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I recently read two opposing viewpoints on the treatment of chronic pain. Both were written by doctors; one that feels a necessity to prescribe invasive drugs in chronic pain treatment and one that sends a plea to medical colleagues to rethink the use of these harmful drugs. Following are both sides, along with my own personal viewpoint.
In the first article, Pain Management: Education is Key, the author starts out: “While chronic pain is effectively treated with opioids…”
I must say that this above statement is one that only a pain management doctor could come up with! What does he mean by ‘effectively treated’? Considering the side effects of opioid abuse – nausea, vomiting, depression, diarrhea, constipation, gastro intestinal pain, insomnia, muscle aches and cramps, irritability, convulsions, hallucinations, disorientation, visual disturbances, hypotension and tachycardia – how can opioids possibly be considered an “effective treatment” by any stretch of the imagination?
Certainly opioids control pain, but with the certainty of needing greater and greater dosages to keep the pain under control. With addiction and severe pathology looming over the patient’s head, how can a medical professional even consider using such an invasive ‘therapy’? What ever happened to the Hippocratic Oath “Do no harm”?
The author also states: “Primary care doctors, who encounter chronic pain patients more frequently, need to be fluent in dosing and monitoring the use of pain pills.”
I personally don’t believe ‘dosing and monitoring’ is a viable solution to the current pandemic of prescription opioid abuse. The solution is to find the actual source of the chronic pain and effectively treat it (in a non-invasive manner) so the body can heal. The pain then goes away – not because the body is numbed by drugs – but because the joints and muscles have regained their health.
Prescribing dangerous pharmaceuticals is really an admission by doctors that they don’t know the source of the pain or how to cure it.
The good news is that some doctors are starting to rethink the standard practice of drugging chronic pain patients into silence. In the second article; Doctors Call For An End To Long-Term Prescriptions For Opioid Painkillers , three California doctors have published their plea in the Archives of Internal Medicine to rethink the use of narcotic prescription drugs as medication for patients who experience chronic pain.
They state: “These drugs may serve a purpose when used for short-term pain relief, but should not be used long term. Instead, patients should be counseled about non-pharmaceutical alternatives for chronic pain management such as exercise, yoga and physical therapy.”
These California doctors are definitely on the right track. But though they are suggesting less invasive therapies, their mindset is still in pain management. So here’s my viewpoint: doctors need to start thinking about finding a permanent solution. The only real solution is to learn about the common source of most chronic pain, so as to effectively treat it and then release their patients in good health.
To learn about a common source of chronic pain, read: More Information On What Is The Rothbarts Foot
To read more on the consequences of taking prescription pain medication, read: Why Chronic Pain Sufferers Are At High Risk For Prescription Addiction
Why struggle with temporary fixes and treatments that only work in the short term when you can be free, once and for all, of the chronic muscle and joint pain that is making your life miserable?
As you learn more about my innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
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Professor/Dr Brian A Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy RPT
Author of Forever Free From Chronic Pain and The Foots Connection to Chronic Pain