Do You Know Weight Gain Can Be Due To Pain Relievers?

Is there any connection between obesity and chronic pain? Yes, people who are suffering from prolonged pain conditions are most likely to gain weight. Studies conducted over the years has validated this statement.

Pain can affect even those who are living a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes pain arises due to aging and at times due to injuries, although the causes of chronic pain are innumerable, but its aftermaths are the same. Any pain can result in fundamental changes in your daily routine, especially the following:

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Inactivity
  • Lack of exercise

The above-mentioned conditions are known to have a direct effect on your body, shape, and weight. When in pain, most people are on this routine – “Eat, Sleep, and Repeat.” You keep on consuming calories without burning any. Ultimately, that’s why you see, an increase on the scale and in your waistline.

How to manage Pain?

When suffering from pain, everyone does one thing visiting physician to get prescriptions for pain treatment and management. However, did you know, your core pain management drug can increase the possibility of weight gain? If you use pain management drugs for a continued period, the likelihood increases.

Other side effects of pain medication include:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Skin rash
  • Liver damage
  • Diarrhea/ Stomach upset
  • Anxiety
  • Problem sleeping
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach ulcer
  • Kidney problems
  • Allergies

Seemingly, instead of reducing pain, pain medication if consumed regularly can expose you to many health risks and can bring significant challenges which are hard to overcome.

According to research, about 15% of weight or obesity-related problems occur due to prolonged medication. Some medications escalate your appetite, and a few will decrease it while some give you the energy to keep you energized. When you don’t burn off the calories you consume; or you stay inactive, your chances of weight gain increase.

People suffering from chronic pain are less active, plus, their medication gives them drowsiness with an increase in their appetite thus leading to weight gain.
In addition to pain management medications, prescription drugs for the treatment of obesity, diabetes, depression, anxiety, and high blood pressure causes weight gain. Popping birth control pills also indicate weight gain as per studies.

How to avoid weight gain and reduce pain?

The answer lies in the right approach. At Center for Pain Relief and Rehabilitation (CPR&R), we aim to reduce your pain systematically. Our focus is on identifying the cause of your pain, then create the shortest possible treatment plan – to reduce the side effects of medications and pain.

Whether it is chronic pain, back pain, joint pain, injury pain, arthritis pain or sprains or other pain, we treat all kind of a pain to help you avoid weight gain through extended pain management drugs.

If you are in the DFW area and suffering from pain, then you should visit the Center for Pain Relief and Rehabilitation to see how we can treat your pain naturally or using alternate therapies that work.

Get rid of your pain, because you have the right to Say No to Pain!

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Read also: How To Introduce Behavioral Modifications For Weight Management

About Dr. Nisha Jain

Dr. Jain lives in Dallas Metroplex where she works on relieving patients from acute and chronic pain conditions using a multi-disciplinary approach.

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