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I have been taken Toradol and Vicodin for my migraines for a year now. They do help when I get really bad attacks. Are they harming by body? If so is there anything not as strong but that works? Wanda.
While Toradol and Vicodin may not be harming your body per se, they're not generally considered the best choices for treating Migraine, and there is evidence that they can, in the long run, make Migraines worse. Research has shown that any use of opioids (including Vicodin) is associated with increased risk of developing transformed Migraine. NSAIDs, including Toradol, also increase this risk if used very frequently. You can find more information on this in Transformed Migraine - Risk Increased by Some Medications .
Most doctors suggest Migraine abortive medications such as the triptans (Imitrex, Maxalt, Zomig, etc.) or ergotamines (D.H.E. 45 and Migranal Nasal Spray) should be the first treatment used for Migraine attacks and...
You may be questioning whether or not physicians are really treating pain aggressively (see #10 of the Top 10 Reasons Pain Medication Use Is Increasing ). Relatively recently, pain was declared the "fifth vital sign," which means that, along with heartbeat, breathing, blood pressure and temperature, healthcare providers are supposed to evaluate pain levels. What does that mean for you - the patient who goes for help, only to walk away still in pain? Relief is trickling your way.
"Trickling" is the effect that medical training has on the entire medical community. For example, most small- to medium-sized towns have medical doctors who were trained over 15 years ago. These doctors may not be up to speed with the surge of pain management techniques and tools that are becoming available. Just 10 years ago, many teaching hospitals were only training doctors to prescribe hydrocodone ( Vicodin , Norco, Lortab , etc); beyond that, the doctors threw their hands in the air or blamed the patie...
Exercise is commonly broken up into two subcategories- aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Technically, these terms refer to the presence (aerobic) or absence (anaerobic) of oxygen in cell metabolism, the process by which the cells of the body obtain energy.
In aerobic work, the body uses oxygen to produce energy. Often, this means that the heart and lungs are working harder than usual, in order to get enough oxygen into the muscles. In aerobic activity, the muscles utilize oxygen to convert glucose (often from muscle glycogen stores) into adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, which is essentially a molecular unit of intracellular energy transfer. If the glucose stores in the body become low, the body begins to use fat as fuel.
Aerobic exercise is sustainable for longer periods of time; it is usually performed for twenty minutes or longer. (Examples include running, cycling, cross-country skiing, or walking.) Aerobic works strengthe...
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