I have scoliosis and chronic lower back pain. I feel i am getting addicted to my pain meds and I need a non-narcotic medication instead of a narcotic. When I don't have my medication, I go through withdrawals from not having it. What are some non-narcotic pain medications, and how can I get off of addicting pain meds without going through withdrawals?
You can go off the narcotics slowly and there are agents that can help you diminish or negate withdrawl symptoms. Muscle relaxants (soma, flexeril) are sometimes useful in low back pain. There are stronger formulations of the over-the-counter anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) (eg naproxen, celebrex) that can be helpful. You might also want to try alternative methods such a mindfulness therapies (MBSR) to reduce pain levels and movement therapy to see if you find a way to move that reduces your pain (eg. feldenkrais techniques).
Check out this interesting page on treating scoliosis with Feldenkrais http://www.thefeldenkraiscenter.com/scoliosis/
Good luck with everything.
Here is some other information about pain meds that might be useful:
Using Tylenol Responsibly
Let’s Talk Pain Meds
What You Didn’t Know About Pain Meds