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Fighting Rheumatoid Arthritis With Chicken Collagen

A number of health websites have reported on the recent article in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism, which studied chicken collagen as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Overall, among those who responded, in both the methotrexate group and th...

Topical Pain Medications: Which Ones Do the Job?

In a prior entry, I discussed Voltaren Gel. But there are some other prescription topical agents worth talking about this fine morning. Again, these medications have the potential to help all sorts of patients, but they may be particularly useful in ...

Fibromyalgia and the Courts: Here Comes the Judge

There is a lot of debate as to whether there is such a thing as “secondary” fibromyalgia due to some sort of trauma. Often, the trauma is the result of a fall, or a car accident. Such “post-traumatic” fibromyalgia patients are more severely affected, ...

New Guidelines for Low Back Pain Treatment

Last month, the American Pain Society added to its recommendations to health care providers regarding the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain. In addition, the Society decided to discuss openly procedures that could be risky to sufferers of low ...

The Topic is Topicals: Voltaren Gel

For patients with chronic pain involving limited areas of the body, they might not have to expose themselves to the toxicities of oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Motrin and Naproxen. These toxicities can lead to stomach ul...

Better Sleep Often Means Less Chronic Pain

I have often in these virtual pages emphasized the importance of sleep in reducing the severity of chronic pain. Sleep has been shown in fibromyalgia studies to be extremely important in reducing the pain fibromyalgia patients experience, and a lack ...

A New Drug May Protect Bones in People With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Recently, the pharmaceutical company Amgen (the makers of Enbrel) announced that the results of a Phase 3 trial had been published which studied the drug denosumab in postmenopausal osteoporosis. Denosumab treatment significantly increased bone densi...

Are There Any Arthritis Drugs that Slow Down Joint Deterioration?

ANSWER TO QUESTION REGARDING “OVERLAPPING ARTHRITIS” From a reader: "I have an overlapping arthritis, based on my last x-rays, I have deterioration in all of the fingers on my left hand, as well as my knuckles and wrists on both hands. I also ha...

Myofacasical Pain Syndrome vs. Fibromyalgia

Many patients are labeled with fibromyalgia simply because they have chronic soft tissue pain. But it is important, at least for the sake of correctness, that not all chronic soft tissue pain be called fibromyalgia. In fact, localized or regional pai...

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) Often Associated with Chronic Pain

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a common and sometimes devastating condition. I see it quite frequently in many of my chronic pain patients. In fact, it contributes to quite a bit of chronic pain, because of the difficulty it causes in terms of gettin...