Pain Medication: Take This and Your Pain Will Simply Disappear

Pain Medication: Take This and Your Pain Will Simply Disappear

Big Pharma has worked hard to make sure we as Chiropractor of Little Falls MN recognize their products and they work even harder sweeping the dangerous and downright deadly side effects of these pills under the rug. Well, it’s time we pull the rug out from under them and expose the truth.

 Acetaminophen (example: Tylenol and Excedrin): It’s the deadliest over-the-counter pain reliever on the market (6), and the nation’s leading cause of acute liver failure (7). Although, it is the drug people tell this Chiropractor of Little Falls MN they use most often, Federal data shows that every year this drug is responsible for sending as many as 78,000 Americans to the emergency room due to overdose (8). This is partly because liver damage can occur from taking a smaller amount than you might think. According to the FDA, taken over several days, as little as 25 percent above the maximum daily dose of 4 grams (or just two additional extra strength pills a day) has been reported to cause liver damage (9).

 Ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin (example: Advil, Motrin, and Aleve): According to the New England Journal of Medicine, every year these drugs-non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) cause at least 16,500 Americans to bleed to death, making them the 15th most common cause of death in the U.S. (10).

All of these over-the-counter pills are like traitorous double agents. On one hand, they’re on your side providing temporary relief, but their true mission, unlike that of a Chiropractor of Little Falls MN is to simply sabotage your health. Here an example of what I mean. If you take a thousand acetaminophen pills in your lifetime (less than two per month), you double your risk of your kidneys shutting down permanently (11). And here’s another one: In 2009, a study in the journal Neurology showed that those who took the most NSAIDs increased their risk of Alzheimer’s by 66 percent (12).

 Of course, the drug giants have made darn sure these Meds are never more than a hop, skip, and a jump away for all of our Chiropractor of Little Falls MN patients. But what about the pain Meds that you can’t pick up at your neighborhood convenience store? What about the ones that require a prescription?

Prescription drugs are obviously harder to obtain because you need your doctor or Chiropractor of Little Falls MN to prescribe them and you can’t simply waltz into a drugstore, grab them off the shelf, and pop them to your heart’s content. Nevertheless, in spite of that level of scrutiny and control, the amount of prescription medication consumed by Americans is mind-boggling. Over a ten-year period (1999-2010) the number of prescription painkillers sold in doctors’ offices and pharmacies quadrupled. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that in the year 2010 alone, “Enough prescription painkillers were prescribed to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for a month.”(13)

Take a moment and let that soak in, then call a Chiropractor of Little Falls MN to talk about a better way to handle the pain.

While the potency of prescription medications makes them more effective at relieving pain, they also come with a smaller margin for error. Meaning, fewer pills can cause more damage. Which is the reason why a prescription is needed to obtain them in the first place. The prescription gives the doctor or Chiropractor of Little Falls MN control over the dosage and therefore lessens the risks.

Simple, right?

But what if the doctors  and Chiropractor of Little Falls MN are misled? What if they aren’t told the whole truth behind the medication they’re prescribing? What havoc does the potency of these pain relievers wreak then? Take a deep breath because we’re about to dive into two examples where that’s exactly what happened:

 Vioxx: Distributed worldwide, this painkiller was considered to be a “blockbuster” because it averaged over a billion dollars in sales annually (14,15) — that’s a lot of pills being sold. A short while after being on the market a major problem was found:

Taking it skyrocketed the chances of heart attack or stroke by up to 500 percent! (16) Did Merck, the developer, warn doctors of the risk and immediately pull it off the market? Nope. Not a chance. Because of a cat-and-mouse game so complex that entire books (and now mentioned in this Chiropractor of Little Falls MN book) have been written about it, five years passed before it was finally taken off the market. By then, it was too late. The damage had already been done: it had contributed to between 88,000-140,000 heart attacks, about half of them fatal. (17) Blockbuster? More like executioner.

