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A woman went to her doctor and said, “Doctor, I have been having severe knee pain for 2 weeks now and it is not getting better. The doctor furrowed her brow as she looked at the patient and said, “Well, tell me your knee pain symptoms.”

“My pain symptoms?” the woman asked. “My symptoms are my knee hurts, really bad, Doc. How many years of medical school did you say you had? Sheesh!”

This humorous story illustrates the different kinds of thinking that doctors and their patients often have. The patient makes the appointment to see her licensed health professional due to the pain and possible swelling of the knee (or even  inflammation of the surrounding ligament — the anterior cruciate ligament.)

Of course, the patient can think of one thing and one thing  only:  pain relief; while the doctor is trying to figure out the cause of the pain, the conditions that limit the mobility of the joint, and whether or not the condition was due to an injury, or possibly a disease like osgood schlatter disease.

According to the Mayo Clinic, one of the main causes of knee pain is rheumatoid arthritis. It’s an auto immune disease  that causes inflammation of the joints. Auto immune diseases happen when the body mistakenly attacks. itself, thinking that it’s attacking invaders of the body. It is a chronic condition that might seem to go away for years, but doctors say, actually remains latent even if there are periods of inactivity.

Osteoarthritis
can be an even more painful condition because the bones at the end of the shin and the start of the knee actually rub together. Arthritis conditions, in general, may cause swelling and inflammation. A doctor might prescribe anti inflammatory medication or nonsteroidal medication. They both have health risks, so the doctor needs to know which is more dangerous for that particular knee pain patient. .

It is understandable that the patient can become impatient (pun intended), when she is seeking pain management, or even ideally, total pain relief, while the doctor or other licensed health professional takes time to review health risks, or tries to see significance into the actual cause of the hyperextended knee pain symptoms. After all, just like the gal in the story above, her knee hurts and she just wants it to stop.

Everyone needs to remember that a proper diagnosis, especially medical advice diagnosis, is worth the time and effort it takes so that the doctor can come up with the most appropriate medical treatment. Prescription pain medications may make the pain go away (or at least prevent you from feeling it) for as long as the medication is in effect, but that comes with a number of very painful price tags.

In all likelihood, hundreds of millions of people around the world have gone through (or are currently dealing with) debilitating addictions to pain medications. This sadly, has resulted in, no doubt, massive numbers of deaths. Taking the wrong course of action for treating your knee pain symptoms can have dire consequences. The fact is, all drugs are toxic and they all have contraindications and side effects — (often very dangerous, even life threatening side effects.)

This includes over the counter medications as well prescription pharmaceuticals. More than sixteen thousand people a year die from a reaction to aspirin, and other NSAID painkillers, often when using the prescribed dosage level. Other types of non prescription pain medication, like acetaminophen are just as harmful, if not more so.  Irrepairable damage to the liver and other vital organs occur on a daily basis.

The Food and Drug Administration is creating new guidelines and warning requirements for (only some) of the manufacturers, but that is not going to change the fact that the more you use pain medications, the least effective and more dangerous they become — and that larger dosages are required to get any relief from pain — while the duration of their time of effectiveness continually diminsihes.

It’s a terrible combination. You need more medication and they work for less time. If you take more than two doses of many types of these over the counter pain drugs, within 24 hours, you are creating an alaming health risk for yourself.  So give your doctor a break if she isn’t like most doctors who simply reach for the prescription pad to dole out drugs and get  you out of the office.

Choosing to get away from drugs can not only preserve the quality of your life, but it can be a literal life saver. That is why there is such a strong trend these days to seek out health professionals who offer ointment for pain relief and other alternatives to drugs for dealing with knee pain symptoms, and pain in general.