There is an interesting answer to a reader letter from Dr. Roach regarding the use of statins and the potential to cause muscle pain in patients. He claims that up to 10% of users of certain cholesterol lowering statins may suffer from muscle pain. However, this type of muscle pain is very different from Myositis, which is much more rare and serious as it results in not only muscle pain but also muscle breakdown.
At the end, he also expresses the mixed feelings he has about statins which I think many of us share. Yes, they can be life saving in certain patients already suffering from or with risk factors for heart disease, however, it all must be balanced against the possible side effects associated with this class of drugs.
Please read the whole letter and as always consult with your doctor before starting or discontinuing any medication. The internet can be extremely informative and helpful, just so long as we all understand its limitations and that it is never a substitute for in person medical care.
Frozen Shoulder Pain
Ouch! I don’t even like reading about this one. Nonetheless, “frozen shoulder pain” or as it is known more scientifically as “adhesive capsulitis” is an extremely painful and often debilitating condition. In fact it is not even that uncommon, as up to three percent of the population will have to deal with this in their lifetime. The symptoms of this shoulder injury are generally characterized by extreme inflammation and stiffness of the shoulder. Sufferers report symptoms consistent with a discomfort that tends to be present 24/7 with flare ups of more intense pain during sleep, or attempts at sleep (I can’t even sleep if the temperature is not almost exactly 67 degrees.)
Adhesive Capsulitis is caused by a cramping or thickening of the tissue around the shoulder. If you are under 40 and/or don’t have diabetes or a have not experienced a trauma or accident your risk for suffering from frozen shoulder are significantly decreased. Nonetheless, this nefarious condition can affect most anyone at anytime.
The good news is that frozen shoulder treatment options are generally effective. The bad news is that they can be fairly painful. Your doctor may recommend a course of physical therapy, medication or manipulation to loosen the scar tissue. In some cases, surgery may also be the advisable course of treatment.
As with many other joint and muscle conditions when in doubt visit your doctor as other diseases or more serious illnesses could be mistaken for this particular condition. Finally, please share your story with us if you have been so unfortunate as have gone through this type of upper body pain.
This is one of the most common refrains from joint and muscle pain sufferers. We’ve all heard the advice and seen the advertisements on TV explaining that the best way to deal with many common ailments is to stay active. Problem is, for many of us, it does not matter how much ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxen or any other NSAID drug we take it just isn’t that easy.
Musculoskeletal pain, arthritis and degenerative diseases not only affect people physically but they also take a mental toll. Telling a sufferer to “just exercise” is similar to telling a smoker to “just quit” or an overweight person to “just stop eating” so much. Unfortunately, life ain’t that easy. Nonetheless this type of simplistic advice gets repeated constantly.
So what are joint and muscle pain folks to do? Keep getting depressed that they can’t follow the advice constantly being thrown at them, or is there a different way? Surely some of our JPT readers have been able to find alternative treatments or realistic lifestyle changes to help them. Please share. It must be understood that a one size fits all approach to helping joint/muscle pain patients will never exist, nonetheless, simply knowing that other treatment options are available will hopefully be helpful. Please tell us your story. Thanks.
Chicken Egg Membranes As A Joint Pain Supplement
A new study has found that the eggs shells contain numerous amino acids along with chondroitin and glucosamine which may prove effective in lessening the pain associated with osteoarthritis. However, before you start cracking open a dozen eggs remember that you can’t get the benefits in your own kitchen. Extraction from the membrane requires a very specific process and once the eggs are cooked, the beneficial properties are eliminated. However, thanks to the scientists at big pharma, et. al. obtaining these purported benefits in pill form is possible.
Further, solid clinical evidence proving the efficacy of egg shells in treating arthritis still does not exist. Only small scale trials have been conducted. So before buying egg shell based supplements that are marketed as containing hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, etc., please talk to your doctor first about this alternative treatment.
Curious if people who are allergic to eggs would want to steer clear of this supplement. Has anyone looked into this and have more information?
Stems Cell Therapy for Knee Pain
There have been multiple articles lately, including this press release that address the advantages of using stem cell therapy to treat knee pain in some patients. By using stem cells as opposed to surgery many of the risks involved with traditional knee replacement surgery can be avoided such as complications from anesthesia and post op infections. The release also points out that if a patient can also use their own stem cells the risk for an autoimmune reaction in the body could be eliminated.
This regenerative medicine procedure is also very simple compared to other surgical options. The stem cells are simply injected into the body by the doctor. Hopefully the pain of the needle would be the worst of it. The article does not address the long term success rates for this type of treatment, however, that may be attributable to the relative newness of stem cell procedures for treating the knee.
The bottom line is that the introduction of new and less invasive treatment options and therapies is welcome news for the millions who suffer from all forms of joint pain.