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    Old 07-13-2008, 05:06 AM   #1
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    Narcotic for neck pain?, percocet, oxycontin?

    I'm going to a new doctor. Should I ask for percocet? or oxycontin?
    I understand it's narcotic and also addictive? not sure. does it help for neck pain? Anybody had success with those meds?
    I"ve been taking muscle relaxants but it only helps the pain a tiny bit, about 5%. It's disasterous this pain.
    Ibuprofen won't help even a tiny bit, been taking 400mg of Ibuprofen, 2 tablets and that didn't help. It actually makes me feel bad in my stomach.

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    Old 07-13-2008, 07:40 AM   #2
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    Re: Narcotic for neck pain?, percocet, oxycontin?

    How long have you had the pain? Have you been to a specialist? My Neuro surgeon does not give narcotics except for post surgery recovery time. You need to try a good prescription anti inflammatory plus muscle relaxer. But it should be up to the doctor what to give you and to find the cause of you pain.

    Old 07-13-2008, 02:50 PM   #3
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    Sorry to hear about your pain - I've been there, and know what you are going through. I had two ACDF surgeries a year apart, and am fused from C4/5/6/7. I bounced back pretty well after the first and was pretty much pain free. After the second, I had (and still have) issues with chronic pain.

    I ended up on narcotic pain meds for 20 months after operation #2 - 'progressed' from Lortab to Percot to Oxycontin during that period. Narcotic pain meds don't really 'fix' the pain - it's more like they make you not care about it, for awhile. The body seems to get used to the drugs, and they lose their effectiveness over time, which leads to higher dosages, and stronger drugs.

    Narcotics did not work for me in the long run - there are side effects. While they were a big help to me in getting back to work, I eventually had to face reality, and find other ways to deal with the pain. For me, it took changing my work routine - stay away from long plane trips, long hours, etc. I am back to working full time and more - but most evenings now I have to come home, lay down, and rest for several hours, have a deep massage every two weeks, do PT kinds of exercises most days. I still take Percocet from time to time - but only for extreme flare ups, or things like long plane flights.

    My experience is that most doctors don't want to be involved with providing long-term narcotic drug usage - too many bad associations, etc. So I have a pain management doctor who works with me, and that seems to work better. My needs are not the same every day and every week.

    Each case is different - try to find some doctors who will work with you. Pain is real! Narcotic pain meds are a tool to help manage the pain, they are not a cure for it. If you take them for long enough, it is inevitable that you will need increasing doses, and will become dependent. If and when you stop taking them you will most likely experience withdrawal symptoms, which are very, very miserable.

    Good luck - I have been where you are, and know what you are going through.


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    Re: Narcotic for neck pain?, percocet, oxycontin?

    nochange I would not ask for anything, explain your pain level from what you have tried & how it effects your quality of life, period. To come right ask & ask for any narcotics can lead any doctor to believe that you are just seeking drugs. A good doctor will assess & treat as he feels accordingly. Bob is right of course drugs are just a bandaide, I take them for chronic pain & although I could not go with out them I also hate them with a passion. They all come with their own set of problems. Noone deserves to live in pain & hopefully you have a understanding & careful doctor, but dont come out & ask or you will give an impression you do not want to give to any doctor. Good luck, Sammy

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