Fewer prescribing of opioids

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Fewer prescribing of opioids

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https://www.castanet.net/edition/news-s ... htm#268349 so what do doctors and big pharma want a brownie badge for killing less people
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There's more to the article and does offer good advice - taper off slowly.

Buckley, who often treats pain patients referred to him by other doctors, said it’s important for patients to know they need to be tapered off opioids slowly.

“It’s about correct prescribing or optimal prescribing rather than trying to drive the dose down. What you need to be looking at are things like measures of function, and those typically don’t come through on large-scale administrative health data,” he said.

“You can’t tell, if people’s doses came down, did they stop going to work, for example, or did they start relying on more assistance for home care?”


And continue with therapy as prescribed:

The patient also received physical therapy, one of the ways the national guidelines advise doctors to treat pain beyond opioids, but many provinces don’t cover such costs, Buckley said.

“A lot of people don’t have that. This is one of the push-pull parts (of the issue). Optimal pain management includes more than medications. It includes education, sometimes cognitive behavioural therapy and exercise. But a significant portion of the country can’t access those through their provincial health-care systems.”

Buckley suggested all provinces provide complete opioid prescribing data to the Canadian Institute for Health Information so a fuller picture of what’s happening across the country is available.


https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/c ... ded-doctor
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Re: Fewer prescribing of opioids

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Truth,
I assume you have been in serious pain before. What did you use to help make life more comfortable?
If you needed it long term how were the withdrawals?

I probably hate the pharmaceutical companies as much as you do however I probably wouldn't be here today if I didn't have something to control the pain after a nasty accident.
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I was prescribed Dilaudid and Tylenol 3's after a surgery... thank god I had the Dilaudid.

The Tylenol 3's had virtually no effect on my pain level, but the Dilaudid at least took the edge off as long as I followed the surgeon's directions exactly - which was take the dose exactly on the schedule he prescribed and not to be a tough guy and try to skip doses... and to not exceed the dosage he prescribed. Keeping the pain in check and sticking to the plan made for a quicker recovery than if I had tried to tough it out.

I stuck with the plan as prescribed and within a few days the pain started to subside... just like he said it would. I stopped taking the Dilaudid and managed my pain from that point on with Advil as necessary.

There's a time and place for strong opioids and I'm thankful I had an amazing surgeon who gave me a very successful plan for navigating the post-surgery pain. I know not all doctors are as careful and thoughtful with their direction.
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stuphoto wrote:Truth,
I assume you have been in serious pain before. What did you use to help make life more comfortable?
If you needed it long term how were the withdrawals?

I probably hate the pharmaceutical companies as much as you do however I probably wouldn't be here today if I didn't have something to control the pain after a nasty accident.


2 knee surgeries, only pain killers i took is what they gave my before surgery, if i knew i could say no i would have, took natural herbs and stuff for pain
:cuss: up back , take herbs and stuff, no big pharma meds

broken, collar bone,broken fingers, broken nose, no big pharma meds taken for that

do not get me wrong ,if i was in a really bad accident and was in server pain for a short period i guess i would take pain killers
my point about big pharma meds is too many people take big pharma meds when they really ,do not need to

this is why i stay away from pain killers https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn ... s-healing/ https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xw8p ... uries-heal https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/too ... 7091112381 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23662318
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