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Joints Achy? Don't Blame Mother Nature

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – You might want to think twice the next time you're ready to blame the weather for your aches and pains, researchers say. Some people swear that changes in humidity, temperature, air pressure and the like trigger back pain and arthritis. But a team at the George Institute for Global Health in Newtown, Australia said it found no evidence to support that theory. "The belief that pain and inclement weather are linked dates back to Roman times. But our research suggests this belief may be based on the fact that people recall events that confirm their pre-existing views," said Chris Maher, director of the institute's musculoskeletal division. The study included nearly 1,350 Australians with either lower back pain or osteoarthritis of the knee. The study participants' pain flare-ups were compared with weather data. There was no association between back pain/knee ... Read more

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Timely Tips for Safe Snow Removal

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Jan. 7, 2017 – Snow looks beautiful while it's falling, but each year thousands of Americans are hurt while shoveling or clearing the white stuff. Folks who are usually sedentary are at particular risk for injuries associated with bending and lifting shovels of heavy snow, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says. Clearing snow can also put a lot of extra strain on the heart, the group warns. In 2015, more than 158,000 people were treated for injuries sustained while shoveling snow or removing ice. And snow blowers were involved in more than 15,000 injuries, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports. Back sprains and strains are among the most common snow removal injuries. However, cuts and even finger amputations are also reported each year. To prevent injuries while removing snow and ice, the orthopedic surgeons recommend the following safety tips: Talk ... Read more

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High Pain Tolerance Tied to 'Silent' Heart Attack Risk

Posted 22 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 – People who are less sensitive to pain may be at increased risk of having a "silent" heart attack, a new study hints. Chest pain is one of the "classic" symptoms of a heart attack. But many people have so-called silent heart attacks, where they notice no obvious symptoms. "Almost everyone knows what a heart attack is. When we hear about it, we think of chest pain and [emergency] medical care," said Dr. Andrea Ohrn, the lead researcher on the new study. "But what's less known is, many people experience heart attacks without knowing it – without ever receiving a diagnosis," said Ohrn, a fellow at the University of Tromso in Norway. No one knows why that is. But the new findings suggest that pain tolerance might be a factor. Using a standard test of pain sensitivity, Ohrn's team found that people who had a silent heart attack in the past generally had a higher ... Read more

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What You Need to Know When Prescribed an Opioid Painkiller

Posted 13 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 – There are a number of questions you should ask if a doctor or other health care provider prescribes opioid painkillers such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, codeine and morphine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. While approved to treat certain kinds of acute and chronic pain, opioids can have serious side effects, and the United States is in the mist of an opioid overuse epidemic. First, ask why you need the medication, is it right for you, and are there non-opioid options? If your health care provider thinks an opioid painkiller is the best choice, ask the doctor to prescribe the lowest dose and the smallest quantity. Find out when to call to follow-up with the health care provider on how well the opioid is working, as well as when and how to stop or taper off use of the drug, the FDA said in a news release. To reduce the risk of side effects, take the ... Read more

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These Medicines Often Send Americans to ERs

Posted 22 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 – An estimated one in 250 Americans lands in the hospital emergency department each year because of a medication-related reaction or problem, a new federal study finds. Among adults 65 and older, the rate is about one in 100, the study authors said. Remarkably, the medicines causing the most trouble haven't changed in a decade, the researchers noted. Blood thinners, diabetes medicines and antibiotics top the list. These drugs accounted for 47 percent of emergency department visits for adverse drug events in 2013 and 2014, according to the analysis. Among older adults, blood thinners, diabetes medicines and opioid painkillers are implicated in nearly 60 percent of emergency department visits for adverse drug events. "The same drugs are causing the most problems," said study co-author Dr. Daniel Budnitz. The study doesn't tease out what went wrong. The reasons ... Read more

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A Benefit of Back Pain Surgery: Better Sex

Posted 22 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 – Surgery for back pain can often improve patients' sex lives, researchers report. "The impetus behind our study was to initiate the process of understanding how back surgery affects patients' lives," wrote the researchers led by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Shane Burch, from the University of California, San Francisco. "An important aspect for many patients includes sex life," the researchers said. The study included 825 patients with degenerative spinal disease. Of those, 531 underwent some kind of surgery while 294 received nonsurgical treatment. Before treatment, 55 percent of the patients said they had back pain that affected lovemaking. Three months after treatment, less than 20 percent of surgery patients still had back pain during sex, compared with 40 percent of those who had nonsurgical therapy, the study found. The improvement among back surgery patients ... Read more

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New Spine Stimulation Device Provides Pain Relief

Posted 9 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9, 2016 – High-frequency electrical stimulation of the spinal cord may relieve severe chronic back pain more effectively than conventional low-frequency stimulation, a new study finds. In initial testing, the device – called the Senza system – reduced leg and back pain scores by at least half in 80 percent of patients. After two years, 76 percent of the patients with chronic back pain still had reduced pain, as did 73 percent of patients with chronic leg pain, the researchers found. "Over the last 40 years, we have used low-frequency stimulation for leg and back pain, and it was relatively successful with about 50 percent of patients getting about 50 percent of their pain relieved," said lead researcher Dr. Leonardo Kapural, of the Center for Clinical Research and Carolina's Pain Institute in Winston-Salem, N.C. Senza and other spinal cord stimulators deliver mild ... Read more

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Surgery Not the Answer for Most Back Pain, Sports Doctor Says

