The FDA recently announced that it will approve a new painkiller that is 10 times more potent than Oxycontin. Really? Is that what we need FDA? In a country where deaths from prescription pain killers rose from 4,000 in 1999 to 15,000 in 2008? Should we really make it even easier for people suffering from chronic pain to add a debilitating addiction to their list of problems?
If you suffer from chronic pain, you need to know that you have several alternate options to manage pain that don’t involve addictive drugs. Keep in mind, there is a time and place for strong drugs to manage pain, but pain is a symptom of a bigger problem. Painkillers simply mask the symptoms. This is far from a comprehensive list, but if you haven’t tried some of these alternative methods of pain management do some research. Try one in place of, or in conjunction with a more traditional treatment plan.
- Yoga has been shown to be effective in treating low back pain. Yoga can strengthen weak muscles, increase flexibility and increase oxygenation to body tissues.
- Meditation helps patients face the pain and then release it. Meditation can then help the patient take the focus off the pain and shift focus to something more pleasant.
- Accupuncture is somewhat of a mystery to Western medicine. It works for dental pain after surgery, menstrual cramps and pain caused by fibromyalgia.
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) can train your brain to think differently about chronic pain. Negative thoughts about pain can cause stress and anxiety which actually increases the pain. CBT helps to decrease it.
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