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Shaking off shingles

One in three adults is predicted to get shingles at some point. It is essential to seek immediate medical attention, as untreated shingles can increase your risk for chronic pain, blindness, and other long-term health problems, including cardiovascular problems. More »

Can you put off that knee surgery?

Surgery is not always necessary to relieve knee pain. The first line of treatment is three months of physical therapy. Physical therapy can be complemented with other means of pain relief. Shedding pounds reduces the pressure placed on the knee. Corticosteroid injections can temporarily reduce pain and swelling, which can make it less painful to take part in physical therapy. Acupuncture is helpful to some people. Some people find that chondroitin and glucosamine supplements relieve pain. More »

Ask the doctor: Biking and the prostate

There is no good evidence that bicycling worsens existing prostate conditions, but prolonged biking may cause numbness in the genital area and possibly erectile dysfunction. Wider, softer seats can help to reduce numbness and discomfort. (Locked) More »

Pain relief that's safe for your heart

The popular painkillers known as NSAIDs include over-the-counter drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn) and the prescription drug celecoxib (Celebrex). All NSAIDs except aspirin may slightly increase the risk of a heart attack, but naproxen appears to be the least risky. People with heart disease should first try nondrug approaches to pain, such as heating pads or ice, followed by aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol) before resorting to naproxen.  More »

Shingles vaccination pros and cons

Experts recommend that everyone 60 and older get the vaccine for shingles, a painful rash caused by reactivation of the chickenpox virus. The vaccine is safe, but can be costly if not covered by insurance. The chief benefit of the vaccine is that it helps prevent an uncommon but serious complication of shingles: persistent nerve pain after the rash clears up, known as post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). PHN can be very painful as well as hard to treat. Vaccination is not as effective in older people because their immune systems tend to weaken over time. Over all, in those 60 and older the vaccine cuts the risk of shingles by 50%. (Locked) More »