What a Pain!

Stevie Turner

I read recently that an increasing amount of people are becoming addicted to prescription drugs – namely opioid painkillers and anti-depressants.

From somebody who had typed clinic letters in the Pain Medicine department for 7 years, it’s my experience that the lower facet joints in the back and the hip and knee joints usually go first – those joints which have to bear our weight throughout life.  There could be many reasons why a patient is in pain – previous trauma to the joints, being overweight or maybe even stiff joints due to a sedentary lifestyle are three I can think of straight away.  Even some painkillers can cause more pain!  The pain specialist nurses used to tell patients that there was a certain type of headache medication which would cause an even bigger headache, and not to take it at all.

Being in pain will cause somebody to head…

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