Opioids and Chronic Pain Management

Opioids and Chronic Pain Management 2018-01-11T22:32:54+00:00

Overview

Opioids are a powerful class of drugs. They can control severe pain. But they often aren’t recommended for many types of chronic pain. That’s because their long-term use can cause your body to begin to depend on them.

Physical Dependence

Opioids mimic chemicals your body makes naturally. They help block pain, and they create good feelings in your brain. When you use an opioid for a short time, this can be helpful. But when you use them daily for an extended period, you gradually need more and more of the drug to get the same benefits. The chemicals your own body makes are no longer enough, and your body begins to need the drug. When this happens, you have become physically dependent.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Without the drug, you experience bad feelings we call “withdrawal symptoms.” This can include feelings of restlessness and sleeplessness. You may feel pain in your muscles and bones. You may have diarrhea and vomiting. You may have cold flashes, which give you goose bumps. And, your legs may twitch. These symptoms can be very unpleasant.

Safe Use

Opioids can be used safely. But they aren’t a good option for every patient, and they often aren’t a good choice for chronic pain. Your doctor can recommend options that are right for you.

TYPES OF PAIN WE TREAT

GASTROINTESTINAL

Hiatial Hernia
Peptic Ulcer

EAR, NOSE AND THROAT

Trigeminal Neuralgia

GENERAL HEALTH

Herniated Disk
Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica)
Osteoarthritus of the Knee
Osteoporosis
Trigger Point Injections
Where Lower Back Pain Begins
Where Neck Pain Begins
Whiplash

Brain and Mental Health

Depression
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Post-Whiplash Headache
Stroke
Substance Abuse
Traumatic Brain Injury
Occipital Neuralgia (Arnolds Neuralgia)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Substance Dependence
Tension Headache
Trigeminal Neuralgia

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Medications

Opioids Medications
Opioids (Common Side Effects)
Opioids (Dependence and Addiction)
Opioids and Chronic Pain Management
Using Opioids Safely

Sleep Disorders

Insomnia
Restless Leg Syndrome
Sleep Apnea

Systemic and Genetic Disorders and Conditions

Anemia
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Fibromyalgia
Overweight and Obesity

Head Non-Surgical Procedures

Botox Injections for Chronic Migraine

Peripheral Non-Surgical Procedures

Fascia Illiaca Block
Brachial Pleaxus Block
Femoral Nerve Block
Poplitea Fossa Block

Spine Conditions

Cervical Radiculopathy
Compression Fractures of the Spine
Facet Joint Syndrome
Herniated Discs
Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica)
Myelopathy
Spinal Stenosis
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Where Lower Back Pain Begins

Spine Non-Surgical Procedures

Caudal Epidural Steroid Injection
Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection
Discography
Facet Joint Injections
Flouroscopic Guided Piriformis Injection
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Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection (without contrast)
Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection
Medial Branch Block (Cervical)
Radiofrequency Neurotomy of the Lumbar Facets
Sacrolliac Joint Steroid Injection
Stellate Ganglion Block

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Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
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Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
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Selective Endoscopic Disectomy

Foot and Ankle Procedures

PRP Therapy
PRP Therapy for Achilles Tendon Pain
PRP Therapy for Peroneal Tendonitis
PRP Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

Hip and Thigh Conditions

Sacroiliac Joint Pain
Hip Joint Injection
PRP Therapy
Ultrasound-Guided Illoinguinal Nerve Block

Knee Procedures

PRP Therapy
Flouroscopic Guided Steroid Injection for Knee Pain
Genicular Nerve Block
HYALGAN Injection for Knee Pain (Flourscopic Guided)
Visco-supplementation for Arthritis of the Knee

Shoulder Procedures

Suprascapular Nerve Block (Flouroscopically Guided)