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Pain medication

BadbackrobBBadbackrob Posts: 41
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:51 AM in Lower Back Pain
Dear All

Has anyone any thoughts on the constant use of pain killer medication. I am using MS-Contin and Panadol (I've previously been using Endone and Oxycontin), but the pain specialist has suggested a move to 30mg x 4 times a day of the Ms-Contin and Panadol only.

I've heard stories about how long term use of pain meds can cause issues with liver function and other nasty problems (addiction aside....)

I am still finding that pot helps....

Cheers and good wishes to all!
More titanium steel in me than a modern car.....


  • I was taking MS Contin 30mg 4 x day also for almost two years but your Dr. would be sending you to follow up with Liver function tests probably twice a year? I hope your Dr. knows you're taking "pot" or it's a prescription as Medical Marijuana as it can show up in your Drs tests and you could lose your pain Dr. and find it hard to find another one but hope you're Dr. is prescribing your med "MMJ" or"pot"

    I agree with this med if it's a prescription or if your Dr. knows about it if you're in a state that doesn't allow MMJ. Best wishes. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I went to a state that medical MJ was legal and tried it - my Neuropathy backed off for almost 4 hours!!!

    As for other pain medications, my GP has me undergo blood panels to keep an eye on kidney and liver plus other blood balances. I'm not too worried about the 'addiction' side of the house, as 'dependence' is different mentally than 'addiction.' One is for pleasure, one is for need if you will.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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  • Thanks for the comments.

    Umm, where I live, MJ is totally illegal and you have to be a criminal to have pain relief....

    I didn't smoke MJ until I had the spinal op's.

    I have mentioned to my GP that I smoke it and she has a giggle and considers it an "off the record" chat. I once had malaria and the specialists suggest I smoke it then also...

    I haven't had any tests yet, but I shall raise that when I see my GP tomorrow.

    Thanks again!
    More titanium steel in me than a modern car.....
  • They are trying to make it legal in Florida - no good yet! My GP knows I want first on the list if and when it is legalized. I was amazed, especially in my arm and hand - wow!

    I hope your appointment goes well. :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • yes. you rightly heard..long term use of pain killers will give you more pains later. so look for alternate now. diagnose your problem fully and then go for treatment.
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