January 20, 2019

Chronic Pain and Medication

Chronic pain now affects 116 million Americans, and our medical system's first line of defense is powerful pain medications. This is a problem for a variety of reasons, but here are a few reasons that it's a ridiculous route.
1) Pain pills don't do anything to fix the problem, they only cover it up. For example, why fill your car with oil when you can just disable the oil light on your dash?
2) Powerful pain killers take away the pain, but they can also cause serious addiction problems - the destruction of health, relationships, and death.
It is not always the doctor's fault either. Patients need to take responsibility for their own health. You need to be your own advocate.
If you keep going to your doctor for chronic pain but haven't tried to make a change in your lifestyle (nutrition, stretching, posture, chiropractic, massage, acupuncture), you're exposing yourself unnecessarily to the risk opiods bring.

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