By Dr. Michael J. Cooney

For many people, prescription pain medication is a way of life. Unfortunately, use of these drugs is not without cost. We have outlined the five ways pain medications have a negative impact on your body and overall health.

1. Weakens Your Natural Pain Control

Your body was designed to cope with extensive pain by releasing chemicals to the site of injured areas. Pain medications decrease the need for these chemicals to be produced by the body.

2. Debilitating & Harmful Side Effects

Pain medications have side effects―nausea, sleep disruption, lack of mental clarity, lack of energy, depression and potential damage to key organs such as liver, kidney, and heart. These side effects can occur as soon as the first pill you consume.

3. Drugs Do Not Resolve the Pain

Rather, they only help to mask the symptoms as opposed to identifying and alleviating the root cause of the pain. In other words, the use of pain medication is often without end.

4. Potential Interactions With Other Medications

It can be as simple as having to use an alternative allergy medication to avoid complications with your pain medicine. Or it can be as severe as having an emergency illness that requires surgery or additional medicine. If your current pain medications interact negatively with the surgery or additional medicine, your healthcare protocol can be compromised.

5. Exorbitant Prescription Drug Costs

 The prices that prescription drugmakers charge wholesalers increased at 15.5 times the overall producer inflation rate last year, according to a Senate report. Patients have come to our practice spending as much as $2,700/month out of their own pockets for pain medication.

This is one of the reasons we are so encouraged by the results of Calmare Therapy. There are no drugs and no side effects. The FDA has studied, tested and approved the use of the device in the United States. And the cost of 10 treatments pales in comparison to that of prescription drugs. We hope you will contact us to talk about an entirely new option to end the pain. It’s the solution for a new age and we look forward to sharing it with you.