If you have surgery of any kind, you could become a drug addict. That’s the harsh reality of pain pills today. No one is immune. Grandparents, pastors, and even superstar athletes can become addicted to painkillers.
But there are some fantastic ways to deal with pain that may help you completely avoid painkillers – and the threat of addiction.
Pain pills have changed what addiction looks like. It's no longer just the rebels and the homeless who have addiction problems. Today, addiction looks like a star athlete who injures his knee in a game. It’s a lawyer who has a car accident and injures his hip. And it’s a 70-year-old grandmother with back pain.
Unfortunately, pain pills are the first line of treatment for back pain these days. Doctors would rather prescribe a drug for a quick fix than have patients exercise, go through physical therapy, or use natural treatments. As a result, back pain patients are rapidly becoming the new face of addiction in the U.S. What’s worse, if you suffer from depression or anxiety and suffer from back pain, you’re at an even greater risk for addiction.
Researchers recently followed 55 chronic lower back pain patients. All of them suffered with symptoms of depression or anxiety. To treat the back pain, the researchers gave the patients morphine, oxycodone, or a placebo to take as needed for the pain. The study lasted just six months.
The researchers found that the patients with the worst cases of anxiety or depression experienced greater side effects. They also saw 50% less relief from the drugs. But that’s not all. They were much more likely to abuse the drugs. In fact, they were 75% more likely to become addicts than those with low levels of depression or anxiety.
So if you suffer from depression or anxiety and back pain, you need to stay away from opioid painkillers. That can be easier said than done. So let’s look at ways to avoid painkillers.
Oral Surgery and Addiction
Believe it or not, one of the biggest causes of painkiller addiction is oral surgery. These outpatient procedures typically send patients home with a bottle of pain pills. The unsupervised use of the pills quickly leads to addiction.
Five million people have their wisdom teeth removed each year. Implants, root canals, apicoectomies, extraction, and many other forms of oral surgery all can end up with the surgeon sending pain pills home with the patient. And any time there’s a prescription for painkillers, there’s a risk of addiction, particularly with the more invasive procedures.
A new study published in Journal of the American Medical Association found that among around 15,000 patients who received opioids from their dentists, almost 6% developed opioid abuse within one year after the initial prescription. Compare that to only 0.4% of patients who didn’t take dental opioids who later developed an addiction.
It’s clear that if you’re going to have oral surgery, you need to avoid opioids. But how can you do that? After all, dental pain can be horrible. It all starts with your choice of oral surgeons. It’s vital you find a surgeon who uses PRF. PRF stands for platelet rich fibrin. It’s similar to PRP (platelet rich plasma), which I’ve told you about in the past.
Here’s how it works. A doctor takes some of your blood and runs it through a centrifuge. This separates the plasma from the fibrin. In PRP, the doctor injects the plasma into a joint or your back and it can work miracles in pain relief. Many orthopedic clinics are now using PRP, and some insurance carriers are covering it. If you have joint or back pain, it’s vital you find a doctor who is using PRP.
PRF, on the other hand, takes the fibrin from the centrifuge and uses it to pack the area around the oral surgery. I experienced it firsthand when I had my wisdom teeth removed a couple years ago. The stuff is nothing short of miraculous. I never had the chipmunk cheeks common with wisdom tooth removal. I was eating regular food by dinner the same day as the surgery. And I had to take only one pain pill just to help me sleep the first night.
Compare that to my friend Paul, who had his wisdom teeth out a few weeks later. His surgeon didn’t use PRF. He had the chipmunk cheeks. His pain was intense. And, when I saw him four days later, he still wasn’t eating regular food and he could barely talk. He looked miserable.
A few months later, I had to have an apicoectomy to fix a failed root canal. My oral surgeon used PRF again, and I didn’t need any painkillers at all. The surgery was a breeze.
If you’re going to have oral surgery of any kind, find a surgeon who uses PRF. The medical literature is very positive on the procedure. And the patients who have used it will tell you how great it is. My surgeon, Dr. Thomas Boc, told me it would reduce my swelling by 70%, reduce my pain by 70%, and reduce my recovering time by 70%. I think he undersold it. I won’t go to an oral surgeon who doesn’t use it.
