I have been taking MS contin (15mg twice daily) for 2 months to treat chronic pain from failed back surgery. My doctor wants me to try a spinal cord stimulator implant. but the MS also helps my arthritic knees and feet. I fear the device will only help with lower back and radicular pain. Is it feasible to continue on the MS for years to come?
Well, MS Contin is a controlled-release tablet containing morphine, and has not tylenol or other liver damaging substances in it, making it a drug that could be taken for chronic pain - of course as long as your willing to deal with possibility of tolerance building and dependence (not addiction, although it does have potential). A spinal cord stimulator implant sounds way scary!! Whenever there's any sort of surgery of tinkering around that area, it makes me nervous - and I don't blame you. If the doctor is uncomfortable with keeping you on this medication long term due to it's possibility for addiction, you may want to suggest Methadone.
Methadone is considered to be one of the best chronic pain relievers as it doesn't build a tolerance quickly, it has a lower abuse profile, it is extremely effective in killing pain, and is an all around great drug as long as it isn't abused. When it's abused, people die due to it's long long long half life, and shorter pain killing effects. If you do switch, you'd also need a cardiograph to ensure that you won't have any heart problems while taking the medication. It's gotten allot of bad press lately, but that's just due to kids buying the stuff on the streets, and not knowing that the CNS effects last for days, also, there was a time when doctors also weren't totally aware of the long life of the drug, that it first needs to build up in your system before making an increased dosage.
It really is just a thought, and if your doctor is ok with keeping you on the MS Contin, then I'd just follow the docs advise. After all, if it's working out for you, why mess with it unless you have to!
Good luck to you!!
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