Over the last year, CBD has been featured in news reports, internet articles, and medicinal journals as a safe and natural alternative to treat chronic pain. Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is one of the many compounds that are found in the cannabis plant. And although its buzz has had millions of Americans placing online orders or visiting their local wellness store, there is still much unknown about the true benefits of this treatment option.
We get it, you have a lot going on. Keeping up with your family, errands, work or recovery can sometimes make it difficult to remember small tasks, like taking your medications. If you can’t seem to get into the groove of a medication routine you’re not alone, approximately 50% of chronic illness patients do not take their medications as prescribed.
We have all had it happen. You have a splitting headache or a muscle ache, go into your bathroom for an over-the-counter (OTC) medication - only to find that it has expired. One of the most common questions I get from friends and family is, “Is it safe to take an expired medication?” The answer on that largely depends, and that is precisely the problem.
MME stands for Morphine Milligram Equivalents. Because all narcotics are synthesized from opium, healthcare professionals have developed a formula that allows an easy conversion to be made to compare the doses of different narcotics.
Pain medications were originally created and used to help patients in severe pain during surgery. Over time, pain medications have become more commonly prescribed postoperatively, as well. With these medications being used more frequently, more questions arise about their side effects.
The United States is facing a public health crisis with the overdose rate involving opioids. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that in 2016 the number of deaths involving a prescription opioid were five times higher than in 1999.
Today over 100 million Americans are said to suffer from chronic pain. As regulations on opioids tighten, many are searching for new and improved ways to manage their pain. Many have found relief in holistic methods, such as mindfulness and meditation. A recent study by the National Institutes of Health used brain imaging to show the ability of mindfulness meditation techniques to mitigate pain without medication.
Topics: Pain Management
It is difficult to know how to move forward once chronic pain has altered someone’s life. It often seems like all that is needed is the right medication or treatment to take away the pain to improve their function. But sometimes that is not enough - especially in the instance of chronic pain. Medication, injections, or surgery sometimes only provide minimal relief. However, there are many other treatment approaches to chronic pain to provide better results.
While opioids have a proper role in pain management, much of the recent news related to opioids focuses on their dangerous and addictive nature. Adverse effects of opioids have touched countless lives and with the recent announcement by President Trump declaring the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency, countless people have become aware that opioids are associated with addiction, abuse, diversion, and other risks. While it’s important to know that using opioids alone is dangerous, the combination of opioids with other medications can often be even more dangerous.
Topics: Pain Management
With opioid abuse and misuse so prevalent today, it is important to understand the scale of the issue and be aware that certain factors might put you or someone you know at risk for developing opioid addiction, abuse, harm or misuse.