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Opioid Crisis and Pain Classifications

Opioid Crisis and Pain Classifications

Opioid Crisis

The rate of overdose deaths from opioids has risen over 165,000 since 1999.

Drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States.

About 100,000 patients have been hospitalized for gastrointestinal complications due to NSAID use.

Over-the-counter pain medications (NSAIDS – linked to heart problems)

Pain Classification

Nociceptive – normal response to harmful stimuli or injury. Example – joint pain or referred pain from organ

Neuropathic – caused by lesion or disease in the somatosensory nervous system. Perceived as numbness, hypersensitivity, and paresthesia. Example – (not limited to) – diabetic neuropathy, spinal cord injury, phantom limb

Inflammatory – result of activation and sensitization of nociceptive pain by mediators released at a site of tissue inflammation. Example – appendicitis, RA, IBD, herpes zoster

Pain is a multidimensional phenomenon. It grabs your attention and produces strong emotional reactions that adversely affect a patient’s function, quality of life, emotional state, social and vocational status, and general well-being.

Along with chiropractic and acupuncture care, Naturopathic Medicine helps address pain and inflammation in a holistic way. The combination of all these therapies may help for a speedy, efficient, and natural recovery without resorting to conventional treatments.

Make an appointment with Dr. Humaira to get to the root cause of your pain and alleviate it naturally.


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