How to Prevent an Addiction to Painkillers

When painkillers became a common prescription for people who were suffering from an injury or medical condition, everyone in the medical community thought they were the best treatment available. Although painkillers are quite effective with numbing pain and discomfort, they can also become a person’s recreational drug of choice. There are over 15,000 people that die on an annual basis by overdosing on painkillers, with over 12 million people in the United States abusing their use. A painkiller addiction is a serious problem, and learning how to prevent one is essential.

Saying ‘No’ to Painkillers

headache-girlThe first thing that you can do to stop yourself from becoming addicted to an opioid or other types of pain medications is to deny prescriptions for them in the first place. Consider the amount of pain that you are in, is it something that can be conquered by over the counter medication? If so, tell your doctor that you would prefer to be prescribed a non-habit forming painkiller. You might even find that once you receive surgery or medical intervention, pain medications won’t be necessary at all.

Using Painkillers Sparingly

In the event that your pain truly is too strong to deal with by using over the counter medications or no medications at all, make sure that you sparingly use your painkillers. Don’t assume that your discomfort is going to get worse first thing in the morning so you begin taking a pill as soon as you wake up. Wait until the pain is at the point where it’s affecting your daily tasks and then take the medication as it is prescribed. By using them sparingly, you are not giving your body a consistent dose of numbing, which helps to prevent addictions from happening. It goes without saying that you should always follow your doctors advice as far as dosage is concerned. This is especially true for opiate painkillers such as codeine phosphate.  Even if you buy online from a legal UK pharmacy, you will still need to follow the written instruction you get and be sure not to exceed them.

Following the Dosage

With popular media surrounding the use of pharmaceutical drugs among celebrities, it increases the curiosity of what painkillers can actually do. Even though it might be tempting to take more than one pill at a time to achieve a desirable high, you may find yourself addicted overnight. Your doctor prescribes you a certain dosage of pain medications for a reason and in most cases, the dosage you receive will help to numb most, if not all of the pain. There’s no need to double your daily dosage to help curb the uncomfortable feeling of your illness or injury. If your medication does not seem to be working, talk to your doctor about a different prescription or dosage.


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Here are Some Surprising Uses for Aspirin

Aspirin, easily one of the most popular over-the-counter medications you’ll ever come across, is a little bit of an overachiever.


Most people reach for an aspirin (or something similar) whenever they are dealing with aches and pains, headaches, and a whole host of other ailments – and for the most part it meets expectations.

At the same time, there are a couple of surprising uses for aspirin that you may not have been made aware of before. We are going to break down some of those uses right now!

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Aspirin can actually clear up your complexion

One of the primary ingredients in the aspirin is salicylic acid, a common ingredient used in topical solutions designed to fight acne and reduce blemishes all over your skin.

If you’d like to take advantage of the salicylic acid dosage in aspirin you aren’t going to want to ingest the medicine, but are instead going to want to crush the pill up and stir it in a bit of warm water. You’re looking for a consistency that is very watery (and looks like milk), and then you want to apply it to your face just as you would a more traditional face wash.

Aspirin may be able to significantly cut down on risks of cancer

Research out of the University of Oxford shows that individuals taking a low daily dosage of aspirin (about 75 mg) were able to significantly reduce their risk of cancer by almost 20% – not exactly an insignificant factor.

This test was conducted over a five-year span of time, and the research also showed that these same individuals were 8% less likely to die of any cause over the same amount of time.

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Aspirin can be used to soften up your calluses

If you are dealing with some rough patches on your hands and feet that you just can’t soften up all on your own it may be time to reach for a couple of aspirin and a little bit of lemon juice and water to create a paste that you can apply directly to the impacted area.

Leave the mixture on your calluses for about 24 hours or so and afterwards you should be able to pretty effortlessly break down the callous with a gentle nail file and remove them completely.

It’s pretty amazing that aspirin is as versatile a solution as it is, and hopefully you’ll be able to take advantage of the tips and tricks we’ve shared with you above!

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Don’t Wait to Get Rid of Aches and Pains

Medical experts at the Imperial College London reports that there are a number of considerable risks to people that decide to wait to pursue medical attention when they have been dealing with significant aches and pains for any amount of time longer than a month or so.

Many of these risks involved:

  • Increased susceptibility to injury
  • Further injury of the impacted area
  • Compound conditions because of weakened areas of the body

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… And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Though you may be tempted to “suck it up” and push through the pain, the truth of the matter is that unless you’re dealing with a relatively mild form of pain or just a bit of muscle soreness you may be doing far more harm than good. Most doctors regard pain as a vital sign.

Recognize what your body is trying to tell you in the first place

The most important thing you can do when you are trying to determine whether or not it’s time to visit the doctor or to push through the pain that you are currently dealing with is to understand exactly what you’re up against.

A lot of people are going to be under the impression that any chronic pain is simply a little bit of soreness and isn’t that big of a deal while others are going to be under the impression that even the slightest injury needs to be treated with modern medical attention, but the truth is really something somewhere in the middle.

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Take stock of your activity levels, any potential instances that could have caused injury, and your past medical history to understand what you are up against.

In this way you’ll know whether or not you’re dealing with muscle soreness from an overenthusiastic exercise or a serious underlying medical condition that needs to be addressed ASAP.

Don’t be shy about being a little overzealous in taking advantage of modern medical solutions

It’s always better to be a little bit safer when it comes to seeking a medical attention than to be sorry later dealing with an issue that could have been cured or prevented with earlier interventions

You may not always feel like it is a good idea to pursue medical attention, but at the end of the day you’d have to be at least a little bit crazy not to jump out in front of something that could be quite serious – even if you aren’t sure of the severity of the issue at that particular point in time.

