3 At-Home Alternatives to Opioids to Minimize Chronic Pain

For years, doctors have prescribed prescription opioids for people suffering from chronic pain, and although prescription opioids are a medically effective way to relieve chronic pain, there are some non prescription alternatives that may also provide some relief. Unfortunately, even when prescribed and taken correctly, these powerful painkillers are addictive, and opioid use and abuse often leads to heroin use and abuse. By some reports, every one in four people exposed to opioids develop an addiction to them. Fortunately, there are alternatives to taking opioids to minimize chronic pain, and we share three ways you can treat your chronic pain at home so you can avoid becoming dependent on opioids.

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Finding What Works For You: My Journey with EDS

I have a disease, or a syndrome, or…I don’t really know what to call it. “I’ve got this thing called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome,” is what I usually mumble to people when they ask what’s wrong with me. Otherwise it tends to go unmentioned. Partly because I don’t want to be seen to be whining, and partly because when I do mention it people dismiss it as something that isn’t that serious because, I suppose, they don’t understand it. I barely understand it myself after years of living it, so how am I meant to explain it to anyone else?

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Competition for American Healthcare

It’s no secret that the American healthcare system is a flawed and expensive institution. In 2014, following the passage of the Affordable Care Act, 33 million people remained uninsured (Smith and Medalia, 2015). That same year, the United States spent a total of 3 trillion dollars on healthcare and two years later, the state of healthcare still remained critical (Health Expenditures, 2016).

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A Numb Pain: Patient Lula’s Story

Before 2013, Lula* was living a happy life. She was an active, lively person who loved being outside. She was a hiker, a gardener and had just gotten married, life was pretty great.

But one day, Lula woke up and realized that her feet had gone completely numb, she couldn’t remember the last time she had felt them.

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Online Support Groups: An Untapped Resource

Living with a chronic or undiagnosed disease is a grueling, endless battle that leaves you clinging to the remnants of your sanity. The symptoms are incapacitating, the financial strain is crippling, and the emotional toll it takes is a beast unlike any other.

The emotional destruction is almost a rite of passage for the chronically ill patient. You may turn to family and friends for support, but quickly find that no one understands your plight. During your darkest moments, their indifference can feel like a betrayal. Where do you go from there?

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The Victims of Alzheimer’s

Most people think that the hardest part of Alzheimers is watching someone you love deteriorate before your eyes. Alzheimer’s systematically takes away each quality that you love about that person, ticking each element off each piece of their character off like it’s a check list, one by one, until there is nothing left but the hollow shell of the person they once were.

With my experience, I found that my biggest Alzheimer’s heart break wasn’t with the patient, but with the care taker.

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