52 yr old male with failed surgery at L4-L5 and L5-S1. I have been on narcotics for about 4 years. Mostly oxycodone (7.5mg x 4) with lyrica. I've recently been having all sorts of other aches and pains - shoulder, hips, knees, etc. I was told by a doctor brother in law that long term narcotic use will actually eventually make you more intolerant to other pains - that it is well known by pain management docs that this is an eventual drawback as well as the eventual tolerance of the narcotic.
Good news is my doc just took me off oxycodone and put me on avinza (30mg x 1 per day). This has been a fantastic drug helping my back (sleep through night now) as well as many of my aches and pains seem to be going away.
Question is, has anyone heard of this - long term narcotic use leads to intolerance of pains besides the one being treated?