Pain & Pain Relief

  1. Painkillers linked to cardiac arrest

    NSAID painkillers can stop your heart

    Here's the BIG problem with most drug research: The folks who take part in the studies are almost certainly nothing at all like you.

    Big Pharma doesn't like testing meds on the older patients who will actually end up using them.

    They're much harder to treat, and far more likely to suffer from side effects.

    So they run their studies using folks as young and healthy as they can find, making the results look safer and more effective than they really are.

    As a result, a drug can sit on the market for years or decades... and even go over-the-counter... without ANYONE realizing just how dangerous it is to seniors facing health risks.

    And odds are, at least one of those "secret dangers" is sitting in your own medicine chest right now!

    New research exposes the ugly truth about common NSAID painkillers such as ibuprofen, especially when they're given to folks who are already a little older and a little sicker.

    This study reveals how these drugs aren't just dangerous.

    They can be downright DEADLY!

    Researchers in Denmark have found that common NSAIDs can increase your risk of cardiac arrest, an often-fatal condition where the heart suddenly stops.

    Overall, the drugs raise the risk by 31 percent, with ibuprofen -- one of the most commonly-used painkillers on the planet -- boosting the risk by exactly that amount.

    Another drug, diclofenac, can increase the risk by 50 percent.

    The study didn't look at how long folks had been using the drugs, but it did look at the same patients in months where they did and months where they didn't.

    In other words, these weren't habitual users taking the meds daily for long-periods of time.

    They were people who use them like everyone else -- taking them for occasional pain relief.

    More importantly, it found the biggest risks are likely in patients who are rarely part of those Big Pharma studies: Older folks, especially those who already have risk factors for heart problems.

    The study found no risk at all for some painkillers such as naproxen, celecoxib, and rofecoxib, but let's not kid ourselves when it comes to these drugs.

    None of them are truly safe.

    I know popping meds like ibuprofen can seem like an easy option, especially if pain is becoming a regular visitor in your home.

    But you've got choices here.

    Many common aches can be eased with topical painkillers such as MSM, and you can get a little more help if you make anti-inflammatory supplements such as curcumin and fish oil part of your daily routine.

    I'll have more on pain -- including the latest research on one of the most common aches of all -- later today.

    Keep an eye on your inbox!

  2. Tennis elbow surgery is no quick fix

    End nagging elbow pain without drugs or surgery

    The problem with today's most common surgeries is that the guy who decides if you need it is usually the same guy who gets paid to do the operation.

    It's like asking a barber if you need a haircut!

    They have an incentive to push surgery, whether you need it or not.

    But today, I'm going to let you in on the dirty secret of one of the most common orthopedic surgeries of all -- because new research shows it just plain doesn't work.

    It's a procedure that's supposed to end the pain of one of the most poorly-named tendon injuries of all.

    It's called "tennis elbow," but most of the people who get it have never so much as picked up a racket.

    You can get it from other sports (including fishing and golf, from manual labor like painting or raking leaves, or even from hobbies such as knitting.

    You can even get it from typing!

    Once you have it, you don't care about its NAME. All that matters is the PAIN... because it HURTS.

    A lot.

    It's a notoriously slow-healing injury, which frustrates many patients -- and that's how they end up sitting in a surgeon's chair waiting for him to make that recommendation.

    "Yup," he'll say. "We should operate."

    But the new study shows surgery makes pretty much no difference at all for tennis elbow.

    In the study, 13 patients had the procedure and 13 others thought they had it. They went into the OR, where a doc cut the elbow open but didn't actually do the operation.

    Half a year later, both sets of patients had the same improvements in pain levels.

    It was the same story one year later... two years later... even FOUR YEARS later!

    So, you don't need surgery.

    But you DO need to stop the pain, which is no easy task. As I mentioned, tendon injuries in general are slow to heal, in part because the daily stress they're put through often undermines the entire healing process.

    That's especially true in a part of the body that gets as much work as the elbow.

    But there are two safe science-backed natural therapies that can help stimulate healing, speed the process, end the pain, and get you back to doing what you love faster.

    The first is platelet-rich plasma, in which a little of your own blood is pulled out and centrifuged to increase the concentration of platelets and growth factors.

    Then, it's injected back in, which stimulates healing.

    The second is ozone therapy.

    The gas is injected into the damaged tissue, which also jump-starts your body's natural healing processes.

    Some of the world's top athletes swear by these treatments, saying they help to not only ease pain but also speed healing so they can get back in action quicker.

