... surgeries and because of that I now have nerve damage in my right leg. my doctor will not increase my medication, I have been on it for so long it now does nothing for me, what can I do to get him to change it? or should I change doctors? I'm needing some advice please. everyone have a bless day
If you're not seeing a pain management dr, you should. There are things that can be done for nerve pain, and it doesn't sound like you're getting any of it. Your dr is responding to the government attitude that we don't need pain meds and we'll arrest your dr if he prescribes them. He knows just as well as you do that we build tolerances to pain meds and that you're in pain. He is afraid to order more because he's afraid of the government. A pain dr knows what hopes to jump thru to keep the government at bay, and they also know all the things that can be done.
Like Kiasmama stated we all develop a tolerance over time and because of tighter and tighter restrictions on pain meds they are making them harder for Doctors to prescribe, not only do some have to pay higher insurance rates in some states but also they are limited on what they can prescribe and for how long, plus you can no longer get refills.
Seeing a pain med specialist or physical medicine specialist is the only