Pain Relievers

Monday, September 19, 2016

Almost all of us reach for that bottle of Tylenol or Advil when we suffer from everyday aches and pains. But how do these pain relievers work? Dr. Edward Hill explains in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Everyone has pain once in a while, and many people take pain relievers. The two pain relievers taken most often are ibuprofen and acetaminophen. They come in liquid or pill form.

These pain relievers dont go to the source of your pain. Pain relievers work with your cells, your bodys nerve endings, your nervous system and your brain to keep you from feeling the pain.

When cells in your body are injured or damaged, they release a chemical called prostaglandin. The special nerve endings that sense pain react to this chemical. When prostaglandin is released, the nerve endings respond to it by picking up and transmitting the pain and injury messages through the nervous system to the brain.

Pain can hurt but it isnt all bad. Its your bodys early warning system that something is wrong, so you can take steps to correct the problem.

Its okay to treat pain, but dont ignore your bodys warning signal. If pain persists or worsens, seek medical attention.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.