Health & Wellness

Press Releases

Prince, Opioid Pain Drugs, and Chronic Pain

e01e9322ecd1316f70ec_davidsimon.jpg
e01e9322ecd1316f70ec_davidsimon.jpg

I was shocked when I heard that Prince was no longer with us last week.

Who knows what really happened, but of course many of us have seen the speculation that he may have overdosed on heavy opioid pain drugs like oxycodone, possibly used to treat severe and extremely painful hip arthritis after years of performing.

I have no idea if that’s true or not, and I am certainly not going to invade his family’s grief and privacy by speculating myself.

Sign Up for E-News

What I can tell you is that statistically, a lot of people with serious pain actually do die from accidental overdoses every year.

Check your watch. Twenty minutes from now, yet another person in the U.S. will be dead from an overdose.

So this is a valid concern for anyone with chronic pain who takes opioid pain drugs like fentanyl, Vicodin, Oxycontin or Percocet, or is thinking about these meds.

I’m not going to say that you should never take these pain drugs, because sometimes they make sense for short-term, acute pain. (They’re almost never the best answer for long-term management of chronic pain, though.)

will say:

Please Don’t Be A Statistic.

If you are taking opioid pain drugs:

1) Be extra-careful if you’ve got the flu or any other respiratory illness.

Opioids slow down breathing, and that plus a respiratory problem can be very dangerous, very quickly.

2) Same thing goes for alcohol, because it slows down your central nervous system.

Which slows down your breathing. Put that together with even MORE respiratory depression from the opioid meds you’re taking, and you’re in a very dangerous situation.

Again, the numbers are pretty big — about 20% of overdose deaths and ER visits mix opioids and alcohol.

3) Also avoid these other OTC and prescription meds when taking opioid pain drugs

Opioids are more risky when you take them in combination with over-the-counter or benzodiazepine prescription sleeping aids, anti-anxiety drugs and sedatives.

Examples are Xanax, Valium, Ativan, and decongestants.

Just like alcohol, these slow down the central nervous system and are a very dangerous combination with opioid meds.

But What If I Really Need Opioid Pain Drugs?

Opioid pain drugs should be the last resort for long-term chronic pain, definitely not the first resort. They are really only appropriate for short-term treatment of acute pain, mostly after surgery.

A very few of our patients do require opioid pain meds, and Dr. Mike Solomonov carefully supervises their use.

The truth, though, is that most muscle, joint and nerve pain improves as least as well with NON-surgical, non-opioid treatment as it does with surgery and strong meds.  Often better, because the risk of complications is much greater with surgery and opioid pain meds.

We firmly believe that it’s almost always smarter to treat chronic pain with conservative treatment before jumping to surgery and/or heavy-duty drugs.

When the source of the injury has healed – but you still have chronic pain — pain meds aren’t going to fix it anyway. Why? Because the cause of the pain has changed and is now something other than the original injury.

This is called “complex pain” and treating it IS rocket science. It requires a carefully structured sequence of pain relief therapies tailored to your specific condition and pain triggers.

Call Us With Your Questions – We Are Here For You

Are you worried about a friend or family member?

Or maybe your own doctor is prescribing strong pain meds for your chronic pain and it’s making you nervous — you’re not sure all the conservative treatment options were considered.

Whether it’s for you, or out of concern for a family member of friend, if you have any questions at all about this topic, I really encourage you to give us a call.

You have a couple choices:

1) We have a totally free Pain Navigation service

We offer this as a community service to everyone in the Morris County area.

You don’t need an appointment. Just pick up your phone and call (973) 366-6615. You will talk to a real doctor who is familiar with a broad range of pain causes and treatments.

There is no pressure at all to see one of our doctors, we will just discuss your situation and try to be helpful to you.

2) If you’re feeling stuck in terms of treatment, feel free to schedule an appointment for a workup.

This is a good option if you really, really don’t want to take opioid pain drugs, but you’re still suffering from chronic pain and you’re feeling stuck, or ignored, or avoided.

If we can’t help you, or think you really should see a different type of practice, we will tell you that and help you find the right specialist.

Nearly everyone with chronic pain can be helped. No, we cannot always eliminate chronic pain completely — but we can nearly always significantly improve it.

And if pain meds ARE your best treatment for chronic pain, please, please remember: be careful out there!

Other Resources

Interested in helping? Morris County Human Services is forming workgroups to address opiate addiction and abuse.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Denville

Morristown Happenings: Things to Do in Morristown This Weekend; July 13 - 15

July 13, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Jump for joy....it's the weekend! Don't let Friday the 13th scare you away, there are lots of fun things to do in and around town this weekend! Have a great weekend everyone!

 

Friday July 13

Spirit Animals Glassblowing Class; Morris County School of Glass; 9am - 11am

Mini Summer Camp: Woodsy Walkers; Great Swamp (Chatham); 10am - 11:30am

Tyke ...

US Junior Amateur: Two Top 10 Seeds Remain, Top-seed Kelly Chinn Out in Round of 32

July 20, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - What a difference a day makes.

Thursday’s round of 32, 16 scores

Friday’s quarterfinal matchups
(Quarterfinal winners advance to the afternoon semifinals, starting at 12:18 p.m. EDT)

After the top nine and 13 of the first 14 seeds advanced to the round of 32 Wednesday, chaos ensued on Thursday at the 71st U.S. Junior Amateur Championship on another ...

Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion Recognized with 2018 New Good Neighbor Award by the NJBIA

July 20, 2018

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion in Rockaway, New Jersey was recognized with the 2018 New Good Neighbor Award by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association on Tuesday.

The New Good Neighbor Award recognizes the companies, architects, builders and financial entities whose redevelopment projects have benefited their communities and improved New ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, July 24, 7:00 PM

Kinnelon Public Library, Kinnelon

Northern NJ Libertarian Party Monthly Meeting

Government

Wed, July 25, 7:30 PM

Chatham United Methodist Church, Chatham

Masterwork’s Summer Sings Conclude with Verdi ...

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_4795040bf6b6301f766b_adoptionevent2

Sat, July 28, 2:00 PM

Montville Animal Shelter, Montville

Summer Adoption Event at the Montville Animal ...

Home & Garden Other

To Our Current and Future Representatives

July 17, 2018

To Our Current and Future Representatives - Wherever They May Be:

We can never forget we are a nation of immigrants. 

We cannot fall prey to fear, ignorance and anger when we  have been historically driven by freedom and justice. 

We must have the courage and will to fight hate, bigotry and prejudice. 

We must not wake up to what we hoped was a bad dream and ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.

 

 

People I've Known and Been: Little by Little by Rich Little

People I've Known and Been: Little by Little by Rich Little (Dog Ear Publishing, 2015)

 

Rich Little is a national treasure; a living encyclopedia of movie stars, comedians, and former presidents all wrapped into one dynamic package. Recently, my husband and I had the good fortune to see Little perform at the Tropicana in Las Vegas, where he has been doing his uncanny ...

Lucia, Lucia by Adriani Trigiani

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2003)

 

If a summer romance novel is what you are craving to read as you sit by the pool or beach, Adriana Trigiani's Lucia, Lucia is a perfect choice. Set in 1950 New York City, the novel is about a young woman, Lucia Sartori, who is determined to have a career and be able to support herself, an unusual choice for a girl who was ...

Crowdfunding Options for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

Source: Many small start-up businesses and tech ventures in search of capital turn to popular online platforms for crowd fundraising of financial resources to get their concept off the ground and launched into market. Indiegogo, Kickstarter, and GoFundMe, to name a few, offer solutions in generating cash to fund new ideas. How do you get people to contribute to your cause?  Sam Burlum ...