An article published in Macleans.ca March 15 2012, cites the work of Dr Mary Lynch in support of a continued, and publicly funded opioid drug administration for people who complain of “chronic pain”.
The article is intended to win support for those who see, in drug use and medication, an easy way to deal with pain that people feel that they cannot otherwise manage, or control.
Some people seem to regard drugs as weapon of war, the body a battle ground upon which doctors act out a scenario – of waging a war against pain. From a holistic point of view, medical science has mistaken friend for foe – we need pain, it is a messenger that lets us know that some part of the body is under threat or damaged, and is in need of restoration.
Pain signaling also plays a role in the activation of the healing response, inappropriate signaling due to drug effects can disrupt the process of healing.
Drugs have no place in pain management, nor in recovery from illness.
Our bland assumption that natural medications are inadequate for the proper management of pain is somewhat put to the test by clove oil, formerly used in dentistry, now replaced by benzocaine. Clove oil comes with additional health benefits, instead of the toxic side effects that come with benzocaine – and has been proven in clinical trials to be as effective as synthetic dental anasthetics.
People with pain should explore all avenues of natural pain relief before considering drug use, particularly where the health of infants and young people is involved.
Drugs are toxic to the body, lead to chronic pain, debilitate and decrease our ability to regain natural good health. The “need” for drugs is something that we have been “sold” – and put under considerable pressure to “buy”.
A lead comment to the Macleans article says that – “our understanding of severe pain is inadequate”. Indeed, it is – by anyone who thinks that the concept of pain can be reduced to a chemical formulation, and treated with an appropriate drug.
First we need to look at a person who is experiencing pain. It can be seen that their pain is felt at both an emotional and physical level.
If we choose to cast aside the blinkers created by observing the situation from a clinical point of view, we can clearly see that pain is a composite thing, and that it is subject to variation. Resilience to pain can change without warning or conscious direction.
Pain can diminish, pain can increase in response to all manner of things – adverse weather conditions, tension that we feel in our relationships with relatives, and friends, whether there is social acceptance, or denial of our condition. Anxiety, anger, resentment and or depression cloud and surround pain management and our perception of pain.
What is an unbearable, intolerable pain for someone, might be seen by someone else as a personal challenge – ultimately the impact of pain depends upon our perception of it, and the measures that we are prepared to take to initiate pain relief.
All pain to some extent represents a loss of power, a loss of freedom. How we deal with our pain reflects how we deal with life.
Popping a pill reflects a most limited, and restricting antidote to pain. It can intensify and prolong the experience of pain, it can become addictive.
There are many natural methods that will provide pain relief, provided that we don’t perpetuate the myth that to resolve pain you need to win some kind of battle. If we sit tensely awaiting instant pain relief from a natural medication – chances are we will be disappointed.
Threshholds of pain tend to match what we anticipate they will be – hence the reality that a placebo can heal your pain – just as generic drug as potent in all respects as your favorite “brand name” medication – will never, whatever quite achieve the desired amount of pain coverage.
The moment we trust that we are in capable hands for the treatment of our condition, considerable relief might be obtained, as we relax and hand over our stress – to the “one who knows” precisely what needs to be done. Holistic methods of healing are gentle, thorough and effective.
There is pain involved in addiction recovery as the body and mind begin to separate from the drugs that have held them hostage. It is not love that binds us to drug use, but fear of the painful consequences of having to give up our drug dependence.
Long term users of opioid drugs often have to face the pain of addiction withdrawal mixed in with the pain caused by their medical condition. Once we open up to and put our faith in natural healing, that alone is enough to start to release inner tension, and start up our natural endorphins.
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