I am pretty confident that you have either read a thread/post here or been in an actual situation that the subject line here covers.
The topic is important enough to start a new thread. There are facts and myths when it comes to dealing with this subject.
1 - The DEA is cracking down on the disbursement of narcotic pain medications. Over the years, there have been so many examples of a too-laxed control of prescriptions.
2 - Doctor can and will continue to write prescriptions for narcotic prescriptions. However, with some of the DEA actions, many doctors need to be justified in writing those scripts. Therfore they need to ensure that their patient has a need for them. Doctors I know have no trouble writing these scripts. They know that their patient needs them and that it is easy to defend. I've been on narcotic medications since 2006, with some very high dosages to maintenance levels. No problem for my doctor, they see and understand the need.
3 - Some patients do not require narcotics any longer, so the doctor stops writing scripts. The patient on the other hand disagrees and wants more narcotic prescriptions. This is not the example of a drug seeker, but instead someone who realizes that narcotics seem to be the only way to manage their pain. The doctor then writes other prescriptions as necessary.
4 - Some doctors stop writing narcotic prescriptions for a patient. You look into the situation and you find that the doctor
has prescribed several different actions.. Go to Physical/Aqua therapy, go for some Tens Unit session, try Acupuncture, Lose xx pounds, do these exercises, etc. The patient refused to comply with any of those doctors directions, but instead just wants the narcotics. Its hard for any doctor to continue to write prescriptions for someone who has refused to follow doctor's instructions.
5 - VA situations. I have often heard about problems with some of those doctors and prescription writing. But in the past two years, I have personally seen two situations where the ex-veteran should have been on medication 'abc', but the VA doctor refused to write the prescription. I do not have near enough information here to provide accurate insight and information regarding this.
1 - Doctors are afraid to write narcotic prescriptions. Just read the facts and you might see that some doctors who do not do the complete job may fall into this category. But its that particular doctor, not doctors in general.
2 - There are no other ways to manage the pain except using narcotics. Pain medications are just one tool in the arsenal a doctor may have in treating and managing patients pain. Nerve medications, muscle relaxers, anti-depression medications, combined with a number of other conservative treatments (ie Physical/Aqua Therapy, Tens Unit, Massage, Acupuncture, Spinal Injections,etc) provide the total control package
3 - Stories about doctors not writing prescriptions. Many times you need to get all the facts regarding the circumstances behind it all. That could tell all the difference.
Many times all situations can be broken down to
That is something that is private between the doctor and the patient.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences