4 Dangers in Pain Management

4 Dangers in Pain Management
Living & Loving with Prostate Cancer Three weeks ago, I herniated a disk, which pinched a nerve. I was in constant pain. My narcotic pain meds didn't bring my pain to a level low enough to allow me to fall asleep. Whether your pain is cancer-related or not, like me, you may find yourself thinking dark thoughts in response to chronic pain. These usually occur in the dead of a sleepless night. Here are a few dangerous options I've considered in the last few nights:

1. Taking more than the prescribed dose

If your prescribed dosage isn't working, it's easy to think taking more will provide better pain relief. According to a post by the American Addiction Centers, "Since 2000, overdose deaths from prescription opioid painkillers have risen dramatically, with more than 14,000 deaths in 2014 attributed to prescription painkiller overdose." Deciding to take more than your prescribed dosage of pain medication can be a fatal decision. Don't take more than prescribed.

2. Mix and match

If you've saved pain medication from a previous illness or injury like I do, the thought of combining your current medication with previous medications is another dangerous temptation. CBS News reported in 2014 that, “In 2013, nearly 60 percent of people using opiate pai
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Rick Redner received his master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University. He has spent many years working as a medical and psychiatric social worker He is the author of the award winning book I Left My Prostate in San Francisco-Where's Yours? His second book Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Erectile Dysfunction and Penile Implants won the Beverly Hills International Book Awards in Men's Health in 2016. Additionally, the book was a winner in the 2017 IAN Book of the Year Awards.

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