The opioid epidemic is spreading — and it’s hitting women the hardest.
Approximately 50 million American women live with pain connected with chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, chronic migraine headaches and other chronic pain conditions.
Women are also more likely than men to suffer from more than one of these chronic pain conditions.
Pain Treatment Options for Women
Studies have shown that women experience more frequent and intense pain than men and respond differently to medications to treat their pain. Treatment options for women with chronic pain conditions include over-the-counter pain medications and prescription medications for pain, which can include opioids.
Opioids are a class of drugs that include oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and many others.
The Prevalence to Prescription Pain Relievers
Research shows that women with chronic pain conditions are more likely to be treated with prescription pain relievers, like opioids, at higher doses and also use them for longer periods of time than men. This has led to more women becoming dependent on these prescription pain relievers. In fact, between 1999 and 2010, prescription pain reliever overdose deaths among women increased more than 400%, compared to a 237% increase among men.
In 2016, President Obama signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 into law. This legislation requires the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a Pain Management Best Practice Inter-Agency Task Force to review, modify, and update best practices for pain management and prescribing pain drug and analyze and identify the need for, development of, and availability of medical alternatives to opioids. In addition, this legislation authorizes the Department of Justice to award awards to nation, local, and tribal governments to provide services that address the national outbreak of prescription opioid abuse.
Alternative Practices for Pain Management
Identifying best practices for pain management is an important first step to prevent the opioid craving crisis in the U.S. from worsening. Additional steps to address this abuse epidemic should focus on answers that consider the individual needs of patients suffering from one or multiple chronic pain conditions. While some patients require prescription pain medications, it is the responsibility of their treating medical professionals to consider the needs of their patient, which includes evaluating whether that patient may be at risk for becoming addicted to their medication.
Here at Pasadena Pain Management, we treat pain related to headaches, migraines, TMJ pain, head and neck pain WITHOUT heavy use of prescription medications. Our approach to pain management relies heavily on massage, sports medicine, and technology to treat pain conditions. We hope that our pain management therapy, originally developed by TruDenta, will bring the country one step closer in ending the prescription drug crisis.
Effective Headache and Migraine Treatment in Southern California
Contact Us Today for a FREE CONSULTATION at Pasadena Pain Management. We can evaluate your headaches, migraines, TMJ pain, head and neck pain and tell you whether our TruDenta care program is right for you.
Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.