Relying on painkillers to fight arthritis pain can be difficult as we find that some drugs aren’t as safe or effective as we thought, so many people explore alternative pain relief therapies.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) got a bad name when the COX-2 inhibitors Vioxx and Bextra were pulled off the market: Studies had revealed they increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Although Celebrex and other NSAIDS like ibuprofen and naproxen are still available, they carry some risks of heart disease and of gastrointestinal bleeding.
Opioid drugs like morphine haven’t fared much better. Both doctors and patients are skittish about their risks for dependence and unsettling side effects, such as depression, constipation, nausea, drowsiness and breathing problems.
Still, worry doesn’t quell pain. And pain abounds. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 76.2 million, or 26 percent of Americans, suffer chronic pain – and more than half of those suffer from arthritis. The question that plagues many of us is this: Can’t something be done for pain besides pills?
Read more at Arthritis Today.