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What is a TENS unit and does it work?
Some people use a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit to treat pain. This device works by sending electrical impulses through the skin. It may give people relief from the painful symptoms of arthritis, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, and other conditions. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What is the difference between methylprednisolone and prednisone?
Methylprednisolone and prednisone are medications that can treat certain health conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, by reducing inflammation in the body. Learn about the differences between these corticosteroids here. (Medical News Today)

How do you treat an infected belly button piercing?
Initially, piercings are healing wounds, and they can be prone to infection. Belly button piercings have a higher risk because they are difficult to keep clean. Symptoms of infection include pain, redness, and discharge from the piercing. Improving hygiene and taking antibiotics can help. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about synovial (joint) fluid analysis
Doctors often use synovial fluid analysis to help determine the cause of joint pain and inflammation. This procedure involves extracting and analyzing a small sample of synovial fluid. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What are the best remedies for neuropathy from chemo?
Neuropathy from chemo can cause tingling and numbness in the hands and feet. It is a side effect of the chemotherapy drug that a person uses in their cancer treatment. Learn more about the best remedies for neuropathy from chemo, including natural and alternative remedies, such as vitamins, massage, and acupuncture. (Medical News Today)

Treatment for opioid-induced constipation
Many people use opioids to relieve pain, but they can lead to further problems, including constipation. Find out how to reduce the symptoms of constipation resulting from the use of opioids. (Medical News Today)

What causes opioid-induced constipation (OIC)?
Opioids are important for controlling pain, but they can lead to opioid-induced constipation (OIC). Why does this happen and what other effects do opioids have on digestion? (Medical News Today)

What is opioid-induced constipation?
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What does a Lyme disease rash look like?
Lyme disease rashes can change throughout the stages of the illness. Untreated Lyme disease can have serious consequences, so people should be familiar with the symptoms and types of rash. Learn to identify Lyme disease rashes here. (Medical News Today)

What is the link between pannus and rheumatoid arthritis?
In people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), pannus occurs when excess tissue grows in a person’s joint. Pannus can lead to permanent joint damage. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Through my eyes: Bilateral hip dysplasia
David Brown has bilateral hip dysplasia. He lived without a diagnosis for many years, so his life changed when he learned the details of his condition. (Medical News Today)

What are 10 risk factors for rheumatoid arthritis?
The exact causes of rheumatoid arthritis are unclear, but researchers have identified several risk factors. These range from genetic predispositions to gum disease. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What is rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is a lifelong condition that causes pain, swelling, and inflammation in two or more joints. It can also affect the heart, lungs, and other parts of the body. It can lead to joint damage and difficulty functioning in daily life. Treatment can help manage the symptoms. Find out more. (Medical News Today)

What are the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory disease that affects the joints and also produces symptoms throughout the body. Find out more about how to recognize RA. (Medical News Today)

How to make a heating pad at home
Heating pads can relieve muscle aches and cramps, and help injuries heal. In this article, learn three ways to make a homemade heating pad. (Medical News Today)

New type of nerve stimulation relieves chronic back pain
A new stimulation therapy that specifically targets the nerves fibers involved could be an effective alternative to spinal cord stimulation, says study. (Medical News Today)

What is wryneck and how is it treated?
Wryneck, also known as torticollis, is a condition where the neck tilts to one side. Babies can be born with it, or people can develop it for several reasons. While wryneck can be uncomfortable, there are several treatment options available for each type, ranging from stretching and therapy to surgery. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Radial nerve injury: Everything you need to know
The radial nerve is prone to injury, even from minor incidents, such as sleeping on the arm. Radial nerve injury is also common after breaking the arm. In this article, learn about other causes, as well as symptoms and treatments. (Medical News Today)

Nerve damage: Using electronic implants to hasten healing
Biodegradable electronic implants that deliver impulses to heal injured peripheral nerves and are absorbed after 2 weeks show promising results in rats. (Medical News Today)

What to know about constipation after surgery
Many people experience constipation after surgery. With gentle treatment methods, the symptoms should resolve within a few days. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Drug overdose rates are rising, but can we 'curb the epidemic for good?'
Scientists have conducted in-depth research into drug overdose trends. The findings may help specialists devise strategies to curtail this growing problem. (Medical News Today)

Is pain relief more effective when delivered by a stranger?
An intriguing new study asks whether a health treatment received from a stranger has a stronger effect than one received from someone you already know. (Medical News Today)

What is sumatriptan?
The sumatriptan oral tablet (Imitrex) is used to treat severe migraine headaches. Learn about side effects, warnings, dosage, and more. (Medical News Today)

What is the difference between tramadol and hydrocodone?
Tramadol and hydrocodone are opioid medications that doctors prescribe for pain. Here, learn their uses, possible risks, and the differences between them. (Medical News Today)

Could video games help treat chronic back pain?
A recent study concludes that a special type of video game could be used to successfully reduce chronic low back pain at a patient's home. (Medical News Today)

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