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Dr. Oz: No-pill pain fighters for chronic pain, back pain and knee pain

Get Dr. Oz's solutions to back pain.
Get Dr. Oz's solutions to back pain.
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I'm typing this after gulping down an Advil to try to treat an aching shoulder from lugging an overweight cat to the vet. Whether you have temporary pain like mine, chronic pain from a condition such as fibromyalgia, recurring back pain or frequent bouts of knee pain, drugs don't have to be your only recourse, says Dr. Mehmet Oz. He revealed on his show today no-pill pain fighters for all these problems and more.

Dr. Oz suggests that pain patches can help with shoulder pain such as I have. They put medication directly on the sore place for prompt relief. For example, you can use Salonpas Pain Relieving Patch (click for details). Other options include Icy Hot Extra Strength Medicated Patch and Tiger Balm Pain Relieving Patches.

Back pain has become one of the most common reasons that people miss work. But what's the solution? Dr. Oz's guest expert David Hanscom, MD, has created a DIY solution that involves addressing the variables that impact your perception of pain. The process uses the tool of writing to change your pain cycle. It's detailed in his book "Back in Control: A spine surgeon's roadmap out of chronic pain" (click for details).

Can what you eat help alleviate pain? Yes, says Ashley Koff, RD, author of "Mom Energy: A Simple Plan to Live Fully Charged." And we feel cheery about her cherry solution. Ashley says:

Cherries contain anthocyanins, which work just like aspirin or ibuprofen to turn off the body’s pain signals. Skip the juice and enjoy 20 or so cherries – remember they are a carbohydrate so they will give you quick energy and are best paired with colorful vegetables, healthy anti-inflammatory fats (like nuts and seeds), and proteins (also found in nuts and seeds). You can blend your frozen cherries with a tablespoon or two of cashew butter for a delicious icy, creamy, pain-reducing treat.

We looked for options and recommend reading the labels carefully: Some cherries contain artificial dyes. We like Tillen Farms Cherries, Bada Bing and Oregon Fruit Pitted Red Tart Cherries in Water (click for details). For cashew butter, we recommend organic, such as Raw Organic Cashew Butter.

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