Pills and Potions

No I’m not referring to the catchy hit single by Nicki Minaj. I’m addressing the ever profitable industry of pain medicine. I read an article in Consumer Reports magazine that sparked my already curious mind to look further into something I already had concerns about.


Over the past year life in my home has changed tremendously. My husband suffered a severe asthma attack in September of 2013. After a five day hospital stay and yet another of the same length in October 2013 (for elevated creatine phosphokinase levels) we’ve made innumerable doctors visits in an effort to get answers. The only definite diagnosis received after six months of tests, procedures and pointless biopsies, at the young age of 29, was osteonecrosis in both hips. We believe this could be due to the high doses of steroids given during his first hospital stay. However, most of the doctors found this “highly unlikely”. Of course they would.

After being treated by a pain management specialist who took my husband as a joke, he decided to deal with his primary care physician only unless she felt the need to refer him elsewhere. When a pain management professional is constantly referring to “the street value of these drugs”, and the patient is a minority, it can certainly cause eyebrows to raise, which ours did on several occasions.

My husband and I are polar opposites when it comes to heath and especially pain. I suffer from severe migraines on occasion and would much rather drink water, take vitamins, use an ice pack and find whatever method to treat it naturally before worse comes to worse for me to pop even the most generic of acetaminophen. After four completely natural, drug-free childbirths, I’d say I have a high tolerance for pain and a good handle on my own pain management.

I have my reasons why I choose to avoid drugs as much as possible; and while I don’t knock those who resort to them immediately, I do feel it’s important to be aware of everything being used and absorbed into our bodies. If you didn’t already know, the pain medicine industry earns an estimated $40 billion. That figure is expected to rise to $60 billion in 2015.

Does it make sense that medical professionals will quickly pull out their pad and pen to prescribe the drug of the month but will not recommend or explain the benefits of chiropractic treatment, massage therapy and other helpful treatments for pain? Does it make sense that these medications only serve as a bandage to cover the cause of pain, never get to the root of the problem, and only cause more health problems than they actually treat? Does it make sense that the medical professionals and pharmaceutical companies and reaping such a large profit off of drugs which only lead to liver problems, addiction and even death? Why is it right that they’re laughing all the way to the bank yet the people so eagerly seeking alleviation from their pain only end up living in agony because of newly severe health problems or dependence on these chemical drugs?

It’s a vicious cycle that is only getting worse. While I’m not saying it’s bad to take medicine if or when you feel the need, I am urging you to read. Read again. And read some more. Everything: ingredients, usage instructions, side effects. Educate yourself. Most importantly take care of yourself! Remember that what you eat, drink & even the amounts of sunlight, exercise and sleep you get play significant factors in the maintenance and improvement of your health.

How do you feel about pain medicine?
What methods do you use for pain management?
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Until next time, stay blessed,