And things your doctor may never tell you. . .
I enjoy perusing the internet for recent research articles about lots of different topics, especially those related to health and human behavior. A couple of months ago, I stumbled across an article on MSN.com called "12 Things Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Pain Medications". While is was aware of many of these individually, it was really eye-opening to contemplate the potential harmful effects all at once.
All Natural Remedies for Pain Relief
Below, I will share with you the FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW about pain medications. But before we get started, I also want you to know that OptimaLiving specializes in providing all-natural plain relief. Beyond using highly skilled manual therapies, we have invested in technology and products that can help you get immediate relief WITHOUT side effects. To learn more, click on the links below.
Facts about Pain Medications
- 1Pain medication won't cure your pain: The goal of pain medication is NOT to help people become totally pain free. It's to help people manage pain so they can resume activities. "In most doctor's minds, pain control is almost secondary".
- 2Pain medication is just 1 part of a Total Management Strategy: There are many different pain treatments, for example: surgery, injections, pharmacology, modalities and complementary alternative practices such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, acupressure, massage, energy healing, yoga and herbal supplements, etc. It will take time and experimentation to find a combination that works for you. When seeking medical intervention, find a doctor that will work with you to develop a personalized plan using a variety of modalities and interventions that align with your personal values. I recommend trying all types of conservative treatments first. Surgery and prescription medications come with a wide range of risks and complications.
- 3You can develop dependence to opioid drugs: Even if you take your medication as instructed, you can develop a physical (and psychological) dependence and will experience withdrawal symptoms once the medication is stopped. This is become such a serious side-effect that the FDA has recently implemented new processes to prescribe and renew subscriptions in an effort to combat abuse and addiction.
- 4You will likely be constipated: One of the more common side effects of prescription pain meds is constipation. It may not seem like a big deal, but as a Pelvic Floor Specialist, I can tell you that constipation leads to other problems such as hemorrhoids, fissures and can contribute to pelvic organ prolapse or incontinence. Other unpleasant side effect include nausea, itchiness/rash, sedation, and sluggish mental state.
- 5Warning signs of abuse: If you watch the clock eagerly for your next dose, if you have more arguments with a spouse or co-workers, if you have trouble sleeping, or if you have called in early for release - these are RED FLAGS. Here is a recent article highlighting the growing opioid addiction rate in seniors
- 6Over the Counter Medications are not as safe as you think: Most people don't think of Tylenol (acetaminophen) as a harmful drug, but it can be very toxic to the liver. In fact, it is the leading cause of calls to Poison Control Centers in the U.S. Routine use of ibuprofen may cause internal bleeding and most recently has been linked to hearing loss in women. Here are a few articles for you to review: Tylenol and Poison Control; OTC medications cause hearing loss.
These were the top 6 (of 12) points that resonated with me. To read the whole article, click the link below.
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If you are experiencing chronic pain, seek treatment today. Waiting can lead to more damage and time away from living the life you want and deserve. We can help!
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