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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

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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.

This infographic of the human body provides an overview of what can happen if diabetes is left unchecked. HealthHub from Cleveland Clinic

Control Your Blood Sugar and Diabetes (Infographic)

Tags: diabetes, diabetes diagnosis, diabetes treatment, diabetic, gestational diabetes, infographic, juvenile diabetes, prediabetes, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes

Diabetes can affect every body function and organ. This infographic of the human body provides an overview of what can happen if diabetes is left unchecked.

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More Teens Are Abusing Prescription Drugs (Video)

Tags: addiction, chronic pain, codeine, drugs, morphine, opioids, pain medication, percocet, vicodin

Prescription painkillers such as morphine and codeine are important medicines that can provide significant comfort. But abuse of these drugs has become a major public health challenge – particularly among youngsters.

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Weight-Loss Surgery Can Improve Type 1 Diabetes

Tags: diabetes, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, weight loss, weight-loss surgery

Many studies have shown that weight-loss surgery can improve or even reverse symptoms of type 2 diabetes. A new study led by a Cleveland Clinic physician shows the same surgery can help people with type 1 diabetes.

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Prediabetes: Wake-up Call for Mid-life Women

Tags: diabetes, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes

Prediabetes occurs when your blood glucose levels are higher than normal — but not yet high enough to be diabetes. And it only gets more challenging as we enter menopause.