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Should we take pain killers for sudden onset pain in tummy?

Should we take pain killers for sudden onset pain in tummy (belly or abdomen) on our own? Almost every individual has at least one episode of pain in tummy. One big question that arise in many people’s mind is if they can take pain killers for such pain in tummy.

The answer of this query is as following –

It’s unwise to take pain killers for pain in tummy as there are very few conditions where a tummy pain requires self administration of pain killers for sudden onset pain abdomen.

Certain conditions like sudden onset pain abdomen might be of some help in colicky pain due to stone in kidney or urine passing pathway. But such cases are generally diagnosed by a doctor at a previous instance and the doctor might have advised of pain medications for similar sudden colicky pain in abdomen.

Sudden onset pain in tummy is an important symptom that warns us about a possible underlying disease process or pathology. So if we take pain killers this vital symptom might get masked and a person might not seek medical care in time. Such events can have grave health consequences.

Let us try to explain the issue with the following example- Suppose someone is having pain in abdomen due to appendicitis and the person self medicates and alleviates the pain and don’t seek medical health in time. Many possible consequences are possible, one important is called burst appendicitis, in which the inflamed appendix might rupture and cause a general infection or inflammation of peritoneum known as peritonitis. And the latter condition can deteriorate the health rapidly by various mechanisms and can be enough fatal to cause death even.

The above is a rough example sketched by the author to explain the seriousness of using pain killers with out consulting a doctor in cases of sudden onset pain abdomen. Many other similar grave consequences are possible. Therefore, it’s wise to consult a medical doctor for a sudden onset pain in abdomen.

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Osteopath’s Role In Low Back Pain

Today we will discuss something interesting about back-pain  treatment. Some other time if got time will try dissect causes of back pain in some other post. So coming to the point, when we dig for a relief from low back pain we probably look for a painkiller like ibuprofen.

Since knowledge these days flow in the speed of a jet engine many people are aware of the negative  sides of using excessive pain killers and some choose alternative ways of relief one notably famous is ultrasound therapies to get relief from back pain. Ultrasound therapies aid sooth the pain probably by warming up tissues in body and relaxing the muscles.

Here comes the new news, recent studies show that pain alleviation is more remarkable (than ultrasound therapies) if an osteopath doctor gives stretches to the back muscles. They assess things like which body parts are tender (i.e. cause pain to touch), where resistance or pressure needed to be applied etc. and give their pain relieving stretch therapy accordingly.

There is an old saying we grew up hearing from the elders of the society that man’s hand are better than machines, don’t wish to argue on if it’s true or not, but appears fitting right about the issue we are discussing here (i.e. osteopath therapy better in relieving low back pain than ultrasound therapy).

Nevertheless, talk with your healthcare provider to choose the appropriate low back pain treatment for you.

'The Warrior Pose': Army considers yoga to tre...
‘The Warrior Pose’: Army considers yoga to treat Soldiers’ pain – FMWRC – US Army – 100903 (Photo credit: familymwr)

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Viewing pain

Does the topic heading sounds bizarre? Yes its a sort of. Interestingly we all feel pain but really can’t show it to anybody to make others believe especially if you work in defence or a private company it’s understandable how hell it is to convince the boss about your pain. Pain can be physical or emotional. Although many a times if you have an external visible sign along with the pain like a swelling, redness, cut on skin or bleeding it might be easy to convince others that you are in agony but when it comes to emotional pain even your sweetheart spouse might not perceive it, forget about convincing the rude boss.

Recently a breakthrough research found that our physical pain probably make it’s signature in our brain and that can be seen, yes through our naked eyes. At present the team was successful to detect only pain signatures in brain due to heat only. The participants in the study were given physical heat on skin to induce pain (since heat is also a type of pain stimuli) and their brain scans were taken and the pain signature in their brains were seen. The scan they used is called Functional magnetic resonance imaging or functional MRI (fMRI). For now the work seems to be in its infancy since they have only been successful enough to detect heat pain signature only in future they might be able to detect pain of postoperative patients or in cases of fibromyalgia and various other type of chronic pains.

fMRI is a type of MRI scan which detect brain activity by monitoring change in brain blood flow.

So in future a day might come when your boss who don’t want to grant you a leave based on your health ground (suppose pain), you might show him your brain scan to evidence your pain (although the researchers aren’t willing it to be used for lie detection type purpose). Offices tomorrow might be fitted with such brain scanners like today fitted with printers, air coolers etc. Also parents may think of using it for their young school going kid who makes excuse of pain abdomen and want to skip classes.

Although for such use of common man fMRI are very expensive to use and it’s almost impossible to keep such a machine in home and problem is who will read those scans, not everyone is an expert in radiology. But this point don’t disappoint me, think of computers, giant computers used during second world war, then came the modern desktop-pc then more small version laptop and then net-book and then tablets and smartphones. Could have Adolf Hitler ever imagined that today a kid sitting thousand miles away from Germany can read about all his heinous biography by just a click in a search engine in those small hand-held smartphone devices. So tomorrow such pain detecting machines might not be far away from use of common man.

Finally such machines will definitely benefit to specific group of people who really are unfortunate and can’t communicate properly because of their sufferings like people in coma, unconsciousness or other vegetative stages of life. Since I believe humans are the god’s best and worst creation, misuse of such pain detecting device is also a possibility, think how abusers or torturers can use it, now they got a pain scale to scale their torturing activities.
May god give us a good mind to be humane besides being human.

Brain scanning technology is quickly approachi...
Brain scanning technology is quickly approaching levels of detail that will have serious implications (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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