01 Jul Opioid Addiction, Prescription Painkillers and Medication Management
Many people turn to painkillers such as opioids to manage chronic pain. They may think that prescription medications are the best solution to get relief. But the truth is that they can do more harm than good.
In 2014, approximately 14,000 people in the United States died from overdosing on opioid painkillers. Because opioids are highly addictive, doctors are practicing medication management and cracking down on prescriptions. Even those who don’t overdose on opioids can suffer other adverse effects: increased sensitivity to pain. We also invite you to learn more about Dr. Nikesh Seth and other providers including Dr. Anne-Marie Cosijns, Dr. Lisa Sparks, Dr. Michael Givens, and our team of Nurse Practitioners.
Painkillers Have the Exact Opposite Effect
After taking painkillers for an extended period, people find they no longer live up to their name. In fact, the opposite effect occurs. Instead of alleviating pain, these medications can actually make pain worse. That’s because, over time, they decrease your body’s ability to tolerate pain while increasing sensitivity to pain.
Alternative Pain Relief Options
Opioid use requires strict medication management. They should be used only for short periods of time and are not meant to be a long-term solution. Patients develop a dependency on them if used for extended periods of time. If a patient suddenly stops taking opioids, though, they can develop withdrawal symptoms, which may include anxiety, nausea, sweating, headaches and an inability to sleep.
That’s why other forms of pain management are recommended. Exercise, hot and cold therapies, massage, meditation and cognitive therapy are good ways to control pain without resorting to addictive medications.
Ditch Medications for Good With Help From Scottsdale Pain Management Expert Dr. Nikesh Seth
Painkillers are not the best way to get relief. Scottsdale pain management expert Dr. Nikesh Seth can help you manage pain without medications or surgery. He will work with you to create a customized treatment plan tailored to meet your needs. Learn more about your pain management options by scheduling your appointment online today with one of our amazing pain management providers – (480) 626-2552.