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I just love it when I hear a doctor say I only ever prescribe narcotics to cancer patients and never back patients. It let's me know that the doctor in question never had severe bi-lateral sciatica along with mild cauda equina symptoms, (I haven't had an errection for a month, not to mention a bit of incontenance here and there). What really gets me though is my fiancee agreeing with him. She has never had it. I wouldn't wish what I have on my worst enemy, not even the people who blindly say these things without thinking about the statement they make, because I guarantee you those who say it they never expierienced it. I have been told by women who have given birth to children that bi-lateral sciatica is worse.
The reason they never give narcotics to back pain patients is they won't feel more damage being done to your spine because you are on narcotics......? Really? How on earth can that make sense, please if you have more insight on this I would love to hear it.
Done venting


  • I am on some pretty "big gun" pain meds and I am NEVER not for 1 minute pain free! My Dr explained he does not keep me pain free for my own protection like what was said to you - so i know if I am doing something that can cause more damage. HOWEVER at my dose I now have a life that I would not have without my pain meds.

    Now I will say due to my pain meds I have missed a few signals from my body. I had the shingles a few years back and only felt a slight twitch type pain here and there in my neck. I know several people who had shingles and they said it was horrible horrible pain. My pain meds did mask the worst of my pain from the shingles.

    Same thing happened with kidney stones.

    BUT my Dr just taught me how to be MORE aware of what new pains I do get & other signs from my body.

    My point is there is a middle ground here - it does not need to be all black & white.

    Hope you get a new Dr :)
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • :H And ty for the reply. What got to me is the fact that the Dr is black and white. I totally understand and agree, however I disagree that strong pain killers should be reserved for cancer patients only. I am on 3 x 5/325 mg percocets 4 times a day, and I still feel everything but it does take the edge off. It's not like I am on demerol, or morphine, or leritine and I won't go on those even though they were offered to me.
    Let's say someone has a compound fracture for example and he/she is denied "big gun" pain meds. Would that be a morally ethical decision? :)
  • Time for a new doctor!

    Sorry it is so frustrating. I hate when people tell me their neck or back hurts all the time, "why do you go to a doctor for it"! Its not the same at all!!

    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
  • Time for a new doc. And yes its very frustrating for all of us spine patients. I have been dealing with this spine of mine for 17 years since my surgery in 1995 so i have seen quite a few doctors and one thing i always do now is apply the 3 C's; calm cool and collected. Its very difficult to find a family physician here in Alberta Canada. They interview new patients in this province...so I apply the same and make sure they understand that they are being interviewd as well. They are not gods but mere human as we are and subject to the same limitations and faillures and mistakes. The trick is to find the gifted ones; those who have compassion and common sense. Canadian health care is not that great!
  • My feeling is that any Doc that writes for you to get on the "hard stuff" must also be ready to actively help you get off the hard stuff.Make no mistake,even if you stop slowly it is going to be uncomfortable to say the least.It is best to never start but for me with an infection in my spine they help.I have hung up the car keys and am pretty sedate while this infection is being fought but going through full on oxycontin withdrawl even once is simply terrible.
  • I am a currently a health specialist and teach junior high students drug prevention and HIV/AIDs awareness. We have a lesson on prescription drug abuse, a growing problem in our country. One of the things we tell our students is that prescription pain killers are given to a SPECIFIC person, should never be shared, and should only be taken the way the bottle says... and we use the example of... if you have a headache, chances are an over the counter drug can give you relief safely. However, lets say you are riding your bike, wreck, and now your femur is sticking out of your skin, do you think tylenol is going to cut it? They all laugh, but they get the point.... let's hope this doctor never has a bicycle wreck....
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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