Narcotics for treating chronic back pain and side effects?

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.
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.

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What is new in non-narcotic chronic back pain management?

Complementary. Chronic pain has been traditionally been treated by either using opiod based narcotics or non-opiods as ibuprofen/tylenol. Now usage of central acting meds like Gabapentin or Cymbalta (duloxetine) has gained grounds. For non traditional approach, complementary health such as acupuncture works! Read more...
Cymbalta (duloxetine) Is probably the medication with the newest indication for non specific low back pain. Read more...
MILD. There are many new procedures that help different conditions that cause pain. It's most important to first have an accurate diagnosis of what is causing the back pain. The proper diagnosis is the key to proper back pain treatment. One such treatment may be mild if you are suffering back and leg pain caused by ligamentum flavum hypertrophy with spinal stenosis. http://www.vertosmed.com/. Read more...

I have chronic back pain, degenerative disc disease, facet arthrosis, nerve compression, spasms, and I have been to pain mang. Tried several treatments including steriods and injections. I am on a certain narcotic for which I know is not helpful, what now

Join the club. Chronic pain has become an epidemic. Strong narcotics and surgery rarely cure and often produce more complications. You may need to learn to live with pain. Moderate exercise and physical and psychological therapy may help. Acupuncture and massage and herbal treatments may help. Do not look for a cure. Look for management and maintain a functional life. Read more...
Spinal Surgeon. It appears that you have tried many forms of conservative. I would recommend that you seek the care of a spinal surgeon. If you have nerve root compression secondary to a disc herniation, facet arthrosis, foraminal stenosis or lateral stenosis, surgical decompression may be in your future. See a spinal surgeon! Read more...