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.