Chest pain is always taken seriously as it can be a strong indicator that something is wrong with your heart. You may notice when you go in for a checkup the doctor will usually ask if your symptoms include chest pain as they try to rule out heart issues. But sometimes chest pains don't necessarily result in a heart condition. In fact, if you have costochondritis, the pain will subside on its own without you having to worry about your heart. Costochondritis is a condition in which inflammation occurs between the tissues that connect the rib to the sternum (breast bone). To some, this pain can be alarming because it may feel similar to the pain caused by an oncoming heart attack. View Thread
" Acetaminophen, the painkiller best known to Americans as Tylenol, may do more than simply dull pain -- it may also dull happy or sad emotions, new research finds.
The new, small study is the first to suggest that acetaminophen ratchets down a patient's emotional response to positive, upbeat stimulation. But the study builds on prior research into negative emotions, explained study lead author Geoffrey Durso."
Read the article above to see if researchers believe this effect could also come from other medications and what (if anything) this could mean for your health.
Have you ever felt emotionally dull after taking acetaminophen?View Thread
" Acetaminophen may not be as safe as previously thought, with larger doses and long-term use linked to increased risk of health problems, a new report contends.
Best known in the United States under the brand name Tylenol, acetaminophen is the most widely used painkiller in the world, the study authors said in background notes.
It is the World Health Organization's front-line treatment for pain, and is considered safer than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen, the researchers said."
"Heavy use of acetaminophen is associated with kidney disease and bleeding in the digestive tract, the paper reports. The medication also has been linked to increased risk of heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure, the study authors noted.
One cited study even showed that overuse of acetaminophen can increase a person's risk of early death as much as 60 percent, the study authors found."
Read the article above for more information.
Are you on a long-term acetaminophen regimen?View Thread
West Virginia, South Carolina, Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee. These are a few states where pain management is offered in wider spectrum than RI, MA, CT. After all, the New England area also believed in burning "witches". Effective and progressive methods of opiate administration are available but too many NE MD's are afraid of the legal implications, so, they avoid people with pain issues. They either prescribe too little, then "blackball" you for noncompliance instead of allowing you to discuss the issue of dosage in adequate amounts. Consider this: they throw you a life preserver while your drowning, but say, you can only use half of it so tread water and drown, its safer for me and my practice is much more important than your pain.
Sad fact friends, but help is there only if you relocate.View Thread
"One of the most documented uses of medical marijuana is in the treatment of pain. Medical marijuana may be a better painkiller than narcotic painkillers, like oxycodone, with less potential for addiction," says WebMD Chief Medical Editor Michael W. Smith, MD.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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