Keith Roach To Your Health Published 12:07 AM EDT Oct 21, 2018 Dear Dr. Roach: I was having lots of arthritis pain in my neck and feet. Someone recommended turmeric supplements to help. I started taking 600 mg twice a day. The pain slowly subsided. I took it for about a month, then I started getting minor stomach cramping and diarrhea. I stopped taking the supplements, and the diarrhea stopped right away. I tried the supplement again, but lowered the dosage to a single 600-mg capsule a day. The cramping and diarrhea came back right away. Now the pain is back, especially in my feet. Is there a form of turmeric that does not cause this side effect? R.S.J. Dear R.S.J.: Turmeric does not cause side effects in most people, but when it does, stomach upset, nausea and diarrhea are the most common. Curcumin is the active chemical, which can be extracted from the spice turmeric. You can try taking curcumin itself, which might help. The dose you are taking is fine for either turmeric or … [Read more...] about Doc: Turmeric works for pain, but has side effects
Keith Roach To Your Health Published 5:09 PM EDT Sep 25, 2018 Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 78-year-old with severe back pain due to compression of the nerve. My activities of daily life are more and more limited, and my quality of life is suffering. I am told I need a back operation, and I agree that it is necessary. However, when I consult with the anesthesiologist or pain management doctor about post-operative pain management, I always get vague and unsatisfactory answers. You see, I am highly intolerant of opiates. I get violently ill, feel like my body and brain are turned inside out, perspire profusely and vomit until I feel as if my stomach is coming out of my mouth. Besides my back, I’ve no other health problems. What I can take for pain after a back operation other than opiates? Whom should I consult with to have my problem taken seriously? F.W. Dear F.W.: Because opiates are such a problem for many people (due to intolerance, like yours, or a past history of abuse), … [Read more...] about Doc: Surgery complicated by post-op pain management
Georgea Kovanis Detroit Free Press Published 12:30 p.m. UTC Jun 28, 2018 A new state law will limit greatly the amount of opioids doctors are allowed to prescribe patients suffering from acute pain. Beginning July 1, doctors will be prohibited from prescribing more than a 7-day supply of opioid medication for patients in acute pain — pain from broken bones, bad backs, short illnesses and most surgeries, pain that's relatively short term. Doctors will not be allowed to write refills for the medications until the 7-day period has elapsed. The law — signed late last year by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley — is aimed at making prescription opioids less accessible. The idea behind the law: Fewer opioids will mean fewer chances to abuse them. Fewer chances for abuse will mean fewer overdose deaths, and fewer people getting involved in heroin. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Nearly 80 percent of Americans using … [Read more...] about New law limits the amount of opioid pain medication doctors can prescribe
Keith Roach To Your Health Published 9:31 p.m. UTC May 23, 2018 Dear Dr. Roach: Last April, I had back surgery to enlarge the disc openings. Some of my problems were corrected with the surgery, but one major problem still exists: After I sit upright in a chair or drive a car for a period of time, when I attempt to get up, I struggle and have to wait a bit before I can walk away. It’s like a nerve is pinched when I sit. My doctor showed me my last MRI and pointed out some scar tissue. He said irritation of my sciatic nerve was causing my left leg to go numb. He prescribed a six-day course of steroids, and immediately after starting the steroids, I was cured. I could get up and walk after sitting; I put my cane and walker away, and life was good. After the steroids ran out, I was back to square one. I asked if he could prescribe more steroids for me, and he said his office doesn’t do that. Instead, he upped my gabapentin and added diclofenac. They are not helping. I am … [Read more...] about Doc: Is there safe long-term, back pain steroids dose?
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Share on Google Plus Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Resize Text Print Article Comments To Your Health by Lindsey Bever by Lindsey Bever Email the author May 6 at 8:00 AM Email the author It was barely sunrise and Michael DeMasi Jr. was romping through the corridors at a children’s hospital in Philadelphia, balancing on a red line that was etched into the floor design and telling his mother to tie a balloon to him so he could “fly.” The 4-year-old boy fancied himself a real-life … [Read more...] about ‘I saved them because I’m a superhero!’: 4-year-old donates bone marrow to his baby brothers