Back Pain, Depression and Painkillers May Not Mix

Back Pain, Depression and Painkillers May Not Mix

I’m Shelby CUllinan with today’s health news.
If you suffer from chronic lower back pain, this Rx may not be right for you. A new study
found that some patients with chronic lower back pain — who also had depression or anxiety
— experienced much less pain relief from opioids and were more prone to drug abuse
than patients without these conditions. Opioids work by reducing the intensity of pain signals
reaching the brain and affect the brain areas that control emotion, which diminishes the
effects of pain. Among the medications that fall within this class are hydrocodone, oxycodone,
morphine, and codeine. The patients with high levels of depression or anxiety experienced
50 percent less improvement in back pain and greater side effects when compared to patients
with low levels of depression or anxiety. These patients also had a 75 percent increase
in opioid misuse when compared to the patients with low levels. Speak to your doctor about
the right treatment for you.

1 comment on “Back Pain, Depression and Painkillers May Not Mix

  1. Laura Post author

    Really?  Methodone saved my life.  Anxiety comes when the Feds crack down on pharmacies that are legitimate and have to stock less medicine.  I have never misused my medicine and am insulted by this.  I have never taken more than 3 pills a day and because of the crackdown my doctor is scared to prescribe more.  I take only 2 pills a day.  I can barely get by because I'm in so much pain I don't like to leave the house hardly.  This back pain is the most devastating illness.


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