Narcotic pain medication and its distribution has gone under a lot of scrutiny in the past several years.
- Illegal transactions to obtain these drugs
- Increased Drug Abuse
- DEA cracking down on how these medications are handled
- Patient Pain Contracts
- Mass media exposing so many of the negatives of narcotics
- And more
Years ago, you didnt hear about Pain Contracts, you didnt read about the DEA cracking down, etc.
I dont know how all of this surfaced , but it has and can be a problem for some.
The bottom line.
Pain medications are for people who are suffering with real pain.
Pain medications need to be shut down from drug seekers, folks that cant take pain and other illegal actions.
Thats not always an easy task. I dont know how to stop the illegal actions and drug seekers, but I can provide members here with some information on the Do's and Dont's when it comes to pain medications and discussions with your doctors.
- Establish a sound working relationship with your doctors. Be it the Primary physician, Pain Management Doctor or Physiatrist. That means working on a trusting two
way communications with them.
- Follow ALL of the instructions that the doctors tell you. They may prescribe Medication A, but also want you to do Physical Therapy, walk, change eating habits, etc. If you do only some of them, in the eyes of many doctors, you have failed to comply.
- Tell you doctor exactly how you feel. When does your current medication seem to help more, when does it not. The more you can describe to your doctor about your current medications and their effect can go a long way.
- Follow the medication dosage 100% without any exceptions.
If you are to take 1-2 pills every 8 hours, then do that, do not exceed that rate. IF you honestly feel you need a change, contact your doctor , discuss it with them and see if they may approve increasing the amount or reducing the timeframe.
- Tell your doctor, your medications dont work, you are still in severe pain and want drug XYZ or increase my current ABC to double the amount.
- Hide or conceal any facts regarding your medications and your treatments.
- Never tell your doctor you want a specific medication.
- Go to different doctors to get additional medicatons
- Use any illegal resource to obtain medications
Some people think that these doctors are sadistic and only want to see you suffer. That is so far from the truth. Doctors who are responsible to their profession and to their patients, will always do what is right. Of course, doctors like anyone else are humans and can make mistakes.
My physiatrist has always told me when a patient
- Needs pain medications
- Wants pain medications
- No longer needs pain medications.
Experienced doctors use all the diagnostic tests, plus clinical examinations to help determine the proper type of medication that the patient needs.
Over the years with this doctor, we have changed pain medications many times to find the right one, we have added other medications (nerve,muscle relaxers, sleep aids, RLS medication). Her goal is to make sure I have the correct set of medications to help me. Then she looks to me to do my part. That is the therapy, exercise, eating habits, etc
You see, it really is a two way street. Both parties are involved in coming up with the right end result.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences