The United States has the highest per capita use of narcotic pain medication of any country, developed and underdeveloped.
As a society, people use a broad means to find solace and comfort in a world that is increasingly upside down. People have fewer close relationships and support networks. Excess consumption of alcohol, food, tobacco are symbolic of how people cope.
Long term use of opiates actually increases the brain’s perception of pain. Centralized pain. Long-term use of opiates is also correlated with secondary adrenal insufficiency. I can attest that no one wants to develop adrenal inadequacy. Low cortisol and low aldosterone is permanently life-altering.
Although I am on prescript
ion opiates, I have no illusion that long-term use also has detrimental effects to my brain chemistry, lends to physiological dependency, and acrtually heightens pain sensitivity.
Opiates are powerful medications.
While the pendulum of opiate oversight has likely swing too far in direction, an interception of some sort was inevitable given the abuse and over prescript
ioning that became evident. Pain patients, unfortunately, are collateral damage. I hope the pendulum will swing back to a more moderate place.
The CDC, in conjunction with the NIH and DEA, released the recommendations revising opiate prescribing in April, 2016.
I never take my opiate prescript
ions for granted. I also am committed to using a “tool box” of techniques to ease my experience of pain. Relaxation/guided imagery; yoga; soft tissue mobilization and strengthening; warmth and cold modalities; TNS; diversion (gardening, snuggles with my puppy,
Pain is a uniquely personal experience that, ultimately, depends on personal resolve and an ability to tolerate the intolerable.
Blessings to all affected by pain,
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