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Since college, I've packed on quite a few years and more than a couple of extra pounds.

Along the way, I've learned a painful lesson about my predicament -- aches and pains seem to be an uncomfortable part of growing old while growing wider.

Sitting at a computer most of the day is bad for my back... clicking keys while writing and editing stories is torture on my hands and wrists... and playing basketball while carrying more than 30 extra pounds wreaks havoc on my knees.

What I've also learned: I don't need over-the-counter painkillers or doctor-prescribed drugs to numb the pain.

In fact I've discovered what I consider a painkilling miracle. But first let me tell you about a couple of ways to beat pain without drugs.


When done properly massage can rub you the right way while kneading away the pain.

Doctors immediately think of giving drugs to patients who are in pain after major surgery. But a new study has found that massage is just as effective and far safer.

A group of 605 patients who had undergone major surgery, and who were in great pain for more than four days afterwards, reported a significant improvement after massage.

The patients received either standard, drug care, or 20 minutes of massage, or back massage for five days after surgery. Both massage groups reported a greater lessening of pain and unpleasantness than those in the drug group.

Neuromuscular Massage Therapy is a very specific technique that treats soft tissue pain (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia or skin). Trigger point therapy are identified and deactivated. This technique provides pain relief from sciatica, neck pain, shoulder joint pain, jaw pain and more.

Orthopedic Massage is an approach that includes an evaluation to see if your muscles are inhibiting joint movement. An expert works on your muscles while you are moving them to help improve problem areas and relieve pain.


Diet has long been proposed as a natural alternative to pain-killing drugs. Research is pointing towards the favorable effects of eating certain foods to ease pain.

This kind of approach has sometimes been referred to as the arthritis diet as some individuals have found it particularly helpful in dealing with their arthritic pain. However it may prove effective in all kinds of pain management.

Pain experts urge you to consider diet as merely one tool that you can use in management of your pain.

The cause of much of our pain is something called inflammation. Inflammation is often characterized by redness, swollen joints that are warm to touch, joint pain, joint stiffness, or loss of joint function.

The Top 25 Inflammation-Fighting Foods
really green lettuce
black beans
chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans)
kidney beans
navy beans
pinto beans
sweet potato

Green Lipped Mussels

Massage and diet offer a great one-two punch against pain but I have found an all-natural product that banished my awful hand and wrist pain... and did it in just two days!

I was ready to accept the fact that the pain in my wrists and finger joints was with me for the rest of my days.

After all, I am closing in on 50 which means I have been banging away at keyboards for some 30 years now. Repetitive motion is known to cause terrible pain and typing is about as repetitive as you can get.

But just as I was about to throw in the towel and consider fastening a pencil to my forehead and using my head to peck at the keys, I stumbled upon Pernax, a tiny pill crafted from green lipped mussels from New Zealand with a little pain-soothing rosemary oil for good measure.

I followed the directions and gulped three of the tiny Tic-Tac sized pills the first day I got my achy hands on a bottle of the stuff.

Less than two day after starting the regimen, I was sitting in my living room recliner, grinning like a crazy person, while holding up my right arm and rotating my wrist in circle after circle.

My wife thought I had lost my mind. Truth is I had lost my joint-stiffening pain for the first time in months.

If you suffer from joint pain, inflammation, arthritis, respiratory issues, allergies or high cholesterol, Pernax is exactly what you need. The main ingredient is an extract from green lipped mussels. The GSM oil in Pernax contains a perfect trinity of Omega 3's, Pufa's (Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids) and a unique carotenoid.

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@ 11:30am ET on March 30, 2009
My mother has had great luck with salmon, my best advice is to cut all simple carbs from your diet and see how your body reacts. Within a day my arthritis pain is mostly gone, so it isn't the weight loss that improves things.
Also, I have been having nice feelings about Neprinol but I am wondering if the feeling is nice enough to justify the price. Any comments on this, anyone?

@ 1:06pm ET on April 14, 2009
I've actually used the Pernax product,it's excellent. I also subscribe to a low carb diet and eat an "Anti Inflammatory" diet, between the two my joints feel 10 years younger.

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