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One of my sons suffered terribly with sciatica, he was determined to "tough it out" as his previous experience with pharmaceuticals was an expensive waste of time.

I suggested Acupuncture as an alternative, and reluctantly he made an appointment with a reputable practitioner.

The result of this treatment was 100% successful. Might be something to think about?

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Any of the opiates causes severe constipation. Senokot F daily helps...as many as needed to get the job done daily.

Our bowels are the backbone of our immune system...keep 'em happy.

And wouldn't you think the doctors would tell you what to expect? Not until your blocked up so bad a stick of dynamite wouldn't take care of it, shame on the doctors.

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Oh, we were warned and very prepared for that side effect.

So, this may be my last post on this thread but I am doing it to bring some things to people's attention with the hope that they never have to experience this.

1) even though the opiate doesn't work for the pain, you still have to wean off unless you are switching from one opiate to another. Weaning off is not fun even when you do it very slowly...like lowering by a quarter of a 30 mg. morphine pill every four days. Extreme clonic jerking like the worst case of Parkinson's ever seen.

2) Extreme edema in the legs with water blisters and ulcers. I watched those legs deflate like a balloon as he weaned off the morphine. Two days after complete withdrawal, they were skinny and healing.

I sincerely hope that I'm not grossing anyone out. My only purpose with this thread is to inform you of what MAY happen so that you can take counter measures immediately and understand what's happening.

Thank you for your time.

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Dear Maggie,

I am so sorry to learn of your loss! I am here another two weeks if you would like to have lunch....I could pick you up, but if you're not feeling like going out, please let me know what I can do for you! I am in Las Fuentes now, so have easy access to both the Joco Mercado and the Tuesday Market.

Just let me know...

Camille

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One of my sons suffered terribly with sciatica, he was determined to "tough it out" as his previous experience with pharmaceuticals was an expensive waste of time.

I suggested Acupuncture as an alternative, and reluctantly he made an appointment with a reputable practitioner.

The result of this treatment was 100% successful. Might be something to think about?

Glad the accupuncture did it for your son. But in my case, it did nothing. One thing to know is that sciatica is not a condition. It is a symptom of a condition- could be a herniated disc, a bone spur, something out-of-alignment, etc, that is putting pressure on the nerve, and can be originating from various places in the spine or sacroiliac. There are sites online that have diagrams of how to identify where the pain is originating from by where the sciatic pain is (straight down the back of the leg, around the outside, inside, and so on.

And to address some other posts- just as sciatica is not a condition in and of itself, so called "side effects" of various drugs are actually "effects" of the drug, as much as the effect it is intended to have on the condition it is prescribed for. But because they are unwanted and unpleasant, and the pharmacuetical companies have either not been able to alter the drug to eliminate those effects, or don't want to incur the costs to do so, they call them "side effects", which makes them seem so harmless, doesn't it?

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I had to hunt for this bookmark...about sciatica/back pain...you may want to check this link out...

http://us.cnn.com/2013/09/18/health/back-pain-misdiagnosis-shamie/index.html?hpt=hp_bn13

I was fascinated reading it since lower back pain has been a bad friend since I was 12 and grew 12 inches in 18 months. The pain is very real but a visible problem has never been seen. These days, a nightly Robax Gold and a lifetime of learning what I can't do keep the problem at bay. Yoga helps too.

The article may be of help to some people.

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In Mexico, all of the opiates are very strictly controlled...they require a special prescription pad with a bar code in triplicate. My hubby talked with the pain specialist (also anaesthesiologist) at her office in Guadalajara or via Skype or e-mail or cell phone...she even called him back while she was on vacation in South America.

In other words, she was attentive to his pain concerns and it was always a mutually agreed upon decision as the next best way to proceed. That in itself is a huge improvement over the way it is done in Canada...I can't speak from personal experience for the States.

She also stated that "Foreigners" tend to need much higher doses of pain killers than Mexicans do. That is not the first time I've heard this stated. So, I wonder what the genetic difference is between us.

Are there no other options besides opiates for the pain of stage four cancer? My hubby is at peace now but I want others to know if there are options that work...before they find out what doesn't work.

pm me if you don't want to say it publicly...I will post the info but will never say from where I heard it.

I can tell you how it is in the states--crappy, controlled and humiliating. Patients are treated like addicts and criminals because of government regulation and the "war on drugs" which has turned into a war on pain patients and pain specialists.

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Well, my hopes that you would educate yourself from scientific sources and look at all sides of the topic have clearly been in vain.

It's hard to open a shut mind, especially one focused in one direction only.

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