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How do I know if I am starting to get addicted to my chronic pain medications?

How do I know if I am starting to get addicted to my chronic pain medications?

Dependency: Addiction is a disease/ psychological and behavioral syndrome. Loss of control over drug, compulsive use, continued use despite harm to the user or others. On the other hand physical dependence is induced by opioids followed by withdrawl symproms when the medications are stopped abruptly. The later is more of side effect of the pain management and not a problem leading to discontinuation of meds. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Chronic Pain (Definition)

classic definition is pain older than 6 months. More recent definitions: Pain beyond the normal healing period, pain associated with psychological impact. Any pain that started as acute after and injury to surgery, but continues beyond the healing ...Read more


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Why would drs.Perscribe methadone 4 drug addicts when they use it for chronic pain patients? Just another addiction 2 get addicted too!

Because it is : Long acting drug , people can achieve a higher degree of stability. Supposedly, they would not or could not be stable without some medicine added from the outside. However, you are right, the physical dependence is maintained. Is that really important if a person is functioning better? ...Read more

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I need to talk with a compassionate physican about severe chronic pain and drug addiction and how to get the care i need i was in a car that was struck by a train 12 yrs ago and I have many problems with my back now. I didn't become addicted to pain meds

I need to talk with a compassionate physican about severe chronic pain and drug addiction and how to get the care i need i was in a car that was struck by a train 12 yrs ago and I have many problems with my back now.  I didn't become addicted to pain meds

Frustrating: Exhaust your non-narcotic options first, with nsaids, acetaminophen, topicals, neuroleptic, snri and a tca as appropriate. Most providers think an opioid meds will cause relapse, but truth is your under treated pain is much more dangerous. Cd history is often presumed drug seeking, but actually this means u r twice as likely to have chronic pain issue. Find someone trained in both cd&pain. ...Read more

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How can I safely get off my pain medications? What are the effects of withdrawl?What can be done for chronic pain?

Detox : You will need to detox from the medicines. This is a slow but deliberate process. You'll need expertise to help you with this. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get chronic pain?

Chronic Pain: It is not very common to get chronic pain but if it happens then need to consult someone who could look into underlying cause instead of prescribing pain killers. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get chronic pain, or is it unusual?

It's common: I see many people with all types of pain, and many have had pain for a long time. The key is to find out what is causing it in order to choose the appropriate therapy. ...Read more

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I need a list of as many chronic pain medications as possible?

I need a list of as many chronic pain medications as possible?

Extened Release: When considering medication for chronic pain i prefer to use long acting or extended release medications over the short acting medications that can be used for acute pain. Extended release medications include morphine, opana, exalgo, nucyenta, fentanyl, oxycontin, methadone. ...Read more

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What drug is most harmful to the body that is taken for chronic pain?

What drug is most harmful to the body that is taken for chronic pain?

Opioids (narcotics): Opioids are the agents that when used to treat chronic pain carry the greatest risk for depency and severe side effects. ...Read more

Dr. Praveen Mambalam
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Persistent Pain (Definition)

Persistent pain is a symptom in which a person's pain doesn't come and go, but instead is present all the time. The pain can be mild, moderate, or severe, but its constant presence usually means there is ...Read more