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Can Oxycodone be taken for wrist and back pain?

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Posted on Thu, 25 Sep 2014
Question: I need some oxycodone for severe Left wrist pain , I broke it on March 28th of this year and it has arthritis and they want to do surgery because I als have ulinary palsey can you help me??

I wanted the DR. to know that I took oxycodone 30mg. q4h for the past 3 and one half years and have a huge tolerance to opiates. Unfortunately my DR. retired on March 31st. and no one writes any more!!! The reason for taking the medication is chronic back pain.
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Answered by Dr. Matt Wachsman (26 minutes later)
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Sorry, but we are unable to prescribe on this service. I might mention that in the U.S. where I am based prescriptions for oxycodone require direct contact with the patient.
First, is this even a good idea. It is rather a bit more than the average amount of narcotics. Assuming you have a documented disk disease, frankly, although the dose is a bit high, the literature strongly suggests non-narcotic medications are going to fail on most everyone exactly like they did with you. The problem is that at this dose you are guaranteed to run into problems:
1) tolerance
2) withdrawal
3) painted into corner. Back pain has better and worse days. You are about at the highest safe dosage. When the back pain is worse, you've nowhere to go.
4) addiction, maybe, but I doubt it. You've been steady without drug problems for how many years ? Addicts get into SERIOUS problems managing their narcotics in fairly short order.

Sadly, ER . Ideally the ER that has your MRI/documentation of back/arthritis/x-rays etc. proving you have what you have. Get pain management definitely, drug management....maybe.
I hope this was helpful. If I had a location I could be Far More Helpful. and best of luck.
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Brief Answer: We are an informational service only Detailed Answer: Sorry, but we are unable to prescribe on this service. I might mention that in the U.S. where I am based prescriptions for oxycodone require direct contact with the patient. First, is this even a good idea. It is rather a bit more than the average amount of narcotics. Assuming you have a documented disk disease, frankly, although the dose is a bit high, the literature strongly suggests non-narcotic medications are going to fail on most everyone exactly like they did with you. The problem is that at this dose you are guaranteed to run into problems: 1) tolerance 2) withdrawal 3) painted into corner. Back pain has better and worse days. You are about at the highest safe dosage. When the back pain is worse, you've nowhere to go. 4) addiction, maybe, but I doubt it. You've been steady without drug problems for how many years ? Addicts get into SERIOUS problems managing their narcotics in fairly short order. Sadly, ER . Ideally the ER that has your MRI/documentation of back/arthritis/x-rays etc. proving you have what you have. Get pain management definitely, drug management....maybe. I hope this was helpful. If I had a location I could be Far More Helpful. and best of luck.