February 27, 2018 Pain KillersPain Medication

More than 64,0000 people died from an opioid overdose in 2017 in a continued upward trend. The rate has nearly doubled in just 10 years.

What are opioids? What’s fueling this opioid epidemic? Is it happening where I live? Am I at risk?

You probably have a lot of questions.

Let’s explore the answers.

What Are Opioids?

Opioids are a specific class of painkillers. This drug class includes illegal drugs like heroin. But it also includes painkillers that can be obtained legally like:

  • Fentanyl
  • Oxycodone (Oxycotin)
  • Codeine
  • Morphine
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)

These drugs interact with the opioid receptors in the brain, causing feelings of relaxation and/or euphoria. This is in addition to their intended purpose of relieving pain.

Are Opioids Inherently Dangerous?

Everyone’s talking about the opioid crisis these days for good reason. When taken as directed, prescribed opioids can be effective at masking symptoms. But they have many side effects like:

  • Constipation
  • Difficulty thinking
  • Shallow breathing
  • Sedation

On top of this, taking them as directed isn’t as easy as pharmaceutical companies would like us to believe. These drugs are highly addictive.

People who were on them temporarily may become dependent. A dependent person “feels” like they need it even after they have healed.

This dependence eventually becomes a full-blown addiction.

What may start as genuine pain relief often leads to drug-seeking. Eventually, people purchase on the black market to feed a growing addiction.

People who start out on prescription opioids may turn to heroin when their prescription runs out to get a similar “high” for less money. Around 60% of opioid deaths are not caused by the prescription opioids themselves.

But they often started with people legitimately seeking pain relief.

What’s Feeding the Crisis?

There’s a lot of blame to throw around. Some people blame the doctors who prescribe them. Others the pharmaceutical companies that develop them. And yet others blame the insurers.

The largest issue is the fact that doctors are prescribing these medications to their patients when there are much safer options to relieve pain.

A patient comes in with lower back pain. Instead of discussing how to actually stop the source of the pain, the patient is sent home with a prescription.

Where Is the Opioid Epidemic?

The opioid epidemic isn’t isolated to prominent cities like New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago. It’s all over. You’ll find “hot spots” in states across the nation like New Mexico, West Virginia, Florida and Maine.

Opioids can be found in both the suburbs and the city. They’re found in rural communities and small towns alike.

For teens, the opioid death rate rose 19% between 2010 and 2015. Preventing the flow of drugs into schools has been a high priority over last few years.

You Can Help

The opioid epidemic is growing. But people like you can make a difference.

If you’re using these medications or seeking pain relief, know that there are better and safer choices.

Explore other pain relief options like lifestyle changes, yoga, exercise, chiropractic care, dietary changes, etc.

Are you ready to explore a different kind of chiropractic care? Do you want to get lasting pain relief without addictive drugs and invasive surgeries? Contact us today!


January 1, 2018 Pain Killers

Do you take painkillers regularly for neck or back pain? If so, this is a habit you might want to break as soon as possible. While these drugs provide much-needed temporary relief, there are some scary long-term side effects of painkillers that you probably don’t know about. Besides the fact that they’re addictive, prescription and over-the-counter painkillers can give you uncomfortable side effects like constipation and even worsened pain. 

Keep reading to find out why painkillers can be a problem and what you can do instead. 

Scary Side Effects of Painkillers 

Many Americans rely on painkillers, which is why there’s such a huge opioid epidemic in this country. But people are also turning to over-the-counter drugs, which can be dangerous as well. Even though over-the-counter painkillers like Tylenol are milder, they can have negative impacts on your health and you shouldn’t take them every day.

Here are five serious side effects of painkillers that you need to look out for: 

1. Constipation 

If you’ve noticed that you’re having trouble going to the bathroom regularly, it could because of painkillers. Constipation is one of the most well-known side effects of opioids. It’s extremely uncomfortable and can cause other health problems. Not having regular bowel movements puts you at a higher risk of colon cancer.

2. Liver Damage 

Liver damage mostly comes from acetaminophen, which is the active ingredient in Tylenol. It takes about 4,000 milligrams to cause toxicity in the body, which is about eight extra-strength Tylenols. If you’re taking this much per day, you should stop immediately and call a doctor. 

Most people don’t consume that much acetaminophen, but lower dosages can cause problems if you mix the drug with alcohol or have a pre-existing liver condition. 

3. Hormone Imbalance 

Overloading on prescription painkillers can throw your hormones off balance, which will have a variety of negative side effects. Most notably, a hormone imbalance puts pregnant women at a higher risk of miscarriage. If you’re pregnant (or think you could be pregnant), you should take painkillers with caution and consult your doctor. 

4. Stomach Damage and Ulcers 

Your stomach can digest a lot of things, but you’re putting it through the test with some of the active ingredients in painkillers. Common painkillers, such as ibuprofen and aspirin, can wear your stomach’s lining. This can ultimately cause ulcers, which are extremely uncomfortable and can lead to permanent stomach damage. 

5. Depression 

It’s estimated that nearly 10 percent of people with opioid addiction experience some type of depression. Many painkillers also interact negatively with antidepressants and reduce their effectiveness. 

Learn More about Managing Pain 

Painkillers might seem like a necessary part of your routine. But the truth is, the side effects of painkillers might not be worth the risks they pose to your health. Plus, it’s best to treat the underlying cause of pain as soon as possible. 

