Renea Molden was able to stop taking opioid painkillers with the help of non-opioid alternatives. Alex Smith/KCUR
A few years ago, Renea Molden’s doctors told her they wanted to take her off her opioid pills.
“I was mad, I’ll be honest. I was mad. I was frustrated,” she says.
Molden, of Kansas City, Mo., is 40 and struggles with chronic pain because of fibromyalgia, bulging disks and degenerative disk disease. Her doctors told her they worried about the possibility of her taking hydrocodone for the rest of her life. She told them those three pills she took every day seemed to be the only way she could make it through work, going shopping or even fixing dinner.
“It felt like they were taking a part of my life away