I hurt! Where are the pills?

United States
April 22, 2011 8:40am CST
I heard a report that 90% of pain killers are sold to Americans. It seems like doctors will sell you a pill for Every pain, even if it is minor. It got me wondering. Are Americans softer than before? Or is it we see Every little pain as an inconvenience? I wonder how we got this way? It wasn't too long ago when there was only aspirin for minor pains and morphine for the serious pain. Will there ever be a happy medium? Or are we all going to Have to take a pill or pills daily for the rest of our lives? Your thoughts.
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@jillhill (37354)
• United States
22 Apr 11
I don't like to take pills if I don't have to...but you are right....so many people are on so many pills sometimes they can't even keep track of them. It's a shame! I suppose its partically because they can....its a big business in the US...
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@jillhill (37354)
• United States
23 Apr 11
Even on the weather channel...I was listening to it this morning while I was getting ready for work...they had a commercial on for some sort of allergy med..well they went on and on about the side effects!!! I would be worried to take it....causes all types of things including cancer??? Why risk it...I would rather sneeze!
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• United States
25 Apr 11
Amen!
• India
22 Apr 11
Well i didn't know Americans have so many pain killers for each and everything. Seems they are very soft then. We could use a lot here but even the amount for such a painkiller would kill us here. They can't handle much pains or what? What's the problem? Maybe the pills are for diverting them from the reality. They are practical minded and i guess they don't want any serious discussions or anything standing in between their work. So i think that's why they take those pills! Cheers!
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• United States
23 Apr 11
You can look at this two different ways. Either We Americans are so sensitive that we Need to control Every ache and pain. Or that we Need to end pain so we can getr things done. No Sick days! I think both are true!
• Portugal
22 Apr 11
There`s nothing better for a painkiller as a good nap.
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• United States
23 Apr 11
Agreed!
• Philippines
22 Apr 11
The only time I took pain killers was when I was operated but all other times, I don't take them. Although it sucks having to work with an afternoon headache or migraine or whatever the hell they call it. I think that's why some take them, it's always a plus working 100%.
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• United States
22 Apr 11
I wouldn't call a migraine minor! I heard they are Really painful.
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
29 Apr 11
I don't really know if people today have become 'softer', but I have noticed that there are a lot more pills available for whatever kind of ailment. I try not to take pills as much as possible. First off, I would rather let my body heal naturally. And I get the advantage of getting the maximum effects of pills if I do decide to take one.
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@KrauseHome (33259)
• United States
23 Apr 11
Personally, I think it often depends on where you are seeing your Doctor at, and what type of insurance you have etc. Because I have seen and heard more stories about the Low income on Medicaid or State Welfare being the ones taking more advantage of this than a lot of us who have Medical. I know there are times I really hurt and have to almost BEG and PLEAD for anything to help out. That is when I would Love to trade places with them for sure. But yet, I do not allow myself to become dependant on them as well.
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@youless (86615)
• Guangzhou, China
23 Apr 11
If it is not necessary, I think it is better not to use more medicines, including the pain killers. As it will have some side effects. Especially when you use it for a long time, this medicine may not work well for you any more. I wonder whether everywhere has a trend for the medicines. Here it seems that the doctors tend to give the patients the antiphlogistic medicine that it is not good, too. I love China
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
23 Apr 11
I think there is a lot of emphasis on "miracle pills." I think of anti depressants more than pain pills when talking about this. I mean I know there are people that need them but there is also a fad of sorts that with every complaint a doctor tries to shove a pill down your throat. Not a fixing pill either..they are pills that you most likely need for extended periods of time. I once read that it is why that is why there is not a cure for diseases and illnesses that we have been suffering with for years. There is more money in not curing people.
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