Have you ever heard anyone blame the pain for a physical condition, such as arthritis, rheumatism, lumbago? Maybe its something that only the ‘older’ generation do these days, maybe not.
But what’s really going on with a back pain or diagnosed condition in the lower back or shoulder, well there could be a variety of things.
Perhaps we’re beginning to realise that as we get older we have to take better care of ourselves, because if we don’t no-one else will, not really. The choice is ours and its for each and everyone of us to take our health more seriously. If you’re like me and live in the UK, we grow up perceiving our health care system to be a free service because we simply pay a National Insurance contribution from our salary (or monthly income).
But is it really free? I wanted to give a %rate here but based on the calculation of a £24K income (over 12-mths) NI payments are calculated at £2013.00 and Income Tax at £3,305.00 (after a tax deductible amount before tax deductions start). This has been based on an employee working for an employer (pure and simple). So you can see the the (NI) contributions are taken for healthcare and the welfare state which is how healthcare is mostly funded in the UK. (Figures in 2011).
And this deduction convinces us that our healthcare (and how it’s metered out) is in the best hands, as we live within a Welfare State. But what it also means for us is that we hand over the responsibility for our health (and all that entails) to government ministers who may not be the best qualified in such matters.
Is the American system any better. The benefit to users is that they have insurance to cover their health and may give more of a say in the types of healthcare provided. And maybe that affords more choice, however the benefits of a Welfare State is that the service is free to all at the point of use, whereas the US system isn’t so fortunate.
How to address pain
What we are realising is that pain can differ, it may come and go (as in chronic pain), it may be constant (as in an injury), it may be dull, or sharp, or vibrational. But ACE & META-Health tells us far more about what is going on, with physical symptoms, pain and gaining weight, so that the cause can be addressed and we can learn to be pain-free.
In the UK the hospitals run Pain Management Clinic’s where they aim to determine what sort of pain it is (as shown above), whereabouts in the body its being experienced, and this will lead to a fairly accurate diagnosis of the condition where a patient will inevitably leave with a prescription for some drugs for pain-relief.
What they won’t do is determine what caused the pain (in the first place) nor free you from it which means you are more likely to become educated in how to manage it rather than how to get free of it.
For the latter you would need to look towards the alternative health care market, and you’d likely need to be willing to pay privately. But then again what is it worth to you to be healthy, happy and full of energy?
We all have choice and having quality of life is an immeasurable feast, offering the freedom to move again, have fun, live a life – for tomorrow we die – don’t we? The ownership really sits with us though doesn’t it? What would we really prefer?
Do you want to take the bull-by-the-horns and re-embrace life and get it back on an independent track so you can regain your bodies innate movement? Or do you want to slip further down the rabbit-hole into a life of nerve-numbing medications and continual debilitation?
After all – its your body
Maybe we should all start thinking more deeply and gathering more information by finding out what choices are really out there, its your body after all. And maybe part of that investigation will include re-educating government ministers, your local GP and the chemist.
Its certainly one to consider!
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