Drug manufacturers need alternative pain meds. Right now acetaminophen (Tylenol) and aspirin/Ibuprofen (NSAIDS) are the ONLY over-the-counter pain relievers without a prescription. The brands may be different, but that's all.
Long term use of either can damage the stomach or liver. We need a stronger type of pain relief but something that isn't addictive. PAIN is a curse/scourge that needs to be stopped for millions of suffering people.
Many seniors fail to get the appropriate pain management because opioids are seen as invariably addictive and dangerous. Not true. Care is surely needed but sometimes an opioid is the only relief available for long term, severe, intractable pain. Doctors are pressured to avoid prescribing opioids and to reduce the dosages regardless of the individual patient's situation.How is that best for the patient? By all means, investigate drug diversions from manufacturers and wholesalers, but leave the individual patient's use of pain medications to the patient and the doctor.
Most opioid deaths involve opioids plus other drugs or substances, often untested and dangerous. People in severe, constant pain should not suffer 24/7 because some people abuse pain medications.
Oh man, in addition to the life-long close to incurable ache I'm constantly discouraging myself on being addicted to pain relievers. But it's aspirin only, at least for that I can give myself a break. Tried to teach myself to sleep on back and had no susses as it giving me a hard time falling asleep even with sedatives. One thing which makes my life easier a bit is knee pillow Ortorex here. Took some time to get used to it though.
Thank you for your post. What is your condition? I understand dull constant soreness/ache...it is relentless. I have a pelvic tilt which may have been due to an injury. I've suffered 2 years and finally found a wonderful chiropractor who is helping me get aligned. Please know you have my sympathy and I hope
one day you will be free of discomfort. Bless you.
It all depends on the type pain, its origin and whether or not it is chronic, long lasting or temporary, curable or eradicable.
Your doctor should be able to help you; if not he should be able to refer you to somebody that can - there is many kinds of pain management depending on the problem - some aren't even medication based, like acupuncture.
If you are gonna try CBD - just make sure that you get it from a reputable source in your area better than the internet. A friend of mine swears by American Shaman, which is a franchise - I have no knowledge of it personally.
GailL1 - Thanks for the info. I think my current treatment is merely superficial; An x-ray might shed some light on what's really causing the problem, but thus far neither my doctor., podiatrist, physical therapist or chiropractor seems very concerned about my condition. A year of suffering is a long time to have non-stop PAIN...and it isn't over yet.