If your doctor ever recommends an opioid drug to control pain, here are two things you need to know before taking the risk:
- As powerful as they are, opioid drugs are more addictive than they are effective in relieving pain.
- There are many powerful non-drug alternatives at your disposal.
And when you consider the long term health effects, the alternatives are more likely to deliver superior and safer pain relief.
Most people who begin using opioids believe it’ll be an easy solution to eradicate pain so that they can get their lives back to normal.
Sadly, most who use pain killers usually end up disappointed… or worse, addicted.
In a recent study of more than 2,000 patients who suffered lower-back pain, Rush University researchers in Chicago found that a staggering 44 percent of people who used opioid pain relievers like OxyContin® or Vicodin® considered their pain relief to be only “somewhat successful.” And only 1 in 8 patients rated the pills to be “very successful.”
Meanwhile, 3 out of 4 patients experienced side effects such as constipation, cognitive problems, sleepiness, and of course, dependence — the harshest side effect of all, which put them at dire risk of an overdose.
Even more astounding, opioids can actually make pain symptoms worse…
In a Harvard Medical School trial, researchers compared pain levels in patients who had total knee replacement. Shockingly, patients who used opioids before surgery reported less pain relief after surgery compared to patients who had never used the drugs.
So while opioids have been building up a reputation as potential killers, their inability to adequately relieve pain has been flying under the radar, barely acknowledged outside the research community.
Other fatal dangers shadowed by overdose
Frighteningly, overdose isn’t the only potentially fatal risk linked to these drugs.
In Dr. Fred Pescatore’s Pain-Free Life Protocol, he cites a Vanderbilt University study that revealed two additional risks that prove deadly:
- A 65 percent increased risk of cardiovascular death
- A 64 percent increased risk of death from any cause
Dr. Pescatore notes that people with chronic pain are among the biggest users of opioids — and they’re also the most at risk from the worst side effects. In more than 60 percent of opioid overdose deaths, the drugs were prescribed for chronic pain conditions.
In short, it’s hard to find an upside to opioid drug use, which is one of the reasons Dr. Pescatore developed his protocol for patients who are desperately in need of safe treatments for chronic pain.
For instance, in his Manhattan medical center, Dr. Pescatore offers his patients a treatment called Prolotherapy that delivers significant relief to patients who have hard-to-treat joint pain.
In this unique procedure, “irritant” solutions are injected into the ligaments, tendons, and joints to encourage repair of damaged tissue.
Dr. Pescatore explains how this works: “Many chronic musculoskeletal pain problems are caused by a laxity or looseness of tendons and ligaments, which cause problems in muscles, bones and joints. Prolotherapy facilitates the repair of this laxity, strengthening the structures — and relieving pain.”
Another technique of Prolotherapy — called Prolozone® — is also commonly used, where clinicians inject a homeopathic ozone-oxygen mixture into the connective tissue of joints. Dr. Pescatore says, “It’s excellent for repairing and reconstructing damaged connective tissues — eliminating chronic pain.
“Notice, I said eliminating — the results are permanent!”
To find an alternative health care provider near you, simply visit the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine website, and select “Pain Management” from the “Specialty Areas of Practice” field.
A “godsend” for acute and chronic pain
During his decades of experience treating patients, Dr. Pescatore has also found that arnica supplementation is another excellent tool for alleviating pain.
This herbal, homeopathic remedy has been used to treat pain and inflammation for hundreds of years, but only stepped into the research spotlight in recent decades.
Dr. Pescatore cites a study in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine where arnica helped patients recover from throat surgery. The herbal formula reduced sore throat, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, and difficulty speaking. Researchers concluded: “Although the symptoms were intense, the remedy was very effective.”
And while arnica can be a godsend for patients with acute pain, it’s also effective in relieving chronic pain too.
“In fact,” Dr. Pescatore says, “a study in the journal Rheumatology International found that arnica was just as effective as ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) in relieving pain in hand osteoarthritis.”
Arnica can be applied with topical creams, or taken in homeopathic sublingual tablets. If you use the tablets, Dr. Pescatore recommends 30x potency, placing five under the tongue, up to five times per day.
Arnica and prolotherapy are just two of many options that chronic pain sufferers can turn to instead of dangerous opioid drugs. Dr. Pescatore offers a myriad of solutions for all types of bodily pain in his Pain-Free Life Protocol. Click here to learn more about this online learning course, or to enroll today.