Orem Back Pain Help - R. Ned McArthur D.C.
I read an article today that, as a guy, made me glad that I'm a chiropractor. This article talked about those men who use pain killers for Orem back pain help and greater chances of them experiencing erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction is
. . . an erection problem when a man cannot get or keep an erection that is firm enough to have intercourse. You may be unable to get an erection at all. Or, you may lose the erection during intercourse before you are ready. If the condition continues, it is called erectile dysfunction.
Researchers analyzed men with back pain and how often they took opioid medications and testosterone replacements or other erectile dysfunction medications.
Opioids are drugs whose primary purpose is to relieve pain. Reviewing its chemical structure shows that it is similar to morphine and these drugs work by binding to opioid receptors and thus reducing the intensity of pain signals reaching the brain.
Opioid drugs include hydrocodone, found in Vicodin. As well as Oxycodone, commonly known as Oxycontin & Percocet. Morphine, including Kadian & Avinza. Plus, Codeine and related drugs.
Researchers looked specifically at men who were talking Opioid drugs for four months or more and were taking high doses, defined as 120 mg equivalents. So they were NOT looking at men who had taken these drugs short term or at low doses.
What they found is that men who had been taking high doses over long periods of time were 50% more likely to receive an erectile dysfunction medication.
Previous research suggests that those who take opioids for back pain have greater disability than those who don't.
Here is the cool thing - chiropractic helps back pain and reduces disability - all without erectile dysfunction!