After having a couple of surgeries, Oxycontin was a great help in facilitating recovery. I think the demonizing of these kind of pain killers is going to bite the public in the ass at some point in their lives. When you are writhing in pain and only thing the hospital is offering after your discharge is a person with a harp or some kind of yoga exercise. You'd be wishing for the old days when these kind of drugs were available, and doctors didn't make you feel like a criminal prescribing them to you.
Just recently I thought I was having a heart attack, horrific pain running down my arm, up to my jaw and heart palpitations, all classic signs of an HA. Turned out to be a pinched nerve in my shoulder
which certainly was a relief but still incredibly painful. THe doctor at the local hospital prescribed a n-statin to be given intravenously, drug did nothing to dissipate the pain, so for 12 or so hours this pain continued until I was able to get the doctor to prescribe percocet. Afterwards I was able to relax move my shoulder and continue onto therapy to release the impacted nerve.
For those poor souls who become addicted to these kind of pain killers I wish them the best. REcovery from addiction is never easy and probably more painful than the original injury leading to their habbit.