Dear Pharmacist,

I have chronic pain and take ibuprofen daily plus hydrocodone and celecoxib. I'm willing to do anything right now that could help. The craziest thing is that nothing happened to me, I just developed pain over the years, no accidents, no trauma. Can you help me?

—D.W., Boca Raton, Florida

Dear Pharmacist,

I have neuropathies all over my body, it feels like pins and needles. I take pain medications. Is there anything natural I can do or take?

—G.D. Seattle, Colorado

Dear Pharmacist,

I take 4 different medications now. Lately, I've had stomach pain, insomnia, headaches and dizziness. I am sure it's related to my medicine. What should I do, stop everything?

—L.E., Seattle, Washington

Dear Pharmacist,

I had to get a colonoscopy last month, and fortunately, everything is okay but it made me worry about colon cancer. My doctor recommended a stool softener and laxative for me if it gets bad. What else do you suggest for colon health?

—P.C., Ocala, Florida

Dear Pharmacist,

Recently I saw a major network news program about researchers looking for drugs to prevent Alzheimer’s. The doctors interviewed held out so little hope and it really upset me that they didn’t suggest diet and exercise. Both my parents had dementia. I’m scared of it happening to me.

—A.F., Chicago, Illinois

Dear Pharmacist,

I take Synthroid for my thyroid condition and also Wellbutrin for depression. I am in pretty good health other than my hair still coming out, and I have cold hands and feet, but I feel better overall. What else can I take or do to help myself?

—R.P., Boston, Massachusetts

Dear Pharmacist,

Two of my relatives have pancreatic cancer, and I’m worried sick for myself. No symptoms yet, but is there anything I can share with them, or take myself?

—D.T., Sacramento, California

Dear Pharmacist,

What are popular medications, and their natural counterparts?

–A.T., Dallas, Texas

Dear Pharmacist,

I have brain fog, attention deficit and a general feeling of disconnection to the world. I take the drugs Provigil, Zoloft and Clonazepam. I also take vitamins but nothing helps. I see a psychiatrist who says I’m just depressed from my divorce. Honestly, I’m not, I’m pretty normal but my brain feels weird.

–E.R., Anchorage, Alaska

Dear Pharmacist,

Everyone in my family gets sick, what can I do to help myself?

--K.B., San Antonio, Texas

Dear Pharmacist,

I'm frustrated and happy at the same time because last week you taught me about a blood test called "leptin" and how it relates obesity. I've been the same weight for 5 years and can't lose anything, yet I eat very little. Please share more.

--A.S., Gainesville, Florida

Dear Pharmacist,

I'm taking a prescription drug version of fish oils for my heart and cholesterol. I want a plant-derived option because I'm a vegetarian, plus I get "fish burp." Are there plant-derived essential fatty acids, or do you have to get it from fish?

--H.B., Plano, Texas

Dear Readers,

I want to get healthy this year. I have all sorts of problems that plague me and curious to know if you were my "doctor" what labs would you have me do to uncover the root cause?

--A. C., Newark, New Jersey

Dear Readers,

Here are some interesting FDA-approved items for 2013 in the United States. My column is printed in various languages so I apologize that I've only listed English brand names, please ask your local pharmacist for translations. Happy new year!

Love, Suzy

Dear Pharmacist,

You said that some drugs are related to fluoride and may cause hypothyroidism or other diseases of the reproductive tract. Which medications and why?

--D.L., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Dear Pharmacist,

I'm prone to tension headaches, but during the holidays, they're constant. I take ibuprofen and sometimes hydrocodone. Can you help me?

--J.R., San Jose, California

Dear Pharmacist,

What is your go-to supplement for immunity? I want to get through the season without getting sick this year.

--L.S., Long Island, New York

Dear Pharmacist,

I heard your lecture on free "The Gluten Summit" last week and was shocked to find out I take gluten every day in my medicine, and I'm a Celiac. Can you write more about this food additive?

--P.M., Austin, Texas

Dear Pharmacist,

I have a bedroom problem. I took Viagra for several years, and it stopped working, so I was put on Cialis. Sometimes that helps, sometimes not. I'm too embarrassed to ask my doctor again, she says this is a part of aging because I am 58. Any suggestions?

--T.M., Bethesda, Maryland

Dear Pharmacist,

What is the number one thing I can do to prevent diabetes?

--T.H., Seattle, Washington

Dear Pharmacist,

I have nerve pain that is chronic and related to my diabetes. I take medication for that, and want to add some supplements that might help. I promise to ask my doctor if they're alright for me, if you pick my question and answer me in the paper. Love your work Suzy.

--P.T., Tulsa, Oklahoma

Dear Pharmacist,

I have eczema that comes and goes, and I'm currently using a steroid cream which helps. I am sure when I stop the cream, it will return. Any advice?

