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Does taking narcotic therapy for degenerative disk disease effect my organs?

Does taking narcotic therapy for degenerative disk disease effect my organs?

Opioid side effects: Apart from the obvious issues like cognitive impairment, impaired responses to respiratory and cardiovscular conditions and liver damage, longterm narcotics usually rot your teeth and inhibit the body's production of sex hormones (especially testosterone) leading to loss of lobido and weakening of the musculoskeletal system. ...Read more

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Narcotic (Definition)

A natural or synthetic alkaloid compound that has morphine-like qualities. Other examples are codeine, heroin, Meperidine (demerol). They are classified based on their intrinsic activity & where they interact in the central nervous system. They are involved in pain transmission ...Read more


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Best medicines for degenerated disk & bone disease i'm on naproxen& skelaxion does not help?

Best medicines for degenerated disk & bone disease i'm on naproxen& skelaxion does not help?

Degenerated disk: Is the most common cause of neck or back pain. Usually a combination of treatments is used to help control the pain and return the function. The treatment modalities are: 1.Patient education and self-care 2.Physical medicine 3.Injection techniques 4.Pharmacotherapy 5.Behavioral modification rec. Interventional pain management specialist. ...Read more

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Have spinal stenosis & degenerative disc disease. Prescribed Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 10 but the pain is either getting worse or I'm developing tolerance. Suggestions?

Have spinal stenosis & degenerative disc disease.  Prescribed Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 10 but the pain is either getting worse or I'm developing tolerance.  Suggestions?

Start PT: Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) does not eliminate the cause of the pain, merely covers it up. Be pro-active, have some physical therapy, do exercise and stretching. Do NOT become sedentary, instead, use your muscles and joints. Gradually, you will overcome the barriers and feel far less pain. ...Read more

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I have been taking Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 325/10 for chronic back pain diagnosis degenerative disk disease. Looking for doctor in San Bernardino who can prescribe it.

I have been taking Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 325/10 for chronic back pain diagnosis degenerative disk disease.  Looking for doctor in San Bernardino who can prescribe it.

See physician: I would see a physician and establish care. At that time, your diagnosis and treatment will be reviewed. If that physician feels comfortable prescribing that medication, he/she will. If they do not, or they think you would benefit from a pain specialist, they will refer you to one. As far as finding a physician, you can ask you insurance company to see who is in your network. ...Read more

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Do pain patches work better than narcotic pills to control chronic joint pain from ankylosing spondylitis?

Many options: Several pain medications are available as patches (fentanyl and buprenorphine). A better answer is that you may benefit from any long acting opioid (pill or patch) given the around the clock nature of your pain. ...Read more

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Disc regenerative therapy. I see that it's mainly used for lumbar issues. Can it be used for cervical problems as well? Any side effects of drt?

Disc regenerative therapy.  I see that it's mainly used for lumbar issues.  Can it be used for cervical problems as well?  Any side effects of drt?

Find pain generator: The concept of disk "regeneration" is questionable. Moreover, the scientific evidence that the disc itself (as opposed to the surrounding structures) can be the pain generator, is limited. In contrast, the fact that the nerve roots can be affected by displaced ; leaking disc is universally recognized. Be 100% sure where your pain generator is before you go for any invasive procedure. ...Read more

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What is a better drug for pain than hydrocodone/acetaminophen. Acetaminophen cause liver damage. Degenerative disc l3-5 andc3-5?

See details: This is a question what needs to be directed at your own doctors. Opioid pain meds need be handled by the doctors who know you best. The internet is not a place to find this answer. ...Read more

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What is best for degenerated disc disease i'm on naproxen 500mg & skelaxin (metaxalone)?

What is best for degenerated disc disease i'm on naproxen 500mg  & skelaxin (metaxalone)?

See details: Whatever works best for you. If nsaids are not helpful, consider physical therapy. If this does not work, get an MRI and speak with a pain specialist. ...Read more

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Can pain medicine be prescribed for degenerative disk disease?

