Not only are painkillers addictive, but it now seems that they can extend chronic pain!
According to a study performed by The University of Colorado at Boulder, painkillers were found actually to prolong pain in lab rats! The study reveals that even a couple of doses of morphine causes pain to continue in the rats for months. This occurs because of the heightening release of pain signals from the cells of the spinal column.
The study suggests that the same scenario happens in human bodies. This means that taking painkillers really makes chronic pain worse. For those who think their treatment with opioids is helping their pain, well they might be doing more damage to their bodies than good. Taking into consideration the dependency that goes along with using painkillers, it seems now that they are entirely, no good.
How is this possible?
According to scientists, a message from damaged nerve cells travels to the spinal cord’s immune cells known as glial cells. These cells typically remove unwanted microorganisms and debris. Upon receiving the message of pain, glial cells go into an alert mode. This action primes them for further action.
For the lab rats, when the injury is treated for 5 days with opioids, the glial cells go into turbo-drive. This generates more adverse reactions, including inflammation. If the rats continue to receive the opioid treatment, this adds to the activity of pain-receptive nerve cells in the brain. This causes an escalation in the pain duration, which now will last several months.
If you would like to read more about this study, a paper on the study was published May 30th, 2016 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
What Can you use in the place of painkillers?
Alternative, all-natural treatments are an option for easing pain. Essential oils have been used for centuries for treating pain, as well as numerous other health ailments. You can try creating your own mix by using 100% natural oils and carrier oils, or you can find a product that is already prepared. Remember, when looking for an all-natural pain relieving product, make sure it only uses natural ingredients.
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University of Colorado at Boulder. “Narcotic painkillers prolong pain in rats, says study: Findings may have far-reaching implications for humans.” ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160530153252.htm (accessed August 18, 2016).