January 2015

Are Your Pain Meds Hurting Your GI System?

Subscribers Only — Constipation isn’t common dinner conversation, but the reality is that almost everyone gets constipated at some time in his or her life. And, if you take an opioid for pain relief, there’s a 50 percent chance you’ll develop the painful and frustrating condition of constipation.   More...

Ask The Doctors: January 2015

I was diagnosed with Raynaud’s disease a few years ago, and the colder weather makes my hands miserably painful. Is there any way to prevent a Raynaud’s attack or ease its symptoms?   More...

Opiates Prescribed For Pain Relief

Subscribers Only — Opioid-induced constipation (OIC) is a common side effect of opiates prescribed for pain relief. Here is a list of medications that may be prescribed for pain relief.   More...

Shingles: Having Rheumatoid Arthritis Increases Your Risk

Subscribers Only — If you haven’t marveled lately at the intricate, biological processes that occur within your body, consider the varicella zoster virus. Varicella zoster causes chickenpox. However, after the first outbreak is gone the virus can lie dormant deep in the nervous system for decades, only to strike again in a new form as herpes zoster, commonly known as shingles.   More...

Making Your Drugs More Affordable

Subscribers Only — The cost of prescription drugs—especially biologic drugs used to treat inflammatory arthritis—can add up quickly, even when you are responsible only for a co-pay. While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires health insurance companies to provide prescription drug coverage, it doesn’t mean that they have to cover all prescription drugs.   More...

Special Report: Easing the Painful Cost of Arthritis

Subscribers Only — Remarkable advancements have been made with the advent of biologic drugs to treat inflammatory arthritis, but some health insurance companies are now placing these medications into “specialty tiers” that require patients to pay 20 to 50 percent of drug costs.   More...

Are Your Feet Causing Your Knee Pain?

Subscribers Only — It’s often said that if you improve your posture, you can improve your pain. But, did you know that poor posture of your feet could be contributing to your knee pain?   More...

In The News: January 2015

If you have osteoarthritis (OA), there’s new research that shows a complex association between the condition and sleep disturbances, disability and depressive symptoms. Published in Arthritis Care & Research (Oct. 2014), the study examined the “cycle of distress” those with OA experience. The researchers questioned 288 patients with knee OA about sleep disturbances, pain, and disability and depressive symptoms.   More...