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Old 05-11-2012, 06:13 PM   #1
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I severley fractured my right hamate along w some other bones and have symptoms of guyons canal syndrom. The pain is extreme and worse if moved the wrong way. I have been taking norco and am opiod tolerant. The norco works and i can function. Is this something I should continue, and would a pain management dr. find this an adequate reason for being on pain meds? I hate the stigma of this subject but im a righty and i now have to learn to be a lefty.

 
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If this pain is adversely affecting your life I'd definitely find a PM dr. Hopefully they could have some other ideas besides pain meds too, as you will become tolerant to Norco and that doesn't fix the problem. It depends on the doctor of what they think is a good reason to be on pain meds. In my opinion, its time for pain meds when you've exhausted other treatment/diagnosis options, tried non-narcotic meds, physical therapy, etc, and the pain is interfering with your life. For some folks that may mean the pain is an annoyance and they can continue to work but aren't doing well, and for others that means they are bedridden. A reasonable goal for PM is 50% relief. For me that makes a huge difference in my life. Best wishes.

 
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