Certain questions should be directed toward opioid health care practitioners. Dr. Jordan has also compiled a list of certain important questions that are frequently asked by patients with chronic pain issues. Let’s go through those questions as well as their answers.
There are certain things to avoid and certain things to follow. Always ask your doctor for the complete details whenever he prescribes you some opioids. The details include the following points:
After receiving an opioid prescription, always consult your anesthesiologist or primary care physician:
The first thing to make sure of is that you have used and considered all of the alternative options that can be considered for relieving the pain. The medications that are pain-relieving are usually not addictive if they are not opioids. The non-opioid medicines do not carry the risk of side effects and addictions. If opioids are the last option, you should ask the healthcare provider for the minimal dose with the minimum side effects and risks.
Another important point to consider is to offer all kinds of information regarding the previous medications, including the opioids that you have used in the past. You should also inform your doctor about how the previous dose of opioids you took affected you. If you have a history of addiction, you should also talk to the physician who is offering you the opioids. Patients who have a history of drinking alcohol are usually more susceptible to misusing opioids.
If you have been prescribed opioids, you should watch out for the side effects:
The opioids have different potencies as well. Some opioids are mild, which can affect the person with side effects such as sleepiness and constipation. There are other side effects of opioids, which include a slowed heart rate, shallow breathing, and a loss of consciousness, all of which are directly linked with their misuse and overdose. Always consult with your doctor about the symptoms you should be aware of as well as the dose that will keep you from experiencing the potential side effects and problems associated with the risks and side effects of opioids. In case of an emergency, you should directly call your doctor for help.
Always take the opioids as per the direction of the healthcare practitioner:
The opioids must be taken as per the directions of the healthcare practitioner. The practitioner who has suggested the opioid must have set certain limits for the intake of the opioid. You should also read the label with the prescription. If you have a history of taking other medicines, you should also let your doctor know about the medication history as well as the history of opioids taken previously.
Always be prepared for the surgery:
If you are consuming the opioids as well as having the preparation for the surgery, you should always let your anaesthesiologist, surgeon, and other doctors who are involved in the treatment know about this matter. Continuous opioid use can increase the risk of complications during surgery and lengthen your hospital stay. The medical team can help you safely manage your pain even before surgery.
There are other options available for pain management as an alternative to opioids. The patients can ask their physicians for the following options:
The combination therapy:
Combination therapy is recommended when medication alone does not treat your problem. The same is true with opioids. Opioids cannot treat complications as well as pain alone. There are always pain management programmes that are accompanied by opioids, so it is always best to ask your doctor if they can start with the pain management programme as well as a combination therapy. The pain management plan can help improve your pain as well as lower your need for opioids.
Non-drug therapies include the following:
The patients find relief in the alternative therapies as well. There are other therapies such as massages, acupuncture, biofeedback, and meditation. The patients also get relief from the interventional therapies, which include the nerve block. The surgical procedures that involve cutting down the nerves that cause pain are also done. The anesthesiologist can work best to your benefit in curing your pain.
The implants and injections:
There are some issues with muscular spasms and nerve pain that are usually treated with local anaesthetics as well as a variety of other medications that help the patients short-circuit the pain. If there is a patient with a history of chronic pain in the legs, arms, back, or any other area, the pain management specialist can suggest the stimulation of spinal cord therapy as per the advice of Dr. Jordan Sudberg. In this process, a certain device is implanted in the back of the patient, which blocks the pain by sending electronic signals into the spinal cord as well as the nerves.
When to stop the opioids:
The patients who suddenly stop taking the opioids usually experience some symptoms, which include insomnia or jittery nerves. It is definitely one of the most irritating things and should be avoided at all costs. To avoid such symptoms, the patient should always keep in touch with the doctors so that the symptoms can be minimised by the gradual decrease of the opioids. According to Dr. Jordan Sudberg, the anesthesiologist can do the following for you:
- He could make individual plans for minimising the symptoms of the opioid’s withdrawal.
- He could monitor the symptoms.
- He could adjust the duration as well as the rate of opioids based on their recovery histories.
- He could guide you to the additional sources of support that can potentially eliminate or minimise the pain.
It is one of the most important things to consider: what you should expect when you start cutting off the opioids. There are certain opioid symptoms that could happen, but it is not necessary. Those symptoms include the following:
- The drug cravings.
- The anxiety attacks
- The insomnia
- Abdominal discomfort
- The vomiting patterns
- The shaking of the body
The symptoms that are illustrated in the above-mentioned lines can be reduced with a minor.Reducing the amount of opioids you take and talking to the right doctors about your health can help you get over your anxiety.
The benefits of stopping opioids:
After using the opioids, many patients have felt relief, even though some of them have made their symptoms worse in the initial time span. The alternate therapies have made the healing process better by understanding the kind of pain, which makes it easier for the health care practitioner to individualise the exercise patterns as well as the pain management routine for the patients.