Is this real pain relief?

My friend can’t run anymore because of the pain in his hip and knee. He hasn’t been to the doctor yet. For the first time day before yesterday he took pain medication. Yesterday he ran pain free, because of medications. He said he felt good and he felt strong! This morning he woke up with more pain than he could bear. He said the one day of running was not worth the extreme pain that he feels now. He has a doctor’s appointment for Wednesday.

This is not a true story, but it is one that a doctor used to explain to me how we’re beginning to rely on medication that gives us a quick fix and we pay for it later.

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