Most providers advocate for an alternative to strong painkillers - going natural may be the way!
As a society, we’re conditioned to reach for over-the-counter painkillers the moment we feel any sense of discomfort. Prescription-strength painkillers are usually present in the medicine cabinets of those suffering from chronic pain. The good news it this: there are many natural alternatives available for those of us who prefer to avoid the potential problems associated with pharmaceutical solutions for pain.
The Dangers of Popular Painkillers.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), acetaminophen, corticosteroids and opioids are the most common types of medicines used to address pain. All of them stop us from hurting, but none are without side effects, some of which can be severe.
NSAIDs which include the active ingredients in Aleve®, Advil®, and Motrin®, may cause stomach ulcers, bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract and impaired kidney function. These painkillers have also been shown to undermine the inflammatory process, making it more difficult to truly heal.
Acetaminophen, the ingredient in good old Tylenol® is not without its own side effects too. It may affect your liver and kidneys, and cause unusual bleeding, to list a few of its possible complications.
Corticosteroids, which make up your steroid shot or prednisone, dampen the body’s immune response, deplete essential vitamins and minerals and may cause swelling and unwanted weight gain.