Roughly 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain lasting more than six months. Throughout the past decade, the use of painkillers such as Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin has soared by 300 percent. For many the treatment is worse than the pain. 17,000 people per year, or 46 each day – those are the number of users who die from the medicine, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
For every person who dies from the use of painkillers, 30 more are admitted to emergency rooms due to complications. Dependence on narcotic painkillers is prominent in those who suffer from chronic pain.
Death and dependence are just two of the many side effects of heavy-duty pharmaceuticals. Researchers unanimously agree that addiction to painkillers has risen drastically in recent years. People are so focused on pain that they miss the fact that it is a signal of deeper health problems.
Some suggestions for pain management:
Identify the root causes of pain. Pain is a signal of deeper problems, similar to the warning light on the dashboard of your car. You can mask the light with duct tape, which is what prescription drugs do with pain. You can cut the wires, which might symbolize a surgical approach. Or you can look for the root causes, which is what our more natural, holistic approach seeks to do. Address the problem, and the pain will subside.
Make good choices. Most chronic conditions are caused by bad lifestyle choices. Try walking more, eating and sleeping better, eliminating stress and bad habits from your life, and watch pain decrease and health increase. It’s that simple. Moreover, surround yourself with people who support your healthy choices.
Address mind-body health. You might also explore meditation, yoga and other approaches for filling the holes in your wholeness. See a pain specialist. Specialists at Franklin Pain and Wellness Center have methods and treatments to minimize chronic pain. Our team of nurses and anesthesiologists are specifically trained in pain management and will work with your primary care physician to find the best treatment for your chronic pain.
For the non-narcotic treatment of Chronic Pain contact Franklin Pain and Wellness Center.