Pain and Narcotic Medications

Woman in pain from back injury wearing an orthopedic body brace corset, isolated.

Pain and narcotics have been a topic of serious discussion nationally in recent years. There are many chronic pain conditions such as low back pain for which patients seek medications. It is often very difficult to convince patients suffering from chronic or recurrent pain to stay away from narcotics. There is clear evidence that narcotic pain medications do more harm than good in any chronic pain.

A recent report in Journal of American Medical Association it was reported that there is no significant improvement in pain scores, and no substantial improvement in function or disability by use of narcotic pain medication in chronic back pain. On the contrary, the research shows higher risk for death from unintentional overdose and higher risk for heart disease-related deaths in patients taking narcotic pain medications.

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Board-certified in Pediatrics and Allergy for adults and children, in practice for 38 years, received two master's degrees, in business and psychology, winner of many awards including Louisiana Citizen of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year, and Corner-Stone Award from the United Way, and Past President of Louisiana Allergy Society, Dr. Manuel lives in Louisiana.