Pain management: won’t empty savings accounts
Patients are in need of a variety of solutions so they don’t need to rely continually on pain medicines.
10:47 01 June 2013
People who are taking pain medication frequently may be at a higher risk of suffering from heart-related issues such as heart attacks, heart failure, stomach bleeding and even death it seems.
The difficult part is that it is typically those who are already wrestling with chronic pain and medical issues with the only recourse being to take medication on a regular basis. This applies overwhelmingly to the elderly who may already be worrying about their savings accounts.
Typical pain pills are a low-cost way to try and deal with some adverse medical conditions, but there are sometimes alternatives which may be superior, but which may take quite a chunk out of savings accounts.
- Massage therapy-certain forms of massage therapy have been proven to assist those who suffer with certain forms of arthritis, but there are typically special certifications for those who are qualified to offer such services. Expect this to make quite a dent in savings accounts.
- Injections-special medications can be injected into certain joints for a fair amount of relief. Treatments may or may not be available depending on your location, but it’s something you can talk about with your physician. This also may take a bit out of savings accounts.
- Natural remedies-no matter where you live, you’re bound to run into a few people who swear by certain natural remedies, and as long as you receive approval from your physician it might be worth checking into, plus it may only take a bit more out of your savings accounts than your pain pills.
- Mild exercise-again depending upon approval from your physician, mild exercise can sometimes help with circulation and can reduce the pain from arthritis. Mild exercise can include such cost-friendly activities as walking in a park, which definitely keeps savings in the savings accounts where it belongs. You can ask your physician for other low-cost solutions for pain if you’re concerned about the effects of pain medication.