Is Pain Relief Worth the Risk?

When you’re in pain, you can feel overwhelmed. Nothing else seems to matter except finding a remedy to make the pain even a little less severe. The problem is, pharmaceutical companies have used the media and medical doctors to push pain-relief medications onto patients as the sole solution, to the tune of 259 million prescriptions annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There is a two fold problem: First, although relieving pain is important, it rarely addresses the root of the problem. That means the pain will continue to return– and the need to for taking pain-relieving medications will continue.

Second, evidence suggests pain killers help alleviate the pain in a not so good way– by preventing the sufferer’s ability to feel pain or anything else, for that matter. We’re talking about death by painkiller, and the CDC estimates that 46 people die every day from a painkiller overdose. That’s nearly 17,000 Americans a year who seek pain relief – and end up dying for it.

If you’re in pain, don’t just turn to the medicine cabinet or a doctor’s prescription. Get a thorough evaluation to determine the source of the pain, and then ask about nondrug alternatives like chiropractic care. Pain relief is important – but it’s not worth dying for.

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