You can have a discussion with your doctor about ways to manage your pain that don’t involve prescription opioids. Some of these options may actually work as well or better but may also have their own side effects.
Options you can discuss include:
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil)
- Medications traditionally prescribed for depression or seizures
- Interventional therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Physical therapy and exercise