- Why the experts have got it wrong about pain relief for so many years
- New study reveals why the drugs don’t work as well as they should
- 3 natural ways to ease the agony of stiff, painful joints
The walls are beginning to crumble.
For decades, doctors and pain sufferers have been propped up by powerful painkillers.
No, they didn’t always work.
Yes, they could have terrible side-effects.
But they were the ONLY answer.
Or so we were led to believe.
Now our confidence in traditional painkillers has been rocked by a series of revelations.
In March, I told you that research published in the Lancet showed that Paracetamol doesn’t offer the kind of pain relief for aching joints that most people would expect.
For instance, if you have backache (like millions do) it’s just not going to work for you.
Then in April a study from The University of Toronto showed that as well as inhibiting pain, an ingredient in many painkillers called acetaminophen blocks other signals in your brain…. ones that help you with your everyday concentration and responses to danger.
If you missed it, you can read it here.
Then in June I told you how experts believe more than HALF of the UK is suffering from chronic pain, despite all of our supposedly pain-killing drugs.
Now there’s this…
It turns out that the idea of a magic bullet pill that targets pain in everyone is wrong!
Breakthrough British research has shown that we all respond to pain in different ways. Our nerves don’t always react to certain types of pain in the same manner.
It means that the idea of a mass marketed pill to kill pain was never going to help everyone deal with their problems.
Professor John Wood from the research team says:
“We use ‘chronic pain’ to describe all sorts of pain conditions with different causes, but we now need to differentiate them so we can develop new specific treatments.”
In other words, we need to look at each individual and apply specialised pain relief solutions.
The irritating thing is…
In all the articles I read about this news, nobody challenged our unhealthy dependence on drugs like tramadol, oxycodone or morphine.
It was all about “we need a new generation of painkillers”.
I’m not so sure that should be the focus.
While painkillers do work for some people sometimes… and they are an essential part of our medical armoury – we need to start thinking about preventing pain in the first place, and tackling long-term chronic pain with all the options available.
Targeting the true causes of pain
For instance there are all kinds of reasons some might be in chronic pain…
• Depression and mental health issues
• Undiagnosed illnesses
• Poor posture including computer or office-based repetitive stain
• Bad diet
• Lack of exercise
If these were addressed first, some people might not require painkillers.
And there are all kinds of solutions that don’t require drugs…
• Therapy and self-help for emotional problems
• Education about posture, desk-alignment
• Meditation and other forms of stress relief
• Yoga and Pilates
• Low pressure-exercise regime involving swimming and walking
• A more balance diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods
• Avoiding trigger foods that can increase sensitivity for pain
Plus we have an arsenal of alternative home treatments that can help – or at least you can try them and see how they work for you without worrying about side-effects.
3 natural ways to ease the agony of stiff, painful joints
An example is Arthropharma, which I wrote about a few weeks ago. It contains active ingredients in a natural gel that help form a protective cushion around painful joints. At the same time it can also help treat the damaged joint.
Or there’s this silica-based lotion. This can help repair joint cartilage and strengthen your immune system for quicker healing. You can read about it here.
Finally, you can also use micro-electrical currents to tackle pain. You can wear it under your clothes to counteract common back and neck pain problems without anyone knowing – and not a pill in sight. Click here for details.
Are you in pain? Perhaps you can help us…
If you have issues regarding chronic pain, we’d love to hear from you. We can’t give direct medical advice but we can use your feedback to create issues of the People’s Doctor that deal with your most pressing health problems.
For instance, do you rely on painkillers for a health problem?
Or have you found an alternative approach that works for you?
Let us know! It would be good to share knowledge and experiences.
I’ll be back with more soon.
Until then, stay healthy!