Avoiding abusing drugs with chronic illness
You have noticed a decrease in the dose of pain relief medications, or opioids, you are prescribed after an injury or operation. This is due to concern over the opioid crisis.
You may have noticed a decrease in the dose of pain relief medications, or opioids, you are prescribed after an injury or operation. This is due to concern over the opioid crisis.
MG individuals are at risk of opioid addiction due to living with a chronic illness, potentially leading us to endure more procedures in which we will require pain relief.
It is international overdose awareness day https://www.overdoseday.com/, so I want us to take a second to think about the well-being of our future selves.
Who is the person you involve with all your medications and postoperative care, who can hold you accountable to never take more pain medication than you were prescribed by a doctor? It is unsafe, and potentially deadly, after an operation and while on painkillers to rely on yourself to track when you can take more. When by yourself, it is easier to let the pain get the best of you and take the medication early or more than ordered, a dangerous decision likely to down-spiral.
If you in the past have relied on yourself to be responsible for tracking your pain meds, who can you ask to do this instead for your safety?
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