Chronic Conditions Team

Find tips for daily living with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis and asthma, as well as advice for living well both physically and mentally.

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How to Deal With Nerve Pain If You Have Diabetes

Tags: blood sugar, diabetes, diabetic neuropathy, foot pain, nerve damage, peripheral neuropathy, sugar, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes

People with elevated or hard to control blood sugar are more susceptible to health problems that include nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy). Find out how to deal with nerve pain resulting from diabetes.


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7 Questions About Your Thyroid Cancer Surgery Answered

Tags: cancer, hormone replacement therapy, hormone therapy, thyroid, thyroid cancer, thyroid surgery

Surgery to remove the thyroid is the most common treatment for thyroid cancer. An endocrine surgeon provides answers seven common questions patients have about what happens after surgery.


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How Breathing Pure Oxygen Can Heal Tough Wounds: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Tags: diabetes, diabetes treatment, feet, foot ulcers, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), peripheral neuropathy, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, wound care, wounds

If you have a wound that won't heal, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is effective and painless. Patients can nap or read as they breathe 100 percent pure oxygen in a large, clear, tube-like chamber.


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Why Opioids May Not Be Best for Your Chronic Pain

Tags: chronic pain, drug safety, drugs, pain management, pain medication

Opioids are powerful painkillers but aren’t usually for chronic pain. They are highly addictive, cause unwelcome side effects and often aren’t effective long-term.


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Opiates Kill More People Than Car Accidents (Video)

Tags: addiction, drug safety, drugs, medications, opioids, pain medication, prescriptions

Opiates are the major cause of accidental deaths in the U.S. Accidental overdoses from opiates, including codeine, morphine and heroin, kill more people than automobile and other motor vehicle accidents.


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Thyroid Issues? What You Need to Know About Diet and Supplements

Tags: healthy diet, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, soy, thyroid, vegetables, vitamins and supplements

Thyroid patients can't manage their condition through diet. However, eating the wrong foods or taking the wrong supplements can cause trouble. Find out what to limit or avoid altogether.


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FDA Approves a New Painkiller Designed to Thwart Abusers

Tags: addiction, drugs, opioids, overdose, pain management, prescription drug, risk evaluation mitigation strategies (REMS), substance abuse

The FDA has approved a new painkiller, Targiniq ER, that includes an antagonist ingredient to counteract the narcotic agent if someone tries to crush it or dissolve the active agent to abuse it.


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You Can Manage Your Pain Without Medications

Tags: chronic pain, diet, exercise, medications, pain

Too often, we treat pain with medications. Unfortunately, many pain medications have bad side effects. They also can be addictive. If you're struggling with pain, consider all the alternatives.


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Shingles: What to Do if the Chicken Pox Virus Returns

Tags: chicken pox, pain management, shingles, shingles vaccine

Shingles. It comes from the same virus that causes chicken pox. Find out why it returns, particularly in people age 60+, and what to do if it does.


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What to Do When Diabetes Affects Your Sex Life

Tags: diabetes, erectile dysfunction, erection, sex, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes

If you have diabetes and are experiencing problems in your sex life, you're probably feeling frustrated and depressed. Tell your doctor what's going on. Your doctor can give you information about medication and treatments.