It will always be this way because when someone is in pain they want to be out of pain as quickly as possible. In that regard, people will follow the palliative model brought forth by allopathics. But once out of pain, they may try to "look deeper" into the pain and it's many possible causes. Removing the cause, not so much, if it involves changing eating habits. I, for one, love sourdough bread, raw dairy and potatoes - so I have no intention of eliminating them from my diet. I don't eat those foods every day (except the dairy) but I still won't be giving them up after almost 60 years of no problems from them. I probably am the exception, in that I rare;y take or need pain killers, but instead I use massage, acupressure, etc.
Benefits of NSAIDs still outweigh the risks and most users are benefiting greatly from the use of these over the counter pain killers for their painful joints or headaches. In fact NSAIDs are considered indispensible for pain management. The choice of NSAID is usually based on personal experience rather than evidence. According to the American College of Gastroenterology estimates that 14 million arthritis patients use NSAIDS continuously. 80% NSAID users complained of gastrointestinal side effects like stomach pain and ulcers. However, adding a proton pump inhibitor can help with these problems. Those most at risk for NSAID induced ulcers are the elderly, smokers, alcoholics, people who use multiple NSAIDs. The efficiency of the use of multiple NSAIDs has not been established as well. The patient’s ability to heal from ulcers or internal bleeding depends on age and other relevant factors. 1-2% people on NSAIDs do develop a frightening ulcer complication however. According to the American College of Gastroenterology, around 10 percent continuous NSAIDS users quit their medication because of troublesome gastrointestinal side effects.
In the past several years, some newer medications have come on the market; these are commonly referred to as COX-2 inhibitors . Remember, all NSAIDs work against cyclooxygenase (COX). Traditional NSAIDs (. Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve) work against both COX-1 and COX-2. COX-1 and COX-2 are both types of cyclooxygenase enzymes that function in your body. The new medications (. Celebrex) work primarily against COX-2, and allow COX-1 to function normally. Because COX-1 is more important in producing the protective lining in your gut (gastric mucosa), these newer NSAIDs are believed to have less of a risk of causing stomach ulcers.