Opioid medications are one solution for chronic pain relief. While there is concern over whether they are addictive, this apprehension has grown out of proportion to the actual risk and overshadows the benefits of opioids, which provide long-lasting relief with relatively harmless long-term side effects.
Researchers have discovered why many fibromyalgia patients complain that even strong narcotic pain medications fail to relieve their pain. A study at the University of Michigan Health System found that the mu-opioid receptors (MOR) in people with fibromyalgia had a reduced ability to bind to the drugs targeting them. The researchers did…