Tough Love for the Lover of Hydrocodone

Natural Options for Controlling Pain

By Dr. Thomas S. Lee, NMD

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Hydrocodone works very well for severe pain—for awhile, anyway.  But before you get a full-blown addiction to Hydrocodone or other opiates, be aware that there are other options.

If you are just starting to use an opiate such as Hydrocodone for pain, consider using some "tough love" along with it to avoid tolerance and addiction.

If you are already dependent upon a pain-killing drug, consider alternating non-opiate pain medications or nutrient-based medicines along with periodic use of no medication ("cold turkey").  This will train your brain down from the dangerous and expensive edge of addiction.

Pain is a normal survival message to the brain to change our behaviors, activities, or thoughts, or to direct healing energy to an injured or ill tissue.  When we get the pain message, we act to lessen the severity and duration of pain.  I know I do.

When you use an opiate that blocks this pain message, it's still important to act to remove the cause of the pain and repair any damage.  Otherwise, the masking of pain will not remove its cause.  If your pain returns when you stop your medication, it indicates that the cause has not been repaired.

If you have been using a pain killer like Hydrocodone for awhile, the pain coverage decreases and doesn't last as long.  Stopping the pain killer often causes the original pain to return, and then some.  The cause of your pain is not being treated by the opiate, but the opiate has been blocking the signal of pain to your brain.  This pain message is actually needed to alert the brain to repair the damaged tissues or organs causing the pain.

The concept of "tough love" is about using discipline and alternate strategies to decrease the opiate use, while treating the cause of the pain with natural medicines.  By controlling inflammation and supporting the organ functions that have been weakened by the original unrepaired injuries -- as well as by side effects of pharmaceuticals -- you can notch down the need for and use of Hydrocodone.

Here are some products and concepts my patients have found effective in this process of "tough love."

Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation,
and Work-hardening

Specialists and trainers are available to return your injured body to its pain-free, pre-injury state.  This can be tough and will take discipline to accomplish, but good results can be obtained, and good health is worth a lot to most people.

Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)

These help the body make PG-3, a prostaglandin that decreases inflammation in the body.  The best-quality fish oils work well for this.  Don't overdo them, though, because too much can cause stress and damage.  Stick with 1-2 capsules with the meal once a day.

Also, decrease the intake of vegetable oils and processed, rancid oils in your diet.  Use virgin coconut oil for all high-heat cooking, and use olive oil for room-temperature salad dressing.  With patience, your body will move away from chronic pain if you eat in this manner.

Metabolic Enzymes

Serrapeptase, nattokinase, and lumbrokinase (Boluoke) are natural enzymes that break down tissue proteins like fibrin which are associated with pain and circulatory obstruction.  The result is that some types of arthritis and muscle aches will lessen and fade away.


MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) and DMSO (Dimethylsulfoxide) are bioavailable forms of sulphur that decrease many aches and pains associated with arthritis and overtraining, including repetitious stress injuries.  Build up your use of MSM over a week, starting at 1 gram (1000mg) daily, up to 2 with meals, totaling 6 grams per day.  This will take a couple weeks, and then there will be a noticeable relief.

Herbal Anti-inflammatories

Curcumin and Boswellia will both decrease the intensity of pain if taken regularly as 1-2 between meals.  These Ayurvedic products come from the herbs Turmeric and Frankincense, respectively, and they are very safe and helpful when used over time to decrease pain.

Magnesium Malate

This form of the soothing mineral Magnesium decreases chronic pain, such as from fibromyalgia and other autoimmune and inflammatory ailments.  Excessive use can cause a laxative effect, but given the nature of opiates to constipate, that effect may not be entirely unwelcome.

These are just some introductory ideas for those seeking non-addictive pain medications.  Hydrocodone is a miracle in the hospital Emergency Room, but its long-term use has been a catastrophe to many American families.  These natural materials are safe and available in natural food stores or online.  Inform yourself further about these and other materials to get your best strategy together.

Using this tough love, your love affair with Hydrocodone or any opiates will be safer, more affordable, and a whole lot healthier.


Related natural products in the NaturoDoc Store:


Boswelya Plus


Fish Oil, Ultra Pure

Magnesium Malate

MSM & DMSO Topical Gel

DMSO Topical Gel



Click on these product names to read about them.  They help the body to repair itself from injuries and inflammation, thus removing the root cause of pain.  Using them as part of your pain relief strategy will help to reduce the need for addictive opiates.

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