Will Rowe

Patient Expert

Will wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Pain Management.

Latest by Will Rowe

What Do You Do if You are Forced to Come Off of Your Opioid Pain Medication Without Medical Guidance

Opioid medications have a natural property that causes physical dependence. Other medications used to treat high blood pressure, depression, and inflammation can do the same. Common substances, like caffeine, have that property. Because our bodies ad...

What to Do if You've Been Fired from Your Pain Care Provider

There have been reports that some practices have a zero tolerance for certain behaviors that cause concern. Lost prescriptions may be seen as a “red flag” and treated as a breach of the “physician/patient” relationship. This may be considered an infr...

Stolen or Lost Medication: Forming Relationships with New Doctors

Unfortunately, we face a very difficult situation when medications are lost or stolen. Controlled substances, particularly opioids for pain management, have come under heavy scrutiny over the past few years due to unfavorable media reports, heavy-han...

Stolen Medications: What to Do if it Happens to You

There were a great many responses to my story about the fellow who had his opioid pain medicines stolen and the problems he had after that getting a physician to help him. One quick lesson in this situation is for people to be very careful about stor...