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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
NSAID's, such as Celebrex, Motrin, Naprosyn, Indocin, Mobic, etc., are often prescribed and more often used as over-the-counter (OTC - Aleve & Advil) treatment of many painful conditions. This site helps understand what these drugs are:
WebMD also has great information -
NSAIDs as with many medications have side effects. This website helps in understanding the risks and issues related to use of these commonly used medications from the gastrointestinal perspective.
While bleeding in the gut can be a big problem secondary to NSAID use, other problems can occur. The Food & Drug Administration published a paper regarding these.
Exercise Places
Many people feel that they have little access to appropriate places to exercise. The YMCAs have good, inexpensive alternatives. To find the nearest one use this link,
The communities typically also have good locations. The Santa Clara Senior Center website is
The city of San Jose has many different community centers all of which can be viewed on and
Morgan Hill community centers information is found at
Mountain View Senior Centers is available at
Mountain View Pools is available at
The town of Los Gatos information may be located at Cupertino has resources as well
If going to a center or club for exercise does not interest you, think about using the tried a true means of walking for exercise. is one site with great information regarding starting and maintaining a walking program. The MedicineNet site also has good information
The Mayo Clinic is known world wide; their website has information about walking as well at
Lots of people have seen Prevention Magazine. Did you know they have a website?  Here’s information about walking on their website Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying, Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far. Good advice!
Exercise for Recovery
Actually there are lots of good ways to get exercise. The folks at have some help with getting started. I see many people and hear about doctors telling patients to 'take it easy' or 'don't over do it' or even 'rest and limit your activity.' From my experience this is not helpful. To recovery from any injury, especially trying to recover from or overcome chronic pain, routine and regular exercise is vital, that is, 'concerned with or necessary for the maintenance of life.' Consider this example from the sports page of the San Jose Mercury News last year concerning the recovery of SJ Shark Jeremy Roenick "The day after surgery, Roenick already was skating as he tried to speed up the recovery process for injury that he was told often can take four months to heal."
At times we need one-on-one help with getting into the exercise mode. This is the primary goal of any physical therapy consultation. Most good PTs will be more focused on having you understand that an independent exercise program is the goal of your time with them. The therapists I use will focus on this and will not spend lots of time on passive treatment, such as heat, massage, electrical stimulation and the like.
I like the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability website Their focus is on increasing activity. I quote from their site: Being physically active is good for every body. That's a message you will find many times on this site. Being active is an important part of getting and staying healthy.
Energy work or energy expertise is qigong. This is an ancient Chinese exercise. It's easy to start and allows for increasing intensity over time. The Qigong Institute website opens a doorway to lots of information about this exercise.
A Los Gatos contact for qigong is . The DVDs have been highlighted on PBS television. To purchase these go to . For most patients either Qigong for Seniors or Qigong Flow for Beginners are the best places to start.
Tai Chi
Another ancient Chinese exercise is tai chi. Those seniors who practiced tai chi routinely had better core strength and better balance. They fell less and had less hip fractures. Practicing tai chi helps relieve stress and may even lead to use of less medication for many different conditions. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has information about this exercise and its benefits. The Mayo Clinic has information about tai chi and its benefits at
The Mayo Clinic site includes: You may also find tai chi appealing because it's inexpensive, requires no special equipment and can be done indoors or out, either alone or in a group A Family Practice physician is highlighted on a web site promoting tai chi chuan for those with arthritis at
A nice illustration of Tai Chi is on YouTube -
Other Tai Chi sources:
Gilman Studio at:
Tai Chi and Qigong Videos:
WebMD has information about different types of problems with sleep.
You may need to see a sleep specialist. The Mayo Clinic information on-line regarding sleep difficulty and treatment without medication is helpful -
Hypnosis Network
On Line Pharmacy Help
Pharmahelper is a way to research medications and find an on-line pharmacy. It also allows you to research different treatments for certain medical conditions.
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