Re: Doctors will not prescribe anything for pain? what do i do?
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<JCAHO> is not a law and it does not effect a doc in private practice that doesn't need the JCAHO and doesn't qualify for govt funding. The JCAHO has no control over a private practice or out patient prescribing.
If there was actualy a law that forced docs to prescribe enough opiates to satisfy every patients desire, every junkie in the country would line up at the ER, every 4 hours for their fix because acording to that missinterpretation the docs would be sued for malpractice if they don't pass out shots of morphine like candy to everyone that claimed to be in pain.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations requirement to monitor and treat pain is a guidline, not a law. It only effects in patient institutions seeking JCAHO accreditation and continued public funding. Please read the article before sugesting you can bring a malpractic suite against any doc for not prescribing adaquate pain meds to anyone that asks. That idea fuels the sense of entitlement that will get you nowhere with a doc in private practice.
Some PM docs use opiates, some don't. Some use a multi faceted approach ,and there are plenty of pill pusher that make a living knowing once your dependent they have a patient for life. If you suggest you have a right to opiates and will sew a doc if he doesn't give you what you want, you will be laughed out the building and labeled a drug seeker.
If your present doc isn't managing your pain, change docs, find a PM clinic, keep trying alternatives untill you find what works for you. Of couse a shot of morphine helps, but it doesn't mean it's your only choice. Don't waste your time loking to get revenge on a PM doc that simply doesn't believe in the use of opiates for chronic pain, it's not mal practice to believe the use of opiates causes more harm than good. He has his right to his opinion and there is no law that forces a doc to prescribe any drug to anyone he isn't comfortable with.
Prior to the invention of oxyContin, opiates weren't used on anyone that wasn't terminal or didn't just have surgery. There are dozens of alternatives to opiates and it's up to you if you want to shop for a doc that will give you anything you ask for or one that will do anything he can to help you learn to cope with pain that can't always be relieved by a big dose of opiates.
Good luck and forget the law suite .
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