Medications

Fellow Travelers: Depression And Arthritis

More than a century ago, the American philosopher William James described depression as a muling, puling, mumbling mood…an attitude of unhappiness that fastens and perpetuates the trouble which occasioned it. For countless arthritis patients, the trouble that occasions their depression is the constant, seemingly unendurable joint and muscle pain characteristic of the disorder. …
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Goodbye Gout

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night with your big toe throbbing fiercely-as if someone had poked it with a hot iron. Chances are you have gout. Acute gout attacks are unmistakable, says Dr. Brian Mandell, education program director of rheumatology and immunologic disease at The Cleveland Clinic. They are excruciating episodes usually involving a joint in the lower extremities and are characterized by redness, swelling, extreme pain, and skin sensitivity. …
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Online Rx: Proceed With Caution

Buying arthritis drugs over the Internet may save you money. It may also be hazardous to your health.
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Ask Dr. Marks: 06/04

Which is better for relieving lower back pain-a heating pad or a cold pack? It depends on whether the pain is acute or chronic and your individual preference. There are, however, some general recommendations that you should consider. If the pain is acute, such as that experienced after lifting a heavy object, ice may be more beneficial than heat. Ice reduces the amount of inflammation that the injured muscles suffer, and it can relieve muscle spasms.…
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Arthritis Drugs: The Dark Side

A drugs side effects are predictable, common-and worrisome. Heres how you can get the most from your medications with the least amount of risk.
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