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Given a chance, drug testing is one thing that many, if not all of us, would like to evade. But if you are working for a government agency or your job has some level of “sensitivity” such as being a teacher or driver, then you’d have to undergo a drug test at some point. Drug testing can also be required to anyone- if you are an athlete or when you have plans of adopting a child. In today’s time when government scrutiny has greatly increased, more people are required to have their urine inspected.

The main objective of a drug test is to have a negative result. This dreaded test may come in various forms. Testing labs may look for traces of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol)— the active ingredient in cannabis, giving it its narcotic and psychoactive effects) in urine, hair, blood, etc. The urine test, however, is considered to be the most common. Although this is considered to be the cheapest and easiest, others might find it uncool. But when you’ve got no choice, what can you do?

The fear of getting positive results is inevitable whenever one has to undergo a drug test. This is why many people prepare the best way possible to ensure that they will not be in trouble. There are various ways that people have done to outsmart drug tests. But if you think you know well, you should see some of the most popular myths get debunked.

10 Drug Test Myths

Drinking plenty of water before a test makes THC undetectable.
Sure, your friends may tell you “drink lots of water before you pee”. But this one is more of a warning. Although drinking water will dilute urine and make it difficult to detect THC, this also sends a red flag to the company that’s testing you. The majority of drug tests today tracks the level of creatinine- a byproduct of the digestion process. When urine is diluted, creatinine is diluted as well- a warning which is likely to lead to more extensive tests.

Exercising before a drug test leads to passing results.

This one might only be helpful to smokers (especially heavy smokers) who have a few weeks left before the drug test. When you have enough time to diet, detox, and exercise then you might be saved from the urine test. But when there is very little time to prepare and for surprise tests, this one is just a myth.

Home remedies will boost the chances of passing.

When you search on Google “home remedies to pass drug tests” you will be given hundreds of results: cranberry juice, jello, niacin, and so many others. But these methods are merely based on personal stories and aren’t strong enough to guarantee that you will pass.

Secondhand smoke will make you fail the test.

As long as you’re not smoking like a chimney, it’s not possible to inhale enough smoke that will lead you to fail the test. Passive inhalation will not bring enough amount of THC to the system to register a positive result. There’s no need to fear when someone lights up a cigarette.

Mouthwash will beat a Mouth Swab Drug Test

Although there might be a lot of truth to it, you can’t just use any mouthwash from the grocery store. A special detox mouthwash that specifically made for this drug screening will do the trick. So be sure that you get the right one to guarantee that you will pass.

A saliva drug test will not detect weed

In a saliva drug test or also known as spit drug test or mouth swab test, weed can be detected. The test is becoming more popular because it is very easy and cheap. This is administered by the law enforcement or employers to detect marijuana use. This can also be deployed anytime, making it super easy to conduct random drug tests. The worse thing is, the results are immediate and accurate.

Antibiotics do not cause a false positive drug test.

There are some classes of antibiotics which may cross-react in the opiate screen. For instance, Quinolones may cause a positive screen but confirmation by some methods like LC/MS/MS or GC/MS will be negative.

It’s possible to detect marijuana use by comparing THC levels in consecutive samples.
Using THC level only does not detect new marijuana use. This is because the drug concentration may be different to the amount of water in the samples. To determine new use, THC/Creatinine ratios of the samples should be compared. When the ratio has increased in the second sample, then new use has likely occurred.

Poppy seeds will not cause a false positive opiate result.

Truth: poppy seeds can cause positive results depending on the cut-off used for a positive test. If it’s at 2000-ng/ml cut-off level, it’s unlikely.

Food and beauty products containing hemp seed will not lead to a positive THC test.

Products with hemp seed contain trace amounts of non-psycho-active THC. At the same time, given the amount of usage, some positive screens may occur in donors who use this product. Donors should avoid using this product while involved in a drug test.

A drug test can be scary especially that it can make or break whatever good is happening in your life as of the moment. But as you may never get away with it, you just have to be positive that you’ll get negative results. Moreover, it would greatly help if you are aware of the following drug test myths and know the real truth behind them.

What is the Thoracic Spine?

We always hear about lower back pain, but it’s rarely mentioned on TV spots or magazine ads about middle back pain, known to the professionals as thoracic back pain. The thoracic area is the part of the spine that starts just below your cervical spine (neck) and connects with your lumbar spine (lower back.) That’s a pretty big section of vertebrae, discs, ligaments, nerves, and tissue that can sustain injury or ailment. Let’s talk about that.

Middle back pain can be due to trauma brought on by an accident or the result of an internal disorder. Since there are several triggers or causes for the pain, we’ll provide a quick list of the most common.

Causes of Thoracic Back Pain

Below are the most common triggers for lower (and upper) back pain.

  • Herniated discs
  • Accident trauma
  • Myofascial pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pinched nerves
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Stress-related disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Cancer

Managing the Middle Back Pain

While most cases of thoracic back pain may resolve within a few weeks, the prognosis of thoracic back pain greatly depends on the underling cause and specific circumstances of your case, as well as, the method of treatment used.

Some pain relief procedures we provide here at Physician Partners of America are:

  • Facet denervation. Radiofrequency facet denervation (RFD) is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure used to treat central neck or back pain due to arthritis or injury to the facet joints.
  • Nerve blocks. A nerve block is an anesthetic or anti-inflammatory injection into a particular nerve or group of nerves for pain relief. The aim is to block pain signal(s) coming from a specific location in the body and/or decrease inflammation in that area.
  • Facet joint injections. A facet joint injection is a fairly straightforward procedure performed by using an x-ray to guide and place the needle while avoiding potential nearby nerve harm or injury.
  • Spinal cord stimulator. Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is the standard treatment for patients suffering from chronic pain in their back, neck or limbs who did not achieve pain relief through other various methods.

Of course, this is just a small selection of pain management treatments we offer. For the full selection, click here.

Don’t let middle back pain take control of your life. Our pain specialists  are standing by to help. Contact us or schedule an appointment to stop by.