Hardly a day goes by without the public being warned about the dangers of opioids. But still, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 130 people die every day of opioid overdose and the problem is getting worse. A Houston Methodist pain specialist says new advancements in pain management are giving patients options.
Chokshi says if a doctor only prescribes pain medication for chronic or severe pain, it’s important for patients to ask three questions:
- Are there any alternatives to pain medications?
- Can we reduce the dosage of the pain medications by combining them with other treatment options?
- What is the plan for weaning me off of the medications?