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Do Pain Pills Help For Chronic Back Pain?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Sep 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

If your doctor has you taking such drugs as 

  • Codeine
  • Vicodin, Hycodan (hydrocodone)
  • MS Contin Kadian (morphine)
  • Oxycontin, Percoset (oxycodone)
  • Dilaudid (hydromorphone)
  • Duragesic (fentanyl)

you may want to rethink this approach.

A new paper in the medical journal Neurology, argues that the long-term use of opiate pain killers does not improve the quality of life of those persons suffering from chronic back pain. Dr. Gary Franklin, the study's author, found that opiates can be helpful for short-term use. But the benefit diminishes, and even turns into a liability, for long-term use. 

Dr. Franklin found that long-term use of opiates was likely to result in addiction, overuse, or dependence upon the drugs. The study showed that an astounding 100,000  Americans have died, directly or indirectly, from prescribed opioids since the late 1990s.  While there is no easy way for people with chronic back pain to go off of drugs that provide relief, Dr. Franklin think they should. Exercise and weight loss can, in some cases, provide as much pain relief as opiates.  No one should change his or her current drug regimen without consulting with his or her doctor first. But, it seems like a good topic of discussion next time you see your doctor.

For a discussion of this topic in laymen's terms, check the Time Magazinearticle on this topic. 

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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