He will not take any prescribed pain medication, (he only takes Advil) for fear of getting addicted and for fear of it messing up his liver, etc. Any suggestions on what he can do to help with the pain?
Personally, I think he is doing the right thing. I had two blown disc and had invasive back surgery. Actually two of them that failed. If he can find a surgeon that will remove the herniated disc that would be the way to go. Or, let me take that back, if he can find a physical therapist that will work with him and avoid surgery, that would be the way I would go. And, I am speaking from experience. They say, "Oh, you have degerative disc disease", "You need surgery". BS... it can be fixed with therapy. I am addicted to pain medication. I hate it. I would love to have my old life back where I can wake up everyday and feel like I don't have to run to the medicine cabinet to get a pain pill to make it through the day. It's to late for me, but not for him. He's doing what works for him. Speak to more than one doctor, heck, speak to four if you have to.
But try not to rely on pain meds to mask the pain. Life is short. If you are happy and love each other, work together to solve this major problem. Masking the pain is not the way to go. Call me a hipacriate, but I would give anything to live my life without pain meds. kimmie
kimmie1 again. If he really cannot stand the pain. Seek out a pain management doctor. They have pain pumps they can install underneath his skin that will just affect his back pain. I can't tell you if it goes through your blood stream or not but check with a pain management specialist... again good luck. kimmie1
I would recommend your husband try something called Subutex (Buprenorphine). It's only a schedule 3 drug, not a schedule 2 like most narcotics are. Tell him that this medication is used for people who have addiction problems. It's also used for pain control. It works for many people and it doesn't control your life. I've personally been on it for about 1 1/2 years and I'm getting off it go get on something stronger that works for me. It might work for him. Subutex is approximately 25 to 50x more potent than morphine if you can believe that. The difference is that this medication has a "ceiling effect". The maximum dose is 32mg. If you take more than that nothing will happen do to this ceiling effect so you can't abuse it like most narcotics. Tell him although addiction is possible and many people suffer from it, it is rare.
One study even goes as far as saying that only 4 (less than 1%) of 12,000 people who were prescribed narcotics for real pain showed signs of addictive behaviors. If he's worried it's probably a good thing he's taking it serious as most people who worry they will become addicted will end up becoming addicted. Tell him to research Subutex or Suboxone (They're the same medication except Suboxone has Naloxone so if you crush it and try to inject it it will cause withdrawal to prevent addicts from injecting it). Here's the website to find a doctor who prescribes either Subutex (One of my friends informed me there's now a generic) or Suboxone (No generic is available at this time). Suboxone.com Remember this drug is used for addicts and is sometimes used Off label to control pain. I hope he looks into this medication as it's one of the best and less addictive narcotics you can get to this day. It's also easy to come off. (I'm personally almost off it. I only have a few more doses before I switch to something stronger that works for me. It might work for him though. Good Luck! I hope this helps. Feel free to contact me privately and I can help you out more.
A physical therapist will work with him to strengthen his back muscles which will help reduce his pain level eventually. Some people swear by chiropractors also, but, a physical therapist can also offer massages and other treatments that will help.
My son has 2 blown disks from motorcycle jumping. He is getting nerve compression and chiropractic treatment. Seems to be doing very well.
taking prescription pain medication I think is a decision thateveryone has to make the decision the only think that might help that I can think of before the fractures that I have (along with having had Polio) is possibly taking muscle relaxers such as soma or Flexeril and I did take Robaxin at one time the best thing is probably to question the doctor and just ask him if there are any medications that he might recommend that would not be addictive, from the horrible pain that I experience I don't like the fact that they are addictive hope he finds the help he needs
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