Pain medication is a sensitive, emotional, and serious subject.
So is pain. Chronic, acute pain that makes a person's days wretched and nights agonizing.
What we want in such situations for ourselves, for the ones we love, and for people we don't even know, is relief from misery. What we don't want in such situations is for the relief to become as harmful as the remedy.
Addiction is one danger. Taking too much of anything, whether it's food, vitamins or prescription drugs, is unwise, unhealthy, potentially dangerous and in some cases illegal.
On the spectrum's other end, patients should not be in chronic, debilitating pain because health care providers are unfamiliar with the latest pain medications or are unwilling to put themselves at risk for fear they will be criticized for using those medications.
Either way, the patient is in the middle looking for solid answers – and relief.
Pain relievers range from herbal remedies to aspirin to powerful prescription medication called opioids.
It is the latter that has become a societal concern. Opioids include such medications as Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Roxicet and others in varying forms and names.
Opioids are actually among mankind's oldest pain relievers. They alter the way in which the nervous system and brain respond to pains. In that way they work much like muscle relaxants, which don't actually relax muscles; they cause the brain to interpret the muscles as relaxed, thus reducing patient discomfort.
Today's prescription medications can be remarkably effective at reducing pain and enabling patients to function who otherwise could not and to enjoy life who otherwise would not.
The chief problem with them today is the same as has existed throughout history: the potential for abuse and the possibility of addiction.
For this reason, opioid me ications must be carefully controlled, prescribed and monitored. That is why at Bearden Healthcare Associates we have an extensive list of requirements to which our patients must abide or risk being dismissed as a patient or even reported to authorities, depending on their actions.
There are physicians who are unwilling to prescribe opioid medications. They may have legitimate concerns about their use. On the other hand, they may be fearful to prescribe opioids because of the publicity that has been generated surrounding the odious and truly harmful existence of what are called "pill mills."
It is not legitimate to allow patients to suffer, particularly when a means exists to keep that from happening.
Opioids are approved pain relief medications. They are effective. They enable people to function, go to work, play with their children and grandchildren and enjoy other aspects of life taken for granted by people who aren't in pain.
Careful and thoughtful administration of this medication by medical professionals who undergo continuous training and follow rigid protocols are the most secure ways to do the best job of protecting patients and relieving them of chronic pain.
That is what we do at Bearden Healthcare Associates. Our medical knowledge, experience and training are used to do everything we can legally, morally and ethically to ease the chronic pain of our patients and return them to as normal a life as possible.
Bearden Healthcare Associates
10321 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, Tennessee 37922