Opioids Blamed for Side-Effects of Chronic Pain

Opioids Blamed for Consequences of Chronic Pain – National Pain Report – 2/23/2017

I’ve noticed a trend in the proliferating numbers of studies ostensibly investigating the damaging effects of opioid therapy:

whatever the negative outcome,
researchers correlate or attribute it
to the opioid medications instead of the underlying pain.

I have been scientifically inclined since childhood and believe there’s always a reason for how scientific studies are designed, but in this case, I’m flummoxed. I hope someone with a better understanding of current research protocols can explain away this apparent design flaw I’ve detailed in my article and restore my faith in the NIH and its research.

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  6. canarensis

    “whatever the negative outcome,
    researchers correlate or attribute it
    to the opioid medications instead of the underlying pain.”

    YES! Replace “researchers” with “doctors” & you describe my new existence. I know (being also lifelong scientifically-minded) that anecdotes do not prove the larger case, but I’ve had a vivid lesson in this type of thinking over the last many months with my new doctor, & it’s driving me insane (I mean this literally). No matter WHAT problem I mention, dysrhythmia to diarrhea, aches to ….crud, can’t think of a “Z” condition. Anyway, cutesy phrasing aside, ANYthing I mention brings the same response: “it’s the opioids causing that.” My body is amazingly prescient, because he even insists that several of the conditions –which preceded my taking opioids by years or decades– are caused by them anyway.* I have something which resembles pancreatitis, for over 4 years, getting progressively worse (to the point that if it keeps up, it alone really will kill me). He sez, “It’s the opioids,” of course. So I research, ask pharmacists; likelihood of the pain meds causing pancreatitis; zero.

    But you cannot talk, reason, or counter the rock-bound assertions of someone who’s made up their mind beforehand & has no interest in contradictions, even if backed up by actual evidence. I think this is the main reason we can’t get anywhere in the national sphere: when even so-called experts surrender completely to cant, there’s basically no hope in talking to people who know nothing of the real facts & only get their “info” from the propagandists & zealots….who are really good at disseminating their BS & whose claims of a simplistic solution to complex problems have vast appeal to those who have no interest in actually thinking. To quote Churchill: “I am afraid only of people who cannot think.” To that I would add, people who WILL not think.

    *how I wish I could put this amazing ability to use; instead of my physiology saying “she’s gonna take opioids in 30 years so we’re gonna start to react to the future use of them now,” why didn’t it say “in 30 years, X stocks will bring you millions; go buy shares now”?

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