I will second what Chutz said and everyone else, I kind of look at narcotic pain meds as any other type of medication. You take Metoprolol to treat high high Blood Pressure, or Zocor to treat high cholesterol, or Insulin to treat diabetes, all these medications people take to treat some medical condition, and each one of these medications your body becomes dependent on, and if you suddenly quit taking them you will get sick. So Please tell me what is the difference about
taking a narcotic pain medication, I take Oxycontin to control my back pain, if I suddenly stop or if I miss a dose my pain comes back with a vengence! I am dependent on this medication to keep the pain away, just like I am dependent on Metoprolol to keep my blood pressure down. It is all the same! It is just that the narcotic pain meds have gotten a bad rap because of a few people abusing them. But there are allot of other medications that are abused to, and that doesn't mean they are not good to treat the conditions they were made for!
Anyway I do want to Welcome you to the Healing Well Chronic pain forum. I am sad that you are in pain , and need to come here! But I am glad you have found us, and hope that you will join our family here! I honestly believe that there is none better than the folks you will find right here at this forum! I hope you will stay and post often and share what ever you want to share with our group! We are always here to listen and support you!
Again I say Welcome!
Moderator Chronic Pain
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV