15 Nov Opioids for Severe Back Pain and Neck Pain
At Integrated Pain Consultants, we prioritize safe medication management for all drugs including opioids. Determining when opioids can be a safe pain management technique requires experience, keeping up with the latest research, and a firm understanding of the current U.S. opioid abuse epidemic. Opioids, when prescribed cautiously, when patients are monitored, and when opioid use is used for short-term management of issues like severe back and neck pain, can be a fantastic tool to help patients cope.
Too often, we think of “pain management” as “painkillers.” Opioids can be a highly addictive substance, particularly when taken or prescribed for long-term or chronic pain. They were designed to be used for short-term periods and for severe pain. Back and neck pain, particularly following an accident, is often high-pain but short-term and can be a great pain management solution. 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.
Back to Basics – Understand The Proper Use of Opioids
Opioids are commonly misunderstood and surrounded by controversy. Some clinics avoid them entirely, and some patients have heard addiction stories and shy away from using them. However, when prescribed appropriately, they can be the best pain management option for post-operative pain, some cancers, and other forms of recovery.
There are many types of opioids. The ones most common for severe neck and back pain include:
• Tramadol (Ultram)
• Oxycodone (OxyContin, Roxicodone)
• Morphine (Avinza, Kadian, MS Contin, others )
• Methadone (Dolophine, Methadose)
• Meperidine (Demerol)
• Hydromorphone (Dilaudid, Exalgo)
• Hydrocodone (Hysingla ER, Zohydro ER)
• Fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic, Fentora)
Opioids should only be prescribed if your doctor has tried every other medication option. First, you’ll have a consultation that includes a neurological and physical exam. These assessments pinpoint the pain’s location, frequency, and intensity. Your doctor will also look at other medications and pain management drugs you’ve tried before prescribing an opioid.
Those with a history of substance abuse, or who have a close family member who’s an addict, might not be the best match for opioid treatment. However, it’s on a case by case basis. Those who have had addiction issues in the past or have a genetic tendency for addiction have a higher chance of getting addicted to opioids.
Every doctor has a different opioid policy including refills, rules for keeping drugs secure, and the importance of using just one pharmacy. Keep in mind that even safe opioid use can cause nausea, vomiting, constipation, and drowsiness, and it’s important to tell your doctor if you experience any of these side effects.
Have you exhausted all other options and think opioid treatment might be for you? Contact Integrated Pain Consultants today at 480-626-2552 to schedule a consultation.