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Chronic Pains: Is your pain killer worth the pain?

March 3, 2017

Chronic Pains: Is your pain killer worth the pain?

Experts at Apollo Spectra have established that most people will suffer from lower back pain at some point in time in their lives. And the pain story doesn’t end there – Given our sedentary lifestyles, cushy desk jobs and lack of proper nutrition and exercise, we experience various forms of knee pain and back pain. In today’s world, it’s not uncommon for even young students to be complaining of back and knee problems, amongst other joint aches and pains.

Our most common reaction to pain is to take a painkiller from our medicine cabinet at home. But are these long-term pain relievers? What do these anti-inflammatory drugs actually do once they are in your system? Are there any side effects of painkillers? It’s time you got the answers to these questions before you take back pain tablets, medicine for knee pain or any other joint pain medicine.


Side Effects of Pain Killers

Medicines for back pain and other body aches and pains include various substances such as aspirin, ibuprofen, morphine, etc., all of which can have a variety of short term and long term side effects. While these anti-inflammatory drugs might be treating your knee or joint pain temporarily, they are most likely creating havoc in your system.

Here are some of their most prominent side effects:

- Loss of Muscle Control

While painkillers give you an immediate high, they also cause the muscles in your body to abnormally relax, thereby causing you to lose control over your own body. Even simple tasks such as driving that require muscle coordination could be dangerous as you would have reduced the ability to react to stimuli and control your movements accordingly. You could also experience muscle spasms.

- Gastrointestinal Problems

Once a painkiller enters your system, it reacts with your digestive tract, causing you to experience diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

- Organ Damage

Those pain relief medicines that you’re taking for a long time might actually be damaging your organs, especially your kidney, heart.

- Addiction

Most pain medication comes with the risk of long-term addiction as it creates a dependency on these tablets.


Pain Management

While taking a painkiller as an emergency solution for a sore knee, swollen knee, aching knees, and back, etc., is fine but you must consult a pain management specialist if the problem persists. A multi-speciality hospital such as Apollo Spectra will not just use world-class technology to diagnose the reasons behind the pain but also have their experienced and skilled team treat the pain through acupuncture and physiotherapy for back pain, as well as surgery if required. At Apollo Spectra, you are in the safe hands of experts who will ensure that your chronic pain is reduced or eliminated by safe, proven and effective treatments. Apollo Spectra’s renowned Pain Management Programme will ensure you’re your pain doesn’t get in the way of your day-to-day activities.

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