Are you using pain medication to relieve your joint pain? Then I definitely suggest that you continue reading because your ability to move or even your life might depend on it.
You might be saying that you can’t do without those meds. The pain is just too unbearable. You might even describe your joint pain or arthritis as intense bone crushing pain.
Arthritis is inflammation of joints. The pain associated with arthritis is not really understood by the Medical EstablishmentStudy
However, did you know…
- You are at risk of becoming addicted and for some when they try to quit go through the worst withdrawal symptoms such as flu-like and depressive spells.
- Some of your joint pain medication are actually are anti-depressant meds or used for mental illness. More on that later.
- The FDA actually acknowledges that one type of popular medications of joint pain that cause over 1,000 deaths every year.
Do I have your attention?
DEADLY Joint Pain Pain Med #1: NSAIDs (Advil, Aleve, aspirin, and ibuprofen)
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs called NSAIDs help relieve joint swelling, stiffness, and pain. These arthritis or joint pain medications are among the most commonly used painkillers for people with any type of arthritis. You may know them as Advil, Aleve, Aspirin, Naproxen and ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is also called Motrin.
NSAIDs have been described by some health professionals as the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” of pain drugs.
Here are just some of the dangers NSAIDs like Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Naproxen pose to users:
- Increased risk of ulcers and bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract.
- Stomach bleeding and stomach ulcers
- Breathing problems
- Kidney damage
- High blood pressure.
- Interferes with blood pressure medications and many others
- Heart problems.
- Multisystem organ failure
- up to 16500 deaths per year in the US alone (FDA report)
In recent times, medical professionals have recommended an aspirin a day for heart health except…
According to a May 2017 study published in the British Medical Journal, popping NSAIDs actually SKYROCKETS your risk of suffering a heart attack by up to 700%!
But NSAIDs aren’t the only lethal over-the-counter drug most people think is safe.
You’ll also want to watch out for the next one as well.
DEADLY Joint Pain Med #2: Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Tylenol (acetaminophen) is an analgesic (pain reliever) and antipyretic (fever reducer) used for treating pain and fever associated with joint pain and arthritis as well as many other conditions.
Tylenol does not reduce inflammation.
As I shared in this previous blog that if you do not deal with the inflammation, all your efforts against joint pain will be in vain.
Although Tylenol is the best-known brand name for acetaminophen, the drug is an ingredient in more than 600 products such as Sudafed, Robitussin, NyQuil, Cepacol and Coricidin.
In a 2014 report on the Courier Press, in a lawsuit in Philadelphia where more than 120 persons affected any the drug claimed that McNeil-PPC Inc., the company that makes Tylenol, and others repeatedly concealed the serious health risks of the painkiller, also known as acetaminophen.
Negative Side effects of Tylenol include:
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Dark urine,
- Clay-coloured stools,
- Jaundice (yellowing of skin or eyes).
- Severe dizziness
- Swelling of the tongue, face and/ throat
- Severe skin reaction that can be fatal
- Extreme tiredness
- High Liver toxicity
- Liver disease
- Breathing troubles
- Expressed through breast milk
Can you believe that More than 56,000 people will visit the emergency room this year due to accidental acetaminophen overdoses?
In fact in the Courier Press report, it stated that overdoses of acetaminophen send over 78,000 people to the emergency room and result in about 33,000 hospitalizations a year.
Studies suggest that several hundred people die from accidental acetaminophen toxicity each year,
In fact, Tylenol overdose is said to be the leading cause of calls to Poison Control Centers… and is the leading cause of acute liver failure, causing nearly half of all cases.
Acetaminophen is the No. 1 cause of acute liver failure in the United States.The Courier Press
Yet, if you’ve suffered from chronic pain for a while…
Then your doctor might have you on the “stronger stuff,” like:
DEADLY Joint Pain Medication #3: Vicodin and Oxycontin
Vicodin and Oxycontin ( think morphine) are the synthetic pain part of the opioid crisis.
The exact biological path of these drugs to pain relief is unknown.
In fact, they don’t reduce pain instead they increase your tolerance to pain through stimulation of opioid receptors.
Hydrocodone blocks the receptors on nerve cells in the brain that give rise to the sensation of pain. Oxycodone or Oxycontin simultaneously causes depression of breathing (shallow breathing/reduced breaths) and sedation.
One article on emedicine describes sedation as the depression (reduction) of a patient’s awareness to the environment and reduction of his or her responsiveness to external stimulation.
According to MedicineNet, Oxycodone is a strong opioid narcotic pain reliever (analgesic), while Vicodin is a combination of hydrocodone (a strong narcotic pain reliever) and acetaminophen (Tylenol).
Oxycodone and hydrocodone are similar to other drugs that are opioid narcotics, for example, methadone, fentanyl, and morphine.
Both oxycodone and Vicodin are prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. However, hydrocodone also may be prescribed to treat fever, inflammation, and cough.
Other names for Oxycodone in combination with acetaminophen include Percocet, Roxicet, Tylox, Oxycet.
Other brand names for hydrocodone and acetaminophen, include Vicodin ES, Vicodin HP, Lortab, Lorcet, and Norco.
Negative Side effects of Vicodin and Oxycontin
- Heart attack
- Difficulty urinating
- Abnormal heartbeats
- Children born to mothers who were taking oxycodone for a prolonged period may exhibit respiratory depression or withdrawal symptoms.
- Small amounts of oxycodone are secreted in breast milk and may cause side effects in the newborn
- Dry Mouth
You should be aware that Oxycodone and Vicodin have listed as Schedule II drugs by the Controlled Substances Act because their use may lead to addiction and withdrawal symptoms.
According to the CDC, opioids killed over 42,200 people in 2017… and the death toll continues to rise.
