Why pain medication isn’t always the answer

Why pain medication isn’t always the answerFor anyone who’s ever endured chronic neck or back pain, the power it has to wreak havoc on your life isn’t always apparent. While taking pain medication may have started out as a quick and easy way to stop your painful symptoms, it can sometimes reel you into dependence. It can even affect your ability to work, cope or lead a happy, normal life. While pain medication is often the last resort for those who suffer from back pain, pain pill addiction has reached epidemic proportions in this country.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the estimated addiction rate among pain patients varies widely — from about 3 percent to 40 percent. The reason for this broad range? Differing treatment durations, insufficient research on long-term outcomes and different study populations and methods used to assess the abuse or addiction.

In fact, more and more people have come to depend on back pain medication to ease the debilitating symptoms associated with their persistent pain.  And when over the counter back pain medication fails to provide them with sufficient relief, they make the difficult decision to go on narcotic pain medication for back pain relief, even though it’s only concealing the pain instead of addressing the true cause of it.

Taking chronic back pain medication doesn’t have to be a way of life. And as you’ll soon learn from the patients below, there is hope for a better future.

Dwylett and Jerry never expected their chronic neck and back conditions would take them down the path of pain medication. But after they both realized it was only masking their pain, not addressing the root cause, they knew there had to be a better way to live. And that’s when they called Laser Spine Institute to find lasting relief.


Dwylett’s determination

From the outside, Dwylett seemed to have it all — a loving family, a promising career and a true zest for life. But just as she was climbing the corporate ladder, chronic neck pain stopped her in her tracks. Her legs collapsed. She fell to the floor. And this once-top performer, now walked with a cane. Reluctant to take pain medication, she eventually gave in, knowing her ability to provide for her family was on the line. But with it came a downside.

“They’re telling me I’m forgetting things,” said Dwylett, noting the pain medication she took to help her work was actually affecting her memory. “They told me I have a medical diagnosis of dementia.”

Fearing she was about to lose her job, Dwylett called Laser Spine Institute. And that’s when things began to change for the better.

“I am exceedingly grateful that Laser Spine Institute stepped in and actually fixed me. They didn’t give me a pill, they fixed me,” she said.

Watch Dwylett’s story here.

Jerry’s journey

Jerry tried just about everything to relieve his painful back condition. But when rounds of acupuncture and physical therapy didn’t provide the relief he needed, his doctor suggested another option — pain medication.

“The pain medicine helped, but who wants to be on opioids for a long period of time? It’s just not a way to live,” he said.

Knowing there had to be another solution, Jerry called Laser Spine Institute. And after sending in his MRI, quickly learned he was a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery.

“I was giddy with excitement, I couldn’t wait to have it done,” he said.

After his procedure, Jerry realized something had changed. When he got up to walk, he experienced relief.

“The pain was gone. That was something I hadn’t felt in two or three decades,” he exclaimed.

If you’re still struggling with chronic neck or back pain, Jerry has some advice.

“Don’t suffer like I did for all these years because I thought there was no way to fix it. Call Laser Spine Institute.”

See Jerry’s journey here.

If pain medication isn’t giving you long-term relief from your painful symptoms, contact Laser Spine Institute and learn how our minimally invasive spine procedures can give you the lasting relief you deserve.


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