As a patient with 25 deg. lumbar scoliosis, severe spinal stenosis, varying degrees / areas of arcromyolitis,,, why is long term use of morphine (such as extended release tabs/capsules) contra-indicated?
Why is scoliosis a possible contra-med condition for use of morphine ext release tabs, chronic pain?
- 19 Nov 2012 by g-hopper
- 19 December 2012
- pain, morphine, chronic pain, scoliosis, chronic
Added 19 Nov 2012:
(Example from "Drugs.com" website..)
"Before using morphine extended-release tablets:
Some medical conditions may interact with morphine ext-release tablets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
If you have a history of heart problems (eg, cor pulmonale), liver or kidney problems, thyroid problems, stomach or bowel problems (eg, constipation, blockage, inflammation), gallbladder or pancreas problems, prostate problems, trouble urinating, adrenal gland problems (eg, Addison disease), hypoxia (not enough oxygen in your body), hypercapnia or hypercarbia, curvature of the spine, or seizures."
Hello g-hopper. The FDA & DEA are coming down hard on pain specialists & other doctors like PCP's for prescribing these type of meds for any pain related condition. Are you seeing Pain Management doctor for your condition? If not, I would suggest that, but there is no guarantee you will be prescribed morphine or any other opiate drug for your condition. If you ask for morphine specifically or any other opiate drug, you are most likely to be labeled a drug seeker in your medical file. If this happens, you will never get a script for pain meds. Also just as a hint, you should post your question as a converstion rather than a direct answer. A direct answer will only allow one answer from each indiviual whereas a conversation lets anyone answer as many times as they feel necessarry.
You have already read part of why or reasons for NOT prescribing morphine for your back problems, & I assume you don't have these conditions. The best advice I can give you, is if you are not seeing a Pain Management doctor to get a referral to one, but check them out on the internet too. Some will not prescribe narcotic like drugs for pain at all. They may want to try injections (which usually don't help) or physical therapy & such. These doctors are afraid of losing their license to practice & for good reason. The DEA & FDA think that it's the doctors fault for all the prescription drugs that end up on the street. Haven't you heard about all of this by now? I am a lucky one right now & get oxycodone for my back & other pain problems, but my pain doctor has already told me they are watching their office too. Quite a few ( some needed it) have had their office closed & lost their license to practice. (the pill mills) Wishing you the best...
The only thing I could think of would be if the curvature of the spine was so that the lung capacity was reduced by the curvature. If your curvature doesnt reduce your lung capacity I wouldnt see otherwise how that would be a contra-indication. I would most certainly discuss it with your physician.
- Morphine Information for Consumers
- Morphine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Morphine (detailed)
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