Learn What the Pharmaceutical Industry Is Not Telling You
Pain Meds and Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Throw out those bottles of pain medication sitting on your shelf, luring you in with false promises of relief from pain and injury!
Why, you ask?
What pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs are doing to your body while they lull you into believing that your body is recovering is vital information that is often guarded most meticulously by pharmaceutical companies. Pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs effectively counter your body’s natural healing mechanisms, while they diminish the extent of the symptoms you experience. Ultimately, all that pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs can do is to lull you into a false sense of security.
Prolotherapy, on the other hand, is what I call “honest” pain relief. It actually cures and treats the injured area. It not only treats the pain, but it also heals the affected tissue. Moreover, the treatment can also help strengthen those parts of your body that are either susceptible to injury or degeneration. The point of prolotherapy is to heal you in a way that eliminates the need for any other form of treatment or medication in the future. Believe me, a good prolotherapy doctor is one who can eliminate a patient’s need for any form of medical treatment. Instead of starting them off on a course of treatment that will have them coming back for more, as is the case with long-term use of pain medication, .
A lot of people ask me: what are the benefits of prolotherapy? I say strongly that if you are in a lot of pain because you were in a car accident, you need to get out of pain as soon as possible but you don’t just want to cover it up with pain medications because that gets you in trouble with potential addiction and all of those complications from putting medications in your body.
- Prolotherapy heals your body and in doing so, equips it with the tools it will require to remain strong, and heal quickly and effectively.
- Pain medication is designed to temporarily address the symptoms, whilst increasing your body’s dependency on pain medication.
Best Use of Pain Medication and Anti-Inflammatory Medication
Before you begin to fret, worry not. I am not going to recommend that you swear off pain medication altogether. If you have a headache after a long, stressful day at work, and have to attend a work event after, by all means, help yourself to some Advil. However, if you have chronic migraines, I strongly recommend you consider prolotherapy. I have personally seen the marked difference Most people are not aware of how incredibly effective prolotherapy treatment is in stopping chronic migraines. However, pain medication is the most wrong way to go when you are trying to alleviate chronic pain. In my professional opinion, the best way to use pain medicine is short-term, because long-term use can create significant problems.
The same goes for anti-inflammatory medicine. They offer quick relief and are easily available over-the-counter, however, they are not completely innocuous. There are some very significant disadvantages to taking them, on both a short-term basis and on a long-term basis.
- Pain medication may be used safely on a short-term basis. Treating chronic pain with pain meds has severe side-effects.
- Anti-inflammatory medication offers quick relief, but are accompanied by some highly undesirable side-effects if used on a short-term or long-term basis.
Everyday, more than 30 million Americans use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to soothe a whole array of mild to medium aches and pains – headaches, sprains, arthritis symptoms, menstrual cramps, gastrointestinal discomfort and pain, fevers, toothache and so on. Some examples of these meds are Aspirin, Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and Naproxen (Aleve). Most people who use these do not typically suffer any visible side-effects. But it important to know that when you swallow a pill, it affects your entire system, and not just the part that hurts. So, while the Advil you just popped might be doing a stellar job of easing your pain and discomfort, it may also be having some side effects – some severe – on other parts of your body. The following are some common side-effects that accumulate with long-term use of pain medication:
- Gastrointestinal issues like ulcers, constipation and other problems in your esophagus, stomach and small intestines
- Hypertension and other adverse effects on the cardiovascular system
- Kidney damage
- Allergic reactions
- Dependency, addiction, and unstable moods
Mention must be made of another dangerous side effect that is typical with the use of opiate pain medication. Patients must be warned that while opiates help relieve pain drastically, they do not cause the affected areas to heal. Oftentimes, patients will overuse the injured areas before they are completely healed because the lack of pain makes them believe they are healed. This results in further complications, even longer healing times, and sometimes, permanent damage.
Remember, pain is your body’s way of telling you “Hey friend. Stay off this foot if you want to keep using it”. Taking that response away can be severely damaging.
- One single pill affects your entire system, and not merely the part of your body that hurts.
- Side-effects build over time, can be severe and affect almost any part of your body.
Immunosuppression is defined as the partial or complete suppression of the immune response of an individual. It is induced to aid in the survival and/or recovery of organs, tissues, muscles, bones etc. It is perhaps the most detrimental side effect of using pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs. It effectively slows down the recovery and healing process of the body. For injuries that patients sustain because of a trauma or automobile accidents, these medicines will cause a decrease in inflammation. Inflammation is the natural process of your body to repair itself. When you pump chemicals into your body to stop that inflammation, you impair your body’s own natural defenses, your own ability to repair your body.
Of course, these medicines do play an important role in treatment. But doctors should prescribe them only based on the patient’s needs. Limited extent, limited time in order to ensure that the body’s natural ability to heal is not impaired.
- Inflammation is your body’s natural response to injury and illness. Inflammation causes pain.
- Pain meds and anti-inflammatory drugs limit inflammation, thereby hindering your body’s natural healing process, and perhaps even exacerbating the extent of the injury.
If you have been injured, before you reach for pain medication or anti-inflammatories speak to one of our experienced prolotherapy doctors in Buffalo.