THREE QUOTES TUESDAY TO HELP YOU THROUGH A BAD DAY…

Three quotes Tuesday from Back Pain Blog UK to help you through a bad day…

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CAN LONG TERM USE OF OPIOIDS CAUSE RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS AND IS IT TIME FOR A CHANGE…

Can long term use of opioids cause respiratory problems and is it time for a change?

The straight answer is ‘yes’, according to Desert Home Treatment who say that ‘ The long-term effects of opioids on the bowels are significant, but it is the damage they do to the respiratory system that is behind most of the overdoses and fatalities that are related to opioid use. As opioids depress the central nervous system, they directly interfere with the body’s breathing mechanisms.’

Science Daily pointed out that ‘ Opioids are highly effective at killing pain, but they can also kill people by depressing their breathing and at the same time sedating them so that it can be impossible for them to wake up from oxygen deprivation,” says Richard Horner, a professor in the departments of Medicine and Physiology.’

Most pain killers opioids or otherwise can cause side effects but they tend to improve shortly after starting the treatment or following an intended dose increase. The most common side effect being constipation and itching but a respiratory problem is feared by many. They say it is mostly a concern in acute pain management where patients have not developed tolerance.

So should we be right to be sceptical about taking opioids for long term pain when they keep appearing in the news as sceptical ? Drug Abuse has written a great article on a ‘Need for Change’ with a list of 10 opiate alternatives. They include –

Over-the-Counter Acetaminophen

Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

Cortiosteroids

Serotonin and Norephinephrine

Reuptake Inhibitors

Neurostimulators

Anticonvulsants

Injections

Physical Therapy Massage, Acupuncture and Chiropractic Care

Exercise

It’s certainly something to ponder about.

 

5 USEFUL TIPS WHEN OVERWHELMED WITH PAIN…

These five useful tips from Pain Warrior Code are so topical and would help anyone when going through an acute phase of overwhelming pain.

Venting it out is something I would never have thought of doing and yet it makes complete sense. Get it off your chest instead of bottling it all up. I tend to keep it to myself as I feel it’s the same old all the time but actually an acute attack can knock you for six and unless you let others know what you are going through then they will not know how to help you.

Encouraging yourself that it’s just an acute phase and not a chronic one can also put your mindset into the I can get through this part of a flare-up. As I am sure by now all my readers know that I am a massive advocate of rest. Without my rest I would not be the person I am today, I would be a very miserable person. I can’t stress enough how even forty winks can kick-start your own endorphins to help you cope with pain.

And of course my way of redirecting my thoughts is to write.

TUESDAY TIPS FROM #backpainbloguk…

Check out my #tuesdaytips on how to look after your back.

Stay flexible, if you are desk bound, move around every 30 minutes.

Stay strong, go swimming and walking regularly or as often as you can.

Steer clear of the driving range. Unfortunately golf swings are of no help to people with back problems.

Try to sit on a stability ball for 15 minutes a day.

I think we all know that excess weight can cause a number of health problems but it can be a big contributor to back pain.

Don’t sleep on a hard bed. Believe or not these can really irritate back problems. If your staying in a Hotel ask if the bed is firm. Before now I have been known to buy a bed quilt and fold it to lie on as the bed was too hard, it just takes the pressure off your back.

Have a deep tissue massage – this can help back pain a great deal but make sure whoever gives it to you is fully qualified.

Stay hydrated.

Try not to pound the streets when you walk, make sure your shoes have a good cushioning.

Feel the pain sometimes rather than reaching straight out for the medication as it could be masking something.

Always, always, always bend the knees when picking up anything or bending down.

And for the women, don’t carry your life around in your handbag.

And for the men, don’t carry too much in your computer bag.

Another one for the women, don’t wear high heels all the time. The long term effect can not only effect your back but also your feet.

Get an accurate clinical diagnosis if your pain does not settle down after a few weeks.

Don’t smoke, it has been proven that people who smoke are more likely to have lower back pain.

Never twist and bend at the same time.

BACK PAIN BLOG’S FACEBOOK GROUP OF THE MONTH…

This month I am introducing a new group I have recently joined as my Facebook Group of the month which is a new post I will write monthly.

Pain Management Support Group is a closed group, but anyone can ask to join and has been created to share stories and tools to help manage living with chronic persistent pain.

Posts are on many different subjects with a most recent one written by Irene Auckland who is a Transformational Coach and one of the admin and moderators of the group and who wrote on the effects of hanging eucalyptus in your shower.

Plus there are many personal and some highly emotional posts from people struggling or trying to cope with pain as well as inspirational quotes, recommendations and lots more. A lovely friendly group for anyone who is in pain.