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  1. Shots won’t delay carpal tunnel syndrome

    The wrong way to 'treat' carpal tunnel

    OUCH!

    Write a text message... feel the burn.

    Type an email... and the tingling starts.

    Try to cook, clean, write or drive... and the telltale pain and numbness starts in your fingertips and works its way through your wrists and right up your arm.

    And sometimes, you might not be doing anything at all. The pain just kicks in and won't let up -- pain so sudden and so severe that it can wake you in the middle of the night.

    If any of that sounds familiar, you could be among the 10 million or so Americans battling carpal tunnel syndrome. And if you complain to your doctor about it, he'll offer up some quick ideas.

    Almost all of them are flat-out wrong.

    One of the most common mainstream treatments is a steroid shot. And, sure, the shots might seem to work in the short term. That's why many of the 111 carpal tunnel syndrome patients who took part in a new study got some temporary relief thanks to the shot.

    But when you mask the pain without fixing the underlying problem, you can actually make it worse, because the lack of pain allows you to engage in the same activities that caused your carpal tunnel syndrome in the first place.

    And that's a long-term recipe for disaster.

    Just look at those patients who got relief in the new study: Three-quarters of them needed surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome within a year.

    To me, that's a sure sign the shots failed -- because if they worked, they'd not only ease the pain, but they'd also prevent or delay the need for surgery.

    So skip the shot and start by working to correct the underlying cause of your pain. That may include limiting your Internet time, adjusting your posture and changing how you do things. Consult with a person trained in assessing and correcting your posture and making adjustments to your workstation.

    Next, turn to natural pain relief techniques such as cold laser and acupuncture for a little help coping with the symptoms as you make those adjustments.

    And third, seek the help of a skilled holistic medical doctor, because carpal tunnel isn't always caused by repetitive stress. In some cases, it's a warning sign of hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, and you'll need to work with your doctor to get your thyroid back on track before you experience any lasting relief.

    Whatever you do, don't wait -- because left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can get so bad that eventually you could have no choice other than surgery.

    I offer natural pain relief -- including cold laser and acupuncture -- as well as comprehensive thyroid testing here at my clinic in Southern California. If you're in the area, contact my office to make an appointment or call 855-DOC-MARK to arrange a telephone consultation.

  2. Acetaminophen can lead to deadly skin conditions

    New warning over Tylenol

    Sometimes, a rash is just a rash.

    But other times, a rash is a message from your body -- a sign you're reacting badly to something you've put inside it. And if that rash appears suddenly after you take a medication -- any medication -- call your doctor or you could end up with potentially deadly skin conditions.

    And if it appears when you pop the painkiller acetaminophen (aka Tylenol) or any drug that contains acetaminophen, there's something you need to do even before you call your doctor -- and that's to stop taking the drug immediately.

    Acetaminophen can cause several serious and potentially deadly skin conditions -- reactions so severe and horrific that the FDA is now adding warning labels to prescription meds that contain it.

    Some of these reactions are rare -- but given the widespread use of the drug, everyone who takes it needs to be made aware of them.

    The two most severe conditions are Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis -- and if they strike, you need immediate emergency attention. Toxic epidermal necrolysis, for example, kills up to 40 percent of the people who get it.

    These skin conditions often start as a rash or blister -- but it gets worse from there. In some cases, the skin can practically melt off, and continue to do so for years after you've stopped taking the drug.

    The feds are also warning of a more common but less serious skin condition linked to the drug known as generalized exanthematous pustulosis. And while this one isn't fatal, it's no picnic either. It can lead to weeks of painful rashes and blisters.

    Clearly, this new warning helps to underscore the importance of limiting your exposure to acetaminophen. But avoiding this drug isn't as easy as it might seem -- because you'll find it practically everywhere.

    It's in painkillers, cold meds, sleep aids and more.

    As a result, many people take dangerously highly doses of acetaminophen without even realizing it -- and some of the other risks aren't nearly as rare as those skin conditions.

    In fact, acetaminophen overdose is now the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States.

    So limit your use of this drug. Or better yet, skip it altogether -- because there are much better ways to deal with pain, including natural anti-inflammatory supplements such as curcumin as well as acupuncture, chiropractic care and cold laser.

  3. Opioid painkillers linked to low testosterone levels

    A new study has uncovered a link between opioid painkillers, low testosterone, and erection problems.
  4. 20 million seniors fighting pain, find natural pain relievers now

    New numbers show that close to 20 million American seniors are battling chronic pain. You don't have to be one of them.
  5. How seniors get hooked on painkillers

    One minute, you're a healthy and active senior who wouldn't dream of popping an Advil, much less a powerful prescription painkiller. The next, you're a certified addict who can't get through the day without an opioid drug.

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