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Herniated disc. Taking Percocet. Shall I continue?

I have been taking percocet 5 - 325 x 3/day for several years now. I am a paramedic in the business of lifting patients all day long. Years prior 1996 I was disagnosed with an L5 S1 slight herniated disk which I sure has progressed, just as our patients have progressed in the weight category. It takes the edge off of my daily pain (3 - 4} but I know I am building up a tolerance to the medication , but without it I am a mess. I do regularly try to titrate the med to my particular pain intensity. I can not affort at this time to have another MRI to further diagnose the disease . I am 58, and have been a paramedic since 1989. Your thought?? Thank you
Asked On : Mon, 11 Feb 2013
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You are a paramedic and should know that Percocet is indicated for acute pain only and clearly not indicated for use over years. Although it has lower addictive properties than morphine it still has addictive potential. I suggest you see a Orthopedic /Neurosurgeon to address the causation and treat it correctly.
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