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Using antidepressants for nerve pain can have an added benefit, considering that chronic pain often coincides with depression. Chronic pain can make a person depressed, and depression can often make the experience of chronic pain seem worse. So these drugs might help improve your mood, as well as ease your discomfort. Three Tips for Taking…

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As a rule of thumb, special formulations such as extended-release, controlled release formulations should never be split (although there are a few exceptions). On the other hand, medications for chronic conditions such as blood pressure and diabetes are usually OK to split as long as they don’t have these special coatings. One good example of…

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Blood clots are healthy and lifesaving when they stop bleeding. But they can also form when they aren’t needed and cause a heart attack, stroke, or other serious medical problems. What Causes Blood Clots The process begins whenever flowing blood comes into contact with specific substances in your skin or in blood vessel walls. When…

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Angina is usually due to heart disease. A fatty substance called plaque builds up in your arteries, blocking blood flow to the heart muscle. This forces your heart to work with less oxygen. That causes pain. You may also have blood clots in the arteries of your heart, which can cause heart attacks. Other, less…

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If you feel pressure or a squeezing in your chest, it may be angina. It can feel like a heart attack, but often it’s a warning sign. The chest pain happens because there isn’t enough blood flowing to part of your heart. It’s a symptom of heart disease, and it occurs when something blocks the…

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Vitamin D is essential for strong bones because it helps the body use calcium from the diet. Traditionally, vitamin D deficiency has been associated with rickets, a disease in which the bone tissue doesn’t properly mineralize, leading to soft bones and skeletal deformities. But increasingly, research is revealing the importance of vitamin D in protecting…

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There are some things that are likely to trigger flares in most people with gout, also known as gouty arthritis. If you know you have gout, you should try to stay away from these gout triggers. 1. Foods — Foods that are high in a substance called purines can raise the uric acid level in…

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If you have gout, you know the signs that a flare-up is on the way. There’s nothing you can do to stop an attack once it starts, but you can ease some of the symptoms at home. Warning Signs of a Gout Flare-Up? Some people with gout, also known as gouty arthritis, say an attack…

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NSAIDs — nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs — are a type of pain reliever. At prescription doses, these drugs also curb inflammation. Doctors use NSAIDs to treat many things that cause pain or inflammation, including arthritis.NSAIDs that you can buy without a prescription include: Never use an over-the-counter NSAID for more than 10 days without checking with…

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Almost everyone has had a feeling of unsteadiness or a whirling sensation in their heads at some point in their lives. Usually, it’s chalked up to dizziness, but dizziness is a broad term that can mean different things to different people. It’s a common complaint, but it can be serious. Dizziness has no specific medical…

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