Are Some People 'Resistant' To Opiate Medications, And Find No Relief From Pain?

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Asked by Tommy59

Are Some People 'Resistant' To Opiate Medications, And Find No Relief From Pain?

Hi, I have been having a lot of problems finding a drug that will relieve my back pain. I have 2 herniated discs in my lumbar back, but a new disc in my cervical (C6) back has left me totally overtaken by constant severe pain in my neck, back (at C6) and my right shoulder, bycep, forearm and hand. Nothing stops this pain. NOTHING. It doesn't matter if I am standing, sitting, lying down, using Ice, or heat, day or night, or what medications I take. It doesn't matter how much of the opiate drugs I take (within reason) I simply have no response to the medications. Is it possible to be resistant to opioid pain meds?

Answer

Yes, opiate resistance does occur (unfortunately). The problem may very well be genetic; researchers are beginning to disentangle genetic differences in fibromyalgia patients, for instance, that cause some of them to respond to one type of pain medication better than another.

You really need to find a really sharp specialist to address your pain. Some hospitals have special pain management centers or clinics, which can be very useful. In the meantime, this article may help:

The Most Common Reasons that the Pain is Getting Worse