hello, I was wondering how long a person should be taking strong narcotic pain meds? I have been eating these for about 3 years, starting with pretty weak stuff and now after failed injections, failed P.T.,a year old l3 l4 fusion that "looks like it didnt take", and due to undergo another fusion in 21 days, I am eating enough narcotics to take down a circus elephant! I still have substantial pain with the meds and without I cant even function. Being my next major surgery is on the horizon I know I will require somthing even stronger (if the make anything) following surgery, and at sum point dont they just stop writing scripts? Dont you end up addicted to these narcotics after prolonged exposure to them? I dont want to end up being a junky, and feel that it's wrong to even have begun taking the meds, yet it is a neccessity for any atempt at a very slightly normal physical ability. Damned if ya do, damned if ya dont.
2 low back fusions. 1 neck fusion. Lots of therapy, injections, and so on.