There is a growing body of evidence showing that long term medication usage is contraindicated for chronic pain. All sorts of problems are arising for people who enduldge in the daily Aspirin and / or Motrin. At least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur annually in arthritis patients alone; patients with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis are 2.5 to 5 times more likely to be hospitalized for NSAID-related gastrointestinal events. Singh G. Recent considerations in nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug gastropathy. Am J Med. 1998; 105: 31S-38S.
With numbers like these there is a growing concern over the overusage of these type of medications for people who are popping this stuff like candy out on the golf course. This article will shed some light on this problem and what you can do to take control of your health and wellbeing through other safer methods of reducing chronic pain.
It is a fact that over 107,00 people are hospitalized every year due to NSAID medication overusage. The primary reason a person will end up in a hospital is due to gastro-intestinal bleeding. What this means is that your guts are literally bleeding on the inside due to hole these medications wear into the intestinal lining. Think of it like pouring acid on one of those red bladder balls and you can visualize what these meds are doing to your insides! Yikes! The NSAID meidcations are used primarliy for the everyday pains that arthritis sufferers experience. You can read more about this if you check out this website at http://www.amda.com . I like their articles because they have cited some good research to help inform people of this growing problem.
So, the million dollar question is what do we do about this?
As a chiropractor practicing in Sacramento, California I am always looking for new innovative ways to help my patients with their pain complaints without long term medication usage. Now I must leave a disclaimer here: At times medication usage is essential depending on pain levels and should absolutely be used. However, they should only be used short term and not for years like so many people are doing right now.
So without using the traditional approach of NSAIDS, where do we go? And, what do we use to decrease our pain levels?
The answer is in the diet. We are learning more and more everyday about the profound impact that diet has on our overall health. A diet that controls inflammation is high in antioxidants from fruits, vegetables and foods in that category that are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Incorporate these foods in your diet and watch your pain and inflammation decrease. Below I have listed some tips to help you decrease inflammation in your body naturally.
DIETARY METHODS THAT REDUCE PAIN AND INFLAMMATION
FRUITS; apples, acerola berries, fresh pineapple, guavas, grapefruit and rhubarb, kiwi fruit, lemons, limes, oranges, kumquats, black currants, blueberries, raspberries, mulberries and strawberries, papaya, cherries, and tomatoes.
VEGETABLES: spinach, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, cabbage, bok choy, onion, leeks, garlic, green onions, broccoli, cauliflower, broccoli sprouts, brussel sprouts, greens.
HERBS AND SPICES: basil, oregano, mint, cloves, tumeric, cayenne peppers, chili peppers, parsley, rosemary
WHOLE GRAINS: brown rice, whole wheat, buckwheat, barley, rye, milet, spelt
FISH AND MEATS: cod, halibut, salmon, snapper, bass, whitefish, herring, trout, sardines, grass-fed beef, pork, naturally-raised (not on grain) chicken and turkey.
FATS: extra virgin olive oil, avocado, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts
Basically if it has come from the earth and is pesticide free and hormone and antibiotic free and not red meat it is good for you and can help reduce chronic inflammatory patterns in your body. If you have been dependent on NSAIDs for a long time maybe it's time for a little change. Try to alter the way you eat and use some of the strategies listed above and let me know if you start to feel better without the overusage of anti-inflammatory medications.