Can pain medicine be prescribed for degenerative disk disease?

Yes: If you are having pain due to degenerative disc disease, pain medicine may be appropriate. It will not help heal or reverse the diseased discs, but will help manage your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can magnesium supplement help as muscle relaxer for degenerative disc stiffness. Does glucosamine help degenerative. Been in disable pain for 2 years?

Can magnesium supplement help as muscle relaxer for degenerative disc stiffness. Does glucosamine help degenerative. Been in disable pain for 2 years?

generally not: Magnesium does little as muscle relaxer or relief of muscle pain the evidence for efficacy of glucosamine is only anectodal large studies fail to show statistically important improvement. ...Read more

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Ten years of back pain troubles caused ddd and spinal stenosis, seems to be lumbar spondylitis related. Tried 1 celebrex (celecoxib) 200mg and helps! any advice?

Ten years of back pain troubles caused ddd and spinal stenosis, seems to be lumbar spondylitis related. Tried 1 celebrex (celecoxib) 200mg and helps! any advice?

? obvious answer?: Celebrex (celecoxib) is still on the market for exactly such situations, particularly if "garden-variety" nsaids have not worked. You need to discuss the risks of long-term use vs. The benefits of treatment / pain relief with your dr to make educated choice if long term use good for you. ...Read more

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How will non steroidal anti inflammatory overdose affect my health going forward?

How will non steroidal anti inflammatory overdose affect my health going forward?

Kidney and stomach: These are the two areas most affected. Nsaids can cause erosion of the stomach lining and lead to ulcers and bleeding. They can also cause acute renal failure, especially if taken in large doses. If everything looks fine after an overdose then there shouldn't be any long-term problems. ...Read more

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Does steroid anti-inflammatory medication influence the eligibility for mentoplasty? I suffer from a rheumatic disease called vasculitis. My medication regimen consists of steroid anti-inflammatory drugs. How does this affect the outcome of mentoplasty su

Does steroid anti-inflammatory medication influence the eligibility for mentoplasty? I suffer from a rheumatic disease called vasculitis. My medication regimen consists of steroid anti-inflammatory drugs. How does this affect the outcome of mentoplasty su

Still Possible: Steroids decrease our ability to heal and fight infection. Depending on the dose, you still may be able to have a mentoplasty. I would consult with a well respected facial plastic surgeon who can coordinate things with your rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Does steroid anti-inflammatory medication influence the eligibility for mentoplasty? I suffer from a rheumatic disease called vasculitis. My medication regimen consists of steroid anti-inflammatory drugs. How does this affect the outcome of mentoplasty su

Healing: Steriods generally slow down the healing process as they affect the biosynthesis of collagen. Collagen is a major protein made by the body in healing and forming scars. You will need to discuss this with your surgeon who may or may not want you to be off the steroid for a period of time around the surgery. ...Read more

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Suffering from flesh tuberculosis and diagnosed ankylosing spondylitis.Ve been taken etarnecept aka enbrel (etanercept) for 8weeks and pain worsen. Is this cancer?

Suffering from flesh tuberculosis and diagnosed ankylosing spondylitis.Ve been taken etarnecept aka enbrel (etanercept) for 8weeks and pain worsen. Is this cancer?

Tuberculosis: Please go see your doctor as it is contra-indicated to take Enbrel (etanercept) (a great drug for ankylosing spondylitis) while having tb! there is the need for you to be treated for TB first, while the backpain might temporarily worsen as it is difficult to treat both diseases at the same time. But the TB needs to be suppressed first, before you treat again with heavy drugs that worsen your immune response.. ...Read more

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Degenerative Disc Disease (Definition)

Occurs when the normal "spongy" architechture of the disks goes away. The disks normally are between the vertebre in your spine so when the disks degenerate, you lose mobility and eventually the bones can touch together, ...Read more