Docs claim they “get it” now. They’re on board, and they have a BOLD NEW PLAN to help you beat the worst of your pain without the twin dangers of addiction and overdose with opioids.
But don’t get too excited yet.
Turns out this new plan has two OLD problems.
First, well… about those opioids. Yeah, they’re still in the picture. In many ways, this new plan is WORSE in that regard.
And second… new research reveals just how well this approach works for one of the most common forms of pain.
Hint: It DOESN’T!
But I’ve got what all those pill-and-patch-pushing physicians don’t. And that’s a plan to beat the worst of your pains without ANY of the risks!
Mainstream opioids “solution” FAILS spectacularly
Docs know they’re supposed to cut back on the opioids.
You know, those nightmarish pain meds which have transformed countless honest Americans into quiet addicts who can’t go a day… in some cases even hours… without popping another pill.
And that addiction is how ordinary everyday folks fighting pain – people who definitely don’t come to mind when you think of overdoses – end up in the ER after an opiods OD.
So what’s the mainstream’s “breakthrough” solution?
Are you ready for this? They’re COMBINING those opioids with another drug… as if that’s going to help!
Spoiler alert: It doesn’t.
The new study looked at the growing trend of giving patients gabapentin, another kind of pain reliever, along with opioids.
The theory is that since many patients on opioids need higher doses to get relief, maybe this second drug can give that extra boost so you won’t need that higher dose.
Overdose death risk soars 49% with pain-pill combo
The results are in, and the study finds that adding gabapentin to the mix offers no advantage over opioids alone for multiple forms of the most common pain, especially back pain.
Worse yet, it doesn’t even deliver on the promise of a “safer” option. Patients who take both together have a frightening habit of dropping dead.
One study found patients on the combo have a 49 percent higher risk of an OD death.
Plus, studies have revealed that mixing the two can lead to respiratory depression, which can also kill ya.
The REAL insanity here? The bulk of the patients in the study had back pain. And we already know that for back pain, stronger drugs DON’T mean better results.
One study last year found patients taking opioids for back pain or arthritis got the SAME LEVEL OF RELIEF from just about ANY other drug… including plain old supermarket pain pills.
Not that those are ideal either. Even the OTC stuff has ways to wreck you, from ripping through your gut to punching up your liver. They should only be used for very short stretches if absolutely necessary.
But better yet, stick to the GOOD stuff, like chiropractic for back pain, and acupuncture for back and knee pain. They can help soothe the ache fast. Plus, unlike opioids and other drugs that mask the hurt they aim for LONG TERM pain relief.
But if you don’t want to mess around with office visits, there’s an even simpler short-term option. Use a topical pain formula with MSM, DMSO, menthol, and/or capsaicin, just to name a few of the best ingredients out there.
Simply rub a little in, and you’ll get soothing quick relief without the dangers of opioids.
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