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Monday, November 12, 2007

Prescription Drugs Numb Pain But Do Not Heal Pain

I wrote at Ezine article by this same title "Prescription Drugs Numb Pain But Do Not Heal Pain" a few months back. It occurred to me as I came across the post today that while this is SUCH an important issue for me -- I have never discussed it on my blog.

Since writing the article I have seen even more people around me be affected by prescription drug use. In addition to the CDC's Study on The Overuse of Prescription Painkillers, I recommend reading the more political take on the situation set forth by Dr. Mercola. Dr. Mercola is one of the leading contributors on health, health products and living well articles and resources and this video is about the town of Allopath.

Certainly there are very real conditions that warrant pain killers. Believe me -- I was in chronic pain for years and I know and remember clearly JUST how debilitating chronic pain can be. My message is one I have said before in my post on finding a GOOD Doctor that Treats the WHOLE You. PLEASE if you are ill or you know someone that is ill seek out other holistic treatments as well. Make SURE you have a good doctor that isn't just labeling you and handing you pills. What OTHER pain management techniques can you learn so you can limit these medications? ASK your doctor! What work can you do on your emotional state that might help the physical feel better? Being in pain can cause depression and stress which worsens most conditions. Are you open to learning methods on the mind/body connection that even if they don't heal you 100% will undoubtedly make you feel significantly better? 99% of the information I found was free online. What do you have to lose?

When I was taking pain killers I did feel better physically for the period of time they worked for -- then I plummeted into a worse pain. My tolerance built up so quickly and I hate to think what kind and what dosage of pills I would be on now if I had continued. I was 35 when doctors started offering me any pain pill I wanted.

I know people that have been put on hydrocodone or some other pain prescription for an injury and YEARS later are still struggling with dependence issues WAY after the pain has been gone. I've been talking to lots of people about health the last year and in my journey have heard horror story after horror story. People who have lost close friends or family (we're talking mid-20-40 year olds) to overdoses of these pills. People who have lost friends or family because of the gastrointestinal damage these pills do long term. People who have had friends or family develop worse conditions from their long term use. Teachers who have seen KIDS in their schools on these medications they took from their parents or a friend's parents.

The more studies that are done the more results are showing that these prescription pain killers have horrible long term effects on your body. I feel everyone owes it to their own body to be as healthy as they can be and if needed take medications to supplement that. I am still on coumadin for my blood disorder (don't get me started on that drug since it is really "rat poison"). I have my blood monitored regularly and HOPE someday to be free of it. But I am on no more pain pills. I have taken regular Tylenol twice since healing myself and have just had my first mini-illness a few weeks back. This is from someone who has always gotten colds, bugs and was in chronic head-to-toe pain for several years. In January I will celebrate a year of GREAT health!

It is possible to be pain pill free for MANY people who suffer from chronic pain -- not ALL but MANY. Find a good Doctor. If it's a loved one that's ill present them with information on alternative healing. There are so many methods -- find what rings true to you. Study Deepak Chopra, visit Dr. Mercola's site, see The Secret, study up on EFT or the Sedona Method, make a gratitude list so when you're really down you have somewhere to look for encouragement, find a meditation on youtube that relaxes you, pay attention to the influences around you, .... there are countless ways to heal yourself for free with NO medications....

If you are on a lot of prescription medications you must consult your doctor because serious withdrawal symptoms may occur. When I was on pain killers they numbed my pain and allowed me to get through my day. Now that I healed myself I am pain free and enjoy every day to its fullest naturally without worrying about side effects.

I am always available for anyone that wants to investigate ways to better their health. Just send me an email at jennymannion@yahoo.com and I will be more than happy to answer any questions you have and give you tons of resources that helped me. My goal is to empower others to find out all they can about alternative medicine and natural ways to heal.


Mike said...

What an insightful post. Right you are about medications in general, and how careful we need to be with them. Unfortunately medicine is ruled by the big drug companies, and often doctors need to over prescribe to avoid malpractice issues.
I've never had to use pain meds, however some very harsh side effects from a medication I was on caused me to loose my career, it was that bad!

Thanks for sharing and for pointing out that there are alternatives for us!


Jenny Mannion said...

Hi Mike,
Thanks so much for your comments. This is an area I am very passionate about partly because if I had followed my doctors advice and STAYED on these medications I would have been in MUCH worse shape today. Also the amount of people that are on these pills is SCARY. I am sorry for the loss of your job due to side effects. Side effects of prescription drugs can be just as or even more dangerous than what you are trying to treat. I wish you all the best. Thanks for your kind words. Gratefully, Jenny

Lawrence Cheok | A Long Long Road said...

Hi Jenny,

this is really interesting take on modern medicine.

I also belief that our inner state of mind has a large contributing factor to healing. This is something that even modern medicine cannot fully explain.

Jenny Mannion said...

Hi Lawrence, Thanks for your comments. I believe the mind is our #1 healing tool. I healed myself of chronic pain by training my mind to be conscious, mindful, grateful and forgiving. I don't know if we'll ever know everything there is to know about the mind and body. I wish doctors gave more options and weren't so quick to only recommend medications. There are so many means to heal oneself... Thanks again, Jenny

Opiate Addiction said...

Hello Jennifer,

Great post. We need to remember that although the mind is a fantastic healing tool, when dealing with opiate addictions, it's a complicated situation. Only opiate dependency treatment methods can provide an efficient treatment.

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