Pain & Pain Relief

  1. Gout linked to atrial fibrillation

    The hidden dangers of gout

    If you’ve got gout, you might think you know the worst of it.

    But as bad as that searing, stabbing pain in the toe can be, it gets worse. Because while gout pain will hurt you, the condition itself could lead to something that just might kill you.

    New research finds gout will dramatically boost your odds of facing a potentially deadly problem with the rhythm of your heart.

    It’s called atrial fibrillation, and it’s when your heartbeat goes crazy. It feels like a fish has jumped out of its bowl and into your chest.

    Part of the reason for the link is that the same conditions that lead to gout – poor diet, obesity, drinking and smoking – can also contribute to A-fib.

    But that’s not all of it.

    A study in the journal Rheumatology removed all those other risk factors and found that even on its own, gout will increase your risk of battling this dangerous heart rhythm condition by 45 percent.

    The problem may not be the gout itself so much as what causes it: high uric acid in the blood, a condition known as hyperuricemia. It often leads to gout, although not always – and even when it doesn’t, all that extra uric acid floating around can cause or contribute to metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart problems, and death.

    At that point, A-fib is just the icing on a very dangerous cake.

    The study suggests screening gout patients for A-fib – although if you do have A-fib, odds are you can tell something’s very wrong.

    My advice: Don’t wait for it to get that bad.

    Even if you think you can handle gout pain, focus on getting it under control – because it’s a whole lot easier to reverse gout now than it is to try to live with A-fib later.

    Gout is almost always caused by diet, such as food rich in the purines that lead to excess uric acid production. Organ meats like liver and such seafood as sardines, mussels, anchovies, and herring are all high in purines. You’ll also find it in pasta, as well as foods made with yeast – like bread and beer. (Sorry, guys.)

    In addition, excess belly fat will also lead to excess uric acid – and high-glycemic foods that spike insulin and blood sugar are another known predisposing factor – so get your waistline under control.

    For more tips on beating gout without drugs, read this free report from my House Calls archives.

  2. Knee osteoarthritis worsens with weight gain

    Kick knee pain to the curb

    You feel it the moment you wake up and try to stretch your legs. Even sliding out of bed and walking to the bathroom hurts like heck – and that’s just the beginning of your day.

    Knee pain is with you every step of the way, every day, and it doesn’t let up until you fall asleep at night.

    And that’s assuming you even get to sleep with all that pain!

    I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way. Osteoarthritis doesn’t have to be your constant companion – and if you’re battling the condition yourself, whether it’s only just beginning or you’ve been suffering for years, there’s something you can do right now to fight the disease, stop the damage and ease the pain.

    It’s not a drug, it’s not surgery, and it’s not even a supplement.

    All you have to do is lose some weight.

    Your knees were perfectly designed to hold your weight and keep you moving – but they weren’t built to hold the strain of more than your ideal weight, which is why obesity is a major risk factor for osteoarthritis of the knees.

    Once the disease sets in, all that extra weight can cause the joint to disintegrate more rapidly.

    We already know all this, of course. The new study takes it a step further and shows exactly how much weight you need to lose to slow or stop the condition: 10 percent.

    MRI scans on the knees of osteoarthritis patients reveal that losing less than 10 percent of your body weight is almost like losing nothing at all, as far as your knees are concerned. Their insides will continue to deteriorate.

    But if you manage to drop 10 percent or more, you can slow or even stop the damage to your joints.

    That means less pain…more mobility…and no surgery.

    If you weigh 250 pounds, dropping 10 percent means losing 25 pounds – something most people can pull off in about three to six months of dieting.

    As the pounds melt away, your knees should start to feel better…but don’t just stop there.

    There are other steps you can take to protect your knees from the damage of osteoarthritis, and you can read all about them in this free report from my House Calls archives.

