Shingle Springs couple fights opioid dependence

Shingle Springs couple fights opioid dependence


FOR 25 YEARS DR. KEVIN COOPER HAS BEEN HELPING PEOPLE MANAGE AND RELIEVE THEIR PAIN WITHOUT MEDICATION.>>I HAVE HAD SITUATIONS WHERE THE PATIENT HAS GONE THROUGH A DOCTOR’S VISIT , TREATMENT WITH ONE OF SEVERAL PAINKILLERS, AND I HAVE HAD PATIENTS WITH ONE OR TWO VISITS, AND THEY ARE DONE, PAIN-FREE. EDIE: IT IS NOT THAT THE CHIROPRACTOR IS AGAINST MEDICATION. HE JUST WANTS TO SEE MORE ALTERNATIVES TO PAIN MANAGEMENT.>>IF SOMETHING DOES NOT WORK, AND DON’T JUST GIVE A DIFFERENT BILL. LET US TRY PHYSICALS THERAPY, CHIROPRACTOR, ACUPUNCTURE. WE AS A SOCIETY HAV COME TO ACCEPT THAT FROM ECOLOGY WILL FALL OUR PROBLEMS, BUT IT COULD MAKE IT WORSE. MY WIFE WAS IN TH HOSPITAL IN 2014 AND HAD A MAJOR SURGERY DONE AND WHILE SHE W IN RECOVERY, THEY WERE GIVING HER DOSES OF MORPHINE AND I TALKED TO THE NURSE ABOUT IT AND THAT I HAVE CONCERNS. THAT IS AN ADDICTIVE DRUG. THE COMMEN WAS, IT IS BEING ADMINISTERED IN THE HOSPITAL SO THERE IS NO ISSUE WITH IT BECOMING ADDICTED. EDIE: THAT WAS IN THE HOSPITAL. WHEN SHE WAS RELEASED, SHE TOOK A PRESCRIPTION FOR PERCOCET AND WHEN THAT DID NOT WORK, ASK THE CODE IN. — OXYCODONE.>>I HAD NO IDEA , BECAUSE I HAVE NEVER TAKEN ANYTHING LIKE THAT BEFORE IN MY LIFE, SO IT WAS NEW TO ME. EDIE: SHE SAYS WHAT SHE DID NOT GET WITH INFORMATION ON THE RISK OF DEVELOPING AN ADDICTION.>>THE INFORMATION WAS NOT PASSED ON TO ME AS TO HOW TO DEAL WITH THE PA MEDICATION I WAS BEING GIVEN. EDIE: SHE WAS NOT PREPARED FOR HOW HARD IT WOULD BE TO GET OFF OPIOIDS.>>HE REDUCED ME DOW FROM , I DON’T EVEN REMEMBER, 50 MILLIGRAMS, TWO, YO KNOW, 25 MILLIGRAMS DOWN TO 10, AND THEN DOWN TO FIVE, UNT I ACTUALLY ENDED UP NOT SEEING THAT DR. ANY LONGER. EDIE HER PRESCRIPTION RAN OUT, BUT HER PHYSICAL DEPENDENCE REMAINED AND HER BODY WAS NOT PREPARED TO GO WITHOUT. IT WAS SO PAINFUL THAT IT COULD NOT STAND THE PAIN ANYMORE, AND MY WHOLE BODY JUST TIGHTENED UP AND I MEAN, I CANNOT DESCRIBE IT. IT WAS JUST PAINFUL. MY WHOLE BODY WA SHAKING. I NEEDED — IT IS NOT THAT I NEEDED IT. THAT IS NOT WHAT I WAS EVEN THINKING ABOUT. IT WAS THE NEED TO MAKE THIS PAIN GO AWAY. EDIE: SHE WAS GOING THROUGH WITHDRAWALS. IT WAS HORRIFIC. EDIE THIS IS THE FORK IN THE ROAD FOR SOME PEOPLE. NO MORE LEGITIMATE PRESCRIPTIONS, BUT AN UNWANTED ADDICTION.>>MANY TIMES, WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO COME TO OUR HEALTH CENTERS WHO HAVE BECOME DEPENDENT ON MEDICATIONS THEY TOOK FOR A GOOD REASON, B THEY ARE HABIT-FORMING AND CAUSE PHYSICALS DEPENDENCE. EDIE: THIS DOCT RUNS A COMMUNITY HEALTH — HE SUPPORTS A MORE INTENSE DR. -PATIENT RELATIONSHIP WHEN IT BECOMES TOO — WHEN IT COMES TO PAIN MANAGEMENT.>>THEY COULD BE MANAG DIFFERENTLY. FOR EXAMPLE, YOU COULD OFFER SOMEONE A PROTECTION AND THEN CYCLE TH BACK AND TAKE A QUICK LOOK AT THEM OR CHECK IN WITH THEM AND SEE IF THEIR PAIN IS CONTINUING. EDIE BOTH DR. COOPER AND HIS WIFE AGREE.>>I HAVE TALKED TO DOCTORS AT LOCAL HOSPITALS WHO TELL ME THEY ARE ALLOWED SEVEN TO 10 MINUTES PER PATIENT. HE CAN BARELY DO A DECENT HISTORY IN FINANCE MUCH LESS COME UP WITH A DIAGNOSIS, A TREATMENT PLAN, SOME SORT OF USABLE OPTION FOR THE PATIENT THAT WILL BE BENEFICIAL.>>SOMETHING NEEDS T CHANGE WITHIN THE INDUSTRY BECAUSE IT CANNOT BE JUS, HERE IS CANDY FOR YOU, AND THAT IS WHAT IS HAPPENIN SO, WHICH IS WHY WE HAVE AN EPIDEMIC NOW. EDIE SHE FOUND A NEW DR. WHO WORKED WITH HER TO TAPER OFF THE OPIOS, AND GAVE

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