The doctors at the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic are here to help. Schedule an appointment with us today. We can help you treat the cause of your pain and reduce or eliminate the need for painkillers. 

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Prescription Painkiller Abuse

During National Chiropractic Health Month, we’re taking a look at the public health crisis caused by pain, and in particular the overuse of prescription painkillers. Prescription drug abuse is the number one cause of death in 17 U.S. states, surpassing motor vehicle accidents.

Numerous recent studies have shown the dangerous over reliance in the United States on prescription painkillers. Did you know that although Americans only make up 4.5% of the world’s population, they consume 80% of the world’s opioid supply? That means of all of the prescription painkillers in the world; Americans consume 80% of them! Over the last 20 years, there has been a 10-fold increase in the use of prescription painkillers. The United States is experiencing a national crisis – painkiller dependency, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared an “epidemic.”

During 2013 alone, drug overdoses accounted for almost 44,000 deaths in the United States, an increase of 6% from 2012. So what’s going on? Why does the United States have such a problem with prescription painkillers?

Well, for one, it’s never been easier to get a prescription for drugs. Studies have shown that 48% of Americans have used at least one prescription drug in the last 30 days. Even more shocking – 1 in 10 Americans admit to having used at least 5 prescription drugs in the last 30 days. This can multiply the risk for drug-related health issues exponentially.

“We know that the number of adverse drug events a patient is likely to experience increases as the number of medications they are taking increases,” says Anne Burns, Senior Vice President for Professional affairs at the American Pharmacists Association. “You’ve got everything from potential interactions between medications to timing issues, taking a variety of medications throughout the day.”

This shows that not only are many Americans using prescription drugs, but also they’re overusing them in dangerous combinations.

Another reason that painkillers are so readily available for many people is the lack of attention by many medical professionals. Although this prescription drug problem exists, many Doctors are still willing to give patients prescriptions, even if they aren’t necessary. A common trend that exists among opiate drug users is that they will experience an injury or an accident that will require prescription painkillers. But, rather than using painkillers as a temporary way to manage the pain, they become dependent on them. The fact is – most painkillers have very addictive properties.

Pain Treatment without Medications

Although there may be times that a prescription drug may be needed, painkillers do not treat the condition, they only mask the pain. So, with approximately 10 million Americans suffer with chronic, persistent or disabling pain, what’s the solution?  Many conditions, such as chronic back pain, neck pain, knee pain, and neuropathy, can be treated without drugs and the side effects of taking prescription painkillers.

At the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages, Florida, we provide an alternative to drugs and invasive procedures. Our treatment for chronic pain conditions doesn’t mask the pain, it treats it. We have helped thousands of patients find relief from back pain, neck pain, knee pain and the numbness and debilitating symptoms of neuropathy, and we can help you relieve your chronic pain once and for all.

Break the cycle of addictive, harmful medications. Give us a call today at (352) 430-2121 to see how we can help you lead a pain free life!

September 8, 2015 Pain KillersPain Medication

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What Could Be Causing Your Hearing Loss

Did you know that over half of all Americans experience some level of hearing loss by the time they’re 60? Diseases like tinnitus and adult-onset hearing loss is one of the most common diseases among adults over the age of 60. It seems like hearing loss is almost inevitable. But what if I told you there was a way to dramatically reduce your risk of developing hearing loss? And, it’s something you probably wouldn’t have guessed.

Pain Killers Increase Risk of Hearing Loss

The risk of developing hearing diseases increases in individuals who regularly take painkillers. This is especially true for women. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts studied over 60,000 women for 14 years and compared the frequency of their pain reliever use, compared to their risk of hearing loss, and the results were staggering.

The Study

The study showed that of the 60,000 women in the study, over 10,000 of them developed hearing loss by the end of the 14 years. Also, women who took a pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen at least two days a week had a 13% greater chance of developing hearing problems. It doesn’t stop there – women who took painkillers more than six times a week were 24% more likely to lose hearing.

“Pain relievers like ibuprofen can reduce blood flow to the cochlea (the part of the inner ear that helps you hear), which could impair it’s function” says Sharon Curhan, lead study and MD of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “Acetaminophen could also deplete structures in the ear that protect the cochlea.”

How to Reduce your Chances of Hearing Loss

So what does this mean for us? Do we have to live with the chronic back pain and headaches or risk losing our hearing? Not necessarily. In this study, researchers studied the effects of ibuprofen, acetaminophen and aspirin. While ibuprofen and acetaminophen greatly increased the chances of hearing problems, aspirin didn’t show an increased risk in hearing loss.

Although aspirin didn’t prove to be as damaging to your hearing as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, that doesn’t necessarily mean aspirin doesn’t come with its share of harmful side effects, including:

  • Upset Stomach
  • Heartburn
  • dizziness
  • Groggy and Numb Feelings
  • Painkiller dependency
  • Risk of Addiction

Put Away the Pain Killers

Although pain killers temporarily mask the pain, they do nothing to treat it. With the possible side effects of pain killers, including hearing loss, they can do more harm than good.

Instead of turning to pain killers for the temporary pain relief of chronic pain, there are drug free treatments available. The Villages Chiropractor, Davis Clinic of Chiropractic,
offers safe, effective treatments for the relief of back pain, neck pain, neuropathy, and knee pain without harmful drugs or invasive procedures.

If you’ve been popping pain killers to relieve your pain, it’s time to pitch the pills. Give Davis Clinic of Chiropractic a call today at (352) 430-2121 to learn more about our drug-free treatments.

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