You knew hip surgery wouldn’t be a picnic in the park, of course. But it turns out it’s the most pain you’ve ever felt in your life.
So, naturally, you’re willing to try something you never expected to ever need to use for a bit of relief. And that, my friend, is how it starts.
That’s the exact moment that millions of folks look back on with a deep sense of regret. Because it’s when they were first given an opioid drug.
Now, they’re paying the price. And it feels like the DRUG is in charge and calling all the shots these days.
A startling new report reveals how quickly and easily opioid dependence can happen. It exposes how a single common procedure, such as hip surgery, can lead to a dangerous opioid habit that lasts months or even years.
But now that we know how easily this downward spiral can start, we also know how to STOP it.
When the opioid crisis hits YOUR home
You’d have to be living under a rock to not know about the opioid drug crisis sweeping our nation right now. So I’ve got to wonder where America’s surgeons have been hanging out these past few years?
The message has been coming through loud and clear for the rest of us. Doctors are supposed to be cutting way back on prescribing these highly addictive drugs.
In fact, they should avoid them altogether whenever possible, especially in seniors.
But surgeons? Well, it appears they’re still handing the drugs out like M&Ms at Halloween.
The new study finds one operation, in particular, is driving up opioid prescription rates. And that, of course, is the hip surgery I mentioned earlier. Nearly everyone is getting the drugs after a hip fracture operation.
According to the study, eighty-four percent of seniors are taking opioids in the month after a hip surgery. And three months later, 70 percent are STILL taking those meds.
Frankly, that’s just nuts. Three months on dangerous opioids is about three months too long. And it’s a testament to the addictive nature of these drugs.
But that’s not even close to the worst of it. The same study finds 17 percent are still taking them ONE YEAR LATER.
That’s downright irresponsible… malpractice even. Because these painkillers can literally suck the life right out of seniors.
Opioids can make you feel tired all the time, causing you to sleep hours longer than you usually would. They can leave you spacey and “out of it” when you are awake. And they can make you so dizzy and unsteady on your feet that your fall risk skyrockets. Which can soon lead to you breaking more bones.
And, as we know all too well from watching the news, opioids can kill you.
Ditch the pain safely without side effects
If you need surgery… especially hip surgery… approach it with a careful plan. Don’t just consult with the surgeon in the time leading up to the operation. Make sure your own doctor is on board too.
Ask your docs about “prehab,” which typically consists of movements and exercises to help decrease your pain and prepare you for a procedure. And plan for post-surgery rehab with physical therapy and occupational therapy to help get you back on track and out of pain as quickly as possible.
Nonprescription short-term pain-relief options such as ice packs, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen can be very effective in many cases. But if you do need painkillers, don’t be afraid to ask for them. No one should have to live in pain.
Just be sure to make it VERY clear you’d like a prescription for something other than opioid drugs. Because not only can these meds cause dependence, research shows they often don’t even work any better to relieve pain than far less risky drugs.
Ideally, if you have enough time before the operation, seek out the help of an integrative medicine or naturopathic doctor. He can help you manage the pain both before and after the surgery with proven, safer options.
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