The Opioid Crisis and Your Pain Relief Options

the opioid crisis and your pain relief options

Do you live with chronic pain? 

Chances are that you have either at one time in your chronic life taken opioids or currently depend on them to deal with pain. 

With doctors being pressured more now than ever to either not prescribe or greatly reduce how much they prescribe opioids for pain relief, chronic pain patients are finding it harder to get the pain relief they desperately need.

As my long-time followers may already know, I ditched prescription pain pills in 2012 and began seeking alternative forms for relief.  If you didn’t know this about me, SURPRISE!

Before I go on I want to make it very clear that I am not anti-medication, there are some medications that are necessary and can be life-saving.   Also, note that I am not judging anybody who does rely on prescription narcotics to get through the day because that was the only option I had for the first 12 years of my chronic life.  I get it.  I also know the shame and frustration of having to ask and beg doctors for a prescription.

Receiving an acceptable amount of pain medication had never been a problem for me until 2010.  It was at this point that my doctors began feeling the pressure to limit how much they were prescribing and having to justify who and what they were prescribing them for.

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Since mine were needed for pain related to fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and endometriosis, my doctors suddenly refused to prescribe narcotics unless I agreed to go back on the medications that had been approved for my conditions, medications that instead of helping me had made me sicker.

Prior to that, my doctor prescribed more than enough for me to stay ahead of the pain and to get me through my most painful flares.  Not that it really helped because I couldn’t take the amount I really needed without flying higher than a kite or breaking out in hives.

By 2012 I had had enough. 

I was done begging for pain relief.  I was done pushing through pain that I didn’t need to be in just to save my pills for a really bad day.

The worst part about having to ration my pain pills like that was that I could never get ahead of my pain, I was always 100 steps behind.  This also meant that my pills were basically useless when a severe flare hit because the amount I would have needed to relieve or reduce my pain to an acceptable level would have killed me.

So I began looking at other options.  In my quest to find alternative ways to reduce my pain and treat my diseases, I sought methods that I wouldn’t have to rely on my doctor or insurance company to receive.


Finding real relief with CBD and THC

Prescription pain medications only masked my pain.  They didn’t improve my condition, in fact, they actually made me sicker than I was.

I never had urinary tract infections until I began treating my pain with them on a daily basis in 2003.  Soon after I began getting UTI’s 4-6 times a year.  Kidney stones also became a problem after several years.

At the time my doctors wanted to label me with new illnesses. But as they and I both have witnessed in the past 5 years that wasn’t the case at all, since I stopped taking opioids for pain relief I haven’t had one UTI or kidney stone.

No longer suffering from painful side effects made it easier for me to address my real level of pain caused by my chronic illnesses.  Living in California where medical marijuana is legal and affordable I decided to give it a try.

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Medicating with medical marijuana (MMJ) was and still is one of the best decisions I have ever made.  Not every friend or family member agreed with my choice at the time, but I didn’t care.  Funny thing is that those who were opposed quickly changed their tunes after witnessing my improvements not just with pain relief but with my conditions as well.

MMJ reduced my inflammation so significantly (70% less!)  that my doctor’s jaw dropped when he saw me just three weeks after I began using it.  Because he is under pressure from pharmaceutical companies he admitted that he would never prescribe it.  However, he did say that he was amazed by how it was helping me in ways beyond just reducing or relieving pain and that I should continue doing what I was.  And so I did.  My good days continued to get better and my bad days weren’t as bad as they had been during my first 12 years.

Not everybody has access to medical marijuana.  It’s either not legal where they live or their state government has ridiculous limitations on who has access and what forms they may use it in.  But you don’t have to live in a medical marijuana approved state or move to California or Colorado to experience the benefits of CBD.

CBD is legal and available in all 50 states.  The difference between CBD products and MMJ is that CBD alone does not have the psychoactive effects that MMJ does.

Drug-Free Pain Relief

I first began using PEMF therapy last fall to combat reoccurring knee pain.  Then earlier this year I began to experience real relief from all of my chronic issues when I committed to using it on a daily basis. 

Oska Pulse uses pulsed electromagnetic fields which mimics the natural electric signals produced by the body to promote recovery.  Oska Pulse does not mask pain, it actually addresses it. 

The improvements I have experienced have been astonishing.  My doctors had said that many of my symptoms and conditions would never improve.  They were right if I had continued to follow their pain management plan I wouldn’t have improved. 

Thanks to Oska Pulse my psoriatic arthritis and fibromyalgia are better managed and wreaking less havoc in my life than ever before.  Blown away by my results I began documenting my treatment and have been sharing it with my readers.  Click here to read my series.

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Like any new treatment, I had to commit to using Oska Pulse daily and be patient.  Some improvements occurred quickly while others took months.  While I had to wait several months to experience full relief from my lower back pain, it was totally worth it as it is no longer a daily issue.  I am also able to focus my treatment on other areas of my body and spend less time on the areas that used to be my worst.

Oska Pulse comes with a band that allows you to wear your device and go about your life while treating your pain and conditions.  I use mine at home, at the grocery store, in the car, and yes even at Disneyland.

Oska Pulse gave me a new lease on life.  Are you ready to try something new?  Are you done masking your pain?  Do you want real relief?  Then check out Oska Pulse! Request my secret discount code here!

the opioid crisis and your pain relief options

Published by Cynthia Covert

Diagnosed in 2001 with psoriasis, followed by fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, endometriosis, and later a botched hysterectomy turned her world upside down. Cynthia shares her experience, advice, and tips for how to make life with chronic pain easier and less painful.

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