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I've been on opiates since the mid 90's. (Retired Navy, then.)

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I've been on opiates since the mid 90's. (Retired Navy, then.) I JUST had BOTH the MRI _and_ XRays that BOTH state the #1 disk is _GONE_, there's fluid around that area, and the nerves are gone. (BNRI - From The Newport Hospital did the work about a month ago.)
For pain-meds, (and all of the fuss lately) I've been taken down to 3 5/325 Percocet's a day.
Let's be honest, with as long as I've been taking these, 3 Percocets isn't cutting it - I work (ALL DAY) behind a desk. Should I go for a second opinion on _proper_ and _proper_ amounts of pain-meds?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.
Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, Experienced Specialist.
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Yes you should definitely seek a second opinion.
A pain specialist should be consulted with.
Longer acting opiates like Oxycontin or Oxymorphone or fentanyl will be better choice.
They do not case tolerance easily.
Also other nonpharmacological options like epidural steroid injection, nerve block injection, spinal stimulator should be considered for adequate pain management.
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