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Posts on drugs and medications.

Knee pain & steroids

Have you ever had a steroid injection for knee pain from osteoarthritis?  You might have been better off with a saline (salt water) injection. A new study reports that steroid injections did not improve pain or function scores for those who got them (compared to saline group) and in fact may accelerate the breakdown of the cartilage compared with saline injections.  Between the two groups in the study, there was no difference with pain at any time across the two groups. The only major difference was that the steroid group showed a loss of cartilage compared to the saline group.  The researchers suggest using steroid injections for flair ups of osteoarthritis pain but not as an “long-term treatment strategy”!

Chronic Pain & Opioids

Chronic pain is one of those things that can literally make you lose your mind or even damage it.  A study of over 10,000 elderly adults found that those adults dealing with moderate to severe chronic pain, also had a significantly more rapid decline in cognitive function including memory, attention, as well as increased signs of dementia. This was compared to people with little to no pain. So instead of getting a prescription for opioids when you are in pain, find your local chiropractor, as study after study has proven its effectiveness in reducing the symptoms of those with chronic pain.!!

Over the counter meds and heart attack

Do you take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Naproxen, Diclofenac, etc.) on a regular basis?  I just read a study that found taking these over-the-counter meds on a regular basis, may increase your risk of a heart attack by as much as 30 percent.  Apparently they can influence platelet aggregation, cause blood clots, cause arteries to constrict, increase fluid retention and raise blood pressure.  Even though they are readily available drugs, they are not necessarily without risk especially if you have cardiovascular disease. It is a stark reminder that these drugs are not harmless.  There are supplemental alternatives for these painkillers. Talk to your Chiropractor on how to get pain relief from safer and more natural resources.

Opioids and Risk of Death

Pain is a fact of life and because of that people tend to seek out ways to reduce pain with their daily activities.  Did you know that fatal drug overdoses now have surpassed suicides and car accidents as a cause of death according to the CDC?  The death rate for opioid overdoses quadrupled from 1999 to 2015.  That means 91 Americans a day now die from opioid overdose. Though all age groups are more at risk for dying, those between their mid-40s and 60s are the hardest hit.  Chiropractic helps people of all ages reduce the pain that prevents them from enjoying life and can improve the function of the spine and body for maximum performance.  Don’t let prescription pain killers control your life…talk to your chiropractor for more alternatives…. !!

Back Pain and Over-the-Counter Meds!!

Did you know that a study recently showed that NSAIDS, (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.) are no more effective than placebo for combating low back pain and other forms of spinal pain? In other words, these meds work no better than doing nothing. What is even more interesting is that 5-6 patients would have to take medications in order for just one person to achieve any meaningful benefit.  Beyond that, these meds also can cause cardiovascular and GI issues.  So if you are in the majority of those who do not benefit from these meds, visit your chiropractor for the pain,. Why wait?

Chiropractic verses Prescription Pain Meds

Did you know that in the US, we have 5% of the world population, however we consume 75% of the worlds prescription drugs? From 2007 until 2010, 48% of people said they were taking a prescription medication, this includes one in every four kids.  Are Americans that sick compared to the rest of the world or is something else going on?  Seems to me someone is making a good buck at the expense of the good citizens of the US, while getting and keeping them addicted.  As medical physicians prescribe enough painkillers to medicate every American adult, every 4 hours, for an entire month, Chiropractic is a great way to help reduce dependence upon prescription pain meds and the potential for abuse.  Let that sink in!  Chiropractic works!

Chiropractic Pain Relief Without Meds!

Did you know a study in 2013 reported that non-specific low back pain is a “relatively common recurrent condition.”   Unfortunately the front line treatment for it has typically been prescription meds. The sales of opioid pain relievers quadrupled from 1999 to 2010. In 2010, enough opioid prescriptions were written to “medicate every American adult” with a standard dose of 5mg of hydrocodone (Vicodin) every 4 hours for a month…a staggering but sad statistic.  In fact, more than 165,000 persons died from overdose related to opioid pain meds from 1999-2014.  A 2015 study showed spinal, hip and shoulder pain patients had modestly higher pain relief and satisfaction with chiropractors at a lower overall cost relative to those patients who initiated care with a medical doctor initially.  The costs of care were 40% lower with treatment initiated by a chiropractor.  Try chiropractic for your pain issues, it saves money, is more effective and your satisfaction will be higher!!

Inflammation and carbs may drive cardiovascular disease!

In a follow-up to my last blog, several years ago I talked about a very large study on statins (cholesterol meds) that showed being on them gave you about a 1-2% less chance of dying from a “cardiovascular incident” than those people not taking them.  I would never tell a patient or friend to not take their meds but I would ask them to take a close look at the scientific evidence in light of the current trend of physicians to load patients up with meds that barely work and have significant side effects.  The current thinking on cardiovascular disease is that cholesterol is not a significant driver of cardiovascular disease but bad carbohydrates and inflammation are.  This is evidenced by the newest statins that were discontinued from study because even though they lowered cholesterol, those taking them died more often, or as often, as the control group from a cardiovascular incident.  Take a good close look at your diet and eating habits and be proactive and look for foods that have anti-inflammatory properties and reduce the bad carbs.  It may save your life without the side effects!

Meds, Dementia and Cognitive Impairment

If you have never heard of the term anticholinergic, you are not alone.  However, if you have heard of these medications, Benadryl, Demerol, Dimetapp, Dramamine, Paxil, Unisom, VESIcare, then you now know the over-the counter and prescription meds under this classification.  A recent study of those who use these drugs shows a link between cognitive impairment and increased risk of dementia. Studies have shown those older individuals who use the drugs did worse on short term memory tests, tests of executive functioning, including verbal reasoning, planning and problem solving. These people also had reduced brain volume and larger ventricles (cavities inside the brain). These individuals also showed lower levels of glucose metabolism both in the brain and in the hippocampus of the brain, which is the region associated with memory and also identified as the region that is affected early on by Alzheimer’s disease. If you or a loved one is using these long term and notice any of the related symptoms, talk with your doctor. There are alternatives!

Acid Reflux & Kidney Disease

Did you know that your medication for heart burn, ulcers and acid reflux may be leaving you at risk of kidney problems. Meds such as Prevacid, Prilosec, Nexium’ Protonix, Aciphex and others are in a class of pharmaceuticals known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Apparently a recent study of the data shows that patients who took the PPIs had a 96% risk of developing kidney failure and 28% increased risk of chronic kidney disease compared to patients who took histamine H2 receptor blockers. If you are taking these types of meds, contact your doctor and discuss alternatives. Look into nutritional choices as well, because there are alternative that do work!!