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Does Acupuncture Actually Work?

Acupuncture has been around for literally thousands and thousands of years, and practitioners of this ancient Chinese approach to healing the body claim that it is capable of what most would consider to be medical miracles.

And though this kind of evangelical approach to acupuncture turns just as many people on to the practice as it turns off, it’s created a number of skeptics that aren’t quite sure of whether or not this is a legitimate solution for treating pain or little more than ancient snake oil that continues to be peddled by less than ethical marketers.

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Well, according to information just recently published in the British Medical Journal, acupuncture is the real deal – especially when it comes to regular and routine treatments conducted by legitimate professionals.

Recent study covers almost 130 people and their recovery from back pain via acupuncture

129 individuals were tracked during this British Medical Journal study, and all of them were encouraged to visit professional acupuncture therapists six times over a six-month period with results tracked every single step of the way.

According to the report, 89% of those that went through with the study reported significantly less pain after six months, and those that went for a full year were able to report transformative results that were significantly better than those that had been moving forward with physical therapy alone.

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What makes acupuncture so impactful?

No, the ancient mysticism surrounding acupuncture isn’t exactly the “secret sauce” behind why this holistic approach is as effective as it is. Instead it’s the ability for licensed and professional acupuncturists to hit all of the body’s major pressure points with their acupuncture needles in a way that dramatically increases blood flow to the area.

This dramatically increased blood flow brings with it a tremendous release of endorphins from the body, and these endorphins wash over the tensed up muscles to break down muscle facia and alleviate pain at the exact same time.

Obviously, if you’re thinking about moving forward with this kind of approach you’ll want to do so only with the recommendation of your general practitioner or and other medical expert to make sure that you get the very best results possible.

And there’s a world of difference between moving forward with real deal experts in the field of acupuncture and those that picked up the “skill” by watching YouTube videos – so make sure that you’re only working with licensed professionals that know exactly what they’re doing and are capable of producing fantastic results.

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Dealing with a Real Pain in the Neck?

The overwhelming majority of the workforce leads incredibly sedentary lifestyles and are stuck in less than ideal chairs 90% of the workday, only to flop themselves down into even less comfortable and less ergonomic chairs and couches when they get home at night.


This is leading to a real problem when it comes to posture, spinal health, and your neck – and it also explains why so many people are contending with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome today, more so than ever in the past.

If you have a stiff neck most of the time and if you aren’t able to get rid of this stiff neck without having a professional masseuse work you over the you’re going to want to pay very close attention to all of the inside information below.

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The odds are pretty good that you are overtaxing the muscles in your neck, putting undue stress and pressure on your cervical spine, and generally destroying durability to get comfortable without even realizing it.

Here’s how to combat pain effectively!

Stretch every morning and every night

A lot of people are unaware of just how much fluid ends up going in their spine and their neck every single night as they are lying prone, at least until they get up in the morning and realize that their muscles and their neck are anything but loose and refreshed.

Because of the spongy material that your spinal discs are made out of – and because of how many spinal discs are located in the cervical region of the spine (up in your neck) – you’re going to be dealing with a lot of fluid retention that you have to stretch out of your neck or you’ll be stiff all day long.

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It’s also a good idea to stretch before you go to bed so that you push that fluid out of the areas that it will try to flood throughout the night, limiting the amount of fluid that actually makes it to your neck.

Hot and cold showers work wonders as well

Though probably not as beneficial as a traditional massage (or even rolling your neck with a foam roller), hot and cold showers – showers that start off very warm and finish cold or vice versa – have been proven to be incredibly effective at relaxing neck muscles and helping you unwind more than you would have been able to with just a hot shower or a cold shower.

Give it a shot for a week or so and see how much your neck loosens up.

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Can Comedies Completely Eliminate your Pain?

According to researchers in numerous universities throughout the United Kingdom, watching your favorite comedy show or movie can have a transformative impacts on your body’s – and your mind’s – ability to manage pain, to the point where you forget you’re even injured altogether!


This research (just recently released at the end of 2015 after a five-year study) is in line with similar research conducted by medical professionals in the United States and Australia, and a lot of it has to do with the medical fact of the “placebo effect” and how potent our minds ability is to control our emotions and our ability to recognize pain.

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Just 15 minutes of your favorite comedy can cure almost any headache

As mentioned above, this research study was conducted over a five-year block of time with close to 700 different individuals being tested.

Each and every one of the test subjects were encouraged to bring a copy of their favorite comedy show or movie, and then they were subjected to a handful of mild forms of pain. When they registered a specific threshold of pain – similar to the pain of a migraine headache – they were then be encouraged to watch 15 minutes of their favorite comedy and then were both surveyed and put through an MRI to better understand how the body and the mind react to the stimulus.

Laughter really is the best medicine

The results were fantastically conclusive, especially for those that physically laughed while watching their favorite comedy.

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Those that chuckled every now and again saw mild reductions in pain, but those that laughed out loud – and those that laughed heartily – saw a significant drop in their ability to register pain, so much so that many of them claimed they weren’t feeling any pain whatsoever any longer.

Researchers believe that there are multiple factors at play here.

For starters, breathing in and breathing out rapidly while laughing causes a flood of endorphins to be released. These endorphins are scientifically proven to alleviate pain, and this research study shows that they work just as well as anticipated.

On top of that, researchers found that the rapid breathing while laughing also “confuses” the body though when it comes time to recognizing pain signals in the first place. This may help to explain why so many people were able to report feeling no pain at all even though they were still being subjected to the pain inducing stimulant while laughing.

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