Chronic Pain

Steroids And Surgery Bring Little Relief From Sciatica

Sciatic nerve pain (or sciatica) is a painful condition most often caused by a herniated disc in the lower back, which puts pressure on the sciatic nerve — the longest nerve in the body. Other causes of sciatica include irritation of the nerve from adjacent bone, tumours, muscle, internal bleeding, infections in or around the […]

NSAIDs: Popular Painkillers Soon To Carry Risk Warning Labels

Back in 2011, we told you how widely used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, naproxen and fenoprofen can increase your risk of a second heart attack by as much as 45 per cent. These popular painkillers have also been associated with a 66 per cent chance of developing dementia, and a 57 per cent […]

Risks Of Paracetamol Are Underestimated

Previously, we told you how the popular painkiller paracetamol (acetaminophen) lands 78,000 people in A&E each year. We also told you that, when used as a hangover treatment (even after drinking a small to moderate amount of alcohol), paracetamol increases the risk of kidney disease by a staggering 123 per cent. Too much of a […]

Tramadol: When The ‘Safe Option’ Painkiller Turns Out To Be Lethal

Tramadol hydrochloride — also available under alternative brand names including Zydol and Zamadol — is an opiate painkiller used to help relieve moderate to severe pain. It works by affecting chemicals in the brain and nervous system which are involved in the sensation of pain. This commonly prescribed painkiller is often seen by doctors as […]