Retired mom gave some good advice...
Addiction and dependence are completely separate issues....Everyone who takes any medication....from diabetes, high blood pressure, to pain meds will become "dependent" on them...This means that your body is used to them and you can have physical withdrawal if stopped immediately...
Addiction is an emotional tie to medication and is when people take more of what is prescribed, they Dr. shop, they crush or snort their meds, they sell them or buy them off the street, and most importantly, they take them to feel that high, to block out life, not for pain management...
Unless you have addiction in your family or have a history of this yourself with things like cigarettes or alchohol, then there really isn't any need for concern...People who have addictive personalities can still be treated for pain, they just work with their Dr. closely and will find ways to monitor their pain med usage or even have a family member give them to you when needed..
Addiction runs in my family and I was upfront with my Dr. about
this as I always want to be aware.
Also, have you had recent MRI's to show the damage and have they done treatments to help? Traction, PT, acupuncture, injections, muscle relaxers, TENS unit, etc?
Is surgery not an option or warranted in your case?
In regards to whether this will be effective for your pain is really relative...what works for me may not for you...even if we had the same injury...no two people are alike...
working with your Dr. to see how it lowers your pain level...As mentioned...someone with chronic pain is best treated with a comprehensive plan...An opiate is just one small piece of the puzzle and not meant to be the only thing to treat your pain or even eliminate it..
Welcome to the boards...I hope you stick around and share more of your story...it's a great group of people here!
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006