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It appears your post has been moved into our community. You've already received great suggestions from Remar and Mary - as always. More information from you would be helpful. There are other non-opiate pain relievers that may be beneficial to you. Most non-opiate pain medications are designed to treat different types of pain - knowing what kind of pain you are experiencing would be helpful.
Lyrica is often RX for neuropathic pain - which covers a wide variety of pain producing conditions but not all. Gabapentin is similar to Lyrica but less costly. I could list other meds but again it's dependent on the type of pain.
Opiates can be addictive - but the numbers are very small. The media would like to to believe that if you take an opiate you'll surely become an addict. There's huge money made in "treating" addicts - and sadly in treating dependency when physician abruptly stop appropriate pain management - but that's another story.
I've taken some information from one of my journals. The entire journal can be viewed at the link below.
Journal: It is true that many CP suffers, friends, family and unfortunately even the some physicians are fearful that ppl requiring opiates on a long-term basis will become addicted or addicts. Statistically the number is very low, around 4%. The rare few who do develop a problem with an addiction are often those that have a genetic predisposition to addiction. But as a result of this unfounded fear and "opioid-phobia," CP patients are often labeled as “drug seekers” and stigmatized for their use of opiate medications. Worst of all, our pain frequently remains under-treated or even untreated.
Addiction is a neurobiological disease that has genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors. It is often characterized by one or more of the following behaviors:
Little or no control over the drug use
Compulsive narcotic (opiate) use
Continued use of the narcotic (opiate) regardless of physical, mental and/or social harm
Taking narcotics (opiates) more frequently or a higher dose than prescribed
Ingesting drugs in ways other than directed
Frequent reports of prescriptions being lost or stolen.
A deep craving for the drug
Using multiple pharmacies to fill narcotic (opiate) prescriptions
People that are dependent on opiates to control their chronic pain will not exhibit the above behaviors. However don't confuse true addiction with pseudo-addiction. Pseudo-addiction may occur when CP is not being treated adequately. At those times a CP patient's behavior can border those of an addict. When one is desperate for pain relief we may become clock watchers, waiting for the time we can take that next dose. We may panic at the thought that when our prescription requires it's regular refill the physician is out of town or unavailable. These may appear like drug seeking behaviors when in all actuality they are not. The difference between pseudo-addiction and true addiction is in part that these behaviors stop when pain is effectively treated.
Physical Dependence is our systems adaptation to a narcotic (opiate). Our body becomes accustomed to regular doses of a certain opiate. If the narcotic is abruptly discontinued we experience withdrawal symptoms. This occurs with those that are true addicts as well as those that are dependent on narcotics for pain control. Our body can make no distinction and we experience withdrawal. There are medications that are not narcotics that the withdrawal process will also occur if they are abruptly discontinued. They include steroids, antidepressants and beta blockers.
Chronic pain is a disease. So please my fellow chronic pain sufferers don't be so hard on yourselves. If you require opiates to control your pain, you are not an addict. If you take your pain medications as prescribed for your CP, you are not an addict. We are dependent. There is no shame in dependency.