When it comes to the daily process of dealing with chronic pain, it may seem like the best thing to do is take medicine to at least get you through the day. The use of Opioids and other painkillers has almost become synonymous with many chronic pain patients but the American Academy of Neurology has recently discovered that this trend is doing more harm than good.
Painkillers do for users exactly what their name says—kill pain—but not permanently. While they are simply easing the pain—which is important for chronic pain patients—they aren’t actually doing anything to improve the patients’ health. With the amount of overdose deaths rising every day, and the addicting components of many painkillers used to ease pain, the risk of treating chronic pain with these drugs strongly outweighs the benefits.
There has also been evidence that the use of painkillers can even backfire against a patient who uses them in heavy doses. High doses of Opioids can actually train your nerves to respond more intensely to pain, and could result in patients consuming more painkillers to dull the pain even more and creating a vicious never-ending cycle.
If you depend on painkillers for your chronic pain, try to find other methods to help get you through your day, such as cognitive behavioral therapy. In order for everyone to get past the problem of pain killers, we have to make a stand in not making it the default choice in pain control.
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