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So I used to have a penchant for all things in the opiate variety. I've been off them for a number of years, but just recently have suffered a "severe" back injury and have to take prescribed opiates. I'm kind of worried that I'm going to start using them more and more again. I'm currently on tramadol and codeine, but my gdoc is talking about hydrocodone as the aforementioned aren't working at all. Just worried that I'm going to go back to old habits.

Has anyone else been here and have some advice?

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33 minutes ago, The Hitcher said:

 I'm currently on tramadol and codeine, but my gdoc is talking about hydrocodone as the aforementioned aren't working at all. Just worried that I'm going to go back to old habits.

I have no personal experience with this, but does your gdoc know about your previous problem with opiates?

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32 minutes ago, The Hitcher said:

He knows that I have addiction issues, but I've never specified what with, other than alcohol. I was screwing that telling him would mean that if I ever needed painkillers, he'd say no. And I genuinely need them at the moment lol.

Tough situation to be in......Although I assume he'll only be prescribing them to you for a limited time, until your back heals.

I guess if he ends up prescribing you hydrocodone, you will have to be extra-vigilant, and ONLY take them as prescribed......If you fall into old habits, and take them more often than prescribed, you will run out of medication early.......And running out of this type of medication early will be a red flag to the doc, and he could cut you off if it happens.

If you keep that in mind, it may help you stay on the right track.

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15 hours ago, CrazyRedhead said:

Tough situation to be in......Although I assume he'll only be prescribing them to you for a limited time, until your back heals.

I guess if he ends up prescribing you hydrocodone, you will have to be extra-vigilant, and ONLY take them as prescribed......If you fall into old habits, and take them more often than prescribed, you will run out of medication early.......And running out of this type of medication early will be a red flag to the doc, and he could cut you off if it happens.

If you keep that in mind, it may help you stay on the right track.

That's a thoroughly sensible way of looking at it. Thanks CrazyRedhead. I hope I can stay on the straight and narrow with it as I really need opiates to kill the pain at the minute. Hopefully my back gets better soon. We'll see. Will bear your advice in mind though.

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16 hours ago, Iceberg said:

@The Hitcher To clarify- is this expected to resolve or could become a chronic issue?

Unknown at the moment, it depends on further tests. I've had x-ray and MRI done. Still need to consult with a neurosurgeon, hopefully before Xmas. It could become chronic though, yes. I'll ask about gabapentin too, thanks peeps.

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13 hours ago, Iceberg said:

Just a suggestion...have you contacted a pain management specialist? I have a family member with chronic spine issues who has been able to at least keep a lid on the pain without much opiate or addictive med use 

I see a specialist in the next 3-4 weeks who will look further into the problem and also look at pain management options. Will have to wait and see what they say. Hoping they can find something to help minimise painkiller use, that would be very helpful!

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