by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
A lady asked,
What options do those of us have when we have pain but have a significant history of problems with ototoxic drugs?
This is a common question people ask me. For minor aches and pains, we just need to tough it out. That is what I do. For more intense pain, there are a number of alternative treatments including chiropractic, physiotherapy, acupuncture, etc.
Here are a few other solutions that some people use. For example, “Sally” wrote, “When I get a headache, I just use a cold pack, and it actually works pretty well. No Ibuprofen, no Tylenol, no this and that. I’m getting by just fine using no medication for various aches and pains, but it’s not a good feeling to have such limited options.”
“Helen” explained, “There are some great natural anti-inflammatories out there. I’m allergic to pretty much all the over-the-counter pain-killers. I’ve found that Zymactive by Natural Factors has been a life-saver for me. Zymactive are enzymes that digest the proteins causing inflammation. They work very well. They are not quite strong enough for surgery pain, but are great for sprains, and aches and pains. Of course, I’m also a great fan of ice packs and heating pads ”
“Phoebe” found another solution. She wrote, “I have found homeopathic Mag Phos 30c a great pain reliever. When I was first told about it, I was very skeptical to say the least. However, having tried it 10 yrs ago, it has been my first line of defense for pain relief ever since. I give it to my daughter for her monthly pains and it works great. She says the pain just melts away.”
So there are some more things you might want to investigate. See what works for you. Don’t be afraid to look for other natural solutions before turning to drugs (with their harmful side effects). You may be surprised how well other pain “treatments” work.