Pain & Pain Relief

When we're in pain, we want it to stop—quickly and safely! The NorthStar blog on pain and pain relief contains information on options to help relieve pain fast, including product reviews and comparisons.

  1. When NSAIDs could be the WRONG CHOICE for you

    The advice is confusing and frustrating – and right at a time when Americans need it straight.

    Instead, they’re left bewildered and even frightened.

    Can you take an NSAID like ibuprofen for a fever?

    Or is there ever a time when you might avoid it and try something… ANYTHING… else???

    Well, friend, you’ve come to the right place today -- because MY advice on ibuprofen hasn’t changed a whit.

    I’ve NEVER recommended the stuff!

    Even when you absolutely need a mainstream med… as a fever reducer or pain reliever… I wouldn’t put ibuprofen anywhere near the top of the list.

    So, let’s take a closer look at WHY this drug… and even the entire NSAID class… is bad news.

    And more importantly, let’s go over your other… BETTER… and far safer choices for everyday use.

    Ibuprofen is bad news

    Millions of people around the world turn to ibuprofen daily for everything from aches to fevers

    And almost none of them realize it’s NOT the “safe and effective” med it’s been made out to be.

    A report a few years back in the BMJ… about as mainstream a journal as you could possibly name… found that taking NSAIDs can increase the risk of a heart attack by between 20 and 50%.

    That’s not a long-term risk. That’s after taking these drugs for just ONE WEEK.

    Another study found prescription-strength forms of the drugs can increase the risk of a dangerous irregular heartbeat condition called atrial fibrillation.

    And if you have heart failure, NSAIDs are high on the list of meds you should never, ever take – because they can make the condition WORSE!

    They can also:

    • INCREASE the risk of stroke
    • RAISE blood pressure
    • DAMAGE the lining of your gut
    • and more.

    For those folks ALWAYS taking the meds… for chronic pain conditions like knee osteoarthritis… they could see a spike in ALL of the above risks.

    This is why I’d recommend just about ANYTHING else instead of an NSAID -- unless you’re in the rare group of patients sensitive to all other medications and HAVE to take it as a last resort for a short-term problem.

    For a chronic battle with arthritis, UC-II collagen can help rebuild and repair your joints – so well in fact, that one study found it’s 240% more effective than glucosamine and chondroitin.

    And for fever, first things first: Call your doc. There’s a lot going around out there right now -- and if you have a fever, he needs to tell you what to do.

    But sometimes you can’t wait for your doc, and you’ve got to do something NOW.

    I’m not going to say acetaminophen (a.k.a. Tylenol) is much better. That’s a drug that cause plenty of problems of its own, especially if you take too much (which is incredibly easy to do without even knowing it).

    But if you’re facing a high fever… and need a med to bring it down in a hurry… then acetaminophen's another option right now.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  2. Big Pharma pushes scary drug for cognitive problems [YIKES!]

    It’s the kind of bird-brained scheme Wile E. Coyote might come up with.

    Just disguise some bird poison as an important and life-changing medicine… filled with hope and promise…

    And wait for Road Runner come along and eat it up.

    MEEP! MEEP!

    In the cartoons, you know the Road Runner’s never really fooled…

    But out in the real world, the wily drug industry too often gets the last laugh.

    And they’re trying to do it right now in a way that would make that ol’ coyote proud.

    Because it involves disguising ACTUAL bird poison as medicine.

    If you’re not careful, they could try to feed it to YOU!

    Because they might not stop with patients with multiple sclerosis, who are currently in the crosshairs.

    That’s why today I’m here to turn you into a sharp-witted Road Runner, never fooled by their nonsense.

    How BIRD POISON became a ‘drug’

    For years, a chemical sold under the brand name Avitrol was used to control “bird problems.” Still is -- you can look it up.

    Kills humans, too, if you feed ’em enough.

    But at some point, the drug companies found that lower doses of it AREN’T deadly.

    Gotta wonder how they convinced people to be the first to test THAT theory out!

    Since then, they’ve been selling it as a potassium channel-blocking drug, 4-Aminopyridine.

    First, it was to help people with multiple sclerosis walk a little better…

    Now they say it can help stop cognitive struggles in these folks, too.

    Yep. Say anything to make a sale, right?

    The results aren’t nothin’, but they’re not exactly impressive either.

    Folks with MS given the drug twice a day for 12 weeks improved by almost 10 points on a common test of cognitive abilities. Compare that to folks given a placebo, who improved by 5.1 points.

    But even if it had worked BETTER than that… holy moly, just check out the side effects.

    There are the usual ones that nearly ANY drug can cause -- like headache, dizziness, insomnia, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, etc.

