But, what happens if the doctor, after having examined you and run multiple tests, is unable to determine the actual cause of your pain? Without knowing the source, it’s impossible to effectively treat your problem. So as a result, your doctor can only manage your painful symptoms. Hence a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as Ibuprofin, is often prescribed to ease your discomfort.
Unfortunately (because the actual source of your pain was not found and effectively treated) your problem will continue to get worse. Despite using the Ibuprofin, your pain will continue to increase, creating a need for higher and higher daily dosages of the drug.
At some point you may experience stomach problems – a side effect of taking too much Ibuprofin. This, combined with the decreased effectiveness of the drug, will motivate you to look for another painkiller.
This is where the slippery slope of prescriptive drug addiction and destruction of your body and life can begin. A common scenario goes like this:
After Ibuprofin no longer controls the pain, the sufferer usually switches to Empirin Compound or Darvon (which has only recently been taken off the market due to its side effects). Again, in time, the drug will become less effective and your pain will increase.
The next step is often prescriptive opiate use; demoral, oxycodone, vicodin, percocet or morphine. The downward spiral continues – The patient finds that the current opioid dosage suddenly becomes inadequate to control their pain. The dose is increased, which again becomes inadequate to control the pain. Hence the vicious circle of prescriptive drug addiction.
About 48 million Americans (nearly 20% of the population) are abusing prescriptive drugs to control pain, reduce depression and treat anxiety (two common side effects of living in pain). Statistics in the rest of the world parallel those of the United States.
Opiate abuse can have devastating physical, psychological, legal and societal consequences. The physical risks alone include not only addiction, but also nausea, vomiting, depression, diarrhea, constipation, gastro intestinal pain, insomnia, muscle aches and cramps, irritability, convulsions, hallucinations, disorientation, visual disturbances, hypotension, low blood pressure and tachychardia (fast heart rate).
In the end, severe pathologies develop such as cirrosis of the liver, liver failure, kidney failure, respiratory depression, cardiac arrest and lastly, death (which at this point may be a welcome relief).
You may now be thinking – ‘This would never happen to me!’ But tragically, for millions of others in your same situation, it does.
After reading the above typical sequence of prescriptive drug use to abuse, one should ask: ‘Why is pain medication for chronic musculoskeletal pain prescribed in the first place?’
The answer to this question is multifold:
- Medicine is a business – pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars each year from the sales of painkillers, hence doctors receive lots of perks for prescribing them.
- If the cause of your chronic muscle and joint pain is not correctly diagnosed, it’s impossible to effectively treat your problem and so pain management is the only option. And a common method of pain management (in traditional medicine) is prescriptive medication.
Learning of the horrific side effects of using and then abusing prescriptive painkillers, one must ask – ‘Could there be something effective (yet non-invasive) that permanently eliminates chronic foot, knee, hip, back and neck pain?’
A first and vital step to recovery is identifying the correct source of your chronic pain. If the correct source has not been identified, you cannot effectively address the problem.
Only after the source has been correctly identified, can you find the appropriate therapy which will resolve your pain.
A common (but often undiagnosed) source of chronic musculoskeletal pain, are two abnormal foot structures – the Rothbarts Foot and the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity.
If you have one of these two inherited foot structures, a non-invasive approach called Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy will correct your problem once and for all, hence eliminating the need for pain management – drug or otherwise.
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.
If you would like to make an appointment with me to see if I can help you to permanently eliminate your hip pain, go to: How To Schedule a Consultation
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What Is Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy?
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