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ponderitpponderit Posts: 1
edited 10/09/2014 - 6:40 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
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


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,579

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • is correct, you can't be forced into surgery, but at the same time, the pm doctor does not have to continue to provide you with opiates either.
    If the doctor feels that continuing medications is putting your spinal cord or spinal nerves at risk, and you refuse to consider other treatment options, they don't have to continue to treat you either.
    Non compliance is the reason that the doctor would give, ie..........not quitting smoking, and refusing to consider other treatment options.
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