The past couple of weeks, we all suffered from the same sinus and allergy issues that everyone suffered from, but that was accompanied with severe joint pain for Diana, due to the constant weather change and the barometric measure.  That has led to many discussions over the past couple of weeks in our office regarding pain and pain management.  That said, we thought it would serve everyone best if we touched on that issue.

When the barometric pressure drops, so does your blood pressure.  It could be that barometric pressure affects the viscosity of the fluid that lines joint sacs, or it could be that it triggers the pain responses in the nerve endings of the joint.  Thus, the constant weather changes, have created a great deal of pain for many.   Changes in blood pressure and increased joint pain can occur at the same time as barometric changes. However, other changes also usually occur at the same time as barometric changes, things such as temperature changes, precipitation, and wind speed changes. Blood can also thicken, affecting a person’s blood sugar. Let’s face it…weather changes can be painful. Changes in barometric pressure, temperature and humidity can influence pain levels for those with joint and nerve pain and make getting comfortable or day to day activities harder.

Pain is the one unmeasurable variable in medicine, as it effects each person differently and is difficult to objectively measure.   We are all then faced with the decision whether to take pain medications, OTC or prescription.  What I want everyone to remember is that there are natural ways to combat the pain as well.  I would never tell someone not to take a medication prescribed to them by another doctor.  However, I would like you to understand natural alternatives to relieving pain and getting to the heart of the problem and not just throwing pain pills (chemicals) at the symptoms.   It’s up to you to TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH.

We are of the agreement and understanding that modern medicine has made remarkable strides and helped cure many things, that we are not questioning.  However, we mustn’t forget that throwing a chemical at every problem, in most cases only creates additional problems, not solutions; including, toxicity, chemical dependence, and issues with overdose.   Just because a medication is OTC or prescribed by a doctor, that doesn’t mean it is safe.  One of the most common types of OTC overdose involves acetaminophen. The painkiller is sold on its own and in cold and flu medications because it is effective in easing pain and reducing fever. However, when a person takes these drugs together, especially in a dose that is higher than recommended, they can accidentally overdose on acetaminophen and damage their liver.  There are more deaths linked to acetaminophen each year, over any other drug (legal or illicit).  Many of the deaths associated are not categorized as overdose, but liver failure, heart failure or kidney failure.

I invite each of you to do a little research before taking that next pill or giving it to a loved one.  Please research some information such as https://www.uspharmacist.com/article/acetaminophen-toxicity-what-pharmacists-need-to-know.  We have included an abstract below from that website.

US Pharm. 2014;39(3):HS2-HS8.

ABSTRACT: Acetaminophen toxicity is one of the most common causes of both intentional and unintentional poisoning in the United States. It has become the most common cause of acute liver failure and the second most prevalent cause of liver failure requiring transplantation. Acetaminophen is often recommended by doctors and highly utilized by patients in both prescription and OTC products for a variety of conditions. The FDA has long been updating its recommendations regarding acetaminophen use to help improve patient safety. This article reviews the etiology, signs, and symptoms of acetaminophen toxicity and the role of the pharmacist in the prevention of acetaminophen misuse.

I urge each of you experiencing pain, to seek out natural ways to help ease it and assist in detoxification and decrease of inflammation.  We are happy to provide a free consultation and provide you with realistic expectations of how it can be achieved.   If you are suffering from an addiction or toxicity and can’t afford help, we are happy to discuss how we can help you.  The reason for this blog from its inception, was to document Diana’s progress on her journey to achieving what it is like to Thrive, not just Survive.  That is what I want for each of you, to live the life God intended you to live…free of chemical dependence and toxicity.

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