Matt Cooper Reveals Pain Killer Addiction
The rugby league legend Matt Cooper revealed his struggles with a crippling painkiller addiction in an interview with The Daily Telegraph. Cooper stated that after his year long addiction to Endone, it reached a point where he thought there might be a chance he would die in his sleep. Cooper admitted himself into hospital and spent a month enduring intensive care for his addiction to Endone and other prescription pain killers. Endone is painkiller and a narcotic, like morphine, heroin and codeine. It’s the brand name of a medicine containing the active ingredient oxycodone hydrochloride. Some other brands of oxycodone include OxyContin and OxyNorm
“You start with it (Endone) and then your body gets used to it so you need to double it and it gets used to it again and you double that. I got to the point where it wasn’t working. My doctor was blown away. I came out of hospital knowing damn well I would never take that drug again because I put my wife and my kids in jeopardy.”
The addiction came as a result of long term low back and neck disc injuries. He spent the day jack hammering and from there things escalated. CT scans revealed two bulging discs were pushing on the nerve resulting in Cooper finding it difficult to get out of bed and suffering from agonising headaches. Cooper was then referred to a specialist where his options were to either have a very risky operation, or to get cortisone injections while taking ongoing pain medication.
The Spinal Centre Comment:
Irritation to nerves passing from the neck may give rise to a multitude of symptoms including but not limited to headaches, migraines, shoulder pain and numbness. A popular response to neck pain is to take pain-killers to cover up the problem or to treat it’s symptoms through muscle relaxeants, massage and hot packs. Chiropractors are trained to determine the cause, assist in its management and advise on prevention. The chiropractic approach to neck pain is to locate its underlying cause. This begins with a complete case history and thorough examination. Special attention is given to the structures and function of the spine, and its affect on the nervous system.
Simple Steps You Can Take to Reduce Neck Pain Now
Sleep on a firm surface, with a pillow thin or thick’ enough so that your neck does not bend forward or backward when lying on your back, or to the right: or left, when lying on your side.
There are two types of exercise that can help relieve: neck pain. They are based on stretching and; muscle-toning. In both cases, you bend your head: on your neck through all six of the normal directions – forward, backward, right and left turns, and, right and left bends. Make the moves as far as possible. Do this at least 20 to 30 times in each direction and finish with the same number of neck rolls. To tone the muscles, go through the samemovements against the resistance of your hand and arm. Instead of pain medication, try both exercises, four times a day. Continue these exercises daily to help prevent recurrences.
Stop Taking Pain Killers and Start Getting Chiropractic Care
Pain killers are a bandaid for the real issue, and as Matt Cooper has shown, they are highly addictive. Our bodies are efficient, and you will be regularly upping the dose to get the same ‘effects’. Chiropractic care is the best way to go in terms of treating the problem and not the symptoms. If you are suffering from regular headaches or migraines, experiencing neck/shoulder pain and are regularly taking pain killers to get through the day; come in to The Spinal Centre to receive your free initial consultation… What do you have to lose?
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