The use of opioids for pain is on the rise in America.
It's unfair to point fingers, because the patients have pain and the doctors want to help. Patients come to doctors for that help and expect a pill to make the pain go away. Doctors feel the prescriptions are more helpful than the impact of side effects.
Pain is a signal that the body is out of balance. You want a quick fix when you're in pain. Finding the cause of that pain will help remedy the root cause. Fear comes along with pain.
Thinking about the mechanical causes for pain can help get to the root. Exercise programs can help develop the muscles to support the area that is in pain. Topical creams can reduce pain in the short term. Fixing posture can reduce strain. Eliminating inflammatory foods can make the body feel better. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory. Heat, ice and rest all contribute to healing.
Is there something you can do without pain pills to help your problem and still avoid side effects? It may take time to make those lifestyle modifications.
Listen in as Dr. Lillie Rosenthal joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how you can deal with the source of your pain.