Common Over-the-Counter Medications Linked to Chronic Back Pain – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather forecast
by: Dr. Mary Gillis, D.Ed.
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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — According to a new studytaking anti-inflammatory pills such as Advil or ibuprofen for pain relief can have the opposite effect.
Researchers from McGill University in Canada followed 98 people with lower back pain. After three months, the researchers found that some participants’ pain had resolved while others’ pain persisted.
People whose pain healed had released higher levels of what are called neutrophils by month 3, compared to those who did not heal. Neutrophils are an essential part of the immune system that fights infections. The discovery led researchers to conclude that natural inflammation is a necessary part of the healing process. Taking pain medications for headaches, joints, periods, or other reasons can prevent the release of neutrophils and ultimately prolong inflammation.
“Neutrophils dominate the early stages of inflammation and set the stage for repair of tissue damage. Inflammation happens for a reason, and it seems dangerous to intervene in it,” the author said. principal of the study, Dr. Jeffrey Mogil, in a statement.
Data according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 50 million people in the United States suffer from chronic pain; chronic back pain accounts for 25% of all cases.