(Keywords: anti inflammatory drugs, chiropractic, anticholinergic side effects, dual antiinflammatory drugs, free pain pills, stroke, ankle fracture)
In principle chiropractors are not against the use of anti inflammatory drugs. But ... they have awesome side effects. Some of these anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen are available over-the-counter, others only on prescription (e.g. Celebrex). "Wonder drug" Vioxx has been removed from your pharmacy shelves because of increased risk of heart attack and stroke, and a host of other serious bowel side effects.
Many of these medications prescribed for pain and inflammation also carry the risk of addiction, which can lead to the need for prescription DrugRehab treatment ...
NSAIDs are effective for pain relief and to reduce swelling (anti-inflammatory). Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs.
HOT: "The worst pain I've ever experienced."
Barbara Bush, eighty-three, was admitted to Methodist Hospital after experiencing pain she characterized as "worse than childbirth." After determining that she had a perforated ulcer, a life-threatening condition if not caught early, doctors performed a three-hour surgery early the next morning to patch a half-inch hole in her intestine.
Mrs Bush was fed intravenously initially, then she started a liquid diet. She will continue that diet at home for another week, her doctors said.
Doctors do not know definitively what caused Bush's perforated ulcer but believe it was the result of a chronic use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen. Such painkillers hinder mechanisms that protect the gastrointestinal lining from digestive juices that can cause ulcers.
Mrs. Bush has had two hip replacement surgeries and back surgery and has battled arthritis.
Reardon, who called it an honor to take care of someone in the Bush family, said she is now on antacids and will not resume taking the anti-inflammatory drugs anytime soon!
Perforated ulcers occur when the ulcer burns through the stomach or small intestine, allowing bile and acid to spill into the abdominal cavity, causing a level of pain that Barbara Bush said was the worst she had ever experienced.
How do NSAIDs work?
Medications that work to reduce inflammation come in two major categories:
Steroids (e.g. Cortisone) are a derivative of a natural hormone produced by the body. They have serious side effects and should only be used when all else has been tried.
Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) work to block an enzyme called cyclo-oxygenase (COX) that is critical in your body's production of prostaglandins. It is these prostaglandins that cause swelling and pain and, by reducing prostaglandins, NSAIDs help people with arthritis and joint pain.
But, and it's a big BUT, prostaglandins have a very important role to play in controlling the constriction of arteries. For example there arteries supplying the kidneys, the brain, the placenta ...
Prostaglandins have a vital role in clot formation, and preventing bleeding. Limiting prostaglandins increases the risk of bleeding: haemorrhagic stroke.
Side effects of Anti inflammatory drugs
Cortisone taken for any length of time has a very deleterious effect on bone strength. Taken for life threatening conditions like asthma it is justified, but for inflammation, other options should be considered.
The problem with NSAIDs is that these Prostaglandins also have other important functions in the body, one of which is to produce the mucus that lines the stomach. Around 12 000 people DIE every year in the USA alone from bleeding ulcers directly caused by NSAIDs which block the formation of that mucus, exposing the gastic lining to he very strong (ph<1) acid in the stomach. Mrs Bush was lucky.
A new generation of Anti inflammatory Drugs such as Celebrex, called COX-2 inhibitors, are believed to have less of an effect on the stomach, however they have had some serious side effects on the heart, and thus are only available on prescription. The do not necessarily give better relief of the pain and stiffness than ordinary NSAIDs.
In general, taking either for of these drugs for any length of time may have very serious side effects. Before you start taking NSAID medications of either type you should talk to your doctor. Be sure to let your doctor know about other medical problems you have, especially hypertension, asthma, kidney, or stomach problems. In addition, let your doctor know about other medications you may be taking, and if you have any known allergies to medications. For example, anti-depressants and NSAIDs have a negative additive effect on your stomach lining.
In chiropractic we rather look for the cause of your pain.
Some NSAIDs have a so-called Anti-cholinergic side effect. They block the transfer of information from one nerve to another causing memory loss, foggy brain, blurred vision ... Read more about ANTICHOLINERGIC SIDE EFFECTS …
NSAIDs increase blood pressure and, by reducing prostaglandins, they reduce the blood flow to your organs. If your arteries are already compromised because you are a smoker, or have high LDL's, the bad cholesterol, then...
Archives of Internal Medicine 2009; 169: 141-149 Medicine's own findings are:
Anti inflammatory Drugs should definitely NOT be used if
ALTERNATIVES to Anti inflammatory drugs
Rather, consider using ice as a topical treatment and
eating foodstuffs known for their anti-inflammatory properties. For more
about the benefits of olive oil,
click here for OLIVE OIL BENEFITS …
Think too of our delicious fish soup recipe , chock-a-block full of proven anti-inflammatory foods like celery, fish oil of course, and olive oil.
It's recommended that we eat fish rich in Omega 3 oils at least twice a week. Mackerel, tuna and salmon are the best recognised but all cold water fish are good. A far better alternative to dangerous Anti-inflammatory drugs.
One popular orthopaedic website states: "NSAIDs are not bad or unsafe medications. However, like any other medication, you should use caution when taking the medication." You be the judge.
"I love fish oils. As a clinician, I use fish oil for a lot of different things, mostly due to its anti-inflammatory properties."
