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Re: chronic pain, Why no doctors

Re: chronic pain, Why no doctors

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Posted by ML Whitworth, M.D. on February 29, 2000 at 18:56:19:

In Reply to: chronic pain, Why no doctors posted by Angela on February 28, 2000 at 23:21:46:

Most patients with chronic pain have either had traumatic injuries, have jobs requiring heavy lifting, have positions requiring repetitive motion, or have sedentary positions that exacerbate the pain (eg. truck drivers who must sit for long periods which places more stress on the spine than standing and also must endure vibration frequencies of approximately 6 hz which is the natural resonance frequency of the spine).
Doctors rarely have any of the above. It is explicitly illegal for doctors to self prescribe and is the single fastest way to loose the license to practice medicine. Most doctors use the internet to search medline and rarely visit time consuming forums or bulletin boards. Some doctors are addicted to drugs, but most are caught early on because of the availability of potent drugs (esp. anesthesiologists) which require rapid acceleration of use. It has been estimated that over all approximately 1% of doctors and 3% of anesthesiologists have substance abuse problems, which is far lower than the 10% of the general population.
Just food for thought...

: I do not suffer from chronic pain but I have an interest in the topic, so sad to hear from so many desparate people, and how *de humanized* they feel trying to get help. Then the question comes to my mind
: ?? "Why have I never seen a post from a doctor who is suffering from chronic pain??? I have seen posts by nurses. But our dear gatekeepers.... they have no presence on line as sufferers of chronic pain....
: Could it be that the good doctors readily get their relief from pain needs met????
: Hmmmm?

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