The EMERGENCY secret to pain relief!
Doctors have been ordered to CUT the number of patients taking dangerous opioid drugs and STOP giving them out for minor aches and pains.
Are they doing it?
It’s a shame, because there are better ways to beat pain. In a moment, I’ll let you in on a secret that some sharp-eyed emergency-room docs have already spotted when it comes to relief from even the most agonizing aches.
First, a new study shows how too many docs take the opposite approach.
Nearly 1 in 3 opioid prescriptions in outpatient clinics list NO medical reason for the drugs.
No injury. No surgery. No chronic pain conditions. Nothing.
Since the docs won’t list the reasons, we can only guess why they’re prescribing the drugs.
Maybe some are just plain lousy at keeping records.
But I’d be willing to bet that many know they’re giving the drugs out for conditions where they DON’T work and SHOULDN’T be prescribed.
And they KNOW how bad it’ll look to write that down.
A 2015 study, for example, found that opioids are no better than plain old over-the-counter NSAIDs for severe low back pain. A 2016 analysis of 20 studies reached pretty much the same conclusion.
Yet docs keep giving opioids for back pain!
And that’s not all.
Up to 30 percent of arthritis patients are given opioids despite the fact that the drugs often don’t work very well. And even when they do, patients quickly build tolerance.
That means that you need higher and higher doses for the same relief -- exactly how you get to overdose levels, even if you don’t think of yourself as an “addict.”
It’s the same story with other conditions, from headaches to injuries. Even in emergency rooms – where pain is often at is absolute worst – opioids have flunked.
But there IS something that has worked in ERs, and it could work for you, too: “emergency acupuncture.”
In at least two studies, this needle therapy actually beat opioids!
Yet mainstream docs routinely REJECT acupuncture – claiming that it can’t possibly work -- and GIVE opioids, even when they are unable or unwilling to document WHY they’re prescribing them.
If that’s not a sign of how these docs are simply clueless when it comes to pain, I don’t know what is.
The reality is that many offer opioid drugs as a quick fix because they don’t have to time to figure out the real cause of pain conditions. Even if they did, I’d bet that many of them would lack the skills.
Harsh? Yes. But true.
If you’re battling ongoing or chronic pain, don’t let some doc pass you a prescription and consider his job done. Work to get the cause under control instead.
As well, consider treatments that a mainstream doc might reject -- including acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, and other proven non-drug therapies.