Getting to the Cause of Your Pain

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   There are 76 million Americans diagnosed with chronic pain conditions.  This dwarfs any other kind of diagnosis, including common killers like heart disease and cancer.  Most people are concerned with the impact street or recreational drugs have on people’s lives.  However, what you may not know is that the leading cause of drug addiction is pain killers.  Drugs, whether over the counter or prescribed, only cover the symptoms of pain and can be dangerous.  When covering symptoms only, you ignore underlying causes and the problem can get much worse.


   Most people seek drugs as the only available solution to pain.  Or worse, they try surgeries.  When people are in pain, it makes sense that they will do anything to find relief, the first step should be to find the causes.  Real causes exist that must be addressed and there are a multitude of solutions to pain beyond drugs.


  1. As strange as it sounds, painkillers are the leading cause of yes; pain.  If you look at the list of side effects of over the counter and prescription drugs, you will actually find that they cause more pain.  Painkillers cause hyperalgesia; where you become more sensitive and less tolerant of pain.  There are biochemical consequences that can lead to continued pain even after the problem had healed.  
  2. A common and likely cause of pain is a disturbance in your spine that irritate your central nervous system.  Past trauma, slips, falls, poor posture, bad sleeping positions, and stress can all contribute to spinal issues.  Correction of these issues by a chiropractor, as proven by a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, works better than medication and without the dangerous side effects or potential addiction caused by drugs.*   
  3. Another cause of pain, also impacting the central nervous system is stress and emotional trauma.  Stress overstimulates the nervous system and causes the release of inflammatory chemicals that contribute to pain.


Understanding what causes the pain is just as important as relieving the pain and is better for your long-term health.



*Annals of Internal Medicine January 3, 2012 vol. 156 no. 1 Part 1 1-10