February 21, 2020
This is Michigan | Managing Chronic Pain

This is Michigan | Managing Chronic Pain

I took these opioids for, I’m going to say 10 to 12 years. He was tired all the time. He never felt good. It was time to make some changes. In medicine, we don’t help people come up with coping mechanisms very well. We love drugs. So we give drugs. What the data suggest is if you took a hundred people that are chronically taking an opioid and slowly, gradually tapered them, the majority of people will either have no change in their pain or will have an improvement in their pain. If they are part of that majority, then they should be off the drugs because the drugs are dangerous. If I ran out of the prescription, I already knew what the side effects were with me and it was like a couple of days of hell. The thing I like about the program that U-M brings, they don’t just say, ah, you know, opioids are bad, so just get off of it, and you’re on your own. They give alternatives. It’s a game-changer for most of us. We cut the doses down five milligrams at a time and weaned off it. When I had the extra weight on my back and everything hurt more, I’d carry a stool with me. Now I don’t carry a chair with me anymore. His mood got better. He started being more active, not sleeping all the time. Random physicians or random patients will come up to you and say you know, this has just been life-changing. It feels good not to have to take a pill just to feel good.

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