About 30 years ago, the medical community shifted how they thought pain should be addressed. “Pain is a 5th vital sign” became the thinking, and new medications were created to block pain… at all costs.
We now know that these medications created a never-before-seen healthcare epidemic. In fact, we now know these drugs weren’t very good at addressing chronic pain in the first place.
What’s more, they require larger and larger doses to achieve an effect over time.(more…)
The truth will set you free!
While much of the information about the opioid epidemic is shocking, it’s important to understand how we got here. For example, when we first learned that 35 billion opioids (half of all the distributed pills) were handled by about 15% of pharmacies, it became clear that there was a network of “pill mills” that weren’t concerned about helping people actually find relief from their chronic pain.(more…)
There is no question that opioids are powerful pain killers. The problem is they are also highly addictive and don’t actually fix the cause of your pain.
If you’re struggling with chronic pain, you may be curious what your best options are for care. How can you fix the cause of your pain, find lasting relief, and avoid these harmful medications?
It’s estimated that over 200 million opioid prescriptions are written each year. This use and abuse has led to an epidemic that’s been fueled by chronic pain.
Opioids temporarily hide pain by attaching to receptors in the brain and boosting feelings of pleasure. Unfortunately, they do nothing to stimulate healing, leading to a pattern of pain, medications, more pain, and more medications.
The good news is that there is a better way to find relief.(more…)