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Centre for Orthopaedics
Suite 10-33/34/35 Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
38 Irrawaddy Road
Singapore, 329563, Singapore
Ph: (65) 6684 5828
Fax: (65) 6684 5829

Child Orthopedics
Pain Management
Spine - Cervical
Spine - General
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

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My sister used to have a drug habit that got really bad. She had it for years and had to do rehab a few times before she finally got clean. She's doing really well but she is having a lot of pain in her back. Her doctor says that she can take something for it, but she's afraid. She's also afraid of the surgery he is suggesting because that would mean taking potentially addicting medications. Is there anything she can do?

Treating patients with a history of drug addiction for pain is not easy. The doctors have to weigh the importance of pain relief with the issue of potential drug abuse. The fact that your sister is aware of this issue is a good thing, because it opens a dialogue between her and her doctors.

There is hope for people in your sister's situation. There are medications that have lower addiction potential and experienced doctors can follow treatment plans that limit the risk of addiction.

The best thing for your sister to do is to have a discussion with her doctor and, if possible, a pain management specialist. By discussing the issues and her options, there is likely a solution for her so she doesn't have to continue living in pain.


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