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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...
Many areas of the U.S. are reporting a decrease in the number of severe flu syndromes over the past week but another threat appears to be sticking around. There are continued concerns that stomach flu may accentuate the end of flu season by accounting for several more hospitalizations and death. But what is the difference between seasonal flu syndrome and stomach flu?
Take This Quiz:
True or False?
1) The stomach flu only comes from contact with infected people.
2) The flu vaccine you had last fall should protect you against the stomach flu.
3) Like the seasonal flu, the stomach flu should not be contagious after a person has been without fever or flu symptoms for seven days.
4) One of the available antibiotic medications for treating flu syndrome should help me get over the stomach flu faster.
5) Since I had stomach flu last year I shouldn’t get it again.
It is a good idea to type and print your migraine diary before you see your doctor in order to keep it legible and clean. If you arrive prepared, many of the questions your doctor will ask can be answered quickly and painlessly. Factors to Include in Your Migraine Diary: 1. When your migraine occurred When looking back at your diary, you may see that your migraines often occur during a certain time of day. 2. Location and type of pain Was it a throbbing pain, or steady pressure? 3. Intensity of your migraine Try to place the pain of your migraine on a scale from 1-10. 4. Any possible symptoms , including Aura Numbness Light sensitivity Nausea 5. Disruptions in your daily activity, including Changes in sleep patterns Increases in stress at work or at home 6. Menstrual cycle Migraines often occur more frequently before, during or immediately after a woman’s period. 7. Any possible migraine triggers , ...
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