Tag Archives | pain

What If No One Can See Your Pain?

From time to time, when yet another celebrity dies tragically from an overdose of painkillers, people ask me if I think prescription painkillers should be banned.  The answer is no, and today I’ll tell you why. It’s a sad fact that we have lost too much talent far too young, from Prince to Philip Seymour […]

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Akathisias Make You Want to Jump Out of Your Skin

People have killed themselves over this condition but unfortunately, to the regular person, it is nothing more than a word… until you experience it first hand. The sensation of akathisia varies from person to person, and the way you experience it can change every few minutes or hours. Psychiatrists or other practitioners who don’t understand […]

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How Aspirin Stops Nerve Pain

We take for granted the comfort we feel in our hands and feet, I know I do. But some of you have lost that comfort, and suffer all day long with strange nerve-related concerns. There is new research about aspirin which could help you, but before I share that data, let’s talk about nerve pain, […]

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Natural Remedies that Help From Head to Toe

I’ve been a pharmacist for 25+ years now. Let’s face it, I know the good, the bad and the ugly drugs. I realize we need some of them, yet I know that others are not very useful, or worse, they are harmful. So today I’ve decided to share the best remedies that help from head […]

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Reduce Inflammation Naturally with Nature’s Pac Man

Have you ever had a sore throat, been stung by a bee, or twisted your ankle? Do you have arthritis, back pain or headaches? Whenever you are in pain, even post-surgical pain, your body makes compounds in response to the injury which cause temporary redness, heat, swelling, and pain. Then naturally produced enzymes in your […]

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The medicine your doctor never told you about (but should have)

Low dose naltrexone or LDN is the prescription medication that every doctor has heard of, but never prescribes. Regular naltrexone (not low dose) is used for heroin addicts, alcoholics and opiate withdrawal. I think that’s why doctors don’t really think about it, it’s for people with drug addiction.  That said, the low dose version of […]

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Natural Muscle Relaxers and Soothers

Dear Pharmacist, I went on a hike that was way too steep and long. My muscles don’t recover quite as fast as when I was younger.  What can I do or take?  –H.N., Boulder, Colorado Answer: If it were me, I’d take a hot bath with Epsom salts and a few drops of essential oils. The […]

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These Herbs Work Like Medicine

Dear Pharmacist, What are popular medications, and their natural counterparts? –A.T., Dallas, Texas Answer: This is a great question, and there’s a lot of different things that come to mind. For example, when I think of popular medications, I think of allergy drugs (antihistamines), pain relievers, antacids, blood pressure drugs, cholesterol reducers and sleeping pills.  […]

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Herbal Relief for Nerve Pain

Dear Pharmacist, I have nerve pain that is chronic and related to my diabetes. I take medication for that, and want to add some supplements that might help. I promise to ask my doctor if they’re alright for me, if you pick my question and answer me in the paper. Love your work Suzy. –P.T., […]

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Drug Muggers Cause Palpitations and Leg Cramps

Dear Pharmacist, I take a reflux medication daily as well as a chewable antacid. In the last 2 months, I’ve dealt with severe “Charlie horses,” toe tingling and occasional heartbeat skips or runs. My doctor prescribed leg cramp medication and referred me to a cardiologist. I know you’re a columnist, but I intuitively feel you […]

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