Some musings on pain and painkillers

There have been lots of stories in the news over the years about potential heart problems caused by long term use of painkillers such as ibuprofen and diclofenac (Voltarol) but the very well known link between these drugs and gastrointestinal bleeding doesn’t often get a mention.  See this old article on Ibuprofen on BBC website

Doctor and medical columnist Thomas Stuttaford says in that article he thinks ibuprofen is a reasonable analgesic and anti-inflammatory – but it has more side effects than people realise.

“Side effects include renal damage. It’s not terribly well tolerated by the over 65s. It can cause gastric bleeding. And NSAIDs [the group of anti-inflammatory drugs that ibuprofen belongs to] contribute to something in the region of 2,000 deaths a year in the UK.”

I came across this video of Lorimer Moseley talking about the the role of the brain in chronic pain. He is a physio who has become interested in pain research and the psychology of pain. He is a very amusing speaker and gets his message across extremely well.. this video is 25 minutes long so grab a cuppa and watch it.

Much research has been done between the link between emotional and physical pain and, in my experience as a homeopath, helping people deal with difficult emotions such as anger or grief will often will reduce or eliminate their physical pain.

Clare Walters at Absolute Specialists runs training courses for therapists in various mindfulness techniques including the Pain Release Process which she has developed from her experience working with people with fibromyalgia. I completed the practitioner training course a few years ago and am now accredited in Focussed Mindfulness Techniques which I often use alongside homeopathy in my consultations. I have found these techniques to be simple and profound tools for dealing with physical and emotional pain and I will write more about them another time.

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