Lower back pain is a persistent, long-lasting discomfort that can prevent you from going about your daily activities. For most people, their first reaction to a hurting back is to reach for a bottle of painkillers that either their doctor prescribed to them or gotten over the counter.
And they do help! Painkillers can be a fast-acting cure for lower back pain and get you up and running in no time.
But what you don’t know can kill you too. Here are some of the common painkillers you can get from your doctors and pharmaceutical outlets, and what effect they can have on your body… and life.
Acetaminophen, or Tylenol, can give you a temporary relief from your lower back pain, and even any kind of pain in general. But what it does not do is reduce the swelling or inflammation to the area where you are hurting. Additionally, if you take more than the recommended dose, Acetaminophen can be very harmful to your liver and kidney.
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
NSAIDs (including aspirin) can do a very good job to stop the pain in your lower back quickly. But at the same time, it can also cause gastrointestinal bleeding if proper care is not taken. NSAIDs can also be harmful to people who are suffering from high blood pressure or kidney disease.
When compared to NSAIDs, these cure for lower back painwork just as well without the risk of harming your stomach. But there is a reason why the FDA has been forced to re-evaluate the risks and benefits of the COX-2 drugs – numerous reports of heart attacks and stroke after taking them! In fact, a couple of COX-2 drugs – Vioxx and Celebrex – have been taken down the shelves because of these risks.
This can be called the most powerful of all drugs in dealing with lower back pain. But serious side effects such as abuse and addiction make narcotics painkillers a very undesirable and least recommended choice of medication.
While recognizing the many nasty side effects these painkillers can have on your body, there is also something that you have to be clear about – Drugs Don’t Heal!
There is no way taking painkillers can cure your lower back problem for good. These pills are only effective at masking the problem – not solving it.
I do not discount the fact that these painkillers can still be good for giving you a temporary relief, if need be. What you have to actually work on is to find the source of your pain, take the proactive approaches to relieving the pain, and preventing future pain.
There are plenty of ways out there for you to cure your lower back pain, without having to swallow another distasteful pill…
Keep to a healthy weight
Eating healthy may not be as easy as you want it to be. But at the very least, try decreasing your sugar intake, reducing the amount of hydrogenated oils in your foods, and increase your daily fiber intake. Lose weight with this
Get better sleep
Sleep is a must for your body to rest and recuperate. And for optimal health, you should be getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night. It’s the key to controlling systemic inflammation and effectively curing your lower back pain.
Start exercising regularly
Living an active lifestyle is a great way to keep lower back pain away. But what is the best exercise to prevent your back from acting up again? Well, do what you love doing! As long as you are comfortable with the exercise and do within your body’s tolerance level 🙂
Massage, chiropractic, and other forms of bodywork can do a whole lot of good in keeping your body supple, stretched, relaxed and pain free. These manual therapies work as a cure by removing or diminishing the trigger points and spasms in your lower back muscles, and increase blood flow which brings nutrients and oxygen to the area where you feel pain.
One of my favorite methods of curing lower back pain for good is in using homeopathic remedies and products. Feeding your body with systemic proteolytic enzymes will remove metabolic waste from blood and tissue. At the same time it brings fresh blood, oxygen, and nutrients to help cure lower back pain – all without the harmful side effects of that painkiller in your hands!