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Forum Name: Spinal problems and back pain

Question: Spina fusion


 Eddie - Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:35 pm

I had a L4 and L5 Lower Lumbar Spinal Fusion two years ago. The fusion healed well, but I continue to have sharp chronic lower back pain I'm on Zolpidem tartrate 10MG and opana er 20MG are they a good combination.
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:15 am

User avatar Hello,
Zolpidem is a sleep aid while Opana is a narcotic pain med.
The risk of chronic use of narcotic for pain control is tolerance (increasing dosages) and dependency (signs and symptoms of withdrawal if med is stopped).

Alternatives to narcotic use for chronic pain include:

physical therapy
tens unit
pain management injections
acupuncture
holistic medicine

If you decide the stop Opana discus with your physician first to plan for the possibiltiy of withdrawal symptoms.

Take care.

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