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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 tammy, Community Member, asks

Q: Drs arent prescribing pain meds....NOW WHAT??

OK so drs are scared of being sued or held liable due to misuse of narcotics. Now what?? I have medicaide and no pain management center who will accept same. therefore i am suffering from chronic pain due to fibromyalgia and lupus sle. i am currently also suffering from recurrent pluerisy and kidney problems (lupus) and in MUCH pain. my primary does not prescribe pain meds. i am suffering with a great deal of pain and feel drs should be held liable for NOT taking care of their patients needs. i will be filing a complaint with the dept of health against my drs office.
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learnFMnow, Community Member
8/26/10 11:17am

We just have to suffer I guess.  I am finding I have had the only doctor in this town that will prescribe anything for pain for fibromyalgia.  I must change doctors now because he will be going out of business soon.  I am lost.  I don't think I will find one doctor who will listen to me now and help me with the pain of fibro.

It makes us feel almost hopeless to know we must suffer each day without some relief from the pain. 

Hootie, Community Member
8/25/10 12:28am

I agree.. you should file a complaint.  First do no harm right?  Its doing harm every second of the day that your pain is left untreated. 


Hope you find a pain management center SOMEWHERE soon to help you or a compassionate, unafraid physician who will care enough to help you, Tammy.  I wish you the best.

Steven Thorne, Community Member
8/26/10 2:40pm

they still do

but its tough

u got to find out if ur dr is prescribing any pain meds to any of his/her patients.then if yes question why not u/then id ask for a referral to a pain mangement clinic/dr.or check around for Dr that isnt a scared to do there job

drs really suck today.for the few that abuse this service we all got to we got to pull together and fight person is none 500000 r many.

so sorry for u.there r meds that arent narcotics and been found to do the same.but with the liver problem ur ina catch 22 situation.

another way is to go online pharmacy see if ur luck is any better

just be careful. BBB them and check them out fully before taking anything through the mail;.

reruho, Community Member
8/26/10 10:46pm


There are doctors taking care of chronic pain patients. Is your primary managing your fibro? Perhaps you need some one else to manage your health issues and only go to the primary for colds and things like that.

The majority of regular doctors DO NOT have the training to treat chrronic pain. You really need to find a pain management clinic to be seen at or to find a some new doctors.

Under treatment of your pain is a crime and is causing a decline in your overall health.



sandy, Community Member
9/ 5/10 4:28pm

Dear Tammy,

I read you story and my heart goes out to you. I think many doctors are afraid of prescribing narcotics for professional as wellas legal issues. I found a solution for my problem with this by turning all my pain killing medications as well as muscle relaxants over to the doctors in a Pain Clinic. And I find that working with this  Pain Clinic has made my life easier in more than a few ways.


1. Given the number of medications I am on I feel much more comfortable that the chances for addiction as well as problems with dangerous interactions  have been greatly reduced when those medications all come from one person.


2. I find my other Doctors much more comfortable with my treatment for  pain when they know they are off the hook now and that a source of greater knowledge and experience is now in charge when a Pain Clinic ibecomes  involved.


3. I find the Drs at a pain Clinic are more comfortable with the use of narcotics- and frequently will prescribe doses higher than my general or surgical physicians both because they are more in touch with the real information about Narcotics  and the more they get to know me the more they trust me to to respect their requirements.


4. I also have found that the Pain Clinic doctors are more knowledgeable  of other methods of pain relief besides medications too. I am getting substantial help from weekly sessions with a Massage Therapist as just one example..


Medications will probably always be a strong part of treatment and nobody should be cut off from that type of treatment for the wrong reasons. Please try to find a Pain Management Clinic. Your history is probably a familiar one to them and they should be  able to help you find some kind of relief from this terrible chronic pain. If there is one single part of this disorder that can bring me to my knees it is the pain. All of us here  care and  want you to find some help for this problem! Please keep us posted. My prayers go with you!


SpeakUp23, Community Member
10/ 7/10 11:13am

I so identify w/ your problem & sadly it is a huge problem just about everywhere.

extremely difficult to find a physician who understands pain the way very few do & who actually know & care what we as severe chronic pain sufferers go thru. I just lost my pain mgmt Dr. to an investigation few months ago & ironic thing about the whole case is the Dr is 1 of the highest rated & best Drs in America. This man has been despised for yrs by the less informed I guess I will be kind enough to call them, but is by far the best pain mgmt Dr I've ever had in just about 20 yrs of seeing physicians for many diff dx's (diagnoses). Had huge amt of patients due to the serious lack of proper pain mgmt. People even flew from thousands of miles away to see him. Compassionate, ridiculously intelligent, unbelievably educated in numerous practices & professional. If you want to try to make a difference I urge you to contact any & every1 in any position of power.. I am working at the same. What's even crazier than possibly losing the best Dr I've ever had is fact that his patients are all being refused service everywhere. Sure you can go to ER but they'll give you nothing helpful & treat you like an addict even if you've been nothing but responsible with your meds & have never given any Dr a reason not to trust you. Not used to being treated like that after building trust w/ a wonderful Dr who would never leave me to suffer if still allowed to practice. I wish you all the best of luck. 

I understand, Community Member
5/23/12 7:21am

My husband has peripheral neuropathy.  Before it was formally diagnosed fibromyalgia was a possibility.  Our family doctor at the time told us he would never diagnose a patient with fibromyalgia because the insurance companies do not recognize it as an actual disease.  Insurance companies are many of the problems. That and the DEA's regulations because of drug abusers.

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