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back pain and medication

I suffer from back pain and have recently seen a specialist. One thing I've noticed, especially in the state of Washington, is how unwilling doctors are to prescribe any narcotic pain medication and how very willing they are to prescribe practically any other kind of pain medication. I was told at my first visit with the specialist, without me even asking, that he will NOT prescribe any narcotics. That is fine by me since all I want is effective pain relief with minimal side effects, and narcotics typically have significant side effects. What I didn't anticipate was how casually I was prescribed other medications that were either ineffective or had even worse side effects than narcotics. Steroid anti-inflammatory drugs are very effective but have heavy duty side effects that are worse than narcotic pain killer side effects. Newer drugs, like Neurontin, are being dished out like candy but aren't even approved by the FDA for pain. The risk of addiction is very real but I can't help but wonder if that risk is safer than the risks of taking these other medications. Has anyone else had similar experiences and concerns?  (Oct 22, 2012 | post #1)