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I take advil when it gets worse, and learned that meditation helps me more than medication. I was getting addicted to pain killers oxycodone and co when I understood what was happening. Addictive Pain killers are patching the symptom, if your doctor does not understand the cause, the first thing I would strongly recommend to consider is Meditation. Meditation slows our metabolic function and stress, and we are the biggest culprits of pain flaring up , with self inflicted stress. Provided that we are not aware of this, now you are :). I learned how to disconnect myself from myself, and there are great benefits and challenges into doing so. Back to opioids:This article is correct in saying one shoe does not fit all…however, coming from Harvard, yall should perhaps consider learning something with Europe :https://news.vice.com/article/ungass-portugal-what-happened-after-decriminalization-drugs-weed-to-heroin . People take drugs for two reasons :Increase pleasure, or relieve pain. High mortality rates due opioids are a big symptom of the chaotic status this great entrepreneurial society is crossing. You will not address the problem if you don’t acknowledge that.. You might fix a couple of loose ends, but without hope people will continue to take drugs in mass. Without hope there is no reason to continue…people need relief…talking about recreational drugs now…In the 70s kids would have job security outside of school and know they would be ok ..Now kids don’t have that assurance…With the latest $4k tax debt burden to every american , it just adds more to the same disconnect that I see in this society. I think we need to meet people where they are and address their needs…or just keep letting them die , and pretend that we are doing something great with our studies and statistics while they die like flies.
I am a 58 year old white male who has been opioid free for the last 6 years.
Prior to my discontinued use at age 52 I was enrolled in a pain management program for 12 years as the result of three back surgeries including a fusion at L4/L5 with instrumentation. Over the 12 year period in pain management I received regular steroid injections as well as prescription medications to deal with the pain. I wore a fentanyl patch for much of this time designed to cover the constant underlying pain and was prescribed six 10mg Percocet per day to cover what was called break through pain. Along with this I took Ambien to help sleep. At the end of 12 years of this “care” I was heavily addicted and my pain was far less managed than it was the day I walked into the pain management practice. I admit culpability in this to some degree but in retrospect I can see a systematic escalation of dependence by providers on opioids to treat problems that should have been addressed in other ways. The more opioids were used for longer durations the more intense all my pain symptoms seemed to become. Exacerbating the need to more meds and leading to a more sedentary lifestyle. This was clearly working in the wrong direction.
Upon cessation of the medications my activity level increased, body weight normalized and sensitivity to the ongoing chronic pain stabilized. I find that a combination of Meloxicam and Tylenol are adequate to handle most of my pain problems without the problems associated with the opioids
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