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  1. Painkillers: 7 Warning Signs of Addiction

    "Pain medication is ... not really meant to be a way to maintain or manage chronic pain.” -- Joe Schrank, MSW Many people worry that taking narcotic painkillers will lead to addiction. If your doctor prescribed medication to treat your pain and you take it as directed, you shouldn't have a problem.

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  2. What's Your Pain Tolerance?

    Why is back pain or a knee injury annoying to one person and sheer agony to another? Turns out, an individual's tolerance to pain is as unique as the person, and is shaped by some surprising biological factors, as well as some psychological factors that we can actually try to control. There are two

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  3. Does Weather Affect Joint Pain?

    The skies are clear blue, but your ankle starts flaring up with arthritis pain. Could a storm be looming? You feel it in your bones, but is it just an old wives' tale? Or can joint pain actually predict weather changes? Believe it or not, your weather forecasting might have some validity, thanks to

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  4. Back Pain Dos and Don'ts

    Back pain is the most commonly reported pain condition in America. About 59 million Americans have had a recent episode of back pain, and about 80% of all people will have back pain at some time. Whether you already struggle with back pain or are trying to prevent back trouble, there are dozens of o

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  5. Chronic Pain: OTC or Prescription Medicine?

    If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffers from chronic pain, you have more options than ever to treat the pain. Your choices range from simple remedies such as an ice pack or heating pad to more complex treatments like surgery. Somewhere in between these pain management options are med

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  6. Exercise and Pain Relief

    If you have back or joint pain, there are probably some times when all you want to do is lie in bed all day. It’s tempting, but it might make the problem worse. Doctors used to prescribe bed rest for back pain and other chronic pain conditions, but studies have found that people who exercise and sta

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  7. What Is Your Knee Telling You?

    Do your knees make noise? There's probably no reason for concern. Popping and cracking sounds usually aren't signs that something's wrong.  “A lot of joints crack and the knees are a really common joint to crack,” says David McAllister, MD, director of the UCLA's Sports Medicine Program. “Most peopl

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  8. How to Keep Your Feet From Aching

    Feet. You get only two. Don't let foot pain ground you. These tips can help you keep on the right path. Ill-fitting shoes can cause your feet problems like bunions, corns, hammertoe, and crossover toe. If  shoes don't feel right in the store, don't buy them, no matter how much you like their style.

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  9. Common Pains as You Age: Feel Better

    An ache here, a cramp there. As your body ages, you may have more and new pains. There are things you can do to feel better. Headaches. Your 30s can be a hectic time of life. Stress at work and home is common at this age -- and can lead to headaches. Sitting at a computer all day with your head in o

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  10. Medical Marijuana

    More states are passing laws that allow people to use medical marijuana. So what does it treat, and who can and should use it? Pain is the main reason people ask for a prescription, says Barth Wilsey, MD, a pain medicine specialist at the University of California Davis Medical Center. It could be fr

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