Another crazy myth about
living in chronic pain. Some of these do seem a bit oversimplified or way too obvious, but there are people out there who are truly hurt by some of these myths. Our strength together where we can support each other will make life so much easier and enjoyable too.
So, on with #4~
ChutzMyth #4: The side effects of opiate painkillers turn people into zombies and can stop their breathing.
Fact: Most side effects are mild, tolerable, treatable, occur at the beginning of therapy, and fade with time. Common side effects include constipation, drowsiness, and dry mouth. Careful adjustment of dosages and attention to patient concerns help alleviate most side effects.
I can tell you from experience that the pain meds I've taken for the past several years didn't slow me down much. I drive, shop, have grandchildren over, take care of our home, grocery shop and for many years I worked teaching at a local college. I worked part time but that was mostly by choice but there was never a time when my medications altered my ability to teach. At times my pain gave me issues but not the medicine. I was careful how and when I took the narcotic medication - I have a healthy respect for it - but it certainly didn't turn me into a walking zombie...lol
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