4 Dangers in Pain Management

4 Dangers in Pain Management
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 pain medications were taking them along with some other drug in a potentially hazardous combination.” Combining your own medications without medical supervision can cost you your life. 3. Combining alcohol with pain medication According to an article in Scientific American, painkillers and booze are dangerous to mix because both substances slow breathing and obstruct the cough reflex, which can create a "double-whammy effect" that can suffocate you. 4. Desperate measures As an intake assessor for a psychiatric facility, I spoke with a woman suffering
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