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Pain lets us know when there is something wrong, but sometimes our brains can trick us. Mai Lam/The Conversation NY-BD-CC

Trust Me I’m An Expert: The science of pain

Trust Me I’m An Expert: The science of pain. The Conversation58.7 MB (download)
Our podcast Trust Me, I'm An Expert, goes beyond the headlines and asks researchers to explain the evidence on issues making news. Today, we're talking pain and what science says about managing it.
Most people know what causes their back pain, but unexplained back pain could have a more sinister cause. from

Unexplained lower back pain? It could be ankylosing spondylitis

Roughly a quarter of patients under 45 years suffering ongoing lower-back pain without an obvious other cause will have the disease ankylosing spondylitis.
Low back pain is one of the leading causes of disability in the world. Kendra/Flickr

Using paracetamol for low back pain does more harm than good

People seeing a doctor for low back pain are often told to take paracetamol. But a study published today shows the drug is ineffective for the condition and its prolonged use has harmful side effects.
Up to 90% of the population will experience lower back pain over their life time; around 25% will have it on any given day. Flickr: Christian Bucad

Put down the paracetamol, it’s just a placebo for low back pain

People with lower back pain are usually told to take some paracetamol for relief. But research published today shows that this almost universal advice is misguided. Up to 90% of the population will experience…
Keep your high heel-wearing to less than three days a week. Ed L/Flickr

Health Check: how high heels harm and how to make it better

High-heeled shoes are thought to characterise femininity and beauty, making the wearer feel self-assured and elegant. But they also alter alignment of the feet, legs, and back, and can have long-term effects…
Choose your over-the-counter painkiller based on the side effects you want to avoid. Image from

Health Check: how do you choose over-the-counter painkillers?

If you’re anything like me, your medicine cupboard is chockers with various non-prescription pain remedies: liquids, pills, capsules, children’s painkillers, formulations that are “gentle on the stomach…

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