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.