WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY DOCTOR REFUSES TO PRESCRIBE ME PAIN MEDS?
Because of these trends, many patients are being cut off from their pain pills with little or no notice.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY DOCTOR STOPS MY PAIN MEDS?
Opioids—including morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone and fentanyl—are extremely effective for treating acute pain following surgery or a serious injury.
However, it’s also true that they can be problematic when taken for prolonged periods because many patients develop tolerance to opioids. That means they need higher and higher doses to get pain relief and the higher doses increase the risk of side effects and harm.
To make matters worse, it’s very common for patients to become physically dependent on opioids - regardless if they have had substance abuse problems suffered from addiction in the past.
If the drug is stopped abruptly, or the dose is reduced by even a little bit, patients can suffer extremely unpleasant withdrawal symptoms—including increased pain.
After the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain was released in response to the the unanticipated consequences of years of doctors overprescribing addictive pain medications, many doctors have begun cutting off their patients prescriptions cold turkey.
Many patients experience persistent pain or important functional reductions for longer than a month after a small reduction in their dose and even worse symptoms when cut off completely. To cope with withdrawal symptoms, some are turning to the underground narcotics market—which puts them at risk of consuming potentially deadly counterfeit medications or other highly addictive drugs.
There is a difference between people who are misusing opioids because they have a disorder such as addiction and patients who take the drugs to control pain so they can function day-to-day. If you are simply trying to manage your pain and don't want to go through the additional pain of dealing with opioid withdrawals, we are here to help you through a simple, medical detox. Medical detoxification safely manages the acute physical symptoms of withdrawal associated with stopping drug use.