Re: How bad for you a pain pills?
First of all, before you start on opiate treatment, there could be some other things to try like physical therapy, other non-narcotic meds (Tramadol is non-narcotic, btw), steroid injections, etc.
If you don't have chronic pain, narcotics are really not the treatment of choice. Opiate threapy means that you are exchanging relief for opiate dependence. All of us taking opiates get dependent. That simply means that once the opiates are stopped, we will suffer from withdrawal.
If you do not have chronic pain, you really do not want to have to become dependent to get relief for pain that comes and goes. Opiate therapy usually means taking a long acting "baseline" med daily and having short term meds for breakthrough pain. But if you pain is not chronic, it means you will be taking long acting meds some days when you have no pain.
And, if you pain requires short term meds only, it would seem to be acute pain, the type of pain associated with say, a surgery, or a dental problem. But I would think that most GP's will not prescribe opiates for a skiing injury that comes and goes.
Most of us on this board who are in opiate therapy are seeing pain management doctors because we have pain that is constant, affects our quality of life, and
cannot be controlled with any other therapy.