The numbers will blow you away. Pain numbers that is. The reason I’m writing this article, Pain Management vs Pain Elimination is because I think to many people are suffering AND being taken advantage of by what we call the modern medical establishment.
Between the two pain management vs pain elimination there should be no contest. You would think, wouldn’t you? Most people I know would prefer to eliminate pain rather than to manage it. That makes all the sense in the world. And like My Grampa Vetter said, “the best form of pain management is pain elimination”. But that is not what is happening.
First let’s look at some figures and statistics from the American Academy of Pain Medicine these figures are old as they show up to 2006 and they will prove my point as we go on.
Incidence of Pain, as Compared to Major Conditions
Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. The chart below depicts the number of chronic pain sufferers compared to other major health conditions.
The Burden of Pain on Every Day Life
- The total annual incremental cost of health care due to pain ranges from $560 billion to $635 billion (in 2010 dollars) in the United States, which combines the medical costs of pain care and the economic costs related to disability days and lost wages and productivity.
- More than half of all hospitalized patients experienced pain in the last days of their lives and although therapies are present to alleviate most pain for those dying of cancer, research shows that 50-75% of patients die in moderate to severe pain.
- An estimated 20% of American adults (42 million people) report that pain or physical discomfort disrupts their sleep a few nights a week or more.
Commonly-Reported Pain Conditions
- When asked about four common types of pain, respondents of a National Institute of Health Statistics survey indicated that low back pain was the most common (27%), followed by severe headache or migraine pain (15%), neck pain (15%) and facial ache or pain (4%).
- Back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under 45 years old. More than 26 million Americans between the ages of 20-64 experience frequent back pain.
- Adults with low back pain are often in worse physical and mental health than people who do not have low back pain: 28% of adults with low back pain report limited activity due to a chronic condition, as compared to 10% of adults who do not have low back pain. Also, adults reporting low back pain were three times as likely to be in fair or poor health and more than four times as likely to experience serious psychological distress as people without low back pain.
Highlights from the National Center for Health Statistics Report: Health, United States, 2006, Special Feature on Pain
- More than one-quarter of Americans (26%) age 20 years and over – or, an estimated 76.5 million Americans – report that they have had a problem with pain of any sort that persisted for more than 24 hours in duration. [NOTE: this number does not account for acute pain].
- Adults age 45-64 years were the most likely to report pain lasting more than 24 hours (30%). Twenty-five percent (25%) of young adults age 20-44 reported pain, and adults age 65 and over were the least likely to report pain (21%).
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Pain Management vs Pain Elimination
Pain Management is big business.
Modern medicine has been trained and I’m gonna guess by the pharmaceutical industry to think management and not cure or elimination. This I can understand coming from a pharmaceutical based medical model as I have visited with doctors and they were amazed that I was not on SOME drug of some kind as their model is not to cure or eliminate a disease but to reduce the symptoms to the point of manageability.
This the same approach they take when it comes to pain. The problem is, as with all pharmaceutical drugs when testing the drugs originally, the percentages of effectiveness are usually lower than the placebo and always under 50% effective.
So ever pain medication out there even if it tested better than a placebo still did not test over 44% effective, which leaves over 50% of the people seeking pain relief through pain management out of luck.
The next bit of news isn’t that promising either. Of the medications that did relieve pain 90% did not remove the pain only reduced the pain.
Recently I went to hear some doctors and psychologist from a local Behavioral Hospital talk about their new Pain Management Program and I was hopeful as to what I would here as I thought they were moving away from the old model but I should not have been surprised as the word ‘management’ was still in the name of their program.
I applaud what these doctors and psychologist were doing as they were reducing and in many cases eliminating the dependency on pharmaceutical narcotics with their patients and teaching them skills that would control and reduce the pain. From mediation, to Cognitive Therapy and Brief Therapy techniques to yoga and other forms of exercise.
The part that amazed me is they were not aware of any modalities that eliminate pain, whether chronic or acute or psychosomatic pain they were teaching people how to live with pain through means of reduction and mental control.
A great way to eliminate pain and a way I used with clients for over 10 years, until I found some faster quicker ways that I was surprised these doctors and psychologist did not know about, use or consider, is plain old hypnosis.
Although I could, I no longer use hypnosis for pain elimination as using the more cutting edge technology of Quantum-Vibrational and energy processes can achieve faster and often more complete work I was still amazed that a behavioral hospital was not using hypnosis to their advantage.
I wasn’t surprised that they did not know about some of the techniques or the technology I use to eliminate pain but I was surprised that they weren’t using hypnosis.
I have nothing against pain management that reduces pain and gives relief and allows a better quality of life for people such as what the behavioral hospital is doing. At least there the patients are getting something other than the run around that most pain patients get going from doctor to doctor being put on this medication and then that medication and then another medication until they are taking so many different medications from three or four different doctors that they have NO quality of life and they have suffered needlessly for years.
Our motto is,
“The Best Form of Pain Management Is Pain Elimination!”
If you or someone you know would like pain relief, whether physical, mental, emotional, psychological or spiritual please have them contact us and see what we can do. Because if what you’re doing right now still has you suffering my Grampa Vetter would ask, “How’s that workin’ for ya?”