My doc at Kaiser told me that they have a new policy that they will no longer treat chronic pain with opiods. Period. Doesn't matter how severe your pain is.
Their Chronic Pain Program started me on opiods 8 years ago. I developed tolerance to my current dose, of course, several months ago and my doc said she won't increase my dose and eventually I'm going to have to withdraw from my opiod pain meds.
She sighted "studies" that said opiods are "dangerous" long term. I asked what the danger was and she said heart disease.
I can't take NSAIDS because I have moderate kidney disease.
So where does that leave me? Oxycontin has been the only drug to reduce my pain. Has anyone else had this problem?
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My long-time doc at Kaiser Permanente will no longer prescribe opiods for chronic pain, which is the company's new policy.
It is cruel, barbaric, illogical, and based in fear that the DOCTOR will suffer if they are audited.
They don't want to be responsible for creating an addict. So now, all people with Chronic Pain are treated as potential addicts. Its a catch-22. If you develop tolerance and need a higher dose..well, you're an addict!
I also agree that this policy will lead to suicides and more black market use.
My doctor at KAISER PERMANENTE takes the above position and will no longer treat my moderat-to-severe pain with opiates. She says that studies have shown the opiates are very "dangerous" and "don't work" for chronic pain. She says that this is KAISER'S new guideline for all physicians.View Thread