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Re: chronic pain/to John L.

Posted by Deb on July 12, 1999, at 10:17:19

In reply to Re: chronic pain, posted by JohnL on July 12, 1999, at 4:18:09

> > Hi everyone. A while back I posted about a problem with chronic back pain, and several people sent very thoughtful replies - my thanks to all of you.
> Hi Elizabeth. I really look forward to your posts. Thanks for being so helpful.
> I just wanted to let you know you have company. I have scoliosis too, though rather mild. As a result, one shoulder is slightly lower than the other. My brother has it worse (it is genetic), and a few days a month he finds it so painful he downs a lot of Tylenol. Mine causes a constant mild pain, and I have to be careful of certain movements that make it worse. My father is an orthopaedic surgeon and says it can be corrected with surgery, but that is rather serious and reserved for crippling cases or acute gross deformity. It is known to worsen with age, but not always. (great news, huh?)
> My brother has tried all the pain medications and says Percocet is the only one that works for him. He got it on the street once, but can't find it anymore. So far he hasn't been able to get a doctor to prescribe it because of its addiction potential. I wish doctors would more often consider the risk/benefit profile from a more empathetic angle. Clearly he wants the drug for serious pain, not for a high, and he's tried everything else. Reminds me of prescribing a psychostimulant like methamphetamine for depression. If it works, and all else has failed, then addiction might well be an acceptable risk to give the person a new lease on life.
> Just realize you aren't alone. You have scoliosis company at this site. By the way, do you know anything about Percocet? Does it go by another name? My brother was considering an overseas pharmacy but we couldn't find it listed. I tried a search but found hardly any info on it. Like maybe the spelling is wrong, or goes by another name, or something. Thanks. Wishing you a smooth day. JohnL.

John, I sympathize with your brother on his quest for pain relief. I've had surgery for a brain tumor (not successful) and have suffered excruciating headaches ever since. They last as long as two to three weeks at a stretch. I tried every avenue I could think of to alleviate this pain to a livable level: pain clinics, physical therapy, chiropracters, biofeedback, self-hypnosis, muscle relaxation, meditation, all to no avail. Now I have a doctor who prescribes Percocet for the moderately bad days and demerol tabs when it's totally out of control. These are powerful drugs and highly addictive, but he and I talked a long time and decided that living with an addiction couldn't be any worse than being in agony two-thirds of your life. He monitors my use carefully. I don't get any high from the meds, just blessed relief so that I can have some kind of life with my family. The generic for percocet is oxycodone/apap, but as it is a control 2 or 3 narcotic, it can only be obtained with a doc's scrip which has to be delivered in person to the pharmacist and is only good for 72 hours. That's how tightly these things are controlled. Wish I could be more helpful. I hope your brother can find a doc like mine who weighs the potential for addiction against a life in agony. Best to you, Deb.




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