It’s no secret that exposure to opioids is the largest risk factor to developing an addiction. And guess what patient population of mine is most frequently exposed to narcotics? Recurrent stone formers.
A recent study by Dr. Shoag shows that almost 10% of all chronic narcotic users have a history of kidney stones. The study in no way concludes that forming stones itself increases a patient’s risk of chronic narcotic use; rather, it appears that repeated exposure to opioids dramatically increases a patient’s risk of becoming chronically addicted.
As Dr. Resnick (one of America’s foremost urologists) succinctly states, “These data underscore the critical importance of developing, implementing, and evaluating multimodal approaches to pain management in populations at particular risk for opioid use and opioid abuse.”
If you have any questions about stone treatment or prevention, please call me office for a visit.