    But THIS drug can also give you some weird ones like balance problems and tingling sensations… horrible ones like burning pain during urination… and some downright frightening ones like seizures and MS relapse.

    Oh, and definitely don’t let your birds near it.

    Of course, now that they found it might improve cognition in MS patients, I worry they will next “discover” it can help with cognition in everyone else, too!

    Next thing you know, they’ll be leaving piles of it out on the sidewalk in front of the senior center.

    MEEP! MEEP!

    Whether you have MS… or cognitive struggles from any other cause, including ordinary aging… you’ve got LOTS of better options.

    For starters, there’s time-tested and science-backed ginkgo -- which isn’t recommended NEARLY ENOUGH.

    Other great brain-boosters include citicoline, phosphatidylserine and Huperzine A, all of which can ENHANCE cognition without killing your birds… or you.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  3. MIRACLE CURE for chronic pain, RA, fibro, and more? [Shocking]

    MIRACLE CURE for chronic pain, RA, fibro, and more? You’re not going to BELIEVE what I’m about to recommend to you today. There’s NEW HOPE for millions of Americans facing the horrors of some of today’s most agonizing conditions. This cutting-edge treatment can help not only with some of the most complicated and difficult diseases in the world… It can...
  4. [BUSTED!] Pain ‘advocates’ caught hiding an ugly secret

    Well boo-hoo-hoo! Some of today’s “top experts” on pain are practically WEEPING in public… but it’s not because of pain. No, it’s because several “pain groups” – organizations that claim to advocate for patients with chronic pain– are going belly-up. “Oh no!” the experts are weeping. “Who will speak for the pain patients now???” But don’t break out the tissue...
  5. Is this common med turning you into a MONSTER?

    If you’ve ever had the SNEAKING suspicion that you’re surrounded by psychos, zombies, uncaring creeps, and various sociopaths… I’ve got news for you today. You're 100% right! People are worse to each other than ever. You see it on TV -- on what passes for “news” in these crazy times -- and you see it out there in the streets...
  6. New back pain ‘drug’ is really a cheap natural remedy… with a JACKED-UP price!

    The mainstream is pleased as punch. They couldn’t be happier with themselves. It’s for doing what they’ve always claimed to be practically IMPOSSIBLE. They say they’ve discovered a way to help ease back pain in some of the toughest of all cases… without dangerous and addictive pain pills. I’d stand up and pat ’em on the back, except for one little...
  7. [Breakthrough] WIPE OUT pain with this ‘miracle’ oil

    It’s the latest craze in healthcare… a proven natural therapy for everything from pain to cancer. But it’s pretty much doomed already. It’s got FOUR big “problems” working against it … It’s safe. It’s cheap. It’s effective. It’s natural. Now, I know that none of that SOUNDS like a problem. Of course, It’s NOT a problem for you –  but it’s a BIG problem for Big Pharma! If it ain't...
  8. ERASE gout pain without DEADLY drugs… in 4 easy steps

    I just love it when the FDA pretends to talk tough… like they’re doing now as they try to “tackle” a gout drug. The drug was DANGEROUS when they approved it. It REMAINED dangerous after it hit the market. And naturally, it’s STILL dangerous today. Nothing’s changed… The drug febuxostat (Uloric) will increase your risk of death from heart disease by more than...
  9. Don't Let Musculoskeletal Pain Dominate Your Life

    pain MusculoskeletalIf you’re suffering from short-term or ongoing musculoskeletal pain, you know how all-encompassing it can be.

    Every day, every position, everything can hurt.

    It’s easy to let your whole world be controlled by the discomfort.

    Decisions get made on what will hurt less.

    Plans get cancelled because you just can’t risk it.

    You know the routine, and you know it’s no way to live.

    But you don’t have to. We promise… Continue reading

  10. Lumbar Spine Stretches and Exercises to Erase Your Lower Back Pain

    stretches lumbar spineWhen your back hurts, all you want to do is stop and rest.

    As counterintuitive as it seems, though, the key really is to get up and get moving.

    Lumbar spine stretches and the right kind of exercise can be your first step back towards feeling good and living pain free.

    The key is to choose your exercise and lumbar spine stretches wisely.

    Because some of the most common stretches and exercises can do more harm than good.

    When your back hurts, avoid toe touches, leg lifts, and sit ups.

    Yes, they can help stretch and strengthen a healthy back – but one that’s already hurting will only make it worse!

    So what are you supposed to do? Try these exercises and lumbar spine stretches, instead. And feel your pain melt away. Continue reading

  11. 11 of the Best Herbs to Defeat Your Pain

    herbs bestThere’s so many health-related things you can do naturally these days – so why are you still using scary drugs to relieve your pain?

