Pain

  1. Can blood boost tendon healing?

    Study backs injections for tennis elbow

    You don't have to play sports to suffer a "sports injury," but you'd better have an athlete's salary if you hope to pay for any of the mainstream treatments.

    The latest superstar-backed procedure involves drawing the patient's blood, whipping it around in a centrifuge to separate the cells, and injecting the platelet-rich plasma into injured tendons and ligaments to stimulate the healing process.

    It's been used by guys like Tiger Woods, and at between $500 and $2,500 a pop -- not covered by insurance, by the way -- you can see why it's out of reach for most people.

    Now, researchers say you can skip the centrifuge business and just inject whole blood into the tendon. It doesn't work quite as well -- but since it costs a lot less, maybe it's worth the tradeoff.

    Researchers compared the two treatments in 28 tennis elbow patients and found that those who got the Tiger Woods-level plasma-rich cells had a 61.47 percent improvement after six weeks, while those who got the "lite" version had a 41.6 percent improvement.

    Encouraging? Maybe -- but don't sign up for either treatment yet, because the research on PRP has been a pretty mixed bag over the years. And as anyone who's seen Woods' mediocre play lately can tell you, he's not exactly a swinging endorsement for it.

    It shows how difficult soft tissue injuries are: Here's a guy with all the money in the world -- even after the divorce -- and even he can't make a full recovery.

    But that doesn't mean there's no hope for you -- because you've got something Tiger Woods doesn't (and I don't mean a happy marriage).

    You've got me.

    I had the full scoop on tendon injuries like tennis elbow in the March issue of my newsletter, including the reasons your own doc will botch the diagnosis and leave you in more agony than ever before.

    More importantly, I've got the simple and inexpensive four-step plan that can chase away the pain for good.

    You don't need a million bucks for my answers -- just a subscription to the Douglass Report, which you can take care of right here.

  2. More pain, no gain

    Is there anyone NOT in pain these days???

    The feds say 116 million American adults -- or 40 percent of us -- are suffering from chronic pain... and it's costing us a ridiculous amount of money.

    The number they're throwing around is $635 billion a year -- but that includes all kinds of wild guess-timates about lost productivity in the workplace and such, so who knows what the real figure is.

    In any case, it's safe to say it's a shipload of money -- and I don't know if you checked the National Piggy Bank lately, but it's not exactly overflowing.

    Meanwhile, another new study shows that we're not getting much for our money: Despite however many hundreds of billions of dollars in healthcare costs, we haven't made so much as a dent in the pain.

    Researchers looked at studies covering arthritis, low back pain, headaches, and fibromyalgia and found that half of all patients get absolutely no relief, while the other half gets a paltry 30 percent reduction in pain.

    If that's not the surest sign we're on the wrong track, I don't know what is.

    Now, I can't possibly diagnose and treat 116 million pain patients here in the Daily Dose... but I can say with complete confidence that most of them continue to be in pain because their own doctors can't diagnose or treat their pain either.

    They're utterly clueless when it comes to the causes of pain -- and when you don't know the cause, you can't find a solution.

    So they just up the dose of the painkillers... and up the dose of the painkillers... and up the dose of the painkillers until they turn you into a full-blown druggie who's hooked on meds AND in more pain than ever before.

    If you're heading down that path, all I can say is switch course right now -- before you find out what pain REALLY is.

  3. Massage beats pain meds

    I'm not one to question the health benefits of a good massage -- and if anyone wants to rub my back, I won't say no...a new study finds that the hands-on treatment doesn't just feel great -- it can actually bring more relief for back pain than powerful drugs.
  4. Placebos work for headaches

    We've been hearing plenty lately about the effectiveness of the placebo… and now, a new study finds that sugar pills work for headaches nearly 40 percent of the time.
  5. The colorful cure for migraines

    If you're battling migraines, it's time to start looking at the world through rose-colored glasses.
  6. Common painkillers boost heart attack risk

    According to a study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, some of the world's most commonly used painkillers can dramatically boost the odds of a second heart attack or even death within days of taking them.
  7. The truth behind 'quick' relief

    It's the perfect pill for Generation Now: Bayer claims its new aspirin can chase away pain in a fraction of the time of the old stuff.
  8. Back pain scam exposed

    Your pain is a surgeon's gain, especially when it comes to back pain -- just don't count on that pricey operation to actually solve your problems.
  9. Painkillers linked to erection problems

    You don't have to be a sissy to hit the pain pills every day -- but the side effects can turn you into one.
  10. Doped-up seniors take more tumbles

    Docs have been dishing out prescription dope -- opioid painkillers -- to help patients fight osteoarthritis pain, and a new study finds that it's led to a wave of drug-induced falls and fractures.

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