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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Do you know the truth about shingles? Don’t fall for these 7 myths.

Do You Know the Truth About Shingles? (Infographic)

Tags: chicken pox, chronic pain, infographic, shingles, shingles vaccine

Debunk the top seven myths about shingles, a painful skin rash that attacks one in three people.


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Text Neck: Is Smartphone Use Causing Your Neck Pain?

Tags: chronic neck pain, electronics, neck pain, posture, smartphones

Our devotion to mobile phones has triggered a new repetitive strain injury: "text neck." Find out more about how to avoid unnecessary pain.


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If You Lose Weight, You Can Lose Joint Pain Too

Tags: arthritis, corticosteroid injections, exercise, joint pain, osteoarthritis, overweight, radiofrequency ablation (RFA), water aerobics

If you have weight-induced joint pain, losing pounds and taking stress off your joints may ease your symptoms. While your body can’t reverse arthritis, losing weight can help arthritic joints feel better and prevent further damage. Learn more.


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Are You Sensitive to Aspirin? Here are Some Reasons Why

Tags: allergies, angioedema, aspirin, Aspirin and heart attack, Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD), asthma, Headaches, urticaria

Aspirin can help in treating many conditions, but some people experience an adverse reactions when they take this wonder drug. Learn how you can take steps to better tolerate aspirin or aspirin-like pain relievers.


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Drug Addictions Are Physical Illnesses (Video)

Tags: addiction, drugs, Prescription Drugs, substance abuse, videos

Addictive drugs in effect can end up changing our personality and outlook on the world.


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You Don’t Have to Live With Chronic Pelvic Pain

Tags: chronic pain, chronic pelvic pain, pain management

Chronic pelvic pain is not a symptom. It is a chronic, but treatable disease, experts say. Many women don't realize that there are treatment options and help available.


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Read This If You Are a Smoker Who Struggles With Chronic Pain

Tags: arthritis, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, joint pain, pain management, quit smoking, smoking, smoking cessation, stop smoking

Do you smoke? Here's another reason to quit. Smokers are nearly three times as likely to get lower back pain. Even though it might seem relaxing in the moment, smoking can actually cause more pain your body over time.


nerve pain in hand

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.