Exercise, not painkillers, should be prescribed to treat back pain, experts warn

Ineffective painkillers, costly surgery and MRI scans are dished out too readily when prevention and exercise-led solutions could help people keep functioning and aid recovery, experts say. A series of papers published in The Lancet lays bare the nation’s growing back pain epidemic and called for a new approach. Medics warned that all too often […]

NHS prescriptions for 'seductive' opioid painkillers surges by 80 per cent in ten years

The majority were for chronic and prolonged ailments like back pain, but some say they are ineffective in as many as 90 per cent of cases. Opioids, mainly fentanyl, oxycodone, tramadol, morphine sulfate, buprenorphine cost £263million a year, NHS Digital figures show, but there is controversy over their “seductive” effect. The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan, […]

Paracetamol warning: Over-the-counter painkillers ‘can influence emotions’

POPULAR over the counter painkillers such as ibuprofen and paracetamol can interfere with our thoughts and emotions, according to “alarming” new research. The study showed that popular pain medications may influence how people process information, experience hurt feelings, and react to emotionally evocative images.

Is it safe to travel to Egypt? Travel advice after Briton jailed for carrying painkillers

British tourist Laura Plummer, 33, has been jailed for three years after being caught carrying painkillers into the country. Her conviction, having escaped the death penalty, comes after she was found with 290 Tramadol tablets in her suitcase for her partner Omar Taboo. She will also have to pay a fine of 100,000 Egyptian pounds […]