Health news. If you suffer from chronic lower back pain, this Rx may not be right for you. A new study found that some patients with chronic lower back pain — who also had depression or anxiety — experienced much less pain relief from opioids and were more prone to drug abuse than patients without these conditions. Opioids work by reducing the intensity of pain signals reaching the brain and affect the brain areas that control emotion, which diminishes the effects of pain. Among the medications that fall within this class are hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, and codeine. The patients with high levels of depression or anxiety experienced 50 percent less improvement in back pain and greater side effects when compared to patients with low levels of depression or anxiety.
These patients also had a 75 percent increase in opioid misuse when compared to the patients with low levels. Speak to your doctor about the right treatment for you..
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