Side effects are rarely pleasant. Some drugs can cause seizures, stroke
, bleeding, infection, depression, coma, death, yadda yadda....
If your pain is in any way interfering with the quality of your life, then you must take whatever drugs are necessary to relieve it.
My doctors have so often left me hanging. They don't think narcotics are an acceptable treatment for chronic pain-only acute.
Well, how would they like to experience the severity of an acute pain attack every day of thier lives?