Painkillers Could In Fact Lead To Chronic Pain According To A New Study

Painkillers Could In Fact Lead To Chronic Pain According To A New Study
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According to a recent research, medicines often used to relieve lower back pain, which the CDC calls the most prevalent form of pain, may actually lengthen the discomfort’s duration.

The research discovered that using ibuprofen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen to treat acute discomfort may actually develop it into a chronic one. According to other doctors, the findings should not be taken too literally. People with back pain were not randomly allocated to ingest a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine (NSAID) or a placebo and then tracked to determine who acquired chronic pain, as would be the case in a scientific trial. Patients were observed, an animal experiment was conducted and a vast database of patients was examined.

New study

According to new research released Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine, a person’s life quality might be negatively impacted if they are prescribed medication that is not appropriate for them.

When scientists at McGill University began looking for molecular indicators in the blood that may indicate which patients would experience pain that rapidly reduced and which patients would experience pain that lingered, they kicked off the study.

There were 98 patients in this study who had blood samples collected when they initially started experiencing back pain once again three months later.
When the pain was severe, those who thought their pain disappeared had quick and significant inflammation. During the next three months, the levels of inflammatory markers decreased. There was no inflammatory response in those whose discomfort continued.
The results were also repeated in rats, when the sciatic nerves were compressed to cause back and leg discomfort or irritants were injected into the sciatic nerves. Dexamethasone, a steroid routinely used for back pain, made the agony in the animals persistent.

They then debated whether chronic pain was caused by pain suppression or by a suppression of inflammatory processes. A prescription anti-inflammatory called diclofenac was given to some of the mice as an experimental control. Another group of mice received gabapentin, morphine, or lidocaine, all of which are analgesics (pain relievers). A persistent pain only occurred with diclofenac.


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Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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