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 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 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: Joe Graedon July 8, 2019 49 Comments
    Statins and Nerve Damage (Peripheral Neuropathy)…

    By now, almost everyone agrees that statins like atorvastatin, lovastatin, rosuvastatin and simvastatin can cause muscle pain (myalgia). Most clinicians also acknowledge that statins are also linked t…

    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: Joe Graedon May 6, 2019 41 Comments
    Do Statins Cause Nerve Pain (Neuropathy)?

    Statin enthusiasts have a hard time accepting that statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs have side effects. There is even one clinical trial analysis from the UK that concluded “At the doses tested…

    By: Terry Graedon October 18, 2018 5 Comments
    Do People Who Eat Fish Grow Old More Healthfully…

    Does eating fish or taking fish oil make any difference for your health? For decades, researchers have touted the anti-inflammatory benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. They have sug…

    By: Terry Graedon July 9, 2018 20 Comments
    Will Benfotiamine Ease Your Foot Pain?

    Have you ever dropped a heavy can of food on your toe? The nail turns purplish-black and the foot hurts like crazy. After a few days, though, the pain calms down and only hurts when you wiggle or stub…

    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 October 8, 2017 34 Comments
    What Is the Other Side of the Opioid Crisis?

    The opioid crisis keeps accelerating. While watching NBC News last night we saw yet another heartbreaking story about the devastating impact opioids are having across America. Three people in Dayton,…

    By: Joe Graedon September 21, 2017 22 Comments
    Preventing Peripheral Neuropathy From Chemothera…

    When you get a diagnosis of cancer the world stops. Your brain melts and you go into fight or flight mode. It is one of the most stressful times of your life. All you can think about is choosing the r…

    By: Terry Graedon September 4, 2017 13 Comments
    How Many Breast Cancer Survivors Suffer Nerve Pa…

    Chemotherapy saves lives, but it can also result in long-lasting side effects. Until recently, oncologists did not know how often breast cancer survivors had to live with pain as a result of their tre…

    By: Terry Graedon April 3, 2017 36 Comments
    Are There Natural Remedies for Nerve Pain?

    Physicians find neuropathy difficult to manage. This nerve pain can easily become chronic if it is not interrupted early in its course. When pain originates in the nervous system itself, relatively f…

    By: Terry Graedon November 28, 2016 4 Comments
    How Can You Overcome Long-Term Tingling?

    Tingling, numbness or pain are common symptoms that doctors term "paresthesia." Sometimes the tingling resembles the pins-and-needles feeling when an arm or leg "goes to sleep." What can be done to ov…

    By: Terry Graedon October 17, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Ease Foot Pain with Purple Pectin

    It's hard to stay physically active and optimistic when your feet hurt. That must be why so many people are looking for a way to ease foot pain, preferably a solution that does not carry significant …

    By: Terry Graedon May 14, 2016 23 Comments
    Will Magnesium Conquer Nerve Pain?

    It is a shame that nutrition is so often overlooked as a topic in medical school. Aspiring doctors need to learn a lot of information, and generally there is a feeling that nutrition is not as critica…

    By: Joe Graedon April 17, 2016 23 Comments
    People in Agony Turn to Marijuana for Pain Relie…

    A year and a half ago the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) made it much harder for people in pain to access hydrocodone-containing pain relievers. By restricting access to medications like Lortab, Norco …

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2015 31 Comments
    Blood Pressure Pills Are Contributing to Nerve D…

    Q. I have high blood pressure for which I take metoprolol, hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ), hydralazine and lisinopril. I have developed pins and needles in my fingers and numbness in my hands that keeps m…

    By: Terry Graedon April 28, 2014 42 Comments
    Taking a Statin to Lower Cholesterol Resulted in…

    Many people have found that statins have side effects that are difficult to endure. Although patients may complain of nerve pain or numbness in fingers and toes, doctors sometimes don't make the conne…

    By: Joe Graedon October 7, 2013 171 Comments
    Could Your Antibiotic Cause You Permanent Nerve …

    Did you know that the FDA has issued a safety notification about a class of popular antibiotics called fluoroquinolones (FQs)? The announcement involves the following drugs: Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) Gemi…

    By: Terry Graedon July 18, 2011 124 Comments
    Vitamin (Benfotiamine) Reverses Nerve Pain

    Q. I heard a caller on your radio show talk about a vitamin for peripheral neuropathy and restless leg syndrome. What is it? Can you tell me more? Benfotiamine for Neuropathy: A. The compound is benfo…