Doctor’s Tip: More random health tips

Greg Feinsinger

Last week’s column was a potpourri of random health tips, and this week’s column is more of the same.

NEUROPATHIC PAIN (nerve pain): Examples of this kind of pain are sciatica and shingles pain. According to the current issue of the American Family Practice journal, this responds best to the anticonvulsants gabapentin (Neurontin) and pregabalin (Lyrica); and to the SNRI (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) duloxetine (Cymbalta).

LOW BACK PAIN: According to the above journal, “Exercise is the main intervention that produces sustained improvement in chronic low back pain.” Muscle relaxants such as Robaxin are no better than a

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