... from my butt to the base of my neck. However, none of the surgeries and followup physical therapy has eliminated, or maybe I should say reduced, the constant back pain. I've been on 10-325 Norco's (6/day) since the first surgery and they do provide some relief. Doc says ultimately he wants me off the Norco; however, I can't seem to get a straight answer as to "why". I'm almost 70 years old and if the Norco provides me with some relief, what long term problems can I possibly encounter?
Are you being prescribed the Norco by a surgeon or Primary Care Doctor? If yes, then that is why. They are all uncomfortable keeping people on long term opioids. You need a referral to pain management. You would be much better served being on a long acting opioid like MS Contin, Fentanyl or OxyContin to keep your pain under control around the clock rather than chasing it with short acting opioids. You are going to have chronic pain, probably the rest of your life, and your Dr doesnt know squat about pain management! Ask for a referral to pain management!
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