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    OPIOIDS ARE EFFECTIVE FOR CHRONIC PAIN

    Contrary to what the mainstream media and "anti-opioid" lobbyists would have you believe, legally prescribed opioid painkillers DO actually work for chronic pain. Opioids have been used for thousands of years to provide relief from pain, so why is there a mis-perception or inference in recent times they should only be used for acute pain?

    In America the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines state there is "insufficient evidence to determine long-term benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain" [SEE LINK BELOW], and in Australia we are told there is a "lack of evidence for opioids in the management of chronic non-cancer pain" [i.e. based on the International Assoc. for the Study of Pain Policy Document February 2018].

    Many anti-opioid activists claim there is “no evidence” or "insufficient evidence" opioids work long-term, yet there are NO high quality, placebo controlled studies routinely conducted for longer than 3 months. Therefore, to say there is no evidence is "a misleading statement, because non-opioid pain medications and alternative treatments are not studied for long periods either."

    IF there are no reputable or "good studies" that go beyond 3 months [i.e. due to funding and other regulatory and scientific restrictions], surely the absence of evidence is NOT evidence of absence? There is a silent majority of responsible chronic pain patients, using their opioid pain killers safely and successfully for many years, yet their voice is not being heard.

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    Another Day


    #CheckInWithMe Today is another cold, rainy day. I woke up in severe pain in my joints. Hips, shoulders, fingers, hands, legs, and feet. I’m waiting for my morning round of meds to give me some relief so I can move a little. I’ve been living with #ChronicPain for over 10 years now. After a fall last November, I have acute pain in my back due to compression fractures (I also have osteoporosis) and 4 ruptured discs, two of which are pressing on my spinal cord. Now I’ve got appointments with two neurosurgeons. Another fall last week resulted in a sprained ankle and swollen calf that may be a broken fibula. I didn’t go to the dr because I’m so tired of Drs! The pain management Dr told me that he “isn’t comfortable” adjusting my meds to help with the acute pain. What about what makes me “comfortable”? I’m just so tired of dealing with the pain and the Drs, but my leg is hurting so bad I know I need to go to the ortho to get an X-ray. I know so many others deal with this daily too. It’s just so exhausting! So another round of appointments will frustrate me again this week I’m certain, because Drs are so scared of treating long term CPP’s. This #OpioidHysteria is killing me and I’m losing hope that I’ll ever be at a tolerable level of pain to enable me to function. Sorry for whining, but that’s where I’m at today. #Lupus #PsoriaticArthritis #RheumatoidArthritis #Osteoarthritis #spinaltrauma #CompressionFractures #AutoimmuneImmunodeficiency

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