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Are Your Painkillers Causing You Pain? You Aren’t Alone

Elizabeth Renter
April 8th, 2013
Updated 05/08/2014 at 11:43 am
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pillswhiteinhand 235x147 Are Your Painkillers Causing You Pain? You Arent AloneMedical officials in England are speaking out about a growing and disturbing trend—debilitating headaches that are actually being caused by the drugs meant to stop them. According to the Daily Mail, as many as one-in-50 people in England have regular headaches that are actually triggered by pain medication.

The Problem with Pain Medications, and Natural Alternatives

Experts say too many people are getting on a vicious cycle—popping pills at the first sign of a headache and then experiencing more headaches from the pills themselves, sending them back to the pill bottle again and again. This is sad news for individuals partaking in the pill ingestion, as both prescription and non-prescriptions painkillers have been linked to numerous negative health effects.

Health watchdog NICE says that doctors might not be prescribing the pain medications properly or diagnosing the condition they call medication overuse headache. This is where the medication actually makes the brain more sensitive to pain and more prone to headaches.

So, a reoccurring tension headache or migraine treated with a pain pill could create more and more of the same headaches. All of this is happening while natural home remedies for headaches rest without being noted. And these treatments aren’t accompanied by the nasty side-effects that medications induce.

NICE says many of these headache sufferers could find relief from a different class of drugs like triptans, inhaling oxygen, or possibly even acupuncture. Another class of drugs doesn’t sound like a great solutions, but acupuncture could work. After all, research involving 18,000 people has shown that acupuncture for pain is truly effective.

They say some patients have become so overcome with pain they are asking their doctors to perform brain scans or other diagnostics in order to rule out things like brain tumors, not realizing their source of relief is actually the source of their pain.

A study published in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine defines medication overuse headache as a headache that occurs on 15 or more days per month for at least 3 consecutive months. They say it is most common when the patient uses butalbital or opiods for pain relief.

They recommend relaxation therapy, biofeedback, and cognitive behavioral therapy as potential alternatives and as a method to wean the patient off of the medications causing the pain.

Another option is to use herbal remedies for headaches such as lemongrass. Lemongrass, when made into a tea, has been shown to have numerous benefits, with headache relief being one of the most prominent. (For instructions on making your own lemongrass tea, click the link just above).

Headache sufferers can also find relief from drinking more water, and using essential oils like peppermint and lavender. Massage and other methods of relaxation can further reduce muscle tension that leads to headaches.

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    This is where the medication actually makes the brain more sensitive to pain and more prone to headaches.Colombian dating

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    Few years ago, I had read a similar article on the side effects of medicines that are used to cure headaches. Most of these drugs were not prescribed by the doctors and thus when taken in high doses resulted in severe headaches and other related health

  • Anderson Bradshaw

    If you don't use painkillers properly, then that is a possibility. Regardless, it would be wise to get proper medical advice first before even buying any medication in the first place.

  •!/karen.steffa Karen Steffa

    I was once addicted to aspirin. If I didn't take some every day I got a headache. Now, I just make ginger tea for my headaches if they don't get too bad. I use over the counter pain relievers very sparingly.

  • iamalien

    I have taken most Rx narcotics for pain control and I must say they do control my cervical pain but, they do cause me headaches if I take them at the dosage prescribed.

  • Nathan Lam

    Another pain relief method is using LifeWave's products. It is very effective…and it's like acupuncture but without the needles.

  • bertie

    as a sufferer from chronic pain i asked myself the question – what is pain – pain is there to tell me that something is wrong – so i started listening to my body – what exactly do i feel?
    What do i feel would help?
    Am i doing everything i possibly can?
    Instead of a catch all, every one of us is unique – i learnt how to control pain – those answers come from within, not a bottle.

  • Trinity Brown

    I have known this fact from sometime now. But now that it is mentioned here, I would like to say that taking painkillers very often can have a bad impact on your health.
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