For those on narcotic pain meds...If you had a choice.

Stay on narcotics or replace with an effective non narcotic treatment
Yes I would switch in a second - 46.7%
No, I like my current treatment - 33.3%
Maybe, Need to think about it. - 20.0%

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   Posted 7/18/2011 2:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Just thought it might be interesting to do a quick informal poll among those here who are on narcotic medications.

The question is; If you had a choice between continuing your current pain management treatment with narcotics or switching to one that did not use any narcotics would you?

This is assuming the non narcotic treatment is at least as effective as the narcotic one.

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   Posted 7/18/2011 2:40 AM (GMT -6) long as the side effects were better/no different, and as long as it was just as effective.

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   Posted 7/18/2011 2:49 AM (GMT -6)   
That is part of the assumption.

The non narcotic treatment being at least the same, in all respects, as the narcotic one.
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   Posted 7/18/2011 2:58 AM (GMT -6)   
My meds keep me in a relatively stable place, with no real side effects.  So the fact that they are "narcotics" doesn't bother me enough that I would switch, for that reason alone. 

That being said, I also use other things that help w/ my pain issues that ARE non-narcotics (muscle relaxer, nerve pain med, lidocaine patches, etc). 

But I'm also on the strongest of narcotics, too.
Again, though, I wouldn't switch. 

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   Posted 7/18/2011 4:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure. I haven't voted yet, but I think I'd probably stay as I am. I'm on a combo of narcotic and non-narcotic pain meds. I think the only reason that I'd have cause to change from a narcotic to a comparable non-narcotic would be if I'd encountered a large amount of stigma over being on an opioid medication... the junkie/drug seeker image that some CP sufferers find themselves tarred with. I've never been subjected to that, so I'd have no reason to change...and I like what I know :)
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   Posted 7/18/2011 6:02 AM (GMT -6)   
i'd switch...i didn't really notice myself becomming reliant on them until yesterday when our flight was cancelled and i had no meds for over 24 hours...i felt HORRIBLE!  now i know how addicted people feel when they don't get their "fix"...oh my god i wanted to cry...i kinda do right now just thinking about the fact that i'm at that arms and legs felt strange and jittery and sore (and my gut- the reason i take the meds due to crohn's disease felt terrible.)  if there were meds that worked without the narcotics i would say switch...up until yesterday i would have said no switching.

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   Posted 7/18/2011 6:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I guess if someone could offer a "magic" non narcotic pill to me that gave me the same pain relief, with the same exact side effects, affordable and whatnot, I would change if thats what the dr recommended.

Right now (on narcotics) I do have to put up with the questions from my parents since they cant grasp the difference between physical dependance verses addiction to narcotics, I also worry that one day my pharmacy may start giving me a hard time. Also, the inconvience that I cant get refills or meds called in and sometimes the pharmacy is out of the meds and I must get permission to fill elsewhere or wait. Sometimes, those issues can be a real pain. Being on a non narcotic med would definetely make those types of things easier.
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   Posted 7/18/2011 7:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I would switch happily. Going to a different treatment or medication that would make you not physically dependent and would work equally well for pain relief, to me that is a no-brainer! LOL!

BUT - I also have a pain management physician that writes the pain medication scripts for exactly 30 days (as I am sure most do), and they are very strict that you can only get your medication filled EXACTLY every 30 days. With all of my other prescriptions, I can get them filled a few days early and sometimes even a week if I plan on going out of town. So the exactly every 30 days is sometimes very inconvenient.

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   Posted 7/18/2011 7:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I have already tried most of the non narcotic pain pills and because I am finally after 3 years getting a bit of relief I would stay the same. I personally don't tell my friends what meds I take and family accepts it because they saw me trying to find a medicine that would work.
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   Posted 7/18/2011 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I am with Tina. I am on both non narcotic and narcotic treatments, and I would not switch because there is no longer a stigma for me.
Now that I have learned to keep meds to myself and smile at the rude questions, I no longer feel the need to change. I would love for there to be more options for pain control to accommodate everyone's needs in a broad range of issues, but am happy where I am as a person right now and medications are a part of that.

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   Posted 7/18/2011 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I would stay. I don't have good pain control at times, but I can't see changing to something non narcotic. I have tried meds for nerve pain and they didn't work. I don't know. I would be scared to.

What about you Jim?
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   Posted 7/19/2011 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Truthfully, I hate all meds...I worry about the long term effects of everything I take, both narcotic and non-narcotic. I am especially concerned with the narcotic meds - that over time, the levels will have to go up and up. I hope not. All that being said, I take what I need to and will continue to.
I pray and wait for God to do His thing in His time...til then I am waiting with chronic pain...

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   Posted 7/19/2011 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I just don't know what I would do...
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