Originally Posted by joelr
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!
i have back issues, and once every couple of months i take valium for them. the experience of just not caring as much about the pain you're feeling is something i can draw on myself, which is why i mentioned it. your own experiences are obviously different, but of course i'd imagine almost nothing can soften your pain experience if you have tolerance from oxy. perhaps that is where your perspective is coming from here?
i will give you that, i'm sure if your chemical and psychological system is used to the experiences that are triggered with oxy, benzos will seem useless. luckily, as far as i can tell, Sandra is not on an oxy regimen, so that could be an option for her.
my understanding is that opiates flood your brain with signals, overloading your pain receptors to produce endorphins - i believe that's why they are called antagonists, because they 'antagonize' your brain into producing endorphins. it is a physical level way of dealing with pain, but i suppose if you have tolerance or use them in some habit-forming way it becomes psychological.