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A 20-year-old female asked:

Growing up i had many ortho surgeries, i was prescribed potent painkillers over a 10 yr span.can the use during that time cause learning disabilities?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Being on narcotic : Pain medications could certainly have diminished your alertness, therefore your ability to learn, but not specific learning disabilities, brain-based conditions that can be inherited, assoc. With prematurity & other medical problems. They're "unexpected difficulties learning in a child with an average to above-average iq." if still a problem, seek a neuropsychological evaluation.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Not likely: There has been no association with narcotic use and learning disabilities.

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