Welcome to the chronic pain board...I'm sorry to hear about your issues as well as the passing of your brother.
There really is nothing to fear about Percocet. There is nothing more addictive in one medication than another.
It's all about the user and how they take the medication. I would certainly speak to your Dr. about addiction running in the family. My mom is a recovered alcoholic and has been sober for over 25 years. But I mentioned this to my Dr. when I first started pain management.
He told me not to worry at all and we will work together on making sure we have a comprehensive pain program.
A person who is actually addicted to narcotics take the pills to get a high, not for pain management. They also take more than prescribed. They buy/sell drugs with friends. They combine other things like alcohol with them. As well as some of them Dr. shop which is go from Dr. to Dr. getting opiate prescritpions.
They also crush, snort, or inject the opiate...not just take one/two as directed by the prescription.
I don't think you have to worry about any of that.
The main thing is making sure that you don't use an opiate as the only means to lower your pain level. It's meant to be one small piece of the puzzle.
Along with exercise, yoga/stretching, aqua therapy, PT, massage, ice, heat, acupuncture, TENS unit, injections, a muscle relaxer, a nerve pain medication if needed, an antidepressant if needed, sleep med if needed, eating healthy, not smoking, counseling, etc.
Each one of these modalities will put a small dent in the pain and all together helps lower it to a manageable level.
The key to chronic pain mgmt. is not looking for zero pain or that "rush of well being" when using an opiate. Most people with chronic pain when they take an opiate they don't even feel it....they just feel a bit less pain.
***Another key point is to NOT TELL anyone besides one trusted family member who is part of your health care team. NO ONE...not friends...not roommates, not co-workers....need to know or should know that you are taking medication.
Percocet, when taking as needed....and as directed...is a good opiate and good piece of the puzzle to help with pain.
And just know that down the line with chronic pain...many patients are moved to a long acting medication.
Oxycontin is just Oxycodone...the exact same opiate in Percocet...just in "continuous" form. So again...there is nothing to fear using this.
Just work closely with your Dr. and if for some reason you found yourself "craving" this medication once you start taking it, for helping with stress, or to feel great...then you can talk immediately with your Dr. to figure this out.
As I mentioned...studies show that it's not the medication that causes someone to be addicted...it's the behavior of the user.
You have chronic pain...you go to a reputable Dr.....and working on using as many of the other modalities that I above mentioned, you should be fine with using Percocet for pain mgmt. as directed...
Good luck...keep us posted..
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