The problem is dentists and oral surgeons just aren’t adopting PRF. Dr. Boc told me he knows a lot of surgeons in our area and only three are using it. This needs to change. There’s no reason not to use it. And with the risk of addiction growing every day, it’s malpractice not to use it and expose your patients to this risk.
Other Options for Avoiding Pain Pills
Chronic pain is another culprit in opioid addiction. No one wants to be in pain. And pills offer temporary relief. But there are other ways to deal with chronic pain that won’t lead you into addiction. Some of them offer permanent relief. Others offer temporary relief that will equal or exceed opioids.
As I mentioned earlier, PRP offers tremendous relief from joint and back pain. It offers permanent relief in many cases. When it doesn’t, ask your doctor to use Prolozone® along with it. You can search www.nutrientinsider.com for details on Prolozone. Using the two therapies together often works better than either one by itself.
In addition to these treatments, you can also use PEMF, which is short for pulsed electromagnetic fields. PEMF has many uses. It’s great for treating chronic pain. And one area of growing interest is its ability to treat pain and inflammation in the skin and soft tissues underneath the skin. This is especially true for pain after surgery and around scars. One study looked at previous studies on PEMF and found that it is “associated with improvement in postoperative pain in clinical trials.”
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A Powerful Opioid Replacement
Chronic pain, surgical pain, sports injuries, and disease pain all respond well to opioids – for a while. Before long, though, you’ll need more and more to keep the pain at bay. Of course, part of the allure with opioids is that they’re easy to take. Wouldn’t it be great to have a pill that worked as well as opioids without the diminishing returns, and no addiction concerns?
It seems impossible. Nothing can possibly have all those characteristics and work for such a broad spectrum of pain issues. But there is such a pill.
You probably know it as CBD, which is short for cannabidiol. CBD comes from marijuana and hemp. It’s the part of the marijuana plant that has medicinal abilities without the addiction issues. THC is the other medicinal component, but it does cause addiction and mind-altering problems.
CBD is still controversial because the ATF refuses to take it off the schedule 5 illegal substance list. However, CBD has none of the qualities of a schedule 5 substance and needs to be removed as soon as possible. In fact, the FDA is starting to agree – but only for Big Pharma drugs. It recently approved two CBD drugs and had the ATF move them to schedule 1 drugs, which are legally prescribed drugs. While other forms of CBD have the same (or better) safety attributes of those drugs, the FDA has been silent. That’s very convenient for the drug companies – and a totally corrupt way of dealing with the issue.
Regardless, CBD is an extremely powerful pain killer. Back in 2005, Canada’s version of the FDA approved Sativex®, a cannabis derived oromucosal spray containing equal proportions of THC and CBD. The Canadians approved it for the treatment of central neuropathic pain in multiple sclerosis. Then, in 2007, they approved it for intractable cancer pain. Numerous randomized clinical trials have demonstrated safety and efficacy for Sativex in central and peripheral neuropathic pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer pain.
As you can see, CBD and THC are great for relieving extremely difficult-to-treat forms of pain. And this treatment has been effective for years. But you don’t need THC to fight pain. In fact, I don’t recommend THC except under the careful supervision of a doctor simply because of its mind-altering and addiction properties.
CBD is really all you need for treating pain. One 2008 study wanted to find out how good CBD works to relieve chronic pain. The review looked at studies conducted between the late 1980s and 2007. The researchers found that CBD was effective in overall pain management without any adverse side effects. They also noted that CBD was beneficial in treating insomnia related to chronic pain.
Another study, this one from 2016, looked at the use of CBD in rats with arthritis. The researchers applied CBD gel to rats for four days in a row. They applied 0.6, 3.1, 6.2, and 62.3 milligrams per day. The researchers noted reduced inflammation and overall pain in the rats’ affected joints without any side effects.
No matter what type of pain you’re dealing with, it’s worth giving CBD a try. More than likely, it’ll give you relief. If your pain is localized to one particular area of your body, you might prefer the topical oil. Otherwise, taking a pill orally is the easiest way to take CBD. And it’s very effective. The brand that I prefer is Full Spectrum Hemp. As the name implies, their CBD is from hemp, not marijuana. It’s pure and we’ve seen it work. You can order it by following this link. Order before New Year’s and use the code “Insider” and you’ll get 25% off just for being a Nutrient Insider subscriber. You can start the New Year using 25 mg of CBD for your pain.