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Re: chronic pain --DR. WHITWORTH-- HELP!!

Re: chronic pain --DR. WHITWORTH-- HELP!!

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Posted by MLWhitworth, MD on May 01, 2000 at 21:46:30:

In Reply to: chronic pain --DR. WHITWORTH-- HELP!! posted by BETTY L on April 26, 2000 at 23:48:54:

The FDA rarely harrasses individual doctors about prescribing legal drugs...they have much bigger fish to fry and do not wish to tell doctors how to practice medicine. The state medical boards on the other hand in some cases have a primative mindset because they are composed of older doctors who were trained to believe chronic opioids = drug addiction. Of course this is untrue, but old dogs are difficult to teach anything to, including new tricks. The state boards have actually gone after individual doctors on occasions but usually are feared for their power to take away prescribing licenses. Most of the time, doctors do not prescribe sufficient opioids because of their own inherent biases, lack of education, and ancient training. They use the FDA or state boards as scapegoats. Certain states do have state medical board zealots such as Kentucky who would apparently rather see no patients take chronic opioids ever. But the old guard will eventually die off and be replaced by rational, evidenced based medical doctors.

: I HAVE HAD 8 STOMACH SURGERIES AND CURRENTLY AM SUFFERING FROM 2 HERNIAS. I ALSO HAVE MESH IN PLACE AND I AM ONLY ALLOWED TO LIFT 10LBS. I SUFFER DAILY FROM MIAGRAINES THAT I HAVE HAD SINCE A HEAD INJURY IN 1991. I HAVE BEEN THROUGH ALL THE REGULAR DOCTORS AND ALL THERE TESTS(MRI, CAT SCANS, X-RAYS, ETC.) THEY HAVE SENT ME TO HEADACHE CLINICS AND ALSO PAIN CLINICS. MY PROBLEM IS IN ORDER TO GET ANY RELIEF FROM THE PAIN I NEED TO TAKE PAIN RELIEVERS( VICODIN, TYLOX, STADOL, ETC.) THE TYLENOL INTAKE WORRIES ME. IN ORDER TO GET ANY RELIF FROM THE STOMACH PROBLEMS I NEED THE MEDICINE AND ALSO TO RELIVE THE HEADACHES I NEED MORE MEDICINE.
: THE CURRENT DOCTORS ACT LIKE YOU ARE SOME KIND OF A DRUG ADDICT WHEN YOU TELL THEM WHAT YOU ARE ON. THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE BEEN ON THE SAME AMOUNT OF THE DRUG WITH NO NEED FOR AN INCREASE IN THE LAST 4 YEARS DOESN'T SEEM TO MATTER TO THEM.. THEY DON'T WANT TO WRITE THE PRESCRIPITIONS BECAUSE OF THE HASSELS THEY GO THROUGH FROM THE FDA. WHAT AM I TO DO. I KNOW THAT SOMEWHERE OUT THERE THERE IS A DOCTOR THAT WILL TREAT THE PATIENTS PAIN AND WILL BE ABLE TO HELP ME. ALL I GET OUT OF THESE DRUGS IS RELIEF FROM THE PAIN. IF I WAS GETTING HIGH OR SOMETHING I COULD UNDERSTAND. I JUST DON'T WANT TO GET UP EVERYDAY OF MY LIFE AND FIGHT THROUGH HEAD AND STOMACH PAIN ALL DAY OR ELSE SPEND THE DAY IN THE BED. THE MEDICINE JUST HELPS ME TO BE ABLE TO DO A FEW NORMAL THINGS IN A DAY.
: IF YOU CAN HELP ME PLEASE LET ME KNOW.




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