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Narcotics for treating chronic back pain and side effects?

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Dr. Alexandre De Moura
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Narcotics can be used in the short term, but you need to find out what is the cause of your pain.
Seek a spinal specialist.

In brief: No

Narcotics can be used in the short term, but you need to find out what is the cause of your pain.
Seek a spinal specialist.
Dr. Alexandre De Moura
Dr. Alexandre De Moura
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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: Not good

We have had about 20 years to evaluate the use of narcotics (opioids) for the treatment of chronic lower back pain and so far the results have been poor. That is not to say an occasional patient does not do well but by far in my experience, that is the exception more than the rule.
I would not recommend it particularly for younger or middle aged people. The negatives far outweigh the positive.

In brief: Not good

We have had about 20 years to evaluate the use of narcotics (opioids) for the treatment of chronic lower back pain and so far the results have been poor. That is not to say an occasional patient does not do well but by far in my experience, that is the exception more than the rule.
I would not recommend it particularly for younger or middle aged people. The negatives far outweigh the positive.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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