This way you do not keep having to tirate up your opiate
medication and keep the tolerance at a low level. I haven't had to change my opiate
dosing in over 3 years.
Also, there is so much more to chronic pain management than just medications...
There is daily exercise, yoga/stretching, physical therapy (easy to learn and do at home), massage, acupuncture, TENS unit (found used online), ice, heat, biofeedback, counseling, injections, steroids, nerve ablation, etc.