Chicago area medical facilities and hospitals are dealing with a shortage of injectable morphine, but there may be a silver lining as it means a move away from opioids. Evelyn Holmes explains. Evelyn: it's a part of the opioid crisis most are not know about the shortage of morphine.
Zulidany Cortez came to the emergency room at Amita Health Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook when she could no longer take the pain from a wrist she hurt moving furniture.
In the midst of an epidemic, doctors are trying to pivot to alternative methods of pain management
If you struggle with chronic pain, the greatest pain relief usually comes when you combine therapies—an approach called comprehensive pain management, says Steven Stanos, D.O., president of American Academy of Pain Medicine and medical director of Swedish Pain Services in Seattle. For instance, you might add hands-on care from a physical therapist or chiropractor to relaxation techniques, medication, and exercise (cardio soothes pain by pumping out endogenous opioids, your body’s natural analgesic drugs, Dr. Stanos says).