They rushed to get you ON the painkillers… and now they’re rushing to get you OFF.
And in both cases, they’re not only WRONG…
They’re leading to TRAGIC consequences for America’s seniors, who are caught in the middle of an increasingly BIZARRE and totally UNSCIENTIFIC approach to pain.
Yes, friend, this one’s about the opioid drugs that have sucked the soul out of entire American communities.
This one has hit patients battling nearly EVERY form of agony:
- back pain
- knee arthritis
- neck pain
- …and more.
If you’re NOT taking them now… make sure you NEVER get started.
But if you or a loved one ARE on one of them right now… there’s something ELSE you need to know about these drugs.
Quitting can be just a dangerous!
The looming opioid ‘cliff’… and how NOT to fall off it
You’ve seen it in movies, when junkies on hard drugs howl in pain on a dirty mattress as they go through the DTs after they’re cut off from their supply.
Well, friend, that ain’t just in pictures.
That can happen when you’re cut off from opioid drugs suddenly -- especially if you’ve had high-dose and/or long-term use.
Common withdrawal symptoms include:
- more pain
- suicidal thoughts
- psychological distress
- sweats and chills, and
- rapid heartbeat.
This isn’t a movie. This is the NIGHTMARE facing ordinary Americans, as a new report finds the rug’s being YANKED right out from under them.
They’re calling it the “opioid cliff” -- and right now the majority of pain patients are PLUNGING off it.
According to this latest report, the number of Medicare patients PULLED off opioids has increased by nearly 50% over 5 years…
And in 80% of cases, it’s cold turkey (or close to it)… despite the well-known problems of this approach.
Even the guidelines urge docs to ease off slowly to help patients back into normalcy.
Clearly, just as they DIDN’T get the message about the dangers of opioids in the first place, they’re NOT getting the message about how to help patients quit right now!
If you’re on these meds yourself, it’s long past time to take a DIFFERENT approach.
Just don’t go it alone. And definitely DON’T jump off that cliff.
If your doc hasn’t suggested it yet, ask about tapering. And if he tries to pull the plug on you at once, DEMAND that tapered treatment.
But don’t stop there.
The opioids might be gone… but your pain will still be around…
And you DESERVE relief. Real, safe, lasting relief.
The best approach will depend on your specific pain, but some good places to start include…
- B vitamins for nerve pain
- platelet-rich plasma for slow-healing injuries
- acupuncture and/or massage for back and knee pain
- UC-II collagen for arthritis damage
- drug-free topical ointments for quick on-the-spot relief from life’s everyday aches.
If your doc ISN’T open to these safe, proven pain treatments… tell him to go take a flying leap…
And find an integrative doc who’s NOT going to leave you high and dry.
In Your Corner,
Dr. Allan Spreen