Life can be better with the use of chemicals. Every year, I embark on chemical warfare in my rose garden. The bugs try to eat all of the first blooms and I try to kill all the bugs with chemicals. Most of the time, I win the war and have a bounty of colors and perfumes gracing my garden. This year, I learned that these poisonous potions can have some major consequences. After spraying, one of my prized plants immediately turned brown and sickly. Worst of all, the targeted pest is still in my garden.
Chemicals do not always live up to their promises. The same can be said of opioid pain medications like morphine, methadone, oxycodone and hydrocodone. Sometimes these chemicals have some serious consequences and can still leave a person in pain. Are these chemicals really worth it in the long run? Was the loss of one rose bush worth the blooms of the others? I am not sure, but I am definitely having second thoughts about using chemicals in my garden knowing the consequences.
About two months ago, I injured myself during kickboxing. I think I was doing a squat and turned my knee inward.
My knee hurt afterward, but I figured that maybe once I had my next dose of Humira, it would feel better. This was kind of nonsensical because while I’ve had knee pain with my arthritis, it hasn’t been one of the more significant areas of my body impacted by my arthritis.
So I let it go. My Humira dose came and went, and my knee still hurt.
I wasn’t really paying that much attention to the knee pain, but the kicker (no pun intended) was when, in another episode of kickboxing, I did a side plank (if you don’t know what that is, see: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/core-strength/SM00047&slide=12 ), putting all of my weight on my knee, and it completely collapsed.
After a week of the pain getting worse, I went to the doctor, and was told that I had misaligned my kneecap. I was sent to p...
Medications are the most frequently recommended treatment for l ow back pain . Research has shown that 80% of primary care patients with low back pain were prescribed at least one medication when seen by the primary care provider; more than one third were prescribed two or more medications.
The most commonly prescribed drugs for low back pain are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Motrin and naproxen, muscle relaxants, and opioid-based pain killers. Other medications regularly prescribed for chronic low back pain include benzodiazepines such as Valium , cortisone-type drugs, anti-depressant medications and anti-seizure medications. Of course, many patients use over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, aspirin, and NSAIDs such as Advil.
A challenge to many health care providers involves the choosing of the safest and most effective medication for a given patient. A more disturbing thought involves the possibility that many of th...
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