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See Sam Go- Two Approaches to Managing Side Effects of Prescribed Opioids

11/30/16

See Sam Go is a fictional story that was developed to help raise awareness and understanding of opioid-induced constipation (OIC) – a common side effect of opioid use. The story follows the lives of Sam and Samantha, two chronic pain patients who take different approaches to managing the side effects of their prescribed opioids as […]

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Behind the Backup: How Opioids Can Cause Constipation

10/12/16

For people taking opioids to handle chronic pain, it’s no secret that these medications can cause constipation. But have you ever wondered why? If you’re looking to brush up on knowing your body, here’s a quick rundown on why this slowdown can occur: When opioids enter the body, they attach to mu receptors in the […]

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Connecting the Dots of Opioid-Induced Constipation: Trading Confusion for Conversation

08/16/16

Meet Mary Part 4: Breaking the Silence “Mary Smith?” a nurse said as she stepped out into the waiting room. “Come on back.” After months of struggling with constipation, and after a conversation with her friend Susan, Mary finally found the courage to talk with her healthcare provider. The 56-year-old was still embarrassed about […]

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Connecting the Dots of Opioid-Induced Constipation: Trading Confusion for Conversation

08/02/16

Meet Mary Part 3: A Friend in Need   After being too embarrassed to talk to her healthcare provider, Mary became even more withdrawn from friends and family. Even her best friend, Susan, sensed something was wrong. She noticed how Mary would skip out on lunch plans, social outings and teaching yoga classes. This was […]

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Connecting the Dots of Opioid-Induced Constipation: Trading Confusion for Conversation

07/19/16

Meet Mary Part 2: Embarrassment   Mary made an appointment to speak to her healthcare provider about her constipation troubles. She didn’t want to live with the discomfort any longer; however, anxiety about the conversation with her doctor was still a dark cloud over her head. It had been three months since her issues began, […]

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Connecting the Dots of Opioid-Induced Constipation: Trading Confusion for Conversation

07/05/16

Meet Mary Part 1   Mary, an active 56-year-old yoga instructor, has always enjoyed social events, volunteering and spending time with her grandchildren — until the car accident. It happened on the way to her granddaughter’s soccer game. A driver ran a red light and drove straight into Mary’s car. The doctors said it was […]

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Caring for My Wife, an OIC Patient

04/28/16

My wife Barby has suffered with chronic pain for more than 18 years. Her condition has made a significant impact not only on our family and friends, but me as well. Her chronic pain condition and resulting symptoms, such as opioid-induced constipation (OIC), affect our professional, social and personal lives. Why am I sharing this […]

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Michaela O’Connor’s OIC Story

04/12/16

On June 11, 2006, Michaela O’Connor experienced an extreme, sudden pain along the right side of her face. Being only 19 years old and just about to complete her first year of college, she thought it would subside. It did not. Three months later, doctors diagnosed her with tic douloureux, more commonly known as trigeminal […]

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Tips for Better Sleep

02/05/16

Opioid-induced constipation (OIC) is one of the most common side effects of opioid therapy. Since OIC may impact your diet, routine, and sleep schedule, here are a few ways to fall and stay asleep through the night while dealing with OIC: Monitor Your Sleep Habits OIC sufferers may experience trouble sleeping for various reasons. Identify […]

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