“Recently I was discussing the finer points of management of pain with a colleague, and it occurred to me I hadn’t done a recent post on the management of pain in opioid addicts.
I think about pain in two categories: acute and chronic. While there are some conditions that defy this handy concept, most types of pain fall into one of the two types.
This post will address only about acute pain; I will do another post about chronic pain in future posts.
Just because a person has the disease of opioid addiction does NOT mean she needs to suffer through acutely painful conditions without the blessed relief opioids can bring. Obviously, any time a person with opioid addiction is given a bottle of opioids, pain or no, we worry about the risk of relapse. And we know relapse can be serious, even life-threatening. However, safeguards can be put into place to defend against a relapse.”
Source: Dr. Jana Burson – December 13, 2015