Nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used to treat the pain and swelling of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. NSAIDs come in prescription form (e.g. Celebrex, Mobic) and over the counter (e.g. aspirin, ibuprofen). Studies have shown that about 30% of people with some form of arthritis use over-the-counter NSAIDs on a daily basis. Many other people take a combination of prescription and OTC NSAIDs daily to manage their pain, even though long term NSAID use can lead to gastrointestinal problems and overuse can lead to drug toxicity. A recent study published in the February issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism found an association between dual use of NSAIDs and poorer health status. The study defined dual use as taking two NSAIDS, either prescription or OTC, at least twice a week during the month before the study survey was conducted. 182 patients in a managed care organization participated in the study. Of these patients, half had either rheumatoi...
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We often think of nausea as a symptom of a Migraine attack. In fact, the International Headache Society lists nausea as one of the defining symptoms of Migraine. 2 Researchers recently published the results of a study to look at the prevalence of neck pain in Migraine. The Study Study objective: "To determine the prevalence of neck pain at the time of migraine treatment relative to the prevalence of nausea, a defining associated symptom of migraine." 1 Study methods: Participants were chosen from a university headache and Migraine clinic and from the general population. Potential participants with fibromyalgia, cervicogenic headaches, or history of cervical trauma or surgery were excluded. A total of 234 participants were confirmed as eligible for the study. Participants entered details of their Migraines in a daily diary for at least one month and until six Migraines had been treated. Of the 234 eligible participants, 113 turned in completed study diaries. T...
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