And as scary addictive as Vicodin and Oxycontin are, they pale in comparison to the deadliness of something like…
DEADLY Joint Pain Medication #4: Fentanyl and Dsuvia
Fentanyl has killed thousands of people across the US… including beloved celebs like Carrie Fisher, Prince, and Tom Petty.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, meaning it is made in a laboratory but acts on the same receptors in the brain that painkillers, like oxycodone or morphine, and heroin.
Fentanyl is unbelievably potent. It is believed to be 100 times stronger than morphine.
Even just even inhaling small Fentanyl particles can be deadly!
Increasingly heroin is being mixed with Fentanyl so someone who uses what they think is heroin may, in fact, be getting a mixture with — or even pure — Fentanyl. More recently, pills made to look like the painkiller Oxycodone or the anxiety medication Xanax are actually Fentanyl
Sarah Wakeman, MD, FASAM, Medical Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Substance Use Disorder Initiative
It’s really just tragic…
Especially because you’ve had a better solution all along.
However, it gets even worse with a more recent drug for arthritis pain called Dsuvia.
It is pronounced“Dah-soo-vee-ah”
It was just approved by the FDA. What is wrong with this picture?
According to WebMD, Dsuvia is five to 10 times more potent than Fentanyl.
Dsuvia would be 1,000 times stronger than morphine!
Corticosteriods can cause
- Increased appetite
- High blood cholesterol
- High blood sugar
- Weight gain
- Bone damage
- High blood pressure
According to Dr Susa from Everyday health states that while Steroids can be used until DMARDs kick in they are guaranteed to be toxic if you use them too long.
Disease-modifying Anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
Wikipedia defines disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) as a category of otherwise unrelated drugs defined by their use in rheumatoid arthritis to slow down disease progression.
The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center believes that Methotrexate relieves symptoms and also slows down the disease.
The term is often used in contrast to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug and steroids. The term is often used in contrast to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug and steroids.
The Arthritis Organization states that there are three subsets of DMARDs. These are :
- Traditional DMARDs are, for the most part, taken orally and have a broad immune suppressant effect.
- Biologics, taken by self-injection or infusion, introduced in the late 1990s, target specific immune system molecules.
- Targeted DMARDs are oral drugs that also target specific immune system molecules.
Trexall also known as methotrexate is usually the first DMARD used for Rheumatoid arthritis. It works through the inhibition of pro-inflammatory messenger cytokines.
Common side effects include:
- Extreme tiredness
- Mental Fog
- Swollen gum
- Mouth sores
- Liver damage
DMARDS significantly decreases the ability of the immune system to fight infections and diseases while increasing the risk of certain cancers.
Some recommendations about methotrexate from Dr Horowitz
- Take it at night, to reduce to the effects of tiredness and mental fogginess on your daily performance.
- Intake via the injection under the skin may decrease the nausea
- Taking folic acid, a B vitamin, along with methotrexate.
This last one shocked even me!
DEADLY Joint Pain Medication: Mental Health Medication
In cases of chronic joint pain, medications used to treat mental health issues are prescribed.
These antidepressants — fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil), fluvoxamine (Luvox), citalopram (Celexa), and escitalopram (Lexapro) are among the world’s most widely prescribed medications according to the Havard Medical School.
Antidepressants “relieve” pain by altering levels of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters such as serotonin through inhibitors.
Negative Side Effects of Antidepressants
- Changes in appetite
- Sleep disturbance/insomnia
- Dry mouth
- Skin rashes
- Joint and Muscle pain, (I thought this was why these drugs were being used)
- Stomach issues,
- Reduced blood clotting ability
- Reduced sexual diminish sexual interest, desire, performance, satisfaction, or all ( includes inhibit ejaculation in men and orgasm in women)
If you went cold turkey then you can expect dizziness, loss of coordination, fatigue, tingling, burning, blurred vision, insomnia, and vivid dreams. Less often, there may be nausea or diarrhoea, flu-like symptoms, irritability, anxiety, and crying spells.
Anti-seizure medications alter help alter pain signals that travel to the brain. Epilepsy drugs seem to block pain signals going to the brain.
Negative Side Effects of Anti-seizure or Anticonvulsion Medications
- Mood change
- weight gain
Anti-anxiety drugs (benzodiazepines) are also used to relax muscles,
However, there are some studies that suggest antidepressant drugs can increase suicidal while some persons may become increasingly violent.
It’s no wonder so many chronic pain sufferers fall prey to depression and suicide…
There is no real way to reduce the side effects of these drugs except not to take them or take them for a very short period of time. However, once you take them then there is always a risk.
Thankfully, you can get lasting relief without drugs and without making your pain WORSE through drug use and expensive and often risky surgery…
And you can do it all from the comfort and privacy of your own home.
If you have mild or occasional joint pain this post can give you some simple tips to get immediate relief.
Because if you have joint pain or even chronic joint pain…
I know you have your own personal story of feeling frustrated and immobilized by joint pain…
How many times have you felt terrible telling people “no” you can’t go out because you’re having a painful day?
How many times have you felt powerless because you can’t do simple daily activities like tie your shoes, open a jar, or just move without searing pain?
Feeling absolutely useless…I’ve been there, too!
So what can you start doing today?
There are proven natural pain blockers. The added benefit is that they actually reduce inflammation while improving bone and joint health.
These include bromelain found in pineapples and papayas and green tea. Not forgetting the powerful anti-inflammatory ginger and turmeric.
Find out how to naturally relieve joint pain here
In this guide, you will also get the following:
- The absolutely worse foods for arthritis or joint pain sufferers.
- The foods that relieve joint pain and actually improve joint health.