- Dr Lynne Shinto, assistant professor at Oregon Health and Science University.
Why " chicken bones soup" is a must for arthritis sufferers
Research proves that the cartilage in chicken bones inhibits the
inflammation of arthritis. Don't throw your chicken bones away. They
make the most delicious soup, and they help reduce the pain of
Gelatine powder ... the active ingredient for healing your cartilage.
The maestro was well known for his love of celery soup to calm his nerves before concerts. However, Toscanini Celery soup does much much more. Celery is a powerful anti inflammatory. Delic too.
Iatrogenic Illness and Anti inflammatory drugs
Doctor-caused disease (including chiropractic) is a major concern in the world today, with so-called Doctor-caused-disease being the third most prevalent disease, after heart disease and cancer.
According to Wikipedia: Iatrogenesis is a major phenomenon, and a severe risk to patients. A study carried out in 1981 more than one-third of illnesses of patients in a university hospital were iatrogenic, nearly one in ten were considered major, and in 2% of the patients, the iatrogenic disorder ended in death.
Complications were most strongly associated with exposure to drugs and medications.In the United State alone, recorded deaths per year (2000): * 12,000—unnecessary surgery
* 7,000—medication errors in hospitals
* 20,000—other errors in hospitals
* 80,000—infections in hospitals
* 106,000—non-error, negative effects of drugsBased on these figures,
225,000 deaths per year constitutes the third leading cause of death in the United States, after deaths from heart disease and cancer.
Read more … from ANTI INFLAMMATORY DRUGS to IATROGENIC ILLNESS ...
Anti inflammatory drugs have no place in the treatment of conditions like tennis elbow. Why? Because there is no inflammation. It's a misnomer that all these years we called it Lateral Epicondylitis. But research shows it should be Epicondyl osis. There is no inflammation. Read more about Tennis Elbow ...
Low Back Pain and Anti inflammatory drugs
New 2009 research conducted at the University of Washington, reported in the most prestigious spinal medical journal, Spine, that patients with low back pain are more than twice as likely to become chronically disabled if they first consult a medical doctor, than if they consulted a chiropractor. Read more about chronic low back and leg pain LATERAL DISC HERNIATION …
Warnings from Drugs.com about...
Anti inflammatory Drugs Vioxx
The manufacturer of Vioxx has announced a voluntary withdrawal of the drug from the U.S. and worldwide market. This withdrawal is due to safety concerns of an increased risk of cardiovascular events including
Notify your doctor immediately if you develop
These symptoms could be early signs of dangerous side effects like a bleeding ulcer.
Worse... A Vioxx trial demonstrated that it was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events, leading to Merck's withdrawal of rofecoxib from the worldwide market in September 2004. In October 2008, long-term follow-up findings were published; during a 1-year period of postdrug observation, increased cardiovascular risk associated with rofecoxib use persisted after stopping treatment. (Archives of Internal Medicine (Dec 2010))
These findings raise concerns about long-term risks incurred by individuals who had taken the drug.
Twelve good reasons to avoid long term (and even short term) use of anti-inflammatory drugs.
Research just released in the medical journal STROKE, found in a study on 38,000 Taiwanese adults, that there was an increased risk of stroke by a factor of 20-260% from taking anti inflammatory drugs.
This included all NSAIDs including aspirin and ibuprofen, Celebrex, Aleve, naproxen and diclofenac. The worst offender was oral Toradol.
Said Dr Elliott Antman from Harvard:
"The bottom line is that even common over-the-counter medications are "real drugs that do have risks." He noted that people should not continue to take NSAIDs beyond the period of time recommended on the label without talking with their doctor first. It's thought that NSAIDs other than aspirin may contribute to heart problems or stroke for a few reasons, including effects that may make blood clots more likely to form or may create spikes in blood pressure."
"Regular use of aspirin, NSAIDs, and acetaminophen can increase the risk of hearing loss."
There are few of us, if you lead an active life, who escape the results of falls, pulled muscles, strained discs, broken bones that might sometimes need Anti Inflammatory Drugs, however use them with caution. They are potentially seriously dangerous, with side effects stretching from gastic bleeds to heart attack and stroke.
Ankle fracture is one condition that may lead to chronic NSAID use. Think rather chiropractic, once the bones have healed. ANKLE FRACTURE ...
Dr Weil's anti-inflammatory programme
1. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. Focus on foods rich in omega-3
fatty acids, such as cold water, oily fish like salmon and sardines;
walnuts; and freshly ground flaxseeds. Spices like ginger and turmeric
can also help reduce inflammation.
2. Eat foods rich in antioxidants. Found in fresh vegetables and fruit, antioxidants may help reduce tissue damage from inflammation.
3. Maintain a healthy weight. Losing just a few pounds can alleviate excess mechanical stress on joints.
4. Avoid intense activities that can injure or strain the joint cartilage.
5. Get exercise. Performed at a level that does not stress joints, daily physical activity is the key to maintaining lifelong mobility- it strengthens surrounding muscles that support and protect joints. Swimming, stationary cycling and light weight training are good choices, as are stretching and balance exercises such as yoga and tai chi.
IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS @ Anti inflammatory drugs
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