    But you don't need to be a millionaire sports hero to get access to these therapies.

    If you're in the San Diego area, I offer ozone therapy and other natural treatments for pain and healing more here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Not in the Southern California? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

  3. Curcumin can heal burns

    Ouch! Two ways to heal painful burns We're all pretty careful. At least, we like to THINK we're careful. But it can still happen even to the most cautious of us: You're messing around in the kitchen, cooking dinner or making some tea, when you accidentally touch something you shouldn't. OUCH! Those burns and scalds can hurt like heck... for...
  4. Arthritis damage slows with daily walking

    This easy step can stop arthritis from getting worse "Is this it? I can handle this!" When arthritis first comes on, it might not seem too bad. Sure, there's some pain... and, of course, it's not exactly comfortable. But early on, it's often so mild that most folks are tempted to think it's no big deal. They have no idea...
  5. Carpal tunnel syndrome surgery a bust

    Don’t sign up for that surgery yet! Your doc might tell you that you need to go under the knife. He might even say it's the ONLY way to ease the pain in your wrists caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. And, if you're in enough agony, you probably won't think twice about going through with it. But TWO new studies...
  6. Broken hip linked to common meds

    ‘Sharing’ meds can lead to a broken hip People mean well -- they really do -- but some folks go around sharing their meds the way others offer Tic Tacs. You probably know someone like that. If you've got the sniffles, they've got some leftover antibiotics. If you're nervous about something, they just happen to have some Xanax. And if...
  7. Pain from obesity eased with inflammation-fighting foods

    The diet that can fight pain You know the risks. If you've let yourself go and gotten a little too big, you know you're facing diabetes and heart disease. But there's another risk -- one that doesn't get nearly as much attention, because you may not even realize it's being caused by your waistline. It's PAIN, and lots of it...
  8. New back pain guidelines revolutionize care

    You’ll LOVE the new guidelines for back pain I woke up this morning and found myself smack in the middle of mainstream medicine -- and I haven't moved an inch. Trust me, I'm not changing my approach. But the mainstream is changing theirs, swinging AWAY from damaging drugs for today's most common pain condition. When it comes to back pain...
  9. Acupuncture works for pain and depression

    Stunning new study backs drug-free pain relief It sounds too good to be true. But in this case, it IS true, because new research proves there's a single therapy that can beat pain in the knees, back and neck... migraines... and even depression. And it's NOT a drug. Acupuncture has been used for centuries in China for those very same...
  10. Back pain isn’t helped by NSAIDs

    This common drug does NOTHING for back pain If you've had those on-again, off-again battles with back pain, you know the score. You're never truly free of back pain. The best you can hope for is to free yourself from it... FOR NOW. At least, that's what the mainstream will have you think -- because the best they can do...
  11. Heart risk linked to shoulder pain

    Heart risk doesn’t always turn up on a test. Sometimes, your own body tells you about it. And if you have unexplained shoulder pain, that could be a warning.
  12. Acid reflux drugs increase infection risk

    Acid reflux drugs such as proton pump inhibitors and H2 blockers can increase your risk of a deadly stomach infection by as much as four times.
  13. Falls linked to back pain

    Falls aren’t always caused by being older and unsteady on your feet. New research shows they can be triggered by back pain, especially in men.
  14. Opioid drugs can make pain worse

    Opioid painkillers might stop pain briefly. But over the long term, they can actually make pain worse.
  15. Back pain is costing us billions

    Beat back pain without breaking the bank I bet you can remember the old stick-shift cars. They sure were great, weren't they? They were great right until the moment you felt the clutch slip. Then, they weren't so great. You knew immediately what that little slip meant: Open that wallet up, because there's an expensive repair in your future. Most...
  16. Painkillers linked to hearing loss

    Painkillers used daily by millions of Americans can cause hearing loss, especially in older women.
  17. Migraine rebounds caused by painkillers

    Migraine headaches often have a sequel – and that second headache could actually be caused by the drugs used to treat the first one!
  18. Aspirin therapy gets new push

    Aspirin therapy is so dangerous that even the FDA has nixed it for many patients – but it’s about to get a big new push anyway.
  19. Mastectomy pain eased with acupuncture

    Mastectomy pain can be devastating, but the latest research shows that acupuncture is almost as good as opioid drugs when it comes to getting relief.
  20. Medication sends seniors to hospitals

    Medication isn’t as safe as most people believe: Drugs are a major reason for senior trips to emergency rooms.

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