There are some things patients can do if they want to replace opioids, says Dr. Samantha Taghva, Internal Medicine Physician with Baptist Health South Florida. In neuropathic pain, for example, Doctor Taghva mentions there are controlled medications which are not in the opioid family, that are going to work on the action of the nerves and try to relieve pain. She recognizes that people can be scary about certain opioids like morphine. “I think that their fears are correct. We, as physicians, have to look at other things," she affirms.
Urinating too frequently or not urinating enough, especially in elderly males, are symptoms of issues with the prostate, says Dr. Samantha Taghva, Internal Medicine Physician with Baptist Health South Florida. Those are two of the most common symptoms of kidney failure is looming, she says, and is it probably the patient's progress into the CKD (Chronic kidney disease). Dr. Juan Kusnir, Nephrologist at the same place, advises drinking a lot of water and staying hydrated, because the kidney looks for body equilibrium.
Dr. Samantha Taghva, Internal Medicine Physician with Baptist Health South Florida, describes what a hospitalist is. She says he is someone who has internal medicine training. “He doesnâ€™t follow patients out of the hospital, but he deals with them when theyâ€™re acutely sick and in the hospital," she adds. The doctor gives as an example the case of a patient who arrives at ER in a hospital in which he does not have a treating doctor. She explains that a hospitalist is going to take care of any patient, will come into his case and try to help him.
Dr. Samantha Taghva, Internal Medicine Physician with Baptist Health South Florida, says empowering patients, giving the pharmacist a little bit more of a role and empowering physicians to help people with chronic pain are good decisions to improve patientsâ€™ quality of life. Any chronic pain medication that a patient may use should be mentioned to the doctor for the right prescription, she argues.
Dr. Samantha Taghva, Internal Medicine Physician with Baptist Health South Florida, says medical marijuana is an adjunctive therapy that physicians can use to try to help patients out. There are over-the-counter-medications called NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), such as acetaminophen or anti-inflammatory, that can be used as well and come with side effects. However, if people use incorrect doses with these medications, they can suffer from health problems.