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Is Smoking Hurting Your Pain Recovery?

There are some lifestyle choices that can increase pain in patients. Smoking, for instance, can intensify pain. Smokers tend to report higher pain scores and more impairments to daily functions than nonsmokers (Mekhail et al., 2018). Smoking can also delay healing, worsen bone health, and weaken discs in the back (Mekhail et al., 2018). Along with these reasons, we also know that smoking causes significant harm to the lungs and increases the risk of various cancers.

We all know smoking is bad for your body and those around you. How can I quit? We can work with you in this journey. The quitting process truly is a journey. It is a marathon and not a sprint. There are several tools to help. Medication, like nicotine patches and Chantix, are very helpful. Also, there are free apps available for download on your phone. We recommend counseling along with medication therapy. An accountability partner for encouragement, is always helpful.

Stopping smoking is a hard decision to make, but a step in the right direction for health and decreasing pain. If you are ready to quit smoking, please let us support you in taking that first step in this marathon.

Emily Walker, CRNP

 

Mekhail, N., Azer, G., Saweris, Y., Mehanny, D. S., Costandi, S., & Mao, G. (2018). The impact

of tobacco cigarettes smoking on spinal cord stimulation effectiveness in chronic spine-

related pain patients. Reg Anesth Pain Med, 43(7), 768-775. doi:

10.1097/AAP.0000000000000870

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DEA Drug Take Back Day in Alabama October 27th

courtesy: https://takebackday.dea.gov/

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

Multiple sites in Alabama will be participating on October 27th from 10am-2pm.

Click here to locate a collection site near you!

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