i hold up heavy objects before, so know i have a pain in my vertebral column(lumber4) and my left leg ,after i had an CT scan the results was ((herniated disc at L4))!!!
I will tell you from experience with a neck injury,a much worse neck injury but still a neck injury that I would avoid opiates unless the pain is so bad that you absolutely need them because once you start it's a visious circle even if you take as prescribed,unless you don't need to take them everyday only when other non-opiates do not work because if you need them everyday or worse more then 2x a day unless it's something really weak like Tylonol 3 your going to get physically dependent on them,build a tolerance & need to change to something stronger & it keeps going like that until you find yourself like me taking 8 8mg Hydromorphone everyday. In my case the pain is very bad but that is from one botched C-1 C-2 vertebrae fussion putting one screw in my neck to a corrective operation adding four screws & I was able to control it in the beginning with (to me at least) a relatively weak opiate vicodin to everything from Fentenyl to Morphine & everything in between & sure the feeling opiates give you to most people is enjoyable but being a slave to medication. You can take this anyway you want it's just one persons experience but I'm willing to bet that you will find 100's if not 1000's of people with a similar story. Opiates have & serve a good purpose in making life tolerable for people with chronic pain but it's a slippery slope that can get out of hand real quick. I'd try all the other methods before you go to opiates & then be very careful. I hope this helps you & I hope you are able to control your pain & live a enjoyable life. Good luck.
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