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on Avinza for back pain - pain is increasing - what to do?

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I am currently being treated for back pain. I have been on Avinza for many years now increased to 90 mg but it’s not helping. We have tried many combinations of other additional meds and with no real help, although lyrica has given me a little relief from the leg cramps.

I can’t complain about my dr he has been very supportive with helping me. But where do I go from here? I am in severe pain and its becoming hard to walk. If it keeps going at this rate will anything pain meds be able to help me? Would a different type of pain med be more effective?
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replied December 19th, 2007
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Hello Fred,

"I am in severe pain and its becoming hard to walk." In my opinion that is your cue. Pain medication ONLY covers up the pain at best. They do not correct the problem that is causing your pain.

You decide, however, it seems you are at a point where surgery may be your best option. Do speak with your doctor. Perhaps new MRIs and X-rays would be in order.

May I ask if your doctor is a neurologist or spinal surgeon? If so GREAT! If not, then make an appointment to see the best neurologist or spinal surgeon that you can find.

I wish you the best. Stay in touch and let us know how things are going.

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