No one should have to choose between living in chronic pain and battling addiction.
Over time, the body changes the way it responds to persistent pain and painkillers. It is important to recognise what is acute, short-term pain and what is persistent pain, to enable you to make informed decisions about how to manage your pain effectively.
High dose, opioid painkillers are very strong drugs that should only be used as a short-term measure to help combat acute pain. If taken over a period of time, individuals can develop serious side effects that can have a negative impact on quality of life.
Painkiller addiction is very often completely unintentional. It is not advised to simply stop taking painkiller medication. It should be managed in a slow and controlled manner as withdrawal should be gradual.
Painkillers are not the only option to managing pain. Gentle exercise, physiotherapy, yoga, meditation, improved sleep, mindset and many other elements will contribute to your overall physical and mental well-being.
If you are worried or would like to discuss your current pain medication prescription and how to manage persistent pain more effectively, please contact your GP Practice.
There is a lot of online support, advice and information about pain. We have collected a few of them here to help you understand and manage your pain in a way that suits your needs best.