According to a recent study and as published by the New York Times, pain-relieving drugs can cause prolonged lower back pain.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lower back pain is the most common type of pain among people. The study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine says that treatments for curing back pain might cause it to last longer. The persistent use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving steroids like ibuprofen can increase the pain for a longer period.
Dr. Thomas Buchheit, director of the regenerative pain therapies program at Duke, says that the medical fraternity has to think of healing rather than suppression of inflammation.
According to professional medical societies, people with back pain must always try to cure it first with stretches, massage therapies, or heat therapies. Only if the pain persists, the medical professional suggests using non-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen.
But, on the contrary, the study warns that the use of such drugs might increase chronic pain. The researchers had blood samples of 98 people. These samples were taken when people had pain for the first time and after 3 months.
According to Dr. Luda Diatchenko, the study’s lead investigator, the results of the study were not as expected. People whose pain went away had rapid, intense inflammation when the pain was acute. The inflammation markers diminished in the next 3 months. And there was nothing happening in chronic pain, she added.
The research team then performed the findings on mice. They gave one group of mice anti-inflammatory, diclofenac, and others some pain-relieving drugs like morphine, gabapentin, and lidocaine. The research team found that only those who were given diclofenac had persistent pain that became chronic, the New York Times reports.
Dr. Diatchenko says that it’s high time that medical professionals should think of this issue and address it because the use of anti-inflammatory drugs still continues despite their unimpressive results in reducing lower back pain.
Another health expert Dr. Weinstein, who was the editor in chief of the medical journal Spine for 28 years, suggests that when her back hurts, she goes running instead of taking any pills.