Why You Need to Address Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is as bad as it sounds — severe, spreading chronic pain with redness, fluctuating skin temperature, and sometimes changes in body hair and nail growth. These issues make it hard for most patients to use their affected arm or leg, the body parts that are most often impacted. As if … Read More

How to Care for Cuts and Scratches If You Have Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you may want to be a little more cautious about taking care of simple cuts, scratches, scrapes and bruises. In fact, skin care of any kind is important to your health. Bruises are the simplest to address. As long as the skin is not broken, you really don’t need to do … Read More

Do You Know the Color of Body Fat? (Infographic)

Body fat gets a bad rap, but you’d die without it. Body fat stores crucial energy. It provides insulation. It protects your organs. It even helps hold your cells together. But too much of a good thing can be fatal. Explore this field guide to human body fat. Discover the different colors and what they mean. … Read More

How You Can Manage Diabetes During Your Hospital Stay

If you have diabetes and are anticipating a hospital stay, you may be wondering how to manage your condition while you’re hospitalized. To help you prepare, we’ve asked endocrinologist Mary Vouyiouklis Kellis, MD, to answer six frequently asked questions about diabetes and hospital stays. 1. How often will my blood sugar be checked? “If you’re … Read More

Feeling Tired? It May Not Be From Lack of Sleep

We all get tired every once in a awhile. But sometimes that run-down feeling has nothing to do with a lack of sleep. If you’re experiencing prolonged fatigue, it could be due to a problem with your thyroid, the butterfly-shaped gland in the lower front part of the neck. The thyroid makes and releases hormones … Read More

Dangers of Opioid Pain Relievers: What You Need to Know

More and more, we are hearing about the use and abuse of opioid pain medications in recent years. Experts say the widespread abuse of this class of drugs started more than two decades ago. Across the country today, healthcare authorities are paying much more attention to the problem, and doctors are taking this into consideration … Read More

Do You Know the Truth About Shingles? (Infographic)

The nerve! The same virus that causes itchy, childhood chickenpox can return as an agonizing, nerve-blitzing skin rash in adults. Unwelcome and unpredictable, shingles attacks one in three people. “The longer you live, the higher your risk,” says Robert Bolash, MD, a pain specialist at Cleveland Clinic. But knowledge is power. Learn the truth about … Read More

Text Neck: Is Smartphone Use Causing Your Neck Pain?

Virtually unheard of two years ago, “text neck” is a repetitive strain injury that’s becoming more common as more people hunch over smartphones. Aggravating muscle pain in the neck and shoulders, and sometimes lower back, is occurring even in teens and adolescents. “Typically, incidence of neck pain increases with age. But today we’re seeing and … Read More

If You Lose Weight, You Can Lose Joint Pain Too

Weight loss can be a pain. But not losing extra pounds can become even more painful to your joints. More than two-thirds of the U.S. population is overweight or obese. Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most prevalent conditions resulting from obesity, and obesity is now recognized as an important modifiable risk factor for OA. … Read More