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Posted on 10-02-2015
A new study published in Anesthesiology suggests that those who suffer from depression and anxiety are more likely to suffer from back pain, compared with depression-free individuals. Additionally, the depression-prone are also less likely to find back pain relief from opioids. Due to opioids lacking affect, these individuals are at a high risk of medication abuse. Though some might conclude that the answer lies in withholding opioids all together, the true answer is slightly more complicated.
The problem is not prescribing strong medications. The problem is the cultural tendency to rely wholly on medication to "fix" us. Rather than the end-all, be-all, medication should be looked at as a small component in the larger journey towards a pain-free and healthy life.
For some people, psychiatric problems manifest through physical ailments. If this sounds extreme, think about the last time you were super tired: maybe you felt dizzy or nauseated. What about the last time you were super stressed? Maybe you had a slight throb in the forehead or an ache in the neck. Those suffering from extreme psychiatric issues sometimes suffer extreme physical pain as a result.
When diagnosing back pain, the individual's psychiatric state should also be taken into consideration. Any patient with back pain, who might also be suffering from depression or anxiety, needs to pursue psychiatric treatment. Without considering the root cause, medication becomes nothing but a band-aid at best and an addiction at worst.
Here at Lexington Family Chiropractic, we take care of our patients. If you are suffering from lower back pain and want to find out how we can help you, contact us.
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