How often can doctors prescribe pain medication? I have severe tailbone pain and went to my doc a month ago (regular GP not an ortho). She prescribed Norco (which I had never taken before), x-rays and wanted to see me back in 2 weeks. The x-rays showed nothing and when I went back in 2 weeks the pain was worse and more frequent. She ordered an MRI (I still don't have the results) and more Norco. I am going back to see her in a few days and my pain is no better, not worse this time though, thank goodness. Anyway, I am almost out of pain medication (I have only taken it when I REALLY needed it). I am going back to see her in 2 days and I am wondering if there is a guideline that all doctors have to follow when prescribing pain medication. In other words, can she refill it for me again? It's probably up to the doc case by case basis kind of thing but I was just hoping there was someone out there with a similar story. I don't want to seem like a drug seeker (one of my relatives had a problem with prescription medication about 15 years ago so I am sensitive to sounding like that) but I have three kids so I have to be running around a lot and this is the only medication that seems to help. I had tried Advil, Tylenol, Aleve, etc. before even going to the doctor. I guess my next step is an ortho doc.
I know I can't take pain meds forever and I don't WANT to. I want this pain GONE, not managed. Any advice about talking to her about this and NOT sounding like a drug seeker would be very helpful. I know there are people on here with chronic pain so if you have any suggestions I would appreciate them.