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    1. The Price Tag of Chronic Pain

      Question: An 80-year-old with arthritis, a 50-year-old with a bad back, and a 20-year-old with migraines -- what do these people have in common? Answer? Chronic pain. Pain was once viewed only as a symptom, the consequence of another condition. It was often ignored as doctors focused on treating its

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    2. OxyContin: Pain Relief vs. Abuse

      From time to time, OxyContin abuse flares up as a hot topic around the water cooler. If it isn't celebrities in the news for abusing the prescription painkiller, it's reports of drug-dealing doctors and overdose deaths. Add to that a law enforcement crackdown on OxyContin, and the result is a backla

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    3. Solid Footing

      By Ellen Strum Treat your feet right, and they’ll keep you “outstanding.” After a day on your feet, your feet likely hate you—and you hate them, too. "If your feet aren't healthy, it affects how you function and live your life," says Dr. Helena Reid, D.P.M., of Moline, Ill., a spokeswoman for the Am

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    4. Chronic Pain: Why You Shouldn't Ignore It

      Remember your gruff high school coach's advice for treating an injury? "Just walk it off." Turns out your coach should have been sidelined for making a bad call, because while this strategy might have worked for the odd skinned knee, it's downright dangerous for serious pain. Still, a staggering one

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    5. When Aches & Pain Disrupt Sleep

      Aches and pains give everyone a sleepless night now and then. It doesn't take much -- a pulled muscle from an overenthusiastic workout or an afternoon spent helping a friend move furniture. Next thing you know, you're lying in bed at 3 a.m., staring at the ceiling above your bed, aching, and praying

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    6. 7 Myths About Cancer Pain

      What you believe about cancer pain can hurt you. About one out of three people with cancer experience pain. For nine out of 10 of these people, pain can be relieved relatively simply. Yet many patients let their misconceptions about cancer pain prevent them from seeking help. Following are common ca

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    7. Taking NSAIDs? Protect Your Tummy

      Nearly every arthritis sufferer has taken a traditional painkiller like aspirin or Aleve. They are a great solution for relieving pain and inflammation, but there's a definite downside. These drugs often lead to more trouble including upset stomach and bleeding ulcers. There are some 20 traditional

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    8. Chronic Pain: Integrative Treatments

      For decades, Mary Sienkiewicz, now 42, could barely get out of bed in the morning because of the severe lower back pain that radiated down her legs. This past summer, however, she was able to Rollerblade through her hometown of Schererville, Ind. Sienkiewicz's pain, which she describes as a "deep ac

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    9. Everyday Pain Relief: High Blood Pressure

      Although popular prescription medications for arthritis pain, such as Vioxx and Bextra, have been removed from the market because of health risks, you may not realize that many over-the-counter pain relief drugs also pose some serious risks. That's especially true for people with high blood pressure

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    10. Pain Relief Without Pills

      Merck & Co.'s decision to discontinue the pain relief drug Vioxx has left millions of people scrambling for an alternative for pain management. According to the American Pain Foundation, there are more than 50 million Americans suffering from chronic pain, or 25 million experiencing acute pain as a

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