Less Pain, Fewer Pills

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Chronic Pain: Reduce Opioids and Your Risks

Pain psychology and pain education are your pathway to less pain and fewer pills

Greetings and a warm welcome to you. My goal in this forum is to help people gain freedom from pain and from problems associated with medications. My goal is to help empower you to need fewer doctors and fewer pills.

Beth’s Sound Bites

• 100 Million Americans live with pain – you are not alone.

• Opioids are overprescribed for chronic pain despite there being little efficacy data to support the practice.

• Most people taking prescription opioids don’t want to be on them—they just want less pain.

• Surprisingly, even when taken exactly as prescribed, long term opioids cause a host of health problems that can actually make things worse.

Know your risks!

• Learn how you can best treat your pain with minimal or no use of opioids.

• Reclaiming your power over chronic pain begins with Pain Psychology!

At least 100 million Americans—about one-third of the population—live with chronic pain. It’s a surprising statistic, and it’s directly related to the widespread use of prescription opioids. In the past 10 years the number of opioid prescriptions has increased by 400 percent, making them the most widely prescribed class of drugs in the United States. The majority of people taking opioids are not aware of the health risks.

The first step is to learn your specific health risks even when taking opioids exactly as prescribed.

The second step involves pain psychology: pain education combined with learning key skills and strategies to help you need fewer pills to manage your pain.

Chronic pain is a complex problem. It cannot be solved by prescribing a course of medication designed to eradicate a specific type of bacteria or cure a defined medical condition. Successful chronic pain management treatment can often be achieved without opioids. And, if opioids are prescribed, successful chronic pain management requires a balanced approach that includes the use of opioids as just one part of a comprehensive, holistic pain care management plan.

As a pain psychologist who has treated chronic pain exclusively for almost 15 years, I have helped countless motivated patients find their own path to either leaving opioid use behind or at least reducing use so that these medications are just one component of a comprehensive, individual pain care management plan.

If you have chronic pain, Less Pain, Fewer Pills and the tools I provide will guide you toward building your treatment plan so that you rely less or not at all on opioids to manage your pain. In successfully taking on this challenge, the independence you achieve will make you part of an international conversation about the notion that the chronic pain cure-all is medication.

Stay tuned for future posts on this topic and how to take back control!

All Best Wishes,

Beth

Beth Darnall, Ph.D., author of Less Pain, Fewer Pills…, is a pain psychologist, pain researcher, and clinical associate professor at Stanford University.

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