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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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 You Should 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.


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9 Ways to Tame Your Chronic Pain (Infographic)

Tags: chronic pain, infographic, pain management

There’s plenty you can do to curb chronic pain beyond the procedures or pills your doctor prescribes. Cleveland Clinic pain and wellness experts share nine tips for promoting “pain wellness.”


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7 Critical Precautions for Summer if You Have Diabetes

Tags: blood sugar, blood sugar levels, childhood diabetes, diabetes, diabetes diagnosis, diabetes treatment, insulin, juvenile diabetes, neuropathy, peripheral neuropathy, prediabetes, summer, summer safety, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes

Because of the effect of heat on blood sugars and insulin, diabetics must take special precautions to protect themselves in summer. Find seven expert tips for staying well in hot, humid weather.


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4 Questions You May Have About Scleroderma

Tags: interstitial lung disease, lung disorders, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, scleroderma, skin, skin care

Scleroderma is a rare disease of the autoimmune system that many people haven’t heard of. Yet recognizing the symptoms can help you get treatment faster – and provide the best chance for a successful outcome.


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How to Avoid Surprising Risks of OTC Pain Medications

Tags: chronic pain, fruits and vegetables, healthy weight, heart attack, kidney disease, liver disease, medications, NSAIDs, over the counter medications OTC, pain medication, stroke, ulcers, vitamins and supplements

For common, occasional aches and pain, an over-the-counter oral medication often does the trick. But experts warn people with chronic, ongoing pain to avoid long-term use. Find other options for long-term pain.


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Need a Nerve Block? 4 Things You Should Know

Tags: chronic back pain, chronic pain, foot pain, hip pain, knee pain, physical therapy, shoulder pain

For many people who suffer with severe pain, injecting local anesthetic and steroid directly to the area of the affected nerve can offer relief. Here are four things to expect if you have a nerve block.


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Is Your Long-Term Pain Making You Depressed?

Tags: anxiety, chronic back pain, chronic conditions, chronic knee pain, chronic neck pain, chronic pain, depression

Do you ever wonder if being depressed or anxious could contribute to your chronic pain? Turns out these feelings could be connected. Experts explain the links between these illnesses and how to treat them.