i was going to 2 doctors for pain meds. its been 3 months since i have been to a doctor. can i still go to a pain dr ?
1 Apr 2012
Most likely no. Your new doctor would most likely find out, even if you didn't tell them. The one possibility would be to tell a new doctor why you were going to two doctors, and if it is because your pain was out of control you might be given a trial period. It's called psuedo-addiction - where you act out to get more meds because your situation is unbearable. Most doctors won't consider this though. If you are given another chance do things by the book. Get a copy of the opoid contract you sign and make sure you understand every bit of it. Expect urine testing, pill counts - the works. Doctors are at great risk of having their practice shut down if they should ignore abberant behavior. They have a lot to lose so keep that in mind.
Also some pain specialists might see you for procedures and steriod shots and not prescribe any meds. That is, if you can get in to see them before your record does. You can always learn some mind-body ways of dealing with pain: biofeedback, progressive relaxation, guided imagery, and meditation, yoga, accupuncture. I hope you can get the help you need. Regards - Eliza Jane
1 Apr 2012
First, to Lady Eliza Jane, great answer and info. And second, to Nanny08, our bodies and brain love opiate and will create more pain to get you to take more, this is known as opiate tolerance and that tolerance will increase. Most of you may not like my answer, but Nanny might have developed quite a tolerance and when she is without short acting opiates, her pain level and other symptoms will shoot thru the roof. Sometimes it is not the condition or injury creating the pain after years on short acting opiates, it is the brain and body wanting more. Suboxone has helped many people who thought the pain was from an injury or condition, but actually was an opiate tolerance. Its not for everyone, but since she may not be able to get short acting meds again, she might consider trying suboxone. It does have pain relieving capability and it does reduce the extra mu receptors that are formed.
The mu receptors are extra sites the short acting opiate would sit on, suboxone therapy helps reduce those, therefore, reverses the opiate tolerance. This is just a thought i had, hope it doesn't offend anyone, subs worked for me, it might be worth Nanny investigating since she has gotten painted into a corner, so to speak. Patt
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