Daily use, then sudden stopping of pain relievers can lead to rebound headaches

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Q: The podiatrist said that the pain in my feet is arthritis. Tylenol and ibuprofen worked wonders for a while. After the season changed from winter to spring, I didn’t think I needed them, so I stopped taking them.

Mistake! I was immediately hit with rebound headaches, including rebound migraines with flashes of light in my eyes.

I hadn’t had headaches to start with, so I was surprised to develop them when I stopped the pain relievers. Now I’d like to know what I can take for my sore feet that won’t cause me trouble.

A: Daily use of pain relievers, like aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen, puts people at risk for rebound headaches when they stop the medicines suddenly. This syndrome has been termed “medication overuse headache” (Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, online, Feb. 4, 2016).

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Doctors usually think of it as a complication of treatment for head pain, but rheumatologists also see it in situations like yours. Headache specialists often suggest limiting analgesic use to no more than two days a week (Continuum, August 2012).

Since your feet may hurt every day, you might want to try orthotics in your shoes. Anti-inflammatory supplements such as ashwagandha, boswellia, curcumin and ginger often are helpful.

You can learn more about these nondrug approaches to alleviating arthritis pain in our online Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis, available at www.PeoplesPharmacy.com.

Q: White glue or carpenter’s glue is great for removing splinters that are too small to see, though you sure can feel them. These glues adhere especially well to cellulose, the main substance in wood or wood products. Splinters are made of the same stuff.

Apply the glue liberally to the area and let it cure fully, about a half-hour or so. Then…

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