Pain is the worst condition a person could experience. People will put life on the line to get to an appointment for pain. Would they do the same thing for diabetes or high blood pressure? No. But what do people in pain have to deal with? The stigma of being called a “drug addict”, not able to find a doctor, having their medicines suddenly stopped causing withdrawal and increased anxiety. The increased anxiety leads to more pain and even addiction…
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( Numbers are from the Academy of Pain Management, commentary is by Linda Cheek)
- 37% of the US population (amounting to about 116 million people) is suffering from chronic pain. Compare that to 25.8 million with diabetes or 16.3 million with coronary heart disease. What if suddenly, the government started attacking doctors for treating diabetes? Would there be a national outcry? So why not for the patients with pain, 4.5 times as many? Because of misinformation about pain management and drug addiction and the arm lock that conventional medicine has on healthcare in the country.
- Pain is the most common reason people seek medical attention. About 80 % of doctor visits are primarily due to some pain problem. Low back pain was the most common (27%), followed by severe headache or migraine pain (15%), neck pain (15%) and facial ache or pain (4%).
- The total annual incremental cost of health care due to pain ranges from $560 billion to $635 billion (in 2010 dollars) in the United States, which combines the medical costs of pain care and the economic costs related to disability days and lost wages and productivity. In 2008 the cost to federal and state governments of medical expenditures for pain was $99 billion.
- More than half of all hospitalized patients experienced pain in the last days of their lives. 50-75% of patients die in moderate to severe pain.
- 20% of American adults report that pain or physical discomfort disrupts their sleep a few nights a week or more.
- Back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under 45 years old. More than 26 million Americans between the ages of 20-64 experience frequent back pain.
Key Findings from the 2006 Voices of Chronic Pain Survey
A 2006 survey conducted for the American Pain Foundation and sponsored by Endo Pharmaceuticals evaluated the impact that chronic pain had on 303 chronic pain sufferers currently using an opioid to treat their pain.
- 51% felt they had little or no control over their pain.
- 60% said they experience breakthrough pain one or more times daily, severely impacting their quality of life and overall well-being.
- 59% reported an impact on their overall enjoyment of life.
- 77% reported feeling depressed.
- 70% said they have trouble concentrating.
- 74% said their energy level is impacted by their pain.
- 86% reported an inability to sleep well.
Lost Productivity and Cost Due to Pain in the United States Workforce
Data from the American Productivity Audit, a computer assisted telephone survey of health and work, of 28,902 working adults between August, 2001 and July 2002,
- Overall, workers lost an average of 4.6 hours per week of productive time due to a pain condition.
Musculoskeletal pain (5.5 hours/week) and arthritis or back pain (5.2 hours/week) produced the largest amounts of lost productive time.
Doctors Are Being Forced to Taper Pain Medications
The Washington State Opioid Treatment Regulations Rule 2876 went into effect January 1, 2012. This rule includes both a dosing guidance of 120mg morphine equivalent/day as a consultation flag and the language, “shall obtain, evaluate and document in the health record prior to treating for chronic noncancer pain.” Problems with implementation of the Rule include that prescribers are refusing to prescribe (which predates the Rule); patients are being tapered even when they do not meet the Rule’s criteria; patients are being abandoned; there is no consensus on who should be tapered and who should be maintained; and a serious lack of appropriate treatment for those who are clearly dependent.
Results with tapering have varied. But the point is that it should not be done by government regulation, but by proper medical training and medical practice. The fear of losing pain management is one of the biggest causes of addiction. Fear causes anxiety. Anxiety causes acidity. Acidity causes retention of toxins in the body. Toxicity leads to luetism. And the hallmark of luetism is addiction.
Government attack on good holistic and pain management physicians has caused 60 million people in America to have untreated pain and has quadrupled the drug addiction in the country.
Cause of Musculoskeletal Pain
Pain doesn’t just happen. And most musculoskeletal pain is not cause by bones pushing on nerves. This is conventional misinformation passed on for years without any empiric basis.
“Half of what they teach in medical school is wrong, and we don’t know which half.”—professor in medical school.
You set yourself up for pain. The injury that you blame for the pain is just the last straw to make your body complain.
Pain is set up by:
- Acidification of the body.
- Demineralization of the body.
- Toxification of the body.
The cause of the pain can be fixed by reversing these processes and pain can be avoided.
- Fix acidification with the alkaline diet.
- Fix demineralization with Cal Mag + D.
- Fix toxification with cleansing. Ichol, for example.
The manner in which pain is set up is:
- Eating an acidifying diet (Standard American Diet or SAD) causes the body to lose its calcium from the bones and magnesium from the muscles.
- Soft bones and spasming muscles cause joint laxity.
- Lax joints leads to joint strain.
- Joint strain causes injury to ligaments.
- Ligaments inform you of damage through pain.
- Conventional medicine ignores ligaments, uses anti-inflammatories which stops healing, and the pain becomes chronic.
- Unhealed joints leads to arthritis, disc herniation.
The solution to musculoskeletal pain is prolotherapy. Prolotherapy is a recognized orthopedic procedure that stimulates the body’s natural healing processes to strengthen joints weakened by traumatic or over-use injury.
The procedure involves injection of a mild irritant solution directly on the site of the injured tendon or ligament. This stimulates the body’s own natural healing mechanisms to lay down new tissue. Tendons and ligaments are rebuilt to up to 40% more than their original strength.
Learn more about Prolotherapy with the DVD presentation you can order here. Or schedule a personal presentation by Linda here.
What can you do to spread the knowledge about the cause and cure of musculoskeletal pain?