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pain meds are good not harmful

terror8396tterror8396 Posts: 1,832
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Chronic Pain
i posted a brief statement on this but i feel so strongly about this i felt i needed to reiterate this again. some people feel that narcotics are bad and can ruin your life, as i stated before, my pain drs , the first one and my new one,that research shows that they are beneficial if used in the right way. your life is not shortened by them. you don't go crazy or drool or walk around cross eyed. they help us with being able to function in our everyday lives. because of them i can work, get up, function with my family etc. the media wants you to believe that they will ruin your life and in fact you will die if use them. in fact i heard the guy on celebrity rehab state that you have pain if you use them. stop please. don't work on hysteria. i believe that the majority of people on this site use them responsibly and they help them. most of us do not use them to get high or feel good. so irresponsible statements like them harming you only makes it harder for us that need them. this only feeds into the hysteria . we have enough problems telling relatives or co workers and bosses why we use them. it is a constant battle to diffuse these rumors and in the long run makes it harder to get them from drs. they get pressure from the dea and the media about prescribing them. so check your facts first
your friend and a pain free life
jon >:D<
I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.


  • I agree with your statement. Then because of all the negativity that medications get we are constantly "defending" ourselves. Or when we are even honest it bites us in the butt. I was honest and told my last employer what I was prescribed and what I was taking and he was constantly watching me all shifty eyed and whatnot. It is annoying. And actually it is ignorance.
    I must say your above statement hits the nail on the head!
  • I don't know what to think about pain meds anymore. I visit another message board on drug addictions and there are so many people there with chronic back pain that are trying to get off of the pain meds that it scares me.

    Granted some of them started using for the pain and ended up abusing them but their doctors keep writing them scripts even though they want to get off of them. But some have found the meds are not working any longer and are causing them more pain.

    Like I said, I'm confused. I so would like to have something for this pain today! It just makes me want to cry when I see other people doing normal things and I can't do it.

    I do start physical therapy next week and I am so hoping that will help.
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  • I agree with the two of you--I would imagine many of us "spineys" would. We rely on pain medications of various levels to get through our daily life in a way that only those with our pain can understand. "Don't judge me until you've walked a mile in my shoes." For me, it would take about 25 ft. for someone to get a clue, much less set in my desk chair with my pain for the 8-9 hours each day without the assistance of pain medication. And, I understand, MelissaJo, that you can't be openly honest--you only answer direct questions regarding your pain relief medications with as little information as possible while not lying.

    I also agree, terror8396, that narcotic medications are not bad and "can ruin your life" when they are often what gives us a fighting chance at the life "normals" have.

    So, you have another person in your "amen" corner. If we could just educate people to hear "narcotic" and not think "drug addict"....
  • I know how you are feeling. I just finally broke down once again because I looked out my sliding glass door and was watching my 7 and 2.5 yr olds wresting around on the ground with my hubby! LAst time I was able to do that was when the 7 yr old was 1.5. I see my NS tomorrow so hopefully he can get me feeling normal and refer me to a GOOD PM doc. The last 2 I seen were in it for the money and showed really no concern towards me.
    I hope your PT goes good next week!
  • first of all why do they want to get off of them? they don't help, peer pressure, trying not to act like an addict. there is a difference between addiction and tolerance. if they are addicts then i guess they would want to go off. you are still being swayed by the hysteria of drugs. most of us on this site use them and are helped by them. if not then they will go off. remember narcotic use builds up a tolerance and they won't be as strong. if you want to get high then this is a problem. i have a big tolerance and don't feel them but i don't care, i don't use them to get high. they still make the pain tolerable. why are you looking up drug addiction with respects to chronic pain? 2 main differences between the 2. i bet 95% of people on this site will agree with what i feel. if you think of us as addicts then you have a problem. why do drs give them if not to help people to function? this is why meds like oxycontin are developed, to help long term chronic pain not 5 day pain. i have been in pain for 8 years and have had 4 back surgeries, the last in april. if not for the meds i would be in bed not being able to function with a job or my family
    would you rather be in bed or able to function? i bet the latter
    hope yu don't have to go through what all of us do every day
    jon :D

    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
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  • Hey,

    I'm on the side of pain meds--I take them everyday to live. And I have a tolerance which increases the number I take which I don't care about either.

    My mention of "narcotics" to "drug addicts" is that is the reaction I get when I mess up and tell someone about the 8 scripts I take per day to live with my chronic pain and the depression that follows.

    I had no intention to offend. I was merely agreeing. Sorry. :| The life I live would be quickly ended if it were not for the medications that help me through every day.
  • I am in no way calling you or anyone else on this board an addict. I would love to have some pain medication because I can't function either.

    I think it was my Doctor who decided I was an addict because I was taking valium without his permission because all he would allow me was two damned 500/5 hyrdocodones a day. I did not get addicted to it, but when he told me I had to get off of the valium too, then I was angry. It was like you can't expect me to live like this.

    Maybe I was/am addicted to valium, I don't no. I do know that when I am having a good day I don't find myself wanting a valium. But on my bad days I find myself reaching for the valium for just a little relief. I'm tired of just laying around and watching the world go by me.

    Some of the people on the other board don't consider themselves addicts either. They are treating their pain but have found that the pain meds are not working any more
    and are tired of taking them. They go through w/d just like everyone else, but I have heard some of them say that the pain has subsided quite a bit after quiting the narcotics.

    Please don't think I'm not on your side because I am. I just can't get anyone else to support my position. And since I was having withdrawal from the valium because my husband took them from me and is under doctors instructions to wean me off them slowly. Hense, I visted a drug addiction board to help me with that.

    My position on this is that it is cruel and unusual punishment for my lapse in judgement because the Doctor wouldn't allow me enough Hydro to stop the pain.

    I am supposed to be walking to strengthen my back muscles but I can't walk far enough for it do any good and I think if I had some pain meds I could be walking farther and maybe be able to get my back back in shape.

    Anyways I ramble to long.. Please accept my apology.
  • I made the statement that TOO much pain meds will ruin you life. And that is a true fact NOT how long you take them, lots of people over medicate them self, and lots of Dr.s alow this to happen. I am talking bout the them being miss used. I depend on pain meds just to get out of bed in the morning, and have had to for over 2 years. I would have no life If I didn't take them, but I don't only reley on pain meds to help with the pain but other meds also to help also.


    So my comment was not against pain meds. but being missused makes it hard for us who really need them. And over medicating is not a good thing either.


    I am a single mother of 3 children and would not be able to care for them if I didn't have my meds.

    There is a reason that the goverment put the new web site in effect in June so every Dr.can know what you taking so it helps stop the narcotic abuse.

  • I miss something? What govt' website are you refferring to?
  • In June of 2008 there is a new goverment web site that any Dr. ER or drug store can look up and all controled drugs are listed there pain meds, valuim related meds and a few other. The list is also sent to your Dr. or Dr.s with the same information. Its to regulate priscription Drugs.

    My primary is the only Dr. I get my med from Except my GI meds come from a specialist. I do get meds from my sergeons for 90 days after surgery only, then back to my primay Dr. Since I will be on them long term my primary is the script writer.

    My Dr. showed me the print out guess every fews months they are requried to fill out some kind of form bout why the scripts are given. Its a form they sent out from the web site information base.
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