My mother was on pain management for almost 4 years, she recently was released because they did a random pill count and she was 10 short. They made her go through these Drug addiction meetings, AA meetings and all sorts of things and the end result is she has decided not to take the meds anymore. Is it normal for these pain doctors to keep you on these meds for this long? When the meds weren't working they would just increase them or change her to something stronger. I thought pain management was there to control her pain but it at the end made her worse, she could not function in everyday life. I am so glad she has decided not to take them anymore, the only drawback for that is she still has her original problem with pain. Also in the almost 4 years she was in pain management she only saw the doctor once. She always seen a nurse. Wouldn't you think that this doctor that is prescribing her anything from percocet to morphine patches, and oxy would at least see his patient once a year. What do you think? Are your doctors like this? Or did she have a bad doctor?