For many, painkillers are a necessary evil. With the ban of over-the-counter provision of condeine in Australia earlier this year (Source: RealRelief), people are becoming more aware of the impacts of painkillers on our bodies.
Common impacts of painkillers (the “garden variety” Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen) include affecting gut lining (Source: World Journal of Gastroenterology), and increasing risk of heart attack and stroke (Source: US FDA). There has also been a rise in deaths due to opioids (Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse).
Most clients that come in to see me who are taking painkillers, wish they weren’t. I’m constantly amazed by the pain threshold of people who live with pain, simply because they’re concerned about the impacts of painkillers, or already have noticed them.
One client with a severe back injury, had been taking Endone (Oxycodone Hydrochloride), but found the impact to his kidneys was too great. His kidney function had been reduced and his kidneys became achy. Research has linked opiod-based painkillers (like endone) with kidney disease (Source: International Journal of Molecular Sciences).
Coritsone injections are another common pain relief, especially when it comes to sciatica. Unfortunately, they have a limited short-term benefit and no long-term benefit according to Lancet researchers (Source: ABC).
“The best estimate we have from previous studies is that corticosteroid injections reduce sciatica (leg pain associated with back pain) by only five points on a 100-point scale compared to placebo in the short term, with no long term benefit,” Associate Professor Hancock said.
If you’re looking for natural pain relief that provides an alternative to painkillers, Liberated Health can help you. We restore the natural flow of energy of the body to remove congestion and eliminate pain.
We serve the Illawarra, Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven and South Coast. Treatments are provided to clients at Lotus Wellbeing Centre in Wollongong.
p.s. This is article is designed to be informative only, and should not be used to diagnose your symptoms. If you have any severe or recurring symptoms, please see your GP. It’s better to be safe!