In Search of the Best Pain Clinic in LA: Steering Clear of Pill Mills, Side Effects

By | February 27, 2012

The cognitive impairment caused by oral opiates can be the difference between independence and incapacity.

As if adding the problem of opiate dependence to chronic pain weren’t bad enough, pill mills bring to their patients the new and exciting world of narcotic side effects. Constipation and appetite suppression can be serious problems, but the cognitive impairment caused by even small doses of oral opiates in the elderly can be the difference between independence and the downward spiral of somnolence, confusion and balance problems. As I have said in previous blogs, the best pain clinic in Los Angeles would understand the serious problems that narcotics can cause in the elderly and prescribe them only in small doses and for short periods of time. At Schlesinger Pain Centers we have often witnessed the tremendous increase in function that comes with weaning these patients off of their narcotics and finding more effective and less morbid ways to control their chronic pain.

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