Pain? Don’t let them play the blame game on YOU
Millions of Americans are locked in a battle with chronic pain… lives are being shattered… and it’s not just because of the agony.
It’s because of the TREATMENT.
The painkiller crisis just keeps getting worse, but instead of helping or coming up with NEW and BETTER solutions for chronic pain… the mainstream is playing games.
Specifically, it’s playing the blame game.
It’s pointing the finger at patients for not knowing how to tell doctors HOW MUCH pain they’re in.
Yes, friend, it’s putting the blame on YOU – the one who’s in pain.
Maybe that’s because docs often ask you to rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10. Just like with anything else – from blood pressure to blood sugar to cholesterol – they all obsess over the number.
And when your pain levels are “too high,” at a 6 or 7, they drug you to bring them down.
But here’s where that number fixation hurts people: A new study finds that even when people rank their pain at a “high” six or seven, most of them STILL don’t need drugs.
But they get them anyway… because they’re never asked a simple and obvious follow-up question.
“Can you tolerate it?”
More than three-quarters of patients with pain levels as high as 7 say that they CAN.
In other words, they DON’T need drugs… but they’re getting them anyway.
The result is what you see all around you — people on powerful pain pills, sometimes for relatively minor conditions that generally need nothing at all other than a little time and rest.
They’re even getting opioid drugs for common ankle sprains!
A second new study finds that 1 in 5 patients who visit the ER for an ankle sprain leave the hospital with an opioid prescription.
I wonder how many were asked to give a pain level WITHOUT being asked if it was tolerable.
My guess? Probably all of them.
It’s not just ankle sprains. People are given opioids for everything from everyday conditions like back aches to chronic conditions such as arthritis. And very few – maybe none – were ever asked that one question.
Naturally, the mainstream blames the patients: “Why don’t they tell us they don’t need drugs?”
That’s a cop-out.
Doctors should be ASKING first, not harping on the number and bringing it down as if it’s a test they’re being graded on.
But since they’re NOT asking, it’s on you. If you have pain… and you can tolerate it… speak up before you accept the meds.
Better yet, get REAL help for your pain. Instead of mainstream treatments that mask the pain, get the solutions that will end it: acupuncture, chiropractic, cold laser, and natural anti-inflammatory treatments.
Should you need stronger anti-pain support, there’s good research that the combination of non-addictive acetaminophen and ibuprofen is more effective than opioids.
But remember: All medications should be used under a doctor’s guidance.