By: Joe Graedon July 4, 2022 44 Comments
    Opioid Crackdown Leaves Cancer Patients In Pain!

    Far too many people are dying from opioid overdoses. You already knew that. It’s been in the news for years. Many of the deaths are due to fentanyl. This synthetic opioid has become widely available…

    By: Joe Graedon May 30, 2022 101 Comments
    Unexpected Benefits and Risks of the Moderna Vac…

    When most people think of COVID vaccines, all they are interested in is how well they will protect them from being hospitalized with COVID-19. After all, that is why these shots were invented. We now …

    By: Joe Graedon May 30, 2022 26 Comments
    Ibuprofen and High Blood Pressure: A Dangerous R…

    Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is on the rise (Open Heart, April 28, 2017). We're talking about drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen. Such pain relievers are perceived as quite safe…

    By: Terry Graedon May 9, 2022 12 Comments
    Should You Take Turmeric to Ease Pain?

    Persistent pain can really wear you down. Consequently, when people discover something that works, they like to share the good news. Some readers report relief from months of terrible discomfort by ta…

    By: Joe Graedon April 18, 2022 31 Comments
    Aspirin vs. NSAIDs: Which Is Best?

    Aspirin has lost its luster. There was a time when many doctors would recommend aspirin to treat minor aches and pains. People with rheumatoid arthritis were "prescribed" large doses of aspirin. The "…

    By: Joe Graedon April 14, 2022 163 Comments
    War on Opioids Punishes Desperate Pain Patients

    We have been reading about the horrors of opioids for decades. Americans are increasingly paranoid about drugs like codeine, hydrocodone (Lorcet, Lortab, Norco, Vicodin, etc.) and oxycodone (OxyContin…

    By: Joe Graedon March 27, 2022 69 Comments
    Pain Reliever Confusion: Aspirin | Advil | Aleve…

    Walk into any pharmacy and you will find an aisle devoted to pain relief. There are so many brands and generic options that it could give you a headache just trying to figure out which of the many pro…

    By: Joe Graedon February 28, 2022 76 Comments
    People in Pain Are in Misery Because of the War …

    Deaths from opioid overdoses have been surging. For years, the CDC has been concerned about the toll that opioid overdoses are taking. There have been reports that fentanyl and its chemical cousins ar…

    By: Terry Graedon February 17, 2022 5 Comments
    Show 1290: Approaches for Managing Chronic Pain

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 50 million American suffer from debilitating chronic pain. Despite that number, in 2016 the agency issued stringent guideline…

    By: Terry Graedon November 15, 2021 13 Comments
    Will CBD for Pain Make You Fail the Marijuana Te…

    One lesson learned from the terrible opioid crisis of the past few years: a lot of Americans are in a lot of pain. With doctors increasingly reluctant to prescribe narcotics for pain relief, people ar…

    By: Terry Graedon July 19, 2021 14 Comments
    How Do You Weigh the Benefits and Risks of Aspir…

    Aspirin has been around over 100 years. It is one of the most versatile drugs in the pharmacy. It relieves pain, lowers fever and reduces inflammation. In addition, it has anti-platelet activity that …

    By: Terry Graedon July 1, 2021 14 Comments
    Show 1178: Do We Need a Revolution in Managing P…

    Pain is a difficult topic. To begin with, the experience of pain is completely subjective. There are no independent objective measures that doctors can use to assess a patient’s pain. They have to t…

    By: Joe Graedon June 14, 2021 36 Comments
    Are People In Pain Committing Suicide For Lack o…

    The opioid epidemic has been with us for decades. It has resulted in untold misery and death. The pandemic only made matters worse. Overdose deaths spiked, in part because the synthetic opioid fentany…

    By: Joe Graedon June 14, 2021 3 Comments
    When PM Pain Meds Might Make Sense

    We are not big fans of "PM" Pain meds. We’re talking about products such as Advil PM, Aleve PM, Excedrin PM, Motrin PM, Tylenol PM or Unisom PM. We suspect that a lot of people see a familiar brand …

    By: Joe Graedon April 19, 2021 33 Comments
    Opioid Crackdown Betrays People in Pain!

    We have been hearing about the opioid epidemic for so many years we have lost track. It continues. The CDC recently reported a significant uptick in drug overdoses and deaths during the pandemic. …

    By: Terry Graedon September 7, 2020 9 Comments
    How Can You Manage Opioid-Induced Constipation?

    Opioids have gotten a bad name over the last several years because so many users have overdosed and died. But people have been using these drugs, also known as narcotics, for millennia. The ancient As…

    By: Terry Graedon August 10, 2020 28 Comments
    Can a Supplement Relieve Neuropathy Pain?

    People who experience neuropathy pain tell us it can be excruciating. Sometimes this is a side effect of cancer treatment, though other individuals develop nerve pain as a consequence of taking a stat…

    By: Joe Graedon March 9, 2020 14 Comments
    Gabapentin Risks for Persistent Shoulder Pain?

    People in pain are suffering…not just from the pain but also from the treatments that are being offered. Opioids have developed such a terrible reputation that most physicians are reluctant to presc…

    By: Joe Graedon January 20, 2020 42 Comments
    Long Lasting Shoulder Pain After Flu Shot

    Getting a flu shot is supposed to be your best protection against influenza. Since September we have all been encouraged to get our flu shot. Most of the reports we have seen this year suggest that th…

    By: Terry Graedon January 12, 2020 3 Comments
    Celecoxib Skin Rash Can Be Extremely Serious

    Doctors frequently prescribe celecoxib (Celebrex) to relieve pain due to arthritis and other conditions. They like this nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) partly because it appears less likel…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2020 4 Comments
    Show 1195: Do You Need Spine Surgery?

