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  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Perimenopause unlikely cause of hot flashes at age 31

    Q: I have hot flashes, sweating, heat rashes and headaches. Could it be pre-menopause? I'm only 31. I'm not interested in having more children. Ideas? A: The symptoms you describe are typical for a woman approaching menopause. But you haven't mentioned...
  • Back pain often overdiagnosed and overtreated

    Harvard Health Blog What doctors call "routine" back pain can really, really hurt. Surprisingly, the best treatment is usually quite conservative--over-the-counter pain relievers, ice and heat, and gentle exercise. Yet for decades, many doctors have been...
  • Importance of expiration date depends on the specific drug

    Q: I have several medications that are well beyond their expiration dates. Does that mean that they won't work -- or are dangerous? A: The manufacturer's expiration date on most medications is 2-3 years from when the pills were made. This assumes they're...
  • When is surgery needed for a pinched nerve at the elbow?

    Q: I may need a procedure called a cubital tunnel release. Can you tell me what is actually done during this procedure? What should I expect after the surgery? A: The "cubital tunnel" refers to a passageway along the inner part of the elbow. It's bounded...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Supplements can't prevent arthritis, but may offer pain relief

    Q: Is there any evidence that glucosamine and chondroitin can prevent arthritis? A: This is an excellent question, and it raises an issue of great interest to people who already have arthritis or are worried they may someday develop the disease....
  • Some health screenings may do more harm than good

    Certain health screenings, such as colonoscopies and cholesterol checks, are wise preventive measures, but other common tests may be unnecessary. "I think we're doing too much over-screening," says geriatrician Dr. Suzanne Salamon, an instructor at...
  • Take steps now to prevent losing height later

    Q: I'm 68 years old. I used to be 5-foot-6-inches tall. I just visited my doctor and my height was just over 5-foot-4. Will I continue to shrink? What can I do to help stop it? A: Starting at about age 40, people typically lose about half an inch each...
  • The right diagnosis is key to effectively treating foot pain after walking

    Q: After walking about 1 kilometer, the balls on both feet are really sore. And I find it hard to walk around for about 2 hours after. What could this be? A: Pain in the balls of the feet is a common problem. The medical term is metatarsalgia. Some...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Low back pain, cramping among common symptoms of dysmenorrhea

    Q: I have a lot of painful cramping with my periods. But I also get low back pain. Is this related? What do you suggest? A: Doctors call the problem of painful menstrual periods dysmenorrhea. Most often, women with this condition report crampy pain in...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Doctors have multiple treatment options for "twitchy" legs

    Q: I sometimes get "twitchy" legs at night. It disturbs my sleep. It's not painful; my muscles just sort of twitch. What could be causing this? Is there a way to prevent it? A: From your description, restless legs syndrome could be the cause of your...
  • Pain relief could lower blood pressure during gout attack

    Q: I recently had an attack of gout and my blood pressure went up. I take my blood pressure pills regularly. Are the two conditions related? Do drugs for hypertension cause gout? A: Gout is caused by a buildup of a normal waste product called uric acid....