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Chronic back pain. Had surgery on lower spine. On methodone. Concerned about addiction to methodone

My husband has chronic back pain, he took morphine for 10 years, had operation on lower spine last January 2012, has been taking Methodone ever since, this does not ease his pain, does not want to become addicted to morphine again, feels the Methodone is responsible for many side effects he has, how long should a person take methodone, and what would be the next step from here.
Asked On : Fri, 19 Apr 2013
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Since he is already taking methadone for last more than three months, he would have become addicted to it by now. He needs a gradual dose tapering off. To ease the pain, regular physiotherapy and epidural steroid injections are recommended.
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Dr. Praveen Tayal
Answered: Sat, 20 Apr 2013
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