Pain is a useful guide that gives us as feedback so that we can take action to correct the problem causing the pain, before it gives us further problems.
Current medical practice is to alleviate pain with a chemical (drug) solution. However, masking pain with these drugs makes about as much sense as driving down the road and seeing a warning light on your dashboard and choosing to put some duct tape over the light so the annoyance is removed. However, the light like the pain, is there for a reason. They both warn you of the damage that something is wrong in your body.
While there is no “quick fix” for treating pain, we do urge you to take advantage of our wellness community to take control of your health.
Advil and Aleve May Make Blood Pressure Rise
According to the Archives of Internal Medicine, a frequent use of pain-relief medications such acetaminophen (as found in Tylenol) ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve) may result in an increased-risk of high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, in women, a recent study shows.
The non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may block the production of prostaglandins, which are known to dilate blood vessels. When fewer prostaglandins are present, blood vessels may narrow, which could lead to hypertension.
The study followed more than 80,000 women between the ages of 31 and 50 years who were initially hypertension-free. Frequency of use (in days per month) of aspirin, NSAIDs, and acetaminophen was recorded and compared with the number of cases of physician-diagnosed hypertension two years later. Of women who used NSAIDs 22 days or more per month, the risk of high-blood pressure increased some 86 percent.
When researchers removed other factors that could lead to hypertension, such as obesity, from the equation, the increased-risk remained. The study did note the possibility that an unidentified factor may be contributing to the risk, therefore a cause and effect relationship could not be determined.
Nonetheless, it was concluded that a large portion of U.S. hypertension cases may be the result of over-using these pain medications.
While those who frequently used NSAIDS or acetaminophen did show an increased risk of hypertension, there was no increased-risk associated with aspirin users.
Drugs can increase risk of kidney disease.
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, “Not only may these over-the-counter drugs increase your blood pressure, but they can also increase your risk of heart and kidney failure. It is important to recognize here that even though aspirin, Advil and Motrin-type drugs are available without a prescription, they may cause serious side effects. It is possible that the widespread use of these drugs is contributing to the “epidemic” of heart failure. NSAIDs also contribute to kidney problems. About 15 percent of the people on dialysis today are there as a result of the damage that Tylenol and/or aspirin did to their kidneys.”
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