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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    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

      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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. Pain Medication: Are You Addicted?

      Many people taking medication to control chronic pain are afraid they'll become addicted to those drugs. Some people do become addicted, and the results can be devastating. But there are ways to limit your risk. Candy Pitcher of Cary, N.C., knows all about the fear of addiction. One summer day in 20

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    9. When Your Pain Medication Isn't Working

      More than 100 million Americans have chronic pain. If you're one of them, controlling it will likely require searching for treatments beyond medication. That's because pain medication, while helpful, often cannot provide complete relief of pain. It may reduce but not eliminate pain. Carla Ulbrich, 4

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    10. Pain Doctor, Pain Patient

      On the night of March 28, 1986, Howard Heit's car was struck in a head-on collision. He left the scene of the serious crash thinking how lucky he was that he hadn't been hurt. "And then four to six weeks later, I started noticing twitches in the muscles of my neck and upper back. These progressed to

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