The OP asked for advice. If she just wants people to make her feel better about her husband not being able to get his meds increased that is something else entirely.
I could have said, well just try another dr, they will understand. Of course he won't have a problem finding a dr who will increase this very strong pain meds to higher and higher doses. No dr is going to allow their patient to suffer.
When someone asks for advice, that is what I give them. They may not like it, but they didn't specify they wanted advice that would just make the feel better and not be reality in the real world.View Thread
77Grace, drs continuing to increase the dosages of these strong meds is changing. The drs are are learning that it takes more than pain meds to adequately manage severe chronic pain. They are also learning that continuing tp increase these dosages higher and higher is not the thing to do. And in order to leep the dosage low, non medication pain management has to be used. This may not be every dr now, but it will be. And finding a new dr who will keep a patient at a high dose is something else that is changing. The OP's husband needs to get a copy of his medical records and read exactly what they dr wrote about not increasing the dosage. Any new dr will have to get those medical records before treating them with any type of pain med.View Thread
hate_you_all, you're right about acting like drug seekers. And people asking for stronger meds is one of the reasons chronic pain patients are having a hard time finding drs who will treat their pain. But, all these people want is for the drs to increase the meds. They don't want to do anything that would decrease the meds they need.View Thread
If vets want proper pain management, they have to go to the private sector, but it's been that way for a while. Frankly, is vets want proper treatment of any kind, they have to go to the private sector.View Thread
kimba48, drs having to always give chronic pain patients stronger meds is the main reason why drs aren't increasing meds like they use to. There are limits to how much a body can take, even when a patient is opioid tolerant. The drs now want their patients to use other forms of pain management that don't involve medications. Things like biofeed back, seeing a psychologist who specializes in dealing with chronic pain patients, are just two of the non medication methods. The days of only taking medications for chronic severe pain is coming to an end. And if the pain isn't severe enough to prevent you from doing basic activities of daily living like showering and preparing a meal, getting strong pain meds or any pain meds will also be coming to an end in the near future.View Thread
The days of drs continuing the increase pain meds, especially when the patient is already on a stong pain med, is quickly coming to an end. Chronic pain patients need to use non medication pain management as well as medication management. Things like seeing a psychologist who specializes in chronic pain patients, biofeed back, ect can decrease the need for medications to manage pain. Ask his pain dr for a referral to a psychologist who specializes in chronic pain patients and/or biofeed back. The chances of the dr working with him once he doesn't require as much pain medication should be good.View Thread
It is highly unlikely the dr even knew you were there. When the patient scheduled for that slot (you) wasn't there, he had lunch. We can't expect our drs to put everything on hold when we are late. Not only do they have schedules but they also have other patients.
The next time you're going to be late, call and ask if you ned eto reschedule or if the dr will be able to see you. But, remember if your appointment was at 1pm & you don't get there until 2pm, you will either be worked in if another patient doesn't show up or at the end of the day.View Thread
The ACLU & DOJ can investigate all they want to. Although I seriously doubt that they are actually investigating this. You may have made a complaint or requested them investigate, but that is not the same thing as receiving a letter and it stating in writting that it is being investigated. You must also remember that the DOJ is federal and they go by federal law. Under federal law, marijuana is illegal.
The ACLU may look into it, but I doubt it. And there is nothing anyone can do to make a dr prescribe you pain meds if you're also using marijuana. But, if you making a complaint gets out to other drs, you won't be able to find a dr who will treat you with pain meds, with or without marijuana.
annette, people don't understand about the research. They think people saying they used marijuana and were taking pain meds is the same things as research and will be given weight. You and I know that is not how research works.View Thread
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