Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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What Can I Do for My Aching Back?

Monday, 31 Dec 2012 09:35 AM

Question: I started taking powerful painkillers in 2006 because of severe back pain. I now take Vicodin and I’d like to end my dependency. What can I do to both deal with my back issue and end my addiction?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

Narcotic pain medications like Vicodin are actually not as effective for chronic pain, but are best for treating acute pain. Many professionals fail to realize the importance of adding an anti-inflammatory for acute and chronic pain.

The use of anti-inflammatory medications early on will not only reduce the need for narcotics, but will relieve pain more effectively than any Vicodin-like drug alone, without the drowsiness and judgment impairment that often accompanies narcotic use. Tolerance to narcotic use is common, especially with chronic pain, and you will need to see a physician to provide you with appropriate diagnosis and back-pain management while gradually reducing your narcotic tolerance.

If you are addicted to narcotics, you may want to see an addiction specialist and may benefit from a psychiatric consultation. Many depression medications can also relieve pain.

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