- Why the British Painometer is Going Off the Scale
- Are you one of the 28 million suffering this problem?
- Doctor no help? Then read our alternative advice and recommendations
I’ve been researching and writing about health matters for almost fifteen years…
Every so often I see statistics for how many people suffer from pain. By that I mean chronic pain problems – nagging issues that last for more than 3 months.
Now I’ll admit that you can take statistics in all kinds of ways. Sometimes it’s a matter of interpretation. Ask any British politician!
But I’ve noticed something significant over the past fifteen years…
The statistics for pain are going up.
It used to be 1 in 20… then 5 in 20…
…Up to HALF the UK population is in pain.
That’s an estimated 28 million people.
This isn’t some “plucked from the sky” figure in The Daily Mail or some advert for painkillers… this is according to dramatic new research in the British Medical Journal.
By scouring literally thousands of medical studies they’ve worked out that between a third and half of the adults in this country experience chronic pain (more than three months). This was a lot more than the experts predicted.
It’s as if the British Painometer is heading off the scale!
We’re heading for 100% TOTAL AGONY!
There isn’t really a Painometerer, of course. Although perhaps I should build one so that our doctors begin to realise that this is a significant health problem.
As the report’s author Dr Fayaz says, chronic pain should be seen as a disease in itself and taken much more seriously.
Because if you’ve been to the doctor with pain complaints, no doubt you’ve been…
…Told that it’s just your age…
…Given painkillers that have side-effects and don’t stop the underlying problem…
…Sent for tests that never find the source of the pain…
…discouraged from trying alternative therapies…
…told that it’s all in your mind!
Well, considering that I’m 50% likely to be talking to someone who suffers chronic pain (that’s you, by the way) I thought I’d give you some of the best information and recommendations The People’s Doctor has to offer.
I’d urge you to look through the below articles and webpages and see which ones best match your problem. Some are conventional and scientific, others are complementary. That’s how we roll at The People’s Doctor.
All I ask is that you’re open-minded.
Actually, talking of your mind, let me address the first big issue head-on (sorry about the pun).
Yes, pain might indeed be all ‘in your mind’.
But that doesn’t mean it’s not true pain.
When your brain causes your body to hurt
It has been shown that depression can cause pain (and, vice versa, pain can cause depression). According to the American Pain Foundation, 65% of depressed people in the USA also complain of pain.
And in this 2004 study, The Link Between Depression and Physical Symptoms it’s shown that…
“Physical symptoms are common in depression, and, in fact, vague aches and pain are often the presenting symptoms of depression. These symptoms include chronic joint pain, limb pain, back pain, gastrointestinal problems, tiredness, sleep disturbances…”
It can be a vicious cycle…
Chronic pain gets worse as neurochemical changes begin to increase how sensitive you are to pain, meaning you begin to feel it in other parts of the body…. causing your mood to get even lower.
So if low mood, unhappy circumstances or depression could be a factor, I’d urge you to consider talking to a professional counsellor, or close friends and family, to see what can be done to improve your life and relationships.
Making yourself happy might be the most important first step to a pain free life.
Once you’ve talked to some people who can help, consider this…
Tap into the natural power source that helps your mind and body work properly
Magnesium is a natural supplement that can lift your mood, get you a better night’s sleep, and help you avoid one of the principle causes of chronic pain. It can also tackle problems like cramps, restless legs and aching bones.
Find out if you’re one of the millions in the UK that don’t get enough magnesium in your diet – and get a 60-day trial to see how it could make a difference to your pain problems.
You could also consider electricity…
How electricity works on chronic pain
I know this sounds odd but take a look at this article on our website: How electrical therapy could ease pain an HEAL damaged joints, ligaments and muscles.
In Microcurrent Therapy a small device sends electrical currents directly to damaged areas of your body – for instance a torn knee ligament or an arthritic hip.
These mimic your body’s natural electrical currents, stabilizing the electric balance of the injured cells, helping your body’s tissues heal themselves.
As an example, a 2004 case review into chronic lower back pain says that in 90% of the subjects “microcurrent treatment was the single factor contributing the most consistent difference in patient-reported pain relief.”
If you’re interested in experiencing it for yourself, here’s a product that you can wear throughout the day to get the effects of this therapy.
It’s important to consider natural alternatives to painkillers and drugs, for the simple reason is that the drugs don’t always work these days.
For instance, a study in The Lancet reveals why paracetamol doesn’t help 8 out of 10 people who take it to ease their knee and hip pain. You can read all about it here.
So if you have knee and hip pain, it’s worth looking into something like this…
A natural attack on the causes of joint pain using…. Silica!
This topical lotion uses silica, which helps replace the minerals you lose from your muscles, ligaments, cartilage and bones when you age. It repairs joint cartilage and strengthens your immune system for quicker healing and recovery. You can read about it here.
All this information should help get you started on the path to a life of less pain…
I know there’s a lot of information to read in today’s email – so if there’s anything specific you want me to look at in the next month or so, write in and let me know.
I can’t offer one-to-one medical advice but I can pass on research, studies and recommendations in these People’s Doctor emails.
Oh, and finally, if you want to read the new pain research in the British Medical Journal and see for yourself, you can do so here. It has the snappy title, Prevalence of chronic pain in the UK: a systematic review and meta-analysis of population studies.
Until next time, stay healthy!