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    Opioids for Long Term Pain Relief

    "In 2006 a group of Stanford researchers attempted to tease apart this question. The scientists measured pain thresholds in patients with back pain before and after four months of oral morphine. The researchers found that the patients had become significantly more sensitive to pain by the study's end."

    https://www.npr.org/sections/health-...ake-pain-worse
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    Linda, Thanks for posting these.....I would consider both mandatory reads for spine patients.

    I have hit the limits of "oral opoid" use in my recovery....and can relate. For those that take opoid's for herniation or even scoliosis surgery recovery, it is worth moving on at some point. There are ways to get past that hump, it is doable!!! Hot water is quite helpful.

    One of the more serious things I felt with opoid use was the respiratory depression.....When you have to think about breathing, you have a big problem. I have been there.

    I want to add that I am battling the flu right now, and this all sounds so innocent to most of us but "influenza" kills people, and it kills a lot of people. One of the ways this happens is through respiratory depression, similar to what I mentioned above. I have been feeling this lately. I went to get a new flu shot this morning. All of this without meds.
    https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/complications.htm

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 59, the new 55...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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