Medications

Ask The Doctors: June 2018

Ive had polymyalgia rheumatica for 10 years. I take low doses of prednisone. When I stop it, the symptoms return. Is there anything new to treat this disease? I had an attack of severe pain and swelling in my ankle and knee. Fluid was drawn and tested for gout. But no crystals were found. I was diagnosed with pseudogout. What is pseudogout?
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Anesthesia: Less Is More

When you have a joint replaced, your anesthesiologists job is to keep you comfortable and safe during your surgery and as pain-free as possible after the procedure. In the past, that often meant going under general anesthesia and getting strong narcotics to dull the pain. Not anymore. Today, when it comes to anesthesia, less is more.
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How to Discard Medications

Look in your medicine cabinet. Are there bottles of pills in there you no longer take? If so, its time to get rid of them, especially if there are opioid pain medications or other controlled substances among them.
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Making the Most of Medications

If you have a condition that affects your bones or joints, you may be taking medications. It could be a pain medication that you take for a short period of time, or it may be drugs for rheumatoid arthritis or another type of arthritis or osteoporosis that you take for a long time or even a lifetime.
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Ask The Doctors: April 2018

How can I strengthen my core muscles? Any machines at the gym I should use? Ive had one cortisone shot in my arthritic knee. Its hurting again. How many of these can I safely get?
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In The News: April 2018

After declining every year from 2002 to 2012, the rate of hip fractures among women age 65 and older in the United States leveled off at rates higher than were expected, leading to a rise in the overall number of hip fractures. The findings, reported in the journal Osteoporosis International (December 2017), were based on an analysis of Medicare claims data from 2002 to 2015. The researchers found that the rate of hip fractures began to plateau in 2013.
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Understanding Opioid Addiction

With all the attention being paid to the problem of opioid abuse, you might hesitate to take these medications for any reason, fearing you might become addicted. While drug abuse is a serious problem, not everyone who takes opioids becomes addicted.
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Response to the Opioid Crisis

America is in the grips of an opioid addiction crisis. Theres no denying that this is a real problem with devastating consequences. In 2016, 63,000 people died from drug overdoses, a 21 percent rise over 2015. About two-thirds of those deaths involved opioids.
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Understanding NSAIDs

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly-used medications. Even though they are easily obtained without a prescription in the forms of ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve) and aspirin, their pain-controlling benefits come with some risks.
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In The News: December 2017

Oral Contraceptive Use May Lower Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Knee Osteoarthritis Twice as Common as in the past. Glucosamine Supplements Fail to Show Benefit. Even Small Increases in Physical Activity Improve Mobility.
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The temporomandibular joints (one on each side of your head) articulate the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull. These hinge-like joints, along with the jaw (masticatory) muscles, allow you to open and close your mouth and move your lower jaw from side to side. Thus you can talk, chew and yawn with ease.
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Sore Jaw? It May Be a TMJ Disorder

The temporomandibular joints (one on each side of your head) articulate the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull. These hinge-like joints, along with the jaw (masticatory) muscles, allow you to open and close your mouth and move your lower jaw from side to side. Thus you can talk, chew and yawn with ease.
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