Posted 3 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 – Back pain is a common problem, but most cases can be treated without surgery, a sports medicine specialist says. Sometime during their lives, up to 80 percent of people will have back pain that lasts more than three days. The first step in treating back pain is understanding it, according to Dr. Gregory Billy, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist with Penn State Sports Medicine. "A physician should ask about the history of your pain, including its exact location, what makes it feel better or worse and what may have caused it," Billy said in a university news release. "A physical exam helps isolate the cause of the pain – for example, what happens when you stand, sit, lift your leg or walk?" While an MRI can help with a diagnosis, it has limitations. "Because the back changes with age, MRIs of many older adults are likely to depict damage, but the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Beginning Yoga

Posted 24 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If you have arthritis and want to start practicing yoga, you'll need to make sure that your routine is safe and effective. The Harvard Medical School recommends: Avoiding vigorous types of yoga that could injure your joints. Move slowly and easily. Opting for forms of yoga such as Vinyasa or flow, which are less stressful on the joints. Talking to your instructor before your class about your condition and any precautions you should take. Practicing yoga in the afternoon or evening instead of the morning, when your joints may be stiffer. Talking to your doctor about adjusting your yoga movements during flares to accommodate painful joints. Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Back Pain, Knee Joint Replacement

Many Take Opioids Reluctantly for Back Pain: Survey

Posted 24 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 – Millions of Americans with back pain take powerful and potentially addictive opioid painkillers. But in a new survey, many say the drugs provide only limited relief and they worry about taking them. The survey included more than 2,000 people with low back pain. Of the nearly half who were currently taking opioids, only 13 percent said the drugs were very successful at relieving their pain. Forty-four percent said the drugs were somewhat successful, 31 percent said they were moderately successful and 12 percent said they were unsuccessful. Seventy-five percent said the drugs had side effects such as constipation (65 percent), sleepiness (37 percent), thinking and memory problems (32 percent) and drug dependence (29 percent). "Patients are increasingly aware that opioids are problematic, but don't know there are alternative treatment options," said survey author ... Read more

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'Fake Pills' May Help Ease Back Pain

Posted 20 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 – Even if they know the pills are fake, chronic back pain sufferers may get relief from placebo drugs, a new study indicates. Researchers found that patients who knowingly took a placebo pill while undergoing traditional treatment for lower back pain had less pain and disability than those who received traditional treatment alone. "These findings turn our understanding of the placebo effect on its head," said Ted Kaptchuk, a joint senior author of the study and director of the Program in Placebo Studies and the Therapeutic Encounter at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. "This new research demonstrates that the placebo effect is not necessarily elicited by patients' conscious expectation that they are getting an active medicine, as long thought," Kaptchuk added in a hospital news release. "Taking a pill in the context of a patient-clinician ... Read more

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Leave Those Raking Injuries Behind

Posted 12 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 – Jumping in piles of leaves can be great fun, but raking them up afterward can leave you with an aching back. Each year, more than 76,000 Americans are hurt while raking leaves or using other manual garden tools. That's according to The Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at The Chester County Hospital at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia. One reason why these injuries may occur is that raking leaves forces people to use several different muscle groups, the center explained. But certain precautions can help people doing yard work avoid these injuries. Sports medicine and physical rehabilitation specialists advise taking the following steps: Warm up and cool down. Just like any physical activity, it's important to warm up before raking leaves. It's also a good idea to stretch first. Try trunk rotation, shoulder and wrist stretches. Once you're ... Read more

Related support groups: Pain, Back Pain, Muscle Pain, Sciatica, Neck Pain, Herniated Disc, Dyspnea, Scoliosis, Radiculopathy

Number of Americans With Severe Joint Pain Keeps Rising

Posted 6 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 6, 2016 – Severe joint pain plagues an increasing number of aging, often arthritic Americans, a new report finds. In 2002, about 10.5 million people in the United States said they battled severe joint pain, but by 2014 that number had jumped to 14.6 million, said researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC team defined "severe" joint pain as discomfort measuring 7 or more on a 1-to-10 score on a questionnaire, with 1 being no pain and 10 being "pain and aching as bad as it can be." The problem may only get worse, the researchers said, since much of this joint pain is linked to arthritis. One in every four people with arthritis in the new study rated his or her pain as "severe," and arthritis cases among Americans are expected to rise. In the United States, "arthritis affected an estimated 52.5 million [22.7 percent] adults in 2010-2012 ... Read more

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Even at Cancer Centers, Finding Relief for Pain Can Be Tough

Posted 20 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 – Staff members at nearly one in 10 major U.S. cancer centers – all of which provide palliative care services – weren't certain such symptom-management and supportive care was actually available there, a new study reveals. The study suggests that for cancer patients, obtaining good relief for their stress and pain may not always be easy, the researchers said. Using an undercover "mystery shopper" approach, the Duke University team also had difficulty getting information about palliative care services during about one-third of calls to 40 U.S. National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers. "We were surprised that when we did get in touch with people [at these centers], so frequently we weren't able to get these questions answered," said study author Kathryn Hutchins, a fourth-year medical student at Duke, in Durham, N.C. She said part of the problem ... Read more

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Do States With Medical Marijuana Have Less Opioid Abuse?

Posted 15 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 – A new study of drivers who died in auto accidents suggests people in states with medical marijuana laws may be using fewer opioid painkillers, the study authors contend. "After the implementation of a medical marijuana law, there appears to be less opioid use, at least among young and middle-aged adults," study lead author June Kim said. He's a graduate student in epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. However, two addiction experts not involved with the research were critical of the methodology used, saying the study authors did not prove the point they were trying to make. The study sought to understand how laws allowing the medical use of marijuana – now legal in 25 states and Washington, D.C. – might affect the use of opioid painkillers such as oxycodone (OxyContin) and hydrocodone (used in Vicodin and ... Read more

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