I would suggest that you go to the FDA website and see exactly what is going on first, I would also ask the PA for a link to the site where she can prove what she said is true. Did the PA say that NO one in the office was going to comply with this requirement? When does it take effect? I can't believe that any doctor would not comply with this. They write RXs for opiates all the time for many different conditions.
Many of us with professional licenses must take continuing education hours to re-license. I am an RN and I must do so in the state in which I am licensed. I had to take an 8 hour class on Pain Management a few years ago. I also must take other classes to make a total of 20 hours every two years. It is really no big deal. They are not expensive either. Especially if you do them on line or by mail. We SHOULD be required to update our education.
My doctor passed on the patch for me, because I love my hot tub. It is the only thing that gives me complete relief, if only for a little while. My doctor told me that heat and the fentanyl patch do not mix well. So, I have not used it.
That is fine after your doctor diagnoses what is causing your pain. I have arthritis that has been diagnosed by a rheumatologist, taking the ibuprofen helps with that, so my FMS does not get as out of control.
Over the counter pain meds can be dangerous, and should not be taken for more that a couple of weeks at the dose that is quoted on the label unless one sees their doctor and he has told them it is okay. You have a prescription, so you have seen your doctor. Many people have not done that. They start out with 800 mg. of ibuprofen and they may only need 200 mg. They have heard from many folks that the amount on the OTC label is too low and start out really high.
My husband switched from ibuprofen to a generic of Aleve, and had black stools within several months. He did not connect it but I did and tossed it out. His doctor was glad when he discussed it later with him. His doctor told him to never take ibuprofen or naprosyn or any other NSAID.
Taking acetaminophen can cause liver problems in some people.
Everyone should be like you and discuss this with their doctor.
I would ask her respectfully for links to the studies that have shown this to be true. Read them all. If you disagree, find your own studies using Medscape or some other medical search engine, and show them to her.
However, Kaiser doctors follows their own guidelines, it is unlikely you will change the mind of any Kaiser doctor to the point where he will do other than what they say.
A friend of mine went through an intensive out patient alcoholism treatment program at Kaiser in San Francisco, and they told him I was an addict, having never seen me in person. They based this on the fact that I took opiates for chronic pain. I spoke to his therapist there by phone, and he told me I was an addict in one breath, and in the next told me I should continue the opiate therapy that my own doctor had laid out for me. He basically told me two different things at the same time. This was recent enough so that we had the words, addiction, dependence, and tolerance in the medical vocabulary. The therapist did not really understand that someone could be opiate dependent, but still not be an addict, he thought they were the same thing. It was the Party line at Kaiser.
I doubt many of us will be pain free any time soon. I am not pain free with meds, let alone without them.
I don't discuss my meds with anyone outside my immediate family, the people I actually live with, lol. Who cares what others think? My doctor, my pharmacist, and I are all fine with whatever drugs I opt to use.
I don't mean to sound really dumb but what state is Pasco Co. in?
You should do whatever you decide is best for you. With your doctor's input of course.
I am so sorry your husband has no health insurance. That really limits his options.
He should consider taking a cheaper drug if it costs him $200 for a RX pain med. I use methadone, because it is cheap and I am retired, but I do not get it from a methadone clinic as they mostly cater to the treatment of addiction. I get it from the pharmacy with a RX from my family doctor. It is fairly commonly used for pain management, so he should not feel bad about it.
It is important not to ask for opioids or "pain meds" from office help, make an appt. for a family doctor, and discuss this all with the doctor at the appt.
I would use your computer search engine to look for "free/low cost health clinics in your town, state". I would assume it will take awhile to find one, how is your husband doing with his medicine supply?
American healthcare stinks for folks without insurance.
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