For many sufferers of chronic pain, extended pain management using opioids may seem like the only option for treatment. After all, opioids are the only pain management drug with a high enough potency to provide adequate relief. However, as more and more information becomes available about how easy it is to develop an opioid use disorder, many chronic pain sufferers are looking for alternatives. Additionally, many people who are recovering from substance use disorder are not able to use opioids responsibly. As such, they should find other options to manage their pain. If you suffer from chronic pain and don’t want to use opioids, read on to explore your options. 

 

Consult Your Addiction Care Provider

If you are suffering from substance use disorder, or have experienced opioid dependency for which you have sought treatment, contact your addiction care provider. They can give you recommendations on how best to manage your chronic pain. Their experience with your case will allow them to offer the best tools and resources that will help you safely manage your chronic pain without relying on opioids. 

 

Identify Your Chronic Pain

While many adults are faced with the challenges of chronic pain, it is important to work with a doctor. They can help identify what form of chronic pain you suffer from. The treatments differ vastly for different chronic pain types. So, diagnosing precisely what category of chronic pain you are dealing with is essential for receiving the most helpful and accurate treatment. 

 

Treatment Options

Over-The-Counter (OTC)

Because of the overprescribing of opioids, many doctors have ignored that certain levels of chronic pain can be managed with over-the-counter pain medicines such as Ibuprofen or acetaminophen. These over-the-counter pain relievers can be very helpful. However, they should not be taken for long periods without consulting a doctor. Depending on the individual, these medications, may have certain long-term side effects. It is important to regularly check in with your doctor and make sure that the dosage you are taking is still the recommended amount for you. 

 

Physical Treatments

Certain physical treatments can help people manage chronic pain without opioids. Especially chronic pain that occurs after an injury or following surgery. Both physical therapy and acupuncture have both shown to be effective tools for pain management. There are many physical therapists and acupuncturists available. So, it may be beneficial to try a few different places until you find one that works best with your type of pain. 

 

High-Tech Options

Researchers are always coming up with new and innovative ways to manage chronic pain. From nerve-blocking injections to off-label medication uses, to such high-tech options as radio waves, stem cell injections, and certain kinds of electronic stimulation. These high-tech methods of the future may be exactly the form of treatment you need to manage your chronic pain without using opioids. It is worth consulting with your doctor or addiction counselor to see if they recommend any of these cutting-edge methods.

 

Managing chronic pain is a difficult process made even harder by simultaneously overcoming an opioid dependency. If you have become dependent on opioids to deal with chronic pain you should contact Fritz Clinic immediately. Fritz Clinic has seasoned professionals who will help identify and treat your opioid dependency. Call or contact Fritz Clinic today.