With the New Year upon us, I hope that each and every one of you has a very healthy and enjoyable year. As we all know, good health is something that must come first or nothing else can matter.
As the New Year begins to unfold, there will be many changes in the field of pain management. Not all of them are good. So many of you live your lives in severe chronic pain and DO have the medical need for strong medications. We are finding it harder and harder to locate where to get these medications filled.
The pain clinics/pill mills have done such a terrible disservice to all of us. Those that decided to start these clinics and prescribe controlled medications for no valid medical reasons have helped to start a spiral motion that has created an environment where some physicians who specialize in pain medicine are not willing to write the necessary prescriptions. Also, some pharmacies have stopped filling opioids if they are legitimately prescribed.
I do not want to paint a picture of doom and gloom or a sense of helplessness. I do believe though that this year is going to be very challenging for us as legitimate pain patients. There has been research going on to see what some of the possible consequences might be with the use of long term opioid use. This is OK but at the same time, those with the various government agencies along with physicians must realize that the quality of our lives does become affected.
I further believe that medication is only part of the treatment process along with the use of other various modalities such as physical therapy, heat & cold packs, Tens or Interferential units and a host of other treatments. It‘s so hard some days to get out of bed and move around and try and start the day. The use of the mind can sometimes do wonders in getting us motivated. I personally have learned that one of the best analgesics is the use of distractions and diversion of the mind. We all know that there are times that even something like this can take a tremendous amount of energy.
Let me close for now by making a recommendation that you go to a site from Medscape that presents a rather detailed “Understanding Opioids” article that is divided into 2 parts. The web address will take you directly to part 1 and on that first opening page part 2 is listed on the left side. The site is; http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/777126
Be Kind to Yourself,