SURVEY RESULTS: Should Opioids Be Restricted for Chronic Illness?

Last month the editors at ProHealth ran a survey regarding the recent restriction of opioids to patients with chronic pain conditions. According to the CDC the overprescription of narcotic painkillers results in 40 deaths per day in the United States. Characterized as an “epidemic” state and local government have enacted legislation to dramatically curb the use of narcotic painkillers.

Critics of the dramatic cutbacks in opiod prescriptions have pointed out that chronic pain sufferers rarely abuse the use of opiods, and that the “hysteria” surrounding opiods has only hurt patients who otherwise have little recourse to alleviate pain that can be incapacitating.


A total of 117 people responded to the survey. While the majority of respondents had a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, there was a wide array of pain-producing conditions that warranted treatments. In addition to ME/CFS, chronic back pain, arthritis, CRPS, and Lyme disease, respondents reported diagnoses of migraines, Ehlers Danlos syndrome, IBS, interstitial cystitis, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc and joint disease, congenital narrowing of the spinal canal, neuropathy, tension /cluster headaches, compressed disc fracture, spondylosis, Scheurmann's disease, kyphosis, scoliosis, chondromalacia, lupus, Post Polio Syndrome, chronic myofascial pain, polymyositis, bone and joint pain, damage due to chemotherapy, and endometriosis, among others.

The majority of people who took opioids for their chronic pain took them daily. Interestingly, all (100%) of the respondents had tried other therapies and pain medications, but these proved not as effective as opiods for the most part: 60% found alternatives to be not as effective, while 40% found other therapies to be effective, but only when used along with opioids.

Over 84% of respondents expressed the belief that the current restrictions on opioid prescriptions were harmful to chronically ill patients.

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2 thoughts on “SURVEY RESULTS: Should Opioids Be Restricted for Chronic Illness?”

  1. janiya02 says:

    Health Issue
    Degenerative joint disease of cervical and lumbar spine
    chronic pain
    Buttock pain
    Neck pain
    Low back pain
    Back pain
    Degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis
    Spinal fusion
    Do you think they should take away my meds?

  2. Mario1567 says:

    No, for people with fibromyalgia,degenerative arthritis, arthritis of any sort, migraines, DVT(bloodclots), knee surgery, lower/upper back pain,have had spinal fusion, I would say that if the CDC attempts on putting any more restrictions on these type of meds for people who really need them,and having doctors put you thru a painful questioning of why we need these pain meds, and having to pick up a paper prescription each and every month to take to the pharmacy instead of simply having the doctor calling in the prescription needed, as I do or my parents for example, I say that these CDC people have never had a pain in there entire body to know how it feels to not be able to stand, lay in bed, or a chair(recliner), or be able to walk to the front door of your own house or get into your vehicle to drive to work each morning and be able to enjoy life with family or friends. these restrictions make people feel unworthy to live, they feel their own doctors don’t give a dam about how they feel, or are feeling at the moment of the doctors appt. the only thing the CDC seems to think is what they will get out of it, what they might be saving in there own pockets. I would like to speak to a CDC person, and give them a day to day visual of how someone or what someone that has a stated disease and are needing these meds, and I would like to see if they would be able to tolerate
    this CDC standards of life or what they call life with restrictiveness on meds that are needed.

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