(Health Secrets) David Baker is a forty-four year old gentleman who suffered from multiple falls and minor traumas over a short period of time. The traumas left him with severe, constant pain in his left leg and foot that lasted for over a year before seeing Dr. Bryne Willey at AlignLife. He spent considerable time in the conventional medical system receiving various pain medications and creams without any results, only to be told his problem was caused by depression. He was put on antidepressants for chronic pain.
David’s story is not unique. Millions of Americans deal with chronic pain and many are now being recommended psychiatric drugs to solve their pain problems. This approach has raised red flags with consumers who understand that antidepressants for chronic pain would be like putting Armor All on a flat tire.
Healthcare consumers in this day in age are far too Google-smart to accept medications that masks symptoms without any regard for the cause of the problem. This lack of a basic common sense approach can be seen in the numbers. Alternative healthcare options have overtaken conventional medical visits in the number of visits per year. Alternative healthcare is no longer ‘alternative’ but should be considered a mainstream approach to health without drugs and surgery.
The American people want answers to questions and solutions to problems, and they are no longer willing to accept another drug to appease them for the moment. Although the medical industry is now condoning anti-depressants for chronic pain (supported by Mayo Clinic), I am appalled and embarrassed that this is considered an acceptable form of healthcare for those looking for a solution to their chronic pain.
In the well researched book written by Peter R. Breggin, M.D. and David Cohen, titled Your Drug May Be Your Problem, the authors clearly explain how psychoactive drugs can produce irreversible damage to the brain.
David’s severe, chronic pain kept him from doing activities with his family, exercising or doing normal chores around the house. These disabilities from his injury caused him to suffer from fatigue and depression because he was not able to be a productive spouse, father or citizen.
After having an evaluation from his medical doctor he was told his pain is caused, in part, from him being depressed. He was given antidepressants without ever referring him to a chiropractor to get the cause of his problem fixed. Telling someone that their pain is in their head is probably one of the most invalidating feelings a doctor can give a patient and it happens to millions of patients each and every year. David is now fully functional, eating healthier and has lost ten pounds. David continues to take two natural product to maintain is mobility and pain-free status. He takes Joint Rescue to maintain healthy cartilage and Triple Mag to prevent muscle spasms.
As an expert in the integration of conventional and holistic forms of healthcare, I am continually amazed at how conventional medical physicians do not refer to a chiropractor when the patient is dealing with chronic pain. Thousands of cases like David’s are seen every week in the United States and I believe it is time medical physicians embrace the value chiropractic can provide their patients dealign with chronic pain. If David was referred to a chiropractor after his injury he would have saved a year of misery and prevented him from taking many unnecessary medications.