard to miss the commercials for fibromyalgia or diabetic nerve pain. A few years ago there was this ad featuring Terry, a retired police officer. Terry…

    By: Terry Graedon October 30, 2017 3 Comments
    Which Drugs Mess with Vitamin B12?

    Keeping track of the nutritional consequences of medications can be tricky. Doctors don't always ask about possible problems; nor do pharmacists necessarily take these into account. But there are some…

    By: Joe Graedon July 3, 2017 187 Comments
    Are Prescription Drug Ads on TV Driving You Craz…

    Do you watch television? If so, you have almost inevitably seen commercials for medications we hope you will never need. If you are like a lot of our visitors you are sick and tired of prescription dr…

    By: Joe Graedon December 5, 2016 21 Comments
    Cannabidiol Oil Solved Severe Seizure Problem an…

    Many doctors are skeptical about the benefits of medical marijuana. That's because they did not learn about this "herb" in medical school. If it was discussed at all, the likelihood is that the lectur…

    By: Terry Graedon October 3, 2016 7 Comments
    Can Curry Spice Overcome Diabetic Nerve Pain?

    The high blood sugar and inflammation associated with diabetes can damage many organs in the body. Diabetic nerve pain is a common complication of this condition. It can be quite difficult to treat, …

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2016 7 Comments
    Diabetic Neuropathy Made Better With Marijuana

    One of the complications of diabetes is diabetic neuropathy, severe pain due to nerve damage. The pain of neuropathy can be very difficult to treat, so we were interested to learn of this reader's e…

    By: Terry Graedon March 28, 2016 33 Comments
    Was Gabapentin for Pain a Factor in Suicide?

    Suicide is devastating. Even more than a sudden unexpected death, suicide inspires feelings of guilt in the survivors who may wonder, "Could I have done something to prevent this tragedy?" In some cas…

    By: Joe Graedon December 22, 2014 6 Comments
    Fenugreek Helped Burning Feet

    Q. My mother had been bothered with burning feet for some time, and we had not found a solution till recently. We suspected that the burning was related to her type 2 diabetes and I'd read somewhere t…

    By: Joe Graedon August 1, 2013 567 Comments
    Lyrica Side Effects & Withdrawal are Worris…

    Have you seen the ad blitz for Lyrica (pregabalin)? A LOT of money is being spent trying to convince the American public that Lyrica is the answer to diabetic nerve pain. One of the most compelling co…

    By: Joe Graedon December 24, 2012 64 Comments
    Neuropathy: Natural Treatments for Nerve Pain

    Neuropathy is one of those words that tells you very little. Broken down it stands for nerve (neuro) and disease (pathy). But nerve pain doesn't tell you much about the cause of the distress. When ner…

    By: Joe Graedon August 16, 2012 3 Comments
    Hot Chili Pepper Spices Up Dreams!

    Q. About a year ago you wrote that some people use spicy gumbo soup to alleviate migraines. I have been looking for a solution for food allergy headaches and was willing to try almost anything. I star…

    By: Terry Graedon September 13, 2010 11 Comments
    Hot Pepper to Ease Pain

    Q. I have diabetes and high blood pressure. My blood sugar is under control with insulin and I am on Diovan for the blood pressure. Over the last few years, I have suffered with numbness and pain in m…