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What are some of the symptoms of addiction to pain medication?

What are some of the symptoms of addiction to pain medication?

You Change......: Addiction is a psych diagnosis. It sounds like physical dependence to a drug, but it goes a big step further. Example: you go to a friend's (relative, neighbor, total stranger, you don't care) house and use the bathroom. You look through their medicine cabinet and take a bit of whatever you want. Physical dependence is when you go through withdrawls when you suddenly stop a medicine. Big diff. ...Read more

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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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What are some alternatives to narcotics in pain relief?

What are some alternatives to narcotics in pain relief?

Pain Relief: Physical therapy, massage therapy, heated aqua therapy, magnesium, tramadol, namenda, (memantine) muscle relaxants, etc. There are many treatments for pain. The best answer is to get to the root cause and alleviate the underlying problem. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of opiate withdrawal?

Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of opiate withdrawal?

Opiate withdrawal: Symptoms of opiate withdrawal include: muscle aches, restlessness, anxiety, lacrimation, runny nose, sweating, inability to sleep, yawning frequently, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, goose bumps on the skin, rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, etc. If having these, please get medical help in your community. ...Read more

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I'm addicted to pain killers, what are the possible effects and treatment?

I'm addicted to pain killers, what are the possible effects and treatment?

There are Detox: Detox programs. It is possible to safely rapidly with medical help to get off pain killers. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/psychiatry/services/drug_recovery/default.aspx. ...Read more

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What are ways to reduce withdrawl symptoms of narcotic pain meds?

What are ways to reduce withdrawl symptoms of narcotic pain meds?

Do not stop cold: Withdrawl symptoms can be minimized by a slow gradual taper of the dose of the medication rather than stopping "cold turkey". ...Read more

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Are there any other non opiate pain killers besides 'tramadol' to control abdominal and stomach pains?

Are there any other non opiate pain killers besides 'tramadol' to control abdominal and stomach pains?

Tramadol technically: is an opiate. It is a synthetic opiate receptor binding drug and is effective for mild to moderate pain. There are many modalities for treating pain other than medication alone. If this is a chronic problem you may wish to speak with a pain specialist (in fact I strongly recommend this). NSAIDs like Ibuprofen and Tylenol (acetaminophen) are also helpful for pain, but have significant potential for adverse effect ...Read more

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What are the negative consequences of taking antidepressants for physical pain or discomfort?

What are the negative consequences of taking antidepressants for physical pain or discomfort?

May be good: Certain antidepressants - not all - are good for neuropathic pain or some other chronic pains. To do this, they must be taken regularly - not like an immediate painkiller. It may actually be safer to control pain by an antidepressant than immediate painkillers because of side effects of the latter such as on the stomach or kidneys - as well as those that habituate (antidepressants don't habituate). ...Read more

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Is there any ways to get some relief from the pain of complex regional pain syndrome other then anti-depression durgs?

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Is there any ways to get some relief from the pain of complex regional pain syndrome other then anti-depression durgs?

ComplexRegional Pain: Improves with treatment if treatment is began early after onset of symptoms. Some remedies are Neurontin, (gabapentin) Steroids, Fosamax, Nerve block, Heat/cold application, Topical Lidoderm, Physical therapy, TENS unit, Spinal cord stimulation, Biofeedback. Discuss options with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are some ways to relieve Suboxone withdrawal symptoms?

What are some ways to relieve Suboxone withdrawal symptoms?

If we only knew...: That's the "holy grail!" i believe if we knew this answer, there would be much less drug abuse in the world. Unfortunately, there is no magic formula or medication (or vitamin or herb) that really helps. Anyone who tells you differently is almost certainly trying to sell you something. However, that said, keep in mind we are all different. Some things work and others don't for some people. ...Read more

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Pain medication? What are some ways to cut back on taking pain medication without feeling excessive withdrawl symptoms?

Pain medication? What are some ways to cut back on taking pain medication without feeling excessive withdrawl symptoms?

Gradual: You should try and wean yourself by 20% a week which is very gradual, and should help to limit severity of withdrawal. You may need the assistance of your pcp who can prescribe non addictive medication to decrease any withdrawal symptoms as well. ...Read more

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I'm on methadone for pain management due to herniated disks. What are some things I should know?

I'm on methadone for pain management due to herniated disks. What are some things I should know?

Several.: You should have a good relationship with your prescribing physician, so that any potential problems can be readily addressed. This is a strictly controlled substance, and you cannot use it other than the prescribed method. It is not to be taken prn or increased without medical management. An increase in dosage takes approximately 2&1/2 days to reach equilibrium in your system. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of codeine addiction?

3 Symptoms: Addictions are characterized -- regardless of the substance -- by unpredictable loss of control (took 10 instead of 2), preoccupation with the drug (obtaining and using over other life activities), and continued use in spite of negative consequences (arrest, overdose, family fights). With drugs like Codeine there are also tolerance (need for more and more) and withdrawal (sick when stopping it. ...Read more

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What are some ways to manage back pain without narcotics?

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What are some ways to manage back pain without narcotics?

Back pain: The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... You can try heat pads, exercise, massage, chiropractic therapy, over the counter medications like ibuprofen, tylenol (acetaminophen).... If your pain persists, please see a pain specialist for evaluation. There are many non narcotic medications they can prescribe for your pain. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are symptoms withdrawls of vicodins?

Need expert help here. What are symptoms withdrawls of vicodins?

Withdrawal: Early symptoms : first 24 hours : muscle aches restlessness anxiety lacrimation (eyes tearing up) runny nose excessive sweating inability to sleep yawning very often later symptoms : diarrhea abdominal cramping goose bumps on the skin nausea and vomiting dilated pupils. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of acetaminophen withdrawal? How are these symptoms (including widespread pain) best managed?

Acetaminophen: I understand your concern, Acetaminophen is used for relief from headache, pain and fever. Depending upon severity of pain, tolerance for the pain and stresses in life, dosage, frequency and duration of use can be more leading to. have rebound headache and pain from withdrawal. See Physician for Acetaminophen benefits and side effects, gradual withdrawal, and Therapy for stress in your life ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of addiction to coke?

What are the symptoms of addiction to coke?

Cocaine addiction: Like other addictions involves obsession with obtaining and using the drug, giving up other activities that were pleasurable, quitting then restarting use, financial and relationship problems, loss of sex drive, needing increasing quantities to get high, agitation, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, paranoia, weight loss, inability to function in social situations without it, and others like death! ...Read more

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Are there any immediate natural things to do while suffering from neurologic pain below the chest?

Are there any immediate natural things to do while suffering from neurologic pain below the chest?

Natural?: Highly unlikely that you are going to find relief from otc products or health foods. My advice would be to contact a pain clinic. ...Read more

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How can I treat my addiction to pain killers?

Addiction: Please go and see a pain doctor who does addiction medicine or an addictionologist. You have taken the first and most important step - by admitting you have an addiction - now you need help to be free of this. ...Read more

Analgesic (Definition)

An analgesic is any member of the group of drugs used to ...Read more