If you experience ongoing pain from an injury, illness or chronic medical condition, taking medication isn’t the only way to feel better. Many drug-free treatments are available to help you manage pain without side effects or the danger of addiction.
All medications can cause side effects or health problems, even the over-the-counter drugs you buy at the store. Depending on the medication, you may feel dizzy, nauseated or tired. Or the ingredients may damage your liver or kidneys. Some may raise blood pressure or even increase your risk of heart attack or stroke.
Some drugs, especially pain medications like opioids, can cause addiction. Overdosing is also a danger of these drugs. Thousands of people die every year due to overdoses from prescription opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Due to growing issues surrounding the use and misuse of opioid pain medication, as well as the other potential dangers of using pain meds on a regular basis, your doctor may suggest that you try another way to control your pain. Some drug-free pain management treatments include:
If you have chronic pain and don’t want to take pain medication, talk to your doctor about what alternative therapies may be most effective at helping you manage your pain.
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