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Imagine living in pain for years only to find out that one of your medications is the reason that you are in pain. Medications are supposed to help not hurt, right? Unfortunately, some commonly used drugs can cause pain, even the ones available without a prescription. Some cause headaches, others cause foot pain. Where ever there is pain, a medication could be the root cause of it.
Two of the top five medications that cause pain are available over-the-counter, without a prescription, without physician guidance. You might be unaware that your pain could be related to these medications that are under your control.
Caffeine-containing medications (including Excedrin, Midol, Anacin): If you are experiencing headaches and you are also using a caffeine-containing medication more than two or three times per week, your headaches might be caused by these over-the-counter (OTC) medications. These drugs can cause “ rebound headaches ” because the brain screams for more when the...
Doctors are often asked to diagnose the cause of pain. Sometimes the cause is as close as the medication list. A number of medications can potentially lead to pain. The most common pains are: joint pains, muscle pains, stomach pains and headaches. Check your medication list to see if you might be experiencing drug-induced pain from one of these commonly prescribed drugs.
Cholesterol-lowering Medications : The class of drugs called the “statins” is by far the most common cause of muscle pain. These medications include: Crestor, Lipitor, and Zocor. Talk to your doctor about alternatives like Slo-Niacin or Red Rice Yeast if you are concerned that your cholesterol-lowering medications might be causing pain.
Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medications (NSAID’s) : Drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen are readily available and often cause stomach pain. By increasing the stomach acid production, NSAID’s can easily irritate the stomach lining. Stomach pain is usually...
What is stress doing to you? Before you can answer that question, you need to define what is stressful in your life. It’s useful to think of stress as if it is an actual “lion” in you life. Lions stalk their prey, provoke fear, and pounce at any opportunity. The natural reaction to a lion is to run, hide or fight. These survival instincts are controlled by the body’s built-in protective response called the “fight or flight” system, also known as the sympathetic nervous system. Thus, all stressful “lions” in your life can stimulate this part of the nervous system. Keep this important concept in mind as we discuss the 5 top stress-related problems.
Lack of Libido : Sex really is not a top priority when you are being chased by a lion. In fact, the body really does shut down the reproductive system in times of stress in order to conserve energy and concentrate all efforts towards survival. If you are worried about where the next meal ...
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