Got back pain? People should rethink reaching for the opioid-based painkillers – Illawarra Mercury

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Many people who are suffering from back pain look for relief from their doctor. The doctor oftentimes prescribes them an opioid type painkiller to alleviate the pain. New research shows that these pain relievers are not the best at alleviating the pain and might do nothing at all for the back. Perhaps the best way to treat back pain isn’t with this type of pain reliever after all. What do people need to know? Read these details to find out.

Key Takeaways:

  • Got back pain? Think once, twice and then again before taking any opioid-based painkillers, warn international experts after the release of groundbreaking new research.
  • To stop someone with back pain developing chronic problems, a pilot study at NeuRA by Dr McAuley and Dr Gustin found the use of a hypnotic used to help people sleep increased the Gaba.
  • Another promising new study tried to turn down the “pain alarm” in people with chronic pain. In these cases, the brain’s ability to locate the source of the pain had become inaccurate.

“The best evidence argues against the use of chronic opiates for patients with long-term back or other musculoskeletal pain.”

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