Pain relief drugs may help when you’re in pain but are they really doing you any good? Although they help relieve your pain they don’t fix the underlying issue causing the pain, so the use of pain relief can turn into a long term, unnecessary addiction. Pain relief should be taken in the smallest amounts possible and for a short period of time.
Treating the underlying problem is the most effective way to rid your body of the pain. Remember you are not in pain because you are deficient in the pain killer. You are in pain because your body is inflamed, too acidic, lacking nutrition etc. When you are deficient and in nutrients you cannot be healthy and the next step is to be in pain.
Many pain relief drugs have side effects. There is strong evidence that many of them raise risks of heart problems, says Elliott Antman, M.D. in a report some time ago. Elliott is a cardiologist and Professor at Harvard Medical School. People often start taking these medications seeking pain relief for a temporary problem. “The patient feels better and they make the assumption that they need to continue taking this medication,” Antman said. “It’s a very important cycle to interrupt. Doctors who cannot find another way to control their patients’ pain symptoms should proceed with caution.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a diverse group that also include Motrin and prescription varieties like Celebrex and Voltaren which have been used for decades as painkillers. It is important to take the pain killer with the lowest risk to your body, in the smallest dose, for the shortest time necessary to relieve the pain.
In Denmark, a team led by Anne-Marie Schjerning Olsen M.D, a research cardiologist at Copenhagen University Hospital, some time ago reviewed medical records for nearly 84,000 heart attack survivors, 42 percent of whom reported using NSAIDs.
Another study conducted showed more cases of second heart attacks and strokes among the NSAID users after just a week. Researchers reported that NSAIDs raised the general risk for heart attacks even in apparently healthy people. The painkillers have also been linked with stomach bleeding and kidney failure. Although many doctors endorse the short-term use of the common painkillers when there are no other pain-relief alternatives, the study authors decided there is no safe amount of time to take NSAIDs, according to Dr. Olsen.
Reports can be found by American and other Danish researchers in the British Medical Journal that new NSAID users faced an increased risk of a dangerous heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation. The risk was higher among older patients, those using Celebrex and people with chronic kidney problems.
At the University of Florida College of Medicine, doctors who studied the records of older patients enrolled in a trial of competing blood pressure drugs, found that longtime regular NSAID users faced a nearly 50 percent higher chance of death, heart attack or stroke. Further to this findings by Anthony Bavry, M.D. in the American Journal of Medicine, suggest that doctors should weigh the dangers of these medications carefully. Dr. Bavry led the study and recommends acetaminophen (Tylenol) to his patients, because it may have a much lower risk of heart complications than other NSAIDs. Dr Bavry said that, “just because something is available over the counter doesn’t mean its use is free of any risk.”
Over my years as a therapist I have seen many people addicted to prescribed medication which is also in turn making them ill. It is necessary to choose your medication wisely and to be educated about what you are taking. Whilst a pain reliever is good in the short term taking them long term may cause organs to fail and even maybe kill some people. Treat them with care.