    People who have suffered with back pain for a long time may be told that spine surgery is their last resort. But far too often, spine surgery does not relieve back pain. Sometimes, people even feel wo…

    By: Terry Graedon January 6, 2020 5 Comments
    Will Magnolia Compound Help You Control Pain?

    Compounds used in traditional Chinese medicine are often new to Western medical science, even if they have been used for centuries. Increasingly, however, researchers are investigating these naturally…

    By: Terry Graedon December 29, 2019 8 Comments
    Will Acupuncture Ease the Pain of Neuropathy?

    Peripheral neuropathy, pain in the feet and legs (or occasionally even in the hands and arms), can be challenging to treat. Ideally, of course, the physician would identify what was causing the nerves…

    By: Terry Graedon December 19, 2019 1 Comments
    Can Acupuncture Help Ease Your Cancer Pain?

    Most people with cancer suffer from pain at some point during their illness and treatment. Oncologists do their best to alleviate this pain. However, they can't adequately control pain for about half …

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2019 9 Comments
    Substitute Pain Relievers Appear in Suicide Atte…

    Public health authorities have been working hard to control the opioid epidemic and reduce the number of people dying from narcotic overdoses. This effort has had some success, but it has also had som…

    By: Joe Graedon September 15, 2019 12 Comments
    Stopping Ultracet (Tramadol + Acetaminophen) Led…

    Almost everyone has heard about the opioid epidemic. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.” …

    By: Joe Graedon September 8, 2019 9 Comments
    Do You Read OTC Medication Labels? You Should!

    Most people play doctor without knowing the rules of the game. What we mean is that people frequently swallow pills they buy over the counter without bothering to read the instructions or the warnings…

    By: Joe Graedon September 5, 2019 13 Comments
    Tramadol and Hypoglycemia: Beware Symptoms of Lo…

    Tramadol has become one of the most widely prescribed pain relievers in the world. That’s because many doctors have become reluctant to prescribe opioids like hydrocodone. Physicians prescribe trama…

    By: Terry Graedon August 26, 2019 13 Comments
    Can Turmeric Relieve Your Aches and Pains?

    Do you have trouble getting relief for your aches and pains? Lots of people take common pain relievers like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or naproxen (Aleve) to manage joint and muscles discomfort. Whi…

    By: Terry Graedon August 26, 2019 5 Comments
    Will Onion Juice Make a Wasp Sting Stop Hurting?

    When a stinging insect inflicts its damage, what do you do to ease the pain? We've come across numerous home remedies, but one of the favorites that comes up time and again is onion. One reader made a…

    By: Terry Graedon August 5, 2019 2 Comments
    Can Hornet Stings Overcome Painful Plantar Fasci…

    The sole of your foot does lot of work. It carries you around all day long, walking, running, jumping or just standing in one spot. If it doesn't have adequate support, the thick band of tissue that r…

    By: Terry Graedon April 21, 2019 15 Comments
    Will Cannabidiol Relieve Chronic Pain?

    People with chronic pain often have difficulties trying to get relief. Doctors used to prescribe narcotics, but the opioid crisis has made many physicians reluctant to do so. NSAIDs, either prescripti…

    By: Joe Graedon April 15, 2019 26 Comments
    Gabapentin and Fuzzy Thinking: A Recognized Side…

    We have been writing a lot about GABA drugs like gabapentin (Neurontin) and pregabalin (Lyrica). That because a report from ISMP (Institute for Safe Medication Practices) has a QuarterWatch article: …

    By: Terry Graedon March 11, 2019 25 Comments
    Are Gin-Drenched Raisins a Big Joke?

    Whoever said "Getting old isn't for sissies" certainly got it right. As we age, we often accumulate aches and pains that may be attributed to arthritis. People with arthritis are faced with a horrible…

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2019 13 Comments
    Can NSAIDs for Pain Harm Your Kidneys?

    Have you taken nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like diclofenac, ibuprofen or naproxen? A recent study shows that people taking high doses of NSAIDs for pain may develop kidney problems (…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2019 4 Comments
    Will Rosemary and Turmeric Help Your Arthritis P…

    People with arthritis pain face a difficult dilemma. Arthritis is a chronic condition, but the usual NSAID pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) and naproxen (Aleve) should be used only …

    By: Terry Graedon February 7, 2019 38 Comments
    What Is the Other Drug Epidemic?

    Much has been written about the epidemic of opioid drug misuse, overdose and death. With more than 130 people dying every day in this country as a result of opioid overdose, we all have a right to be …

    By: Terry Graedon February 7, 2019 13 Comments
    Special Creams Fail to Fight Pain

    Americans spend hundreds of millions of dollars on specially formulated topical pain creams. Medicare Part D paid more than half a billion dollars for such prescription products in 2015. Doctors may p…

    By: Terry Graedon January 31, 2019 6 Comments
    Can Mindfulness Help You Manage Chronic Pain?

    People in chronic pain often feel abandoned by the medical profession,  especially as physicians are cutting back on prescribing opioids. They may be interested in some nondrug approaches that could …

    By: Terry Graedon December 24, 2018 27 Comments
    Seniors Swear by Marijuana Oil for Pain Relief

    In an increasing number of states, the legislatures have legalized the medicinal use of marijuana. (Ten states and the District of Columbia have made recreational use legal, usually in addition to med…