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How Strong Are The Pain Pills I Am Taking?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Nov 02, 2017 | 0 Comments

For people with chronic pain, taking strong medications is part of their daily lives.  Each day I speak to people who are on a variety

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of pills ranging from such over the counter remedies as aspirin all the way to the strongest opioids.  Not knowing any better, I thought that morphine was the strongest painkiller available.

The Washington Post has a fascinating look at the various opioids that doctors prescribe (and which some people abuse.) This article taught me a lot about the relative strengths of these pain medications. The article identifies each pill by its common name, and that assists in understanding which drug is which. It turns out that morphine is nowhere near the strongest medicine available.  I wish I had known this sooner because it gives me much more insight into what my clients are taking.  That, in turn, tells me just how bad their pain must be.

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If you are taking any sort of pain medication, you should read this Washington Post article. I think it will give you a much better idea of what you are taking. You will also have the information you need to discuss other pain relieving remedies with your doctors. You will know, for example, to flee immediately if your doctor suggests taking carfentanil.

Are you on a painkiller? Which one? How is it affecting you?  Let me know. 

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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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