This HND piece puts the spotlight on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and tries to cut through some of the scare-mongering—as people attempt to deal with chronic pain issues. To put things in prespective, we quote respected rheumatologist Dr. Don Goldenberg: "There is no medication that has no risk, and three heart attacks among 1,000 people taking the drugs is still a relatively small risk that may well be worth it for people suffering from pain."
A few studies are examined, including one that seems to confirm that naproxen does not produce the sorts of "vascular events" that ibuprofen does. Then, there is the matter of elderly heart patients with chronic pain being forced into opioids.
We also cover several natural remedies that have served as pain relievers for generations.
Read the complete article.