Originally Posted by rei
well, both types of medication are addictive and i don't recommend that anyone play with them. but docs will prescribe benzos like Valium to people with chronic back problems - they wouldn't do it if it didn't help with the psychological resistance to the painful stimulus. sure, technically the pain is still there, but it is far easier to deal with it.
yes, painkillers can work too, but she said she doesn't have a lot of success with that. opiates should work though? i have heard of people having funny reactions to opiates (nausea, rashes, hallucinations) but not sure i've heard of them just not working, though it could be they didn't help with the level of pain.
if all else fails, maybe the docs over there could put you on some Vercet - it's a combination of benzo medicine and opiate medicine, so you are both relaxed/care less about the pain and feeling less pain. docs used Vercet with me for a procedure before, that stuff does work...
Some types of back problems warrant a benzo because they relax the muscles similar to a muscle relaxant.
The psychological reaction to pain isn't changed with benzos, that's what opiates do. I've used benzos for a long time and they sure are a miracle for anxiety but when I was getting off oxycodone the benzos didn't change any pain experiences.
Or evenings I'd come home after grappling with an injury they just made me tired enough to sleep in pain.
I'm familiar with the psychological pain altering power of opiates. That includes all physical and emotional pain.
Yeah that op/benzo mix would work, when both meds get together they synergize each other. 90% of all opiate deaths are from mixing with benzos!