Pain Management

The best methods of management for conditions with chronic pain, such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, back pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, TMJ disorder, and foot pain.

People With Chronic Pain Talk About Opioids

News coverage of the opioid crisis rarely includes the voices of Americans who rely on these prescriptions for chronic pain. Here's what they have to say.

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The Great Kratom Controversy

Is this botanical substance a dietary supplement with pain relieving properties — or is it an addictive drug?

By Stephanie Stephens

To Sleep With Your Dog, or Not to Sleep With Your Dog?

On one hand, a new study shows that sleeping with your pet can help ease chronic pain symptoms. On the other hand, another study shows that sleeping with your dog may result in… no sleep at all. So, you may not be in pain, but you won’t be well-rested. Choose your poison.

By Martin Reed

Can Thyroid Conditions Cause Chronic Pain?

As many as 80 percent of thyroid patients experience muscle pain. These are the medical and natural approaches you can try for pain management.

By Mary Shomon

10 Best Exercises for Back Pain

As long as your doctor says it’s OK, doing these exercises for back pain may actually help relieve your symptoms — building core strength is the key.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

10 Best Foods for Sciatica and Back Pain

Since back pain can be caused by inflammation, and certain foods help reduce inflammation, it makes sense to eat these foods that won’t stab you in the back.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

12 Ways to Sleep Better With Low Back Pain

Poor sleep and back pain pretty much go hand-in-hand. Try these 12 tips to ease your pain so you can get a better night's sleep.

By Martin Reed

Tips For Flying With Ankylosing Spondylitis

For a smooth journey — from security to baggage claim — here’s what you should know about plane travel with ankylosing spondylitis.

By Charis Hill

Tips for Flying With Ankylosing Spondylitis

Catching a plane? Here’s what to know before you go about flying with ankylosing spondylitis — including what to pack and how to navigate airline policies.

By Charis Hill

There's an App for That — Including Your RA

Life with rheumatoid arthritis is all over the map. Try these tools and apps to track your symptoms, so you can report them to your doctor.

By Cathy Kramer

10 Common Causes of Low Back Pain

Injuries, osteoporosis, and even fear can contribute to back pain. Learn these 10 common reasons why your back might be bothering you.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

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Living Well with RA

When your body's in pain, how do you move forward? Find expert advice and use the collective wisdom of fellow RA patients and caregivers to live with greater ease at home, work, and beyond.

Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Can you guess which world record this mom with RA broke? Find even more stories of men and women staying active with rheumatoid arthritis, from the dance studio to the shores of the Great Lakes.

Meet the Experts

Ginger Vieira

Patient Expert

Ginger Vieira is an author who has lived with Type 1 diabetes and Celiac disease since 1999, and fibromyalgia since 2014.

Lene Andersen, MSW

Patient Expert

Lene Andersen is an author, health and disability advocate, and photographer. She lives with rheumatoid arthritis.

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Health Writer

Since 2004, Dr. Davenport has shared her passion for health and knowledge of the psycho-social aspects of chronic diseases with the HealthCentral community.

Ginger Vieira

Patient Expert

Ginger Vieira is an author who has lived with Type 1 diabetes and Celiac disease since 1999, and fibromyalgia since 2014.

Health News

New Generic Drug Could Improve Treatment for Opioid Dependence

The approved the first generic versions of Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) sublingual film for the treatment of opioid dependence to improve access to these medications for people who need them.

Baking Soda For Inflammatory Diseases?

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease, and new evidence shows that baking soda may help fight inflammation.

Think Twice Before Supplement Shopping

Study finds many supplements provide few advantages to wellness (but also, no risk).