We read hundreds of new threads every day and there are always a few topics that come up so frequently.
One of them has to deal with how people view their pain medications.
- - I dont like taking medications- I dont want narcotics- I dont like how it makes me feel- I fear about getting addicted- I really dont want to take any- Its not enough I need more- Doesnt touch me- etc
The truth of it all, is that when you are in real pain, but it acute or chronic, you need to take something to help with that situation.
Lets start off with some facts. Your doctor does an assessment on your situation based on diagnostic testing, clinical observations and one on
one communications. Doctors are trained on understanding the above. Based on this, they will recommend a set of medications to best fit
Some patients will agree with that, some will feel they need more, some really dont understand.
When you are having real pain, you need help. So, when a doctor prescribes pain medications, they are doing that for a specific reason.
Some people might resist that. Some do it because they believe if they speak about narcotics in a bad way, they will be also convincing their
doctor that pain medications are bad, SO, if they ask for more, its only because they really need it.
I dont want to take narcotics. Yes, there are some folks in the USA as I am sure in other countries, that do NOT take ANY medications.
Now, if you fit into that category, then stating you dont want to take narcotics can make sense.
My major point here is that the doctors know a lot more than you may take them for. They understand when pain medications are required and
when they are not. I've been on narcotics for over 10 years steady now and for the most part of the past 35 years. My doctor does not hesitate
prescribing narcotics for me,.... For her its simple. She knows I need them now and when there comes a time when I don't need them but want them,
she will understand and have to make some changes.
Doesn't matter if you are 14 or 84, when is needed is needed and what is right is right. Most of the time it comes down to a level of trust and confidence.
When you can have that in each other , so many other simple things start to fall into place.