My husband is a police officer and I know in our state, that if you are caught driving while taking controlled substances, you can be charged with driving under the influence. I also know that there was w study out there recently that said that if you are taking opiates for chronic pain, that your reaction times are not effected as they would be for someone who is taking them on a short term basis, and that is leading to proposals for new laws in some states.
It's not just fentanyl patches that can cause you to be charged, it's any of the opiates and some other medications that cause drowsiness or alter your reaction times.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..