Use of Pain Relievers Can make you Deaf

Use of Pain Relievers Can make you Deaf

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that half the adult population in the world has experienced a headache in the past year. Let us examine how Use of Pain Relievers Can make you Deaf.

Chronic pain is a significant challenge in Nigeria, affecting more people than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. Up to 75 percent of Nigerian population will experience back pain at some point in their life according to NBS.

Many turn to ibuprofen, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) often prescribed after an injury, to control pain, treat menstrual cramps and to calm a headache .

Sales of Ibuprofen and other over-the-counter (OTC) analgesic medications, used to treat discomfort and pain, have continued to rise over the past decade. In the past three years alone, annual sales have jumped by NGN100,000,000.

Many of the available pain relief medications come with a long list of potential side effects. Recent research by scientists have linked the use of ibuprofen and acetaminophen, two popular OTC analgesics, with hearing loss.

Watch this short video to see what  6 years of pain relievers will cause.

In  the video above Dr. Partha Nandi, chief health editor for WXYZ (ABC) News Detroit, discusses the results of the study and easy ways to protect your hearing.

It is easy to think that medication sold over-the-counter would be relatively safe when used as directed, but a growing evidence suggests that NSAIDs and acetaminophen may have more long lasting and negative side effects.

The most recent research reports that long-term regular use of NSAIDs and acetaminophen may be linked to a higher risk of hearing loss.

Data from more than 55,000 women in the Nurses’ Health Study found that those who reported regular use of NSAIDs or acetaminophen for more than six years had a 9 percent to 10 percent greater risk of hearing loss more than a decade later.

In 2012, study demonstrated the use of ibuprofen or acetaminophen two or more times per week was also connected with an increased risk of hearing loss.

Although the studies did not prove cause and effect, and the magnitude of loss was low, the authors caution that prevalence of use is high and may have large public health implications.

Hearing loss is a result of ototoxicity triggering damage to the cochlea. The first symptom is often tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. This may be followed by hearing loss or loss of balance. You may not notice a hearing loss until you have difficulty understanding conversational speech.

List of negative health conditions triggered by NSAID

Hearing loss in men as a result of regular use of NSAIDs or acetaminophen has been well documented and has a greater impact in younger individuals. This recent study has confirmed the same implications for chronic use of NSAIDs in women. However, long-term use of NSAIDs also have other implications that may affect your health.

  • In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strengthened warnings on NSAIDs, including ibuprofen, to reflect the risk of an increased chance of experiencing a heart attack or stroke within weeks of taking the OTC analgesic.
  • The risk appears to increase with longer use and higher doses, and increases risk of heart attack and stroke whether you have a prior history of heart disease or not.
  • Pregnant women who use NSAIDs also had an 80 percent higher risk of miscarriage. This association was greater when the NSAID was taken for more than a week or was taken during the week of conception.
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders have been associated with NSAID use. Risk factors for related complications include a previous GI event, high dose NSAID therapy or other chronic disorders, such as cardiovascular disease.
  • Upper GI bleeding is a common result of long-term NSAID use. Up to 15 percent of all upper GI bleeds in North Jutland County, Denmark, were explained by NSAIDs.
  • NSAIDs are also associated with lower GI bleeding and perforation. Overall mortality from complications related to lower GI bleeding have decreased but in-hospital fatalities for upper and lower GI complication events has been constant, despite new treatment strategies.
  • NSAIDs also cause skin reactions, although it is difficult to estimate the frequency of these reactions as only the most challenging present at a hospital and are recorded.
  • In one prospective study of nearly 20,000 inpatients, 0.3 percent developed a generalized skin reaction, while another meta-analysis of clinical trials found 1 percent to 2 percent of patients using NSAIDs developed a reaction.
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Use of Pain Relievers Can make you Deaf

Use of Pain Relievers Can make you Deaf

As with most health conditions, prevention is the best medicine. In order to limit use of NSAIDs for pain control, find the pain trigger to treat the cause, not just the symptom. Chronic pain is one of the leading causes of disability in Americans, and the numbers who suffer only continue to rise.

It is important to recognize that pain is your body’s way of communicating that something is wrong. Pain is not the disease, but rather powerful feedback that some activity or lifestyle choice is triggering your discomfort.

Of course, this is not the case for injury and traumas, but those causes constitute a relatively minor percentage of chronic pain.

Sedentary Lifestyle Increases Risk of Pain

Leading a sedentary lifestyle may also increase your risk of developing a chronic pain condition, as your body was designed to move consistently throughout the day. Researchers have demonstrated that sitting for eight hours increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, even if you exercise for 30 to 60 minutes during the day. Sitting for more than six hours a day is linked with heart disease, diabetes and premature death from all causes.

Physical pain may be the result of an underlying lifestyle choice, overuse injury or emotional trauma that you may have discounted. When searching for the underlying cause of your pain, consider the following potential sources, and take steps to address them:


Magnesium Deficiency

Among magnesium’s many roles is blocking your brain’s receptors of glutamate, a neurotransmitter that may cause your neurons to become hypersensitive to pain. Deficiency in magnesium may also lead to an increased number of debilitating migraine headaches.

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This is especially important because an estimated 80 percent of Nigerians are deficient in magnesium. Two major lifestyle factors that further deplete your body of magnesium are stress and prescription drugs, putting chronic pain patients at particular risk of deficiency.

Postural Control

Upper and lower back pain are two of the more common reasons for chronic pain disability.

Fortunately, much of the time it is the result of poor posture and inappropriate use of your back muscles. Rounding your shoulders forward while sitting for hours at a computer may result in stretched back muscles and tight chest muscles.

Poor sitting posture and sitting for hours without a break can increase the stress on your lower back and increase the risk of back pain. Learning to stand and sit straight, getting up frequently and practicing the proper way to stand, walk and lift will reduce your risk for back pain.

Additionally improving muscle strength and flexibility will help reduce your current pain levels.

Emotional Trauma

Very few people want to be told that their pain is psychological or emotional in origin, but there is quite a bit of evidence to back this up. One theory is that emotional trauma (as well as physical injury or environmental toxins) may stimulate molecules in your central nervous system called microglia.

These molecules release inflammatory chemicals when stressed, resulting in chronic pain and psychological disorders like anxiety and depression. Emotional and physical pain appear to activate similar areas of your brain.

Poor Sleep

Poor sleep can actually impact virtually every aspect of your health. Since sleep is important to your circadian rhythm (sleep-wake cycle), it actually “drives” the rhythms of biological activity at the cellular level.

Your body needs deep sleep for tissue growth and repair, which is crucial for pain relief. Poor or insufficient sleep was actually the strongest predictor for pain in adults over 50.

Leaky Gut

Dietary changes are crucial for managing pain, in part due to the way foods influence your gut health. Substances in grains may increase intestinal permeability (i.e. leaky gut syndrome), allowing undigested food particles, bacteria and other toxins to “leak” into your bloodstream.

Leaky gut can cause digestive symptoms such as bloating, gas and abdominal cramps, as well as cause or contribute to many others symptoms, including inflammation and chronic pain.


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Source Material: American Journal of Medicine




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