    Because there’s no need to! Not when there are herbs that work just as well at relieving your pain.

    Look no further to find the best herbs for easing your pain.

    Give up the NSAIDs and stick with your healthy lifestyle even when it comes to pain relief. Continue reading

  12. 5 Muscle Trigger Points to Ease Pain

    trigger points muscleWhen you’re in pain, you want it to stop. That’s a given.

    But when you have long-term, ongoing pain, you know it’s not always as easy as popping a pill.

    After all, you want the pain to stop, but you don’t want to live your life constantly on medications, either.

    That’s what makes muscle trigger points that ease pain such an important tool in your pain management skill set.

    They are a completely natural, medication-free way of easing pain.

    You read that correctly: muscle trigger points do not use medicine to ease your pain.

    If you’re familiar with acupressure, those are the muscle trigger points we’re talking about.

    If you’re not familiar, or you want to know more, here’s how it works… Continue reading

  13. Erase Stiff Neck Pain For Good With These 6 Techniques

    neck pain stiffIt’s hard to explain what makes stiff neck pain so difficult to live with.

    You’re not sick. You’re not really injured. There’s no need for a cast or a brace.

    You can still move, go to work, and live your life. But it hurts, all the time.

    Which means stiff neck pain will take its toll on your mood, your energy level, and your quality of life. Even though “nothing’s wrong.”

    Well, we think if something is affecting your quality of life then something is wrong. And if something’s wrong, you deserve to have it managed.

    So, we’ve come up with these six ways for you to erase stiff neck pain and get your – pain-free – life back!

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  14. The Answer to Instant Pain Relief is in Your Kitchen

    pain relief instant The drugstore is full of products promising instant pain relief.

    Unfortunately, that instant pain relief comes along with scary side effects and questionable ingredients.

    You can roll those dice and hope your health doesn’t suffer just because you needed instant pain relief, or you could stick to the all-natural route and look to your kitchen…

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  15. How to Treat Back Pain WITHOUT a Doctor

    back pain treatGenerally speaking, you really can treat back pain without going to the doctor.

    In fact, nearly 90% of all back pain resolves itself within six weeks!

    So before you run to the doctor for a scary shot or dangerous prescription, try to treat your back pain at home, with these simple steps –

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  16. 5 Reasons Why You Are Experiencing Muscle Cramps at Night – and 10 Ways to Fix Them

    at night muscle crampsThe lights are out, you’re just about to sleep, and they hit: muscle cramps at night.

    If you’re lucky, they’re an annoyance keeping you awake.

    If you’re unlucky, they’re painful enough to bring tears to your eyes.

    Either way, pretending you don’t have muscle cramps at night is impossible, wishing them away doesn’t work, and hoping tomorrow night will be better gets you nowhere.

    You have to deal with your nighttime muscle cramps.

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  17. How to End to Back Pain While Sleeping For Good

    While sleeping back painBack pain during the day is bad enough.

    But back pain while sleeping seems worse, somehow.

    It’s the one time you’re supposed to be able to find relief.

    Even just a comfortable position.

    Or maybe you’re fine during the day and your back pain doesn’t kick in until you’re in bed, trying to sleep.

    Either way, getting rid of back pain while sleeping just might be easier than you though – or feared.

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  18. How to Avoid These 6 Common Sports Injuries

    When you think about common sports injuries, you probably think about career-ending breaks or dislocations.

    The kind of injuries that happen to professional athletes. Surely you don’t have to worry about sports injuries.

    Except that the most common sports injuries are ones that can – and do – happen to anyone, even if they aren’t necessarily playing sports.

    If you’re playing with the grandkids, swinging a golf club, or think it might be fun to try and shoot hoops with your old high school buddies, these are common sports injuries that you should protect against.

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  19. How to Plan for Random Joint Pain

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    joint pain randomSome days are just fine.

    You move, bend, twist – all without a twinge.

    Other days, though, not so much.

    Other days you’re struck by random joint pain.

    That may go away once you change position, or it may linger, effecting the rest of your day. Or even your week.

    So how do you address random joint pain so it doesn’t take you by surprise and possibly ruin a good time? Keep reading…

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  20. Ways Bad Furniture Can Implicate Your Health

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    furniture bad Hips ache. Muscles cramp. Joints throb. And you just don’t understand why.

    You’re active, you eat right, you sleep well. It doesn’t make sense. Unless…

    Unless you have the wrong furniture.

    That’s right – bad furniture can negatively impact your health.

    Go ahead and laugh. It does seem ridiculous, and we admit it.

    But that’s part of the issue – bad furniture being a health concern does seem unthinkable, so people don’t think about it.

    And they get sicker and more uncomfortable. So maybe it’s worth reading more… Continue reading

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