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Pain Medication Strength - How Much Is Too Much? The Story of Fentanyl

By December 2, 2012

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Fentanyl is a short acting opioid pain medication that to my mind is very controversial.  I know that not everyone agrees with me, but here's the thing.  While it is very effective (too effective, in some cases) for getting rid of pain, a giant pill strategy such as one that may be supported by a fentanyl prescription is often not necessary.  Depending on your problem, there are other ways besides an addictive medication to reduce or eliminate back pain.

Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than morphine and is responsible for many a drug overdose.  It's even been implicated in overdose deaths.  My opinion is:  More is not always better when deciding how to manage neck or back pain.

Other things you might consider either instead of or in conjunction with (do let your doctor in on your ideas before trying, please) medication - especially an opioid like fentanyl -  include:

  1. Holistic Therapies
  2. Exercise
  3. A Visit to a Physical Therapist.  Related:  What are Physical Therapy Modalities?


December 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm
(1) misty says:

I am a chronic pain patient and I have heard of fentanyl and I have never used it , I am getting so sick of the chronic pain community getting such a bad rap about overdoses and really if people used thier medications as thier doctors prescribed we would not have this issue.
There are alot of people out there who buy drugs from people and use them in the wrong ways and then when they overdose it is our fault and our dr’s fault ? then there comes into play the whole discusssion of well if dr’s didn’t prescribe such heavy narcotics then this would not happen .
These are usually the people who have NEVER had chronic pain or had to take these medications in the first place . I would love for them to walk a hundred miles in my shoes and then tell me they would not be screaming for a painkiller at the end of the day . I have a very responsible dr and he is very knowledgeable and he monitors closely what I am taking and how .
Oh yeah and what about those people who overdose on tylenol and fry thier livers or even things like valium ? it happens with all kinds of things not just opioid medications and I get soo sick of those people who are on the bandwagon of ” well we need to make it harder for the dr to prescribe these medications .”
It is those people who I want to say ” thank you “. because of you it has made it that much harder for me to find a really great pain management dr and because of you people like me in some states can not get the medication they need and are suffering today .
Also as much as you like to tout the whole “natural and homeopathic “treatments to us pain patients , it is another thing that we hhave probably tried and it didn’t work because let me tell you if we thought it could get us out of pain we have tried it and became disappointed all over again when we are left suffering because it did not work.

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