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Are you suspicious of snake oil claims that something will treat a whole lot of health problems? I sure am. The newest entry on the snake oil scene would seem to be vitamin D. I've lost track of all that this vitamin is supposedly good for -- everything from building strong bones to protecting us from strokes and heart failure to reducing our risk of cancer and on to helping us regulate our immune system and control inflammation, our blood pressure, and even our blood glucose. Recently, some people are even recommending it for respiratory problems ranging from the common cold to the H1N1 (swine) flu virus. If even half of this is true, vitamin D must be the biggest health discovery since aspirin. But so far we have only a few generally accepted uses of vitamin D. We've known since the early 1920s that vitamin D cures rickets and other diseases that soften our bones, including osteomalacia and osteoporosis. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1994 appro...
Fatigue, often extreme fatigue, is a key symptom of fibromyalgia . For many, it can be even more debilitating than the pain. Doctors generally tend to shy away from prescribing medications to treat fatigue. I suspect that's because most of them are stimulants and can be highly addicting. The anti-fatigue drug I most often hear being prescribed for fibromyalgia is Provigil , which is FDA approved for narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea and multiple sclerosis-related fatigue. However, Provigil tends to stop working if it is taken every day. The problem I personally have with taking prescription drugs for fatigue is that, although they may make me feel like I have more energy, they don't address the core problem causing the fatigue. I'm afraid that if I do more because I feel more energetic, I may actually be harming my body by pushing myself too much. Where Energy Comes From Imagine that each cell in your body is a car. Mitochondria are the en...
Pain and aches in your bones and joints can range from mild discomfort that goes away by itself to severe aches that require medication. Arthritis can cause bone and joint pain. Cancer spreading (metastasizing) into a bone also causes pain.
Some breast cancer treatments may cause bone or joint pain:
Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole)
Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane)
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Evista (chemical name: raloxifene)
Fareston (chemical name: toremifene)
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
Some pain medications, such as Feldene (chemical name: piroxicam) also can cause bone or joint pain. Bisphosphonates, medicines used to treat osteoporosis, may cause bone or joint pain. Common bisphosphonates are Fosamax (chemical name: alendronate sodium), Actonel (chemical name: risedronate), and Boniva (chemical name: ibandronate).
Managing bone or joint pain
If you have bone or joint pain, talk to your doctor. If your bone p...
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