The agony of opioid withdrawal — and what doctors should tell patients about it | Travis Rieder

The agony of opioid withdrawal — and what doctors should tell patients about it | Travis Rieder

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The United States accounts for five percent of the world’s population but consumes almost 70 percent of the total global opioid supply, creating an epidemic that has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths each year. How did we get here, and what can we do about it? In this personal talk, Travis Rieder recounts the painful, often-hidden struggle of opioid withdrawal and reveals how doctors who are quick to prescribe (and overprescribe) opioids aren’t equipped with the tools to eventually get people off the meds.

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5 thoughts on “The agony of opioid withdrawal — and what doctors should tell patients about it | Travis Rieder

  1. Took pain meds for over 10 years. Had been in a couple of car accidents, one of which required me to have surgery. I have arthritis in my right hip and 2 partially herniated discs. I had been having injections in my back to cope with the pain and had been getting 120 pills each month. Eventually I had begun tapering down to 90 when my insurance changed. Because of the change my pain Dr dropped me as a patient because my plan only covered 2 visits a year!! I was cut off from my pain meds basically cold turkey! I began buying pills on the street. Several times I thought about switching to heroin but I’m glad I never did. Then I discovered Kratom. The affects are not like the high you get from opioids but it curbs the withdrawals. Your body will still have some cravings but not as bad. My problem is the pills are so easy to get where I live. The bottom line is that these Drs and the DEA need to stop punishing patients for getting hooked on opioids. They knew the risk, but had no way of dealing with the epidemic. Their way of dealing with it was to cut people off, treat them all like drug addicts and degrade them during their office visits by calling them “too dependent” on pills or just cutting them off completely! It’s not rocket science-just develop a medically safe tapering system for people being prescribed these highly addictive opioids!

  2. This is spot on withdrawals from opiates was the closest be ever come to takin my own life, and recently a friend of mine just jumped n front of a commuter train to ease his withdrawal symptoms

  3. Anyone who successfully goes through opiate withdrawals and comes out clean on the other side is a damn samurai in my book.

  4. THIS NEEDS TO BE SHARED WITH EVERYONE. A person working in Vancouver detox centers for 36 years has developed an innovative, NON-INVASIVE, NON-PHARMACEUTICAL treatment that relieves withdrawal pain, as well as other complex pain issues. He is giving the information away FREE to the public. Here it is:

    BIO-ELECTRODE THERAPY© FOR OPIOID WITHDRAWAL: INSTRUCTIONS

    What you’ll need

    1. The photo or illustration of the protocol (see https://preview.tinyurl.com/u2xq3nq)

    2. Electrodes, for which two options exist:

    Option A: Copper and Silver Conductive INKS

    Option B: Copper and Silver Electrode DISCS (see “Making Your Own Electrode
    Discs,” below)

    3. A small dipstick (A wooden matchstick will do. Even better, remove an ink tube from a pen and cut it to the right length. Blow all the ink from inside the thin, hollow tube. Stuff the end of the tube with a bit of sponge foam. You will have an extremely easy and precise instrument!)

    4. Something to secure the electrodes. For discs, use tape. (Any tape will do, although many people prefer surgical tape.) For the ink electrodes, use a topical adhesive coating like New Skin. (Pros-Aid® No-Tack works best: http://pros-aide.com/notack.htm)

    Bio-electrode INKS

    Copper and silver electrode inks are available at: https://shop.chemicalstore.com/navigation/search.asp.
    In the search box, type in the code “INKPAIR,” and you will be taken to the Bio-electrode Therapy inks. The two bottles will cost $45 total, and will last for hundreds of treatments.

    Making your own metal electrodes is easy and much cheaper. Here’s how:

    Making Your Own Electrode DISCS

    You can easily make the electrode discs with an office paper hole punch. I prefer the Swingline Lever Professional 2 Hole Punch Model: 74101. It makes the perfect ¼ inch diameter electrodes. This hole punch is good quality, solid steel construction, and can be purchased on-line from any office supply store.

    Purchase a thin 99.95 % pure copper metal sheet from a local sheet metal supplier.