--E.H., Tampa, Florida

Dear Pharmacist,

I take a water pill (diuretic) for blood pressure. Now, I have to take Boniva for osteopenia. Is there a connection? What's next for me? I've read you for years so please pick my question for the paper.

--H.J., Ocala, Florida

Dear Pharmacist,

I am debating whether or not to fill the prescription for Estradiol, and I want more information on this drug and estrogen in general. I need it for hot flashes.

--M.G., San Diego, California

Dear Pharmacist,

I have two small nodules in my palm, they are small and painless, but I see (and feel) them below my pinky and ring finger. My doctor's appointment isn't for two months and I'm worried. Can you weigh in?

--C.S., Sacramento, California

Dear Pharmacist,

I get headaches during sex. It's not all the time, but I'm worried. It takes the fun out of it. My doctor said don't worry. But I do.

--E.L., Dunnellon, Florida

Dear Pharmacist,

I take a dozen antibiotics per year due to frequent infections. What else can I take? Don't worry, I take probiotics, what I want is a natural antibiotic.

--M.W., Santa Barbara, CA

Dear Pharmacist,

I have neck pain, sciatica and headaches. I've tried prednisone, Celebrex, Ibuprofen, Vicodin, physical therapy, chiropractors, massage, reiki, acupuncture, prayer work, laser and 2 surgeries on my neck. Nothing helps. Please, any ideas?

--D.C., San Diego, CA

Dear Pharmacist,

I am 60 years old, and now I'm told I have osteoarthritis. My doctor said that there is no known "cure" for this. I need to know the best natural treatments.

--O.W. Melbourne, FL

Dear Pharmacist,

I need more options to protect my vision. I take prescription eye drops, but I'm steadily declining.

--R.J. Decatur, Illinois

Dear Pharmacist,

I am now up to 14 medications for the following problems: High cholesterol, heart disease, pre-diabetes, cataracts, arrhythmias, allergies, memory problems and enlarged prostate (BPH). The medications make me sick and sleepy. I need some fresh perspective.

- C.P. Kansas City, Kansas

Dear Pharmacist,

What do you think about fish oil being linked to prostate cancer? I used to take it everyday but stopped after hearing about it in the news. Do you still recommend it?

--L.D., Miami, Florida

Dear Pharmacist,

I take a reflux medication daily as well as a chewable antacid. In the last 2 months, I've dealt with severe "Charlie horses," toe tingling and occasional heartbeat skips or runs. My doctor prescribed leg cramp medication and referred me to a cardiologist. I know you're a columnist, but I intuitively feel you can help me. I've been fine for 8 months.

--G.W., Peoria, Illinois

Dear Pharmacist,

I met you at a book-signing and you said something that stuck. You told me that if I have allergies, fatigue and multiple chemical sensitivities that I may have a "methylation" difficulty. You also told me not to take Green Coffee Bean extract. Can you please tell me more?

--S.J., Vail, Colorado

Dear Pharmacist,

I see a naturopathic doctor for chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. She recommended coffee enemas. Suzy, I'm a faithful reader, do you think this is safe?

--V.A., Seattle, Washington

Dear Pharmacist,

I use hydrocortisone cream for my bug bites. It works, but is there something else to manage this or the pain and itch? Me and my kids get bit frequently and I don't like the idea of 'taking a bath' in chemical creams.

--K.K., Tulsa, Oklahoma

Dear Pharmacist,

I have osteoarthritis and take ibuprofen and hydrocodone. Glucosamine helps, but even after 6 months, I'm still stiff and riddled with pain. What else can I do?

--D.Y., Sarasota, Florida

Dear Pharmacist,

I read your article on Bartonella, and how pets can indirectly give it to you. What other diseases do pets transmit? Are there antibiotics?

--S.J., Orlando, Florida

Dear Pharmacist,

Please help me and my daughter. I have hot flashes, what is the best herbal supplement to help with that? Are there any home remedies for UTIs (urinary tract infections), and finally, what can my daughter do for bloating during her monthly cycle? I've heard that drinking more water (not less) helps, but that seems opposite of common sense.

--H.T., Denver, Colorado

Dear Pharmacist,

What do you recommend for strains, sprains and spasms? I'm an athlete and have something happens all the time!

--T.S., Dallas, Texas

Dear Pharmacist,

On facebook, you said people catch Lyme disease from their pets, which tote ticks. That's how I got Lyme, and I have Bartonella too. I found out because of you, and it explained my symptoms of joint pain, confusion, memory loss and seizures. I owe my life to you! I love you, don't take that the wrong way.

--D.C., Des Moines, Iowa

Dear Pharmacist,

Do you agree with Angelina Jolie's decision to remove her breasts to prevent cancer?

--S.I., Atlanta, Georgia
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