I am all for finding alternative methods of treatment- I am a firm believer, or advocate if you will, that “everything does not require medication.” I am also all for keeping the misuse of opioids to a minimum, because after all, misuse of medication is the cause of 40 deaths deaths a day (SAD).
HOWEVER, I do believe we should have the option to take it or decline it as well. I think that issues such as these should be handled on a case by case basis. Chronic pain affects each person differently- there is no one size fit all pill to treat chronic pain.
I don’t think the individual right to use opioids should be taken away either.
What if the individual is unable to afford the suggested alternative forms of treatment? What if the individual is unable to attend a gym or massage/physical therapy?
Treating Chronic Pain Just Got Harder for Primary Care Doctors Amidst a still-swirling controversy, the Centers for Disease Control unveiled its new opioid guidelines last week; as expected, they mainly target primary care physicians treating chronic pain. The final guidelines differ little from the draft released last December, although some specific dose recommendations have been […]