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Tuesday, April 29, 2008 Anniemetalgirl, Community Member, asks

Q: how long should you take narcotic medicines for chronic pain

I have been on narcotic meds for chronic intractable pain for over 15 yrs.  What are the effects of continued use and is there a time when I will no longer be able to take this type of medicine for my pain.

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gypsy, Community Member
4/30/08 12:07am

I have a blood disease that causes alot of pain and hematomas.  I have taken pain meds for years,  and have a tolerance.  My advice....  unless you are bad off,  take Advil.  Taking long term narcotics is a pain and scary.  I worry about liver disease and worse cancer.  I read some narcotics actually cause cancers in the stomach.  Also,  I battle depression,  without meds,  I am scared of them too.  My mother has taken Darvon for 30 years and now has Dementia.  Wonder if that added to it.  The pain meds that is.  I am 38 and appear to healthy,  but my legs are killing me.  Everyday all day.  Even with the meds.  I am a server...  I can only hope to find a pain med that is long lasting that doesn't make me crazy and feel like I did 5 years ago.  I feel for you with your struggle.  God Speed to you,  Gypsy

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Jay, Community Member
5/ 4/08 9:57pm

How long can I take narcotics for pain

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