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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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 people

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    5. Medical Marijuana: What the Research Shows

      Dustin Sulak, DO, is a doctor on the front lines of medical marijuana. Sulak has recommended various forms of marijuana to his patients and has seen striking results. Patients with chronic pain needed fewer prescription pain meds. Patients with multiple sclerosis had less painful muscle spasms. Pati

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    6. Ground Zero in Colorado's Pot Rush

      The young couple, fresh off a plane from Miami for a Colorado ski vacation, stood marveling at the rows of jars -- enough marijuana to send someone to prison for a long time back home. Here was pot being sold openly in a store, taxed and regulated, everything from fluffy buds to infused candy to pre

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    7. Is Marijuana Safe?

      Is the idea of marijuana as an illegal drug starting to go up in smoke? Two states have already legalized pot for recreational use. And since polls show that most Americans are in favor of the practice, it might not be long before joints are rolled and bongs are smoked in many more states without fe

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    8. 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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    9. Myths About Treating Chronic Pain

      When you have chronic pain, it's hard to sort out the myths from the facts. To feel better, are you supposed to rest in bed or go jogging? Should you talk to your doctor about trying potent opioid painkillers or should you steer clear? Is it worth trying that "miracle cure" that your co-worker absol

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    10. 9 Pain Pill Mistakes

      It's been a hard day, and Joe's back is killing him. His wife has some Percocet left over from a trip to the dentist, and there's that big bottle of Tylenol under the sink, so Joe grabs a couple of each and washes them down with a slug of beer. Luckily for Joe, he's a fictional character invented fo

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