  3. Beat neck pain with acupuncture

    Neck pain often doesn’t respond well to painkillers and physical therapy, but new research spots a treatment that’s 350 percent more effective: acupuncture.
  4. Low back pain doesn’t respond well to opioid painkillers

    Low back pain patients often head to the ER to get more powerful opioid painkillers, but new research finds they’re no better than over-the-counter pain relievers.
  5. Physical therapy doesn't help low back pain

    Physical therapy is commonly recommended for low back pain, but new research shows it doesn't actually help reduce pain or improve mobility.
  6. Chronic pain drugs don't work, NIH says

    Mainstream medicine admits defeat, turns to alternative pain relief It's official: Mainstream treatments for chronic pain have been a complete failure, and now even the National Institutes of Health has had enough. And you're not going to believe what they just did. In a new report, the NIH actually urged docs to stop prescribing drugs for chronic pain and start looking into other options, including alternative and complementary medicine. This is a landmark moment in modern medicine, my friend. It's taken until 2015, but the feds have finally recognized that natural medicine and nondrug therapies can do more for pain than all the meds in the pharmacy ever will. Continue reading →
  7. Lyrica for back pain doesn't work

    Back pain "wonder drug" no better than sugar pills It's the first day of the New Year, the start of 2015, and I hope yours is filled with happiness and good health. And I certainly hope you don't spend it battling pain. But if you've been struggling with back pain under the "care" of a mainstream doctor, the sad truth is that you might be in for a very long year. Just about everything he'll throw at your back is proven to fall short. Tylenol? Doesn't work. Steroid shots? Don't waste your time. Continue reading →
  8. Get headache relief by cutting back on salt

    Simple "sodium secret" chases headaches away It's a great time of year to be with friends and family. Unfortunately, the holiday season can also come with more than a little bit of stress -- so if you're prone to headaches, you've probably had your share of them over the past few weeks. But there's one simple step you can take right now to chase some of those headaches away. All you have to do is go easy on the salt. You don't have to give it up completely, and you don't even have to switch to a low-salt diet (although you should certainly keep an eye on your intake). All you have to do is bring it down from the crazy levels so many people consume to more reasonable amounts. Continue reading →
  9. 1 in 5 Americans battle persistent pain

    Pain-riddled Americans becoming drug addicts -- don't be next Pain is something we all face sooner or later -- but for 1 in 5 Americans, it goes even further and becomes a constant companion. New research finds that nearly 40 million adults are battling persistent pain, or pain that lasts longer than three months at a time. Persistent pain is more than just an ache that doesn't go away. It's a serious quality-of-life issue, because how can you enjoy yourself when you're living with pain? You can't -- and that's why people who battle persistent pain face a host of other serious physical and mental health problems. Continue reading →
  10. Deaths due to narcotic painkillers skyrocket

    Painkiller deaths quadruple! Don't be next! The deadliest drug in America isn't what you think it is. Prescription meds kill more of us than illegal street drugs -- and the bulk of those deaths are from a single class of medications: narcotic painkillers. And now, the newest numbers from the CDC show the problem is getting a whole lot worse. Between 1999 and 2011, the number of Americans killed by accidental overdose of narcotic painkillers nearly quadrupled, from 1.4 per 100,000 to 5.4 per 100,000. And among white Americans, the number of deaths skyrocketed by more than 450 percent in that time. Continue reading →
  11. Study shows why meniscus surgeries often fail

    Why meniscus surgeries don't work Once upon a time, you could walk or even break out into a run whenever you wanted to, and you'd never waste a moment worrying about your knees. Today, just standing up can cause your hinges to creak so much that all you want to do is sit right back down. What happened? Continue reading →
  12. Tylenol can't beat placebo for low back pain

    Common painkiller won't help your back Complain to a doctor about low back pain, and he'll barely look up. "Take some Tylenol," he'll probably tell you. Yes, he's practically a walking, talking commercial for painkillers. But what he won't tell you is that there's no actual evidence that backs acetaminophen (aka Tylenol) for low back pain. It's true. Continue reading →
  13. Steroid shots won't help leg and back pain

    The common back pain treatment you should avoid at all cost If a holistic medical doctor used a treatment that was repeatedly proven to be ineffective, you can bet the authorities would shut him down faster than you can say “quack." But let's find out who the real quacks are -- because mainstream doctors routinely use completely discredited therapies. And they get paid handsomely for it. One of the most common procedures in the United States is a steroid shot for back pain. It's so common that every day, 1,300 Medicare patients get these injections just for back pain -- and thousands more get them for other forms of pain. Continue reading →

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