04 Oct The Use Of Opioids In Pain Management
Opioids can make a dramatic difference to people with moderate to severe pain. These drugs can be an effective therapy — as long as you use them safely and follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.
Because of the potential side effects, risks, and complications of opioids, and the body’s increasing tolerance to opioids over time, these medications are most clearly indicated for the treatment of short-term intense pain, such as acute postoperative pain. If used to treat pain for longer periods, close monitoring is essential. 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.
How Do Opioids Work?
Opioids do not work by removing pain, but rather by decreasing the perception of pain and producing a sense of pleasure and well-being. Opioid chemicals travel through the bloodstream to the brain, where they attach to specialized proteins on the surface of the opiate-sensitive brain cell. This triggers a release of dopamine, that “feel-good” chemical that is activated as a part of the brain’s reward system.
In general, experts advise that in the treatment of chronic pain, opioids be used at low or moderate doses. To decrease the genuine risk of negative or adverse side effects, it is essential that you are monitored closely to make sure you are still benefiting from the drugs concerning pain relief and physical function. If not, it is time to consider other options, as opioids are used for short-term relief.
Why Choose Integrated Pain Consultants?
At Integrated Pain Consultants, our skilled physicians treat your pain with not merely short-term pain relief, but we consider long-term health ramifications. We consider everything when it comes to our patients’ health and welfare. Please, if you are experiencing undue pain, give Integrated Pain Consultants a call at (480) 626-2552 to arrange your initial pain care consultation. We are here to help and guide you to a pain-free life.