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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Massage May Help Sore Muscles Recover

    Feb. 1, 2012 -- There may be more to love about massage than just the "ahhhhh." A new study shows that kneading muscles after hard exercise decreases inflammation and helps your muscles recover. The study hints that massage after exercise may help relieve soreness, and may also help muscles become f

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  4. Does Obesity Cause Pain?

    Jan. 30, 2012 -- A large new study shows that obesity and pain often go hand in hand. That appears to be true even if an obese person is otherwise healthy. Researchers say that begs some questions: Can extra pounds cause pain? If so, how does fat make us hurt? A slew of chronic conditions that cause

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  5. Bufferin, Excedrin, NoDoz, Gas-X Recalled

    Jan. 9, 2012 -- Bufferin, Excedrin, Gas-X, and NoDoz products have been recalled because they may be mixed with one another, contain broken tablets, or contain prescription painkillers. Drugmaker Novartis is voluntarily recalling 1,645 lots of the four products. All four of the recalled products --

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  6. Neck Pain Treatments Put to the Test

    Jan. 3, 2012 -- Spinal manipulation and at-home exercises may be better at relieving neck pain than relying on drugs. But the best neck pain treatment may depend on the person. A new study shows that spinal manipulation therapy from a chiropractor or home exercises provided by a therapist offered be

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  7. Study: Music Can Ease Pain

    Dec. 27, 2011 -- Losing yourself in music really may help take the sting out of a root canal or other painful medical procedure -- especially if you are feeling anxious about it. In a new study, 143 people listened to music while they received a painful shock in their fingertip. Participants were as

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  8. FDA Warns Consumers About ShoulderFlex Massager

    Dec. 21, 2011 -- The FDA has issued a new warning to consumers against the use of a massage device called the Shoulder Flex Massager, which was recalled earlier this year after it was blamed for causing at least one death. According to the FDA, the distributor, King International, has gone out of bu

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  9. WebMD 5: What You Need to Know About Pain

    As with other subjective experiences, such as love, fear, or anger, there's no way to objectively measure pain. We asked Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, chief of the Pain Management Division and associate professor of anesthesia at Stanford University School of Medicine, to explain the unpleasant sensation we

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  10. Propofol: Expert Q&A

    Propofol is a strong anesthetic that's used for surgery, some medical exams, and for sedation for people on ventilators -- never as a sleep aid. It's given by IV and should only be administered by a medical professional trained in its use. It takes effect in a matter of seconds. "It is very fast-act

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