I would like to ask you a few questions if it is ok. I just got my medical records from my pain management doctor and he says in his reports that he would not prescribe me anything stronger than the oxycotin 10mg because I was told by a surgeon that i need cervical fusion and that I refused to stop smoking,
I have stopped smoking and I would like the option of treating my pain to see if I can avoid surgery. It is surgery of the spine and I rather not take the chance something might go wrong or spend 3 months rehabilitating to find out I am still in pain,
I live in Florida. I do have an appointment with another surgeon because now I had a lumbar MRI and it shows a tear and some other problems which the pain management doctor said would require surgery as well.
The questions are, is it lawful to force a patient into surgery against their will? I say against my will because I am running out of options, I cant live in the pain I am in with the current medication I am getting.
Can a doctor knowing that pain still exist ethically refuse stronger medication because I was told by one surgeon i needed surgery and I had a rough time quitting smoking after being a heavy smoker for over 30 years?
What are my options.
Seth B Solomon