    (I purchase the 1-foot by 1-foot copper sheets from Metal Supermarkets for $9 Canadian. Go here:
    https://www.metalsupermarkets.com/metals/copper/copper-c101-flat-sheet/.)
    Aluminum electrodes can be made from aluminum foil from your kitchen, but I prefer to make the electrodes from thicker gauge aluminum trays from a Dollar store or any supermarket. You can have an endless supply with this simple method for making copper and silver electrode discs.

    I have been using 3M Micropore tape (1/2 inch) to secure the metal disc electrodes to the fingers, toes, and other acupuncture points. Any type of tape will work, but obviously some tapes work better than others, being transparent, hypoallergenic, etc.

    Application of the INK Electrodes

    1. Thoroughly clean all the selected acupuncture points with an alcohol swab.

    2. Stir the ink contents with a dip stick to thoroughly mix the metal particles in the solution.

    3. Apply the ink electrodes to the acupuncture points with the dip stick and allow them several minutes to dry.

    4. Apply the waterproof adhesive as a topical coating over the ink electrodes to secure the electrodes. With some care, the ink should remain secure for a couple days.
    This will improve adhesion strength and waterproof them. (For best results, apply the adhesive twice daily.)

    5. When the electrodes fall off, pain will usually return. Simply replace the lost electrodes with fresh ones. As long as they are on, healing is taking place as well as pain relief. In most cases, pain sufferers are able to stop using the electrodes after months, weeks, or even days.

    Application of the Electrode DISCS

    1. Secure the electrodes to the acupuncture points using tape.

    2. When the electrodes fall off, pain will usually return. Simply replace the lost electrodes with fresh ones. As long as they are on, healing is taking place as well as pain relief. In most cases, pain sufferers are able to stop using the electrodes after months, weeks, or even days.

    Ink Electrodes Versus Disc Electrodes

    Both types of electrodes work. My preference is to use the copper and silver ink electrodes, for several reasons. They are easy to apply and will remain secure for one or two days and longer. Real silver Ag is used, providing superior conductivity, as well as the antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties of silver ions. The laborious and unhygienic taping of the electrode discs to toes is not required. With the discs, the tape tends to get wet and dirty by the end of the day. They are also a bit uncomfortable, and many patients feel that the appearance of tape on fingers and toes is unattractive. The inks are more comfortable, and hardly noticeable. In fact, they can look quite interesting and attractive. No more wrestling with taping toes!

    Electrolyte-Balancing Beverage

    An electrolyte-balancing beverage should be encouraged in all therapeutic settings, particularly those in which the patient is in an extremely debilitated conditions as described in Chapter 9, or has suffered blood or fluid loss, or trauma like heart attack. A simple electrolyte beverage should ideally be consumed prior to and during bio-electrode treatment to enhance treatment efficacy and further stabilize patient wellness.

    Homemade Electrolyte Beverage Recipe:

    • 500 ml (17 oz) water
    • 3 tablespoons maple syrup (raw honey is an alternative option)
    • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
    • Lemon juice, to taste
    • Lime juice, to taste

    Combine all ingredients and stir thoroughly. Drink throughout the day.

  5. Believe this or not BUTT,,,,,,I have been on opioids for 30 years ??
    Due to Spinal Stenosis,,bulging and collapsed discs and laminectomy !
    My dosage has never exceeded 10 mg every 2 hrs in the beginning
    And now with the intrusion of government into pain management has
    LAID THE GOLDEN EGG RIGHT INTO THE PAIN MANAGEMENTS LAP
    MY DOSAGE HAS DROPPED TO 10MG EVERY 8 HRS,,,,,,EVEN THOUGH
    AFTER 2 SURGERYS AND TREMENDOUS PAIN INCREASE THESE
    PAIN MANAGEMENT CLINICS AND GOVERNMENT HAVE BECOME
    ” DUMBER ” !!!!!!!!
    THERE IS NO OPIOID CRISIS !!!!!!!
    JUST FOLLOW THE MONEY !!!!!
    I HAVE TO SAVE UP MEDICINE FOR A DAY OR 2
    JUST TO MOW THE LAWN,,,,,YET THEY STILL WONT HELP ME,,
    ONCE A MONTH I BASICALLY DETOX !
    I HAVE WITHDRAWALS FOR 1 DAY,,,,,,NOT AT ALL LIKE 9 YEARS AGO
    WHEN I STARTED USING MORE MEDS BUT WOULD NOT
    BE GIVEN EVEN AN INCREASE IN MG’S ?????

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