By Four Walls
October 18, 2020 11:00am CST
When there’s significant pain the doctors like to fling dope in my direction. You know.... Darnitol. Dammitol. Scrooitol. I’m crazy enough. I don’t want the “heavy stuff.” First, there’s a history of addictive behavior (mostly alcoholism) in my family. My material grandfather and dad were recovered alcoholics. I don’t want the temptation to get addicted. Secondly, the side effects get more pronounced as the meds get more powerful. The muscle relaxer that the VA offered me included instructions on how to “avoid withdrawal symptoms.” No, thanks. My back pain regimen treatment includes a very mild muscle relaxer, Methocarbamol (that’s right, I’m a meth addict now ). It does exactly what I want: it eases the muscle tightness enough for me to sleep. It does not knock me out. They gave me a steroid shot to help with muscle inflammation, too. And, to no one’s surprise, I’m going back to physical therapy. To me, that’s good medication. As Warren Zevon once sang, “I’d rather feel bad than not feel anything at all.” Here’s that song again.....and I’m not.
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• Louisville, Kentucky
That’s what scares me. I’m addicted, for lack of a better term, to the comparatively innocuous meds intake, especially the allergy pill. Two days without that and I feel like I’ve been dumped in a barrel of prickly heat. I don’t want to THINK about pain killers, opioids, or things like that.
• United States
I'm like you in that I don't want to be on anything addictive. I have been taking lots of ibuprofen, but am now going to switch to Aleve. My back issues are two fold, with arthritis having set in, so there is a lot of stiffness. I do take an occasional chlorzoxazone for muscle spasms and tightness. I like cyclobenzoprene, but it knocks me out and I feel like I wake up with a hangover from it, so I do not like taking it.