Man­ag­ing pain with­out opi­oids

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Milder pill may be best for pain,” Nov. 8

I can at­test to the ac­cu­racy of the ar­ti­cle on pain med­i­ca­tion.

About 10 years ago, I was hos­pi­tal­ized for a con­di­tion that re­quired me to be taken off all pain med­i­ca­tions im­me­di­ately. I had been tak­ing opi­oids for sev­eral years due to se­vere back pain, and the re­sult­ing pain due to the re­moval of my med­i­ca­tion was ab­so­lutely ex­cru­ci­at­ing.

Af­ter sev­eral days, the opi­oid I had been tak­ing wore off, but I had lit­tle or no pain. Over-the-counter pain med­i­ca­tion was suf­fi­cient to con­trol what pain I had.

Years ear­lier I had read that the more pain med­i­ca­tion one took, the higher one’s tol­er­ance to it be­came. I now know how that hap­pens.

Doc­tors and pa­tients need to be ed­u­cated that with re­spect to pain med­i­ca­tion, less is more. Joan Maggs

Granada Hills

Us­ing ibupro­fen or ac­etaminophen long term can se­ri­ously harm your liver and kid­neys, and when a per­son is in great pain, rec­om­mended doses go out the win­dow. On the other hand, us­ing opi­oids as pre­scribed has no ad­verse ef­fects on our body or­gans.

Ex­am­ine the or­gan func­tions of peo­ple who have taken opi­oids and those who have taken over-the-counter anal­gesics for years. Look at the re­sults. Opi­oid users will find their in­ter­nal or­gans func­tion­ing just fine.

How do I know? Af­ter tak­ing opi­oids for se­vere pain over two decades, my or­gans are fine. My friend who had used ac­etaminophen for a dozen years, on the other hand, just had a liver trans­plant. S.R. Fis­cher

Los Angeles

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