Celebrex: This drug was found to triple the risk of heart attack or stroke for those taking it. (18) But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Celebrex claimed to be easier on the stomach than more established drugs—a considerable selling point to doctors and patients alike. It even had a six-month study to prove it. Not to this Chiropractor of Little Falls MN surprise, it was all a hoax. You see, the actual study was for an entire year, but the researchers simply failed to mention the second half of that study which happen to prove that it wasn’t better at protecting the stomach whatsoever. Why the smoke and mirrors? Perhaps it has something to do with Celebrex racking up more than $2.4 billion in sales. (19)

I hope you’re starting to see that “take a pill and the pain will simply disappear” is as far from the truth as north is from south and that depending on pain Meds to get through your day may be more beneficial for Big Pharma’s pocket book than your health. Speak with a Chiropractor of Little Falls MN in order to learn about better solutions. 

A side note: It’s undeniable that both Vioxx and Celebrex relieved pain, but they did so while hurting a lot of people. Through this Chiropractor of Little Falls MN website I’m going to unveil a method to eliminate back and neck pain that is without any of the dangerous side effects and smoke-and-mirrors you’ve read about so far. Although you have a bit of reading to get through before you’re there, while we’re here now, let me whet your appetite by giving you a glimpse of the effectiveness of this method: a 2003 study published in the research journal Spine showed that just one component of this approach was 500 percent more effective at relieving chronic back and neck pain than either Vioxx or Celebrex. (20) Pretty exciting, huh? 

The last type of prescription medication we’ll address is one we’ve all know there’s a problem with, but what you might not be aware of is how bad the problem has become.

Opioids: (for example: Vicodin, Oxycodone, Oxymorphone, Demerol, Percocet, Methadone, Hydrocodone, and Norco): If there were a “weapon of mass destruction” in the pain medication world, this would be it. How bad are these drugs we  and Chiropractor of Little Falls MN wonder? Dr. Gary Franklin, neurologist and medical director for Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, said, “We’ve seen more than 100,000 deaths between 1999 and 2010, almost twice as many as U.S. casualties in the Vietnam War. In addition, we have millions of people who have become dependent or addicted, who will never be off Opioids, and who will never be helped by these drugs.”

And currently they’re causing 15,000 deaths per year. (21) Their side effects are no walk in the park either ranging from drowsiness and dizziness to confusion, severe constipation, ruptured bowels, depression, coma, suffocation, and more pain. (22)

Let’s take a quick time out and clear up one thing. I as a Chiropractor of Little Falls MN am not saying that pain-suppressing drugs have no place in healthcare. When used at the right time and for the right reasons, pain medications are good. On the other hand, if we believe something as foolhardy as “If I’m in pain I can take a pill and it will simply disappear” chances are we’ll use pain Meds at the wrong time and for the wrong reasons which can result in very serious problems. As a Chiropractor of Little Falls MN, I think we all can agree on that. Dr. Virgil V. Strang, Dean of Philosophy and Director of Professional Ethics, Palmer College of Chiropractic, put it perfectly into perspective when he said, “It is one thing to offer pain suppressing drugs to a dying 85-year-old; it is quite different to administer painkillers to a 20-year-old who has fallen on his buttocks.”

Certainly, there are times when taking something to help with the pain is absolutely necessary and there are other times when it’s not. Knowing that difference and being aware of the risks involved is an important step toward getting your back and neck healthy and pain-free. 

And the issues mentioned in this article are just the tip of the iceberg—not good news for pain sufferers.

You’ll discover more by reading our next Pain Myth or by call thing this Chiropractor of Little Falls MN.

Summary 

* MYTH: “Take something for the pain, and it’ll simply disappear.” Drug companies have repeated this line for decades for one reason: to get you to buy their product so that they can make money. Don’t fall for it. It’s a lie. Pain medication may help you feel better, but it does so while leaving the cause of your pain unaddressed. It’s a short-term fix, not a long-term solution like getting a health care plan from a Chiropractor of Little Falls MN.

* TRUTH: All pain medications have side effects. Some are worse than others, and all are worse than what Big Pharma wants us to believe. The way to get back and neck pain to disappear is not found in a pill that overrides the body. It will, however, be found in a proven method by a Chiropractor of Little Falls MN that works with the body. It’s as simple as that.

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