Hello Spinal Soldier! Good question!
This subject has interested me for quite some time, and I actually did a little reserch on it about a year ago. While I do believe that my tolerance is rather high for most pain meds, I err on the side of caution when using this term for several reasons.
Straydog is right, in that many Dr's (PCD) simply find a pain med that works and then that is it. I have to agree, that if one needs long term care in pain management, they should be seen by a PM (perferably). We see many cases, where a PM will change meds several times for a patient. I think this is done to keep a person from building up a tollerance up so quickly to anyone med.
There are some rather unorthodox methods being touted at various places on the web in reference to reseting the receptors for tolerance control. But I would be careful in putting any faith in them. A GOOD PM should be able to answer your questions regarding this subject.
I do have a friend here on the forum that went through a series of treatments, using (Ketamine) to reset the receptors for her. Also one has to be careful not to pick back up from where they left off when going on a med Holiday. (IMO)
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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 8/12/2010 1:34:04 PM (GMT-6)