There was a recent study that shows that Enbrel is not an effective treatment for back pain (sciatic in nature). There are many things about this study that need to be assessed. One of those things is why they chose Enbrel to treat back pain? Another aspect of this article is that they compared it to other medical means of helping back pain, but they left out one thing, and that is that chiropractic is the best method to use.
First off, Enbrel is an anti-inflammatory that works by inhibiting the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) of your immune system. That means that it stunts your immune system, so it is no surprise that you have a list of side-effects that can include:
“Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); blood in the urine or stools; burning, numbness, or tingling; butterfly rash (rash on your nose and cheeks); change in the appearance of a mole; chest pain or discomfort; decreased mental alertness; fast heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; general feeling of being unwell; increased or painful urination; mental or mood changes; new or worsening cough; open sore that does not heal; rapid breathing; rash on your face and arms that gets worse in the sun; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; shortness of breath; sudden, unexplained weight gain; swelling of the arms or legs; swelling of the lymph nodes; symptoms of liver problems (eg, yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark urine, pale stools); unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual lumps; unusual nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, or diarrhea; unusual skin growth or other skin changes; unusual tiredness or weakness; unusually pale skin; vision problems; weakness in the arms or legs.” – drugs.com
Second, the cash price for this drug can range from $1000-$4000/month! Most people would only have to pay a copay, but the burden is still put on the healthcare system.
The next question that has to be asked is why is this being indicated for this condition? The answer is that they are trying to fend off against chronic low grade inflammation caused by auto reactivity. This means that your body is overreacting against either itself or parts of your body. This can be seen in several conditions including rheumatoid arthritis; the normal indicator for using this drug. I FIRMLY believe that this is the worst idea on the planet. I feel like there is a simpler and more cost effective method for treating this kind of condition, and that is through changing the way we eat. Most MDs are either scared of tackling this issue, don’t understand this issue, dismissive of this issue, or are trained by their patients or drug reps to give them something other than knowledge for the condition. Keep posted with this blog, because further information about this subject will be tackled, or call our office to make an appointment to hear what kind of help we can give for both of these conditions.
The real answer and cost-effective method for this type of back pain is chiropractic! The last study, done by an insurance company of all things, showed that people who use chiropractic end up spending less money in the long run. That is because chiropractic gets to the bottom of the problem. This is opposed to just covering it up by making the symptoms that are occurring.
Call to Action:
If you are suffering from sciatica or any pain related to the neck or back, then come get checked out by a chiropractor that really knows what he is doing. Using conservative care before masking your symptoms will really make a difference now AND in the long run. Read about the help that we can give you here. Call today 507-645-8000. Here is the link to our intake forms.