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Thyroid Thursday

Thyroid Thursday

What are other bloggers thoughts on The Opioid Crisis?

 

It’s Thyroid Thursday again, where I share some more inspiring blogs, news articles etc that I have come across!

Thyroid Thursday

Recently in the news, I have come across a number of articles relating to the opioid crisis sweeping America.

Opioids are a diverse class of moderately strong painkillers, including oxycodone (commonly sold under the trade names OxyContin and Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), and a very strong painkiller, fentanyl.

This is synthesized to resemble other opiates such as opium-derived morphine and heroin.

This was even featured on a Louis Theroux documentary Dark States on the BBC.

Opioid drugs have been overprescribed for pain relief to patients and now these drugs are being withheld. Unfortunately, this means that many patients are turning to other forms of opioid-based drugs such as heroin in order to get relief from their pain.

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This is terrible that vital pain relief is being withheld from patients who need and rely on this.

As someone who takes codeine to get relief from Fibromyalgia and chronic pain, I have no idea what I would do if my prescription was stopped suddenly.

Which is why my Thyroid Thursday post is featuring solely articles and blogs surrounding The Opiate Crisis.

Charlotte from charlottedebs.com discusses her thoughts on the subject.

The Lessons Of Lyme

Ribbonrx

Chronic mom

From what I can see, people with chronic pain did not cause the opioid crisis.

Pain relief should not be withheld from people who need it!

All of these bloggers have some really insightful thoughts on The Opioid Crisis.

 



 

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3 thoughts on “Thyroid Thursday

  1. Patients gain a tolerance to long term use of opioids and require more and more to achieve pain relief. In men, the use of long term opioid painkillers leads to a ‘feminisation’ due to lowering of testosterone. The side effect of this is hot flushes, just as women suffer during menopause. A pain medicine consultant who used to work in the hospital where I now work did a study on this effect some years ago.

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