this is just food for thought
during my break i was looking casually and googling pain clinics. i looked at the stanford university hospital and the pain center. as i was looking i came across a book named "relieving pain in america" it was a research paper in the form of a book. i just scimmed through it and i came across a chapter stating that the increase in pain meds was directly proportional to the interest in chronic pain. years ago, chronic pain was a non issue then over the years public perception increased and the cases of chronic pain increased along with prescribing narcotics. so as people became aware of chronic pain, the cases of chronic pain increased and the increase in prescribing narcotics also. this freaked some out because when there were little chronic pain issues, the demand for narcotics was not that high. doctors had no problem prescribing them for terminal cancer patients or older people with other diseases that were terminal. but rarely did they use chronic pain meds such as oxycontin. when chronic pain became a disease, drugs like oxycontin were developed. people were given just regular pain meds such as vicodin or codeine or percocet which are for short term use. with the increase of oxy, the demand is greater and the more freaked out the government and the medical community became. at first there were no problems giving oxy but with the miss use and overdoses, the gov't clamped down and is still doing it. if the demand was not so great and the awareness of chronic pain were not so great then there would not be the interference of the government. so when people go in asking for oxy out of the gate this became a problem. doctors stopped prescribing oxy as much as they used to in fact now the oxy developed is so called tamper proof. is it good or bad that awareness of chronic pain increased. in some ways it made it worse but in other ways chronic pain became a legitimate medical condition. the probem now is that doctors are more cautious when people state that they have chronic pain. there are more tests to be done and more proof that is needed. now as a result it has become harder to get narcotics because the demand went up and the increase of people stating they have chronic pain. now there are people who are trying to go back to the old days where it is really hard to get meds and impossible to get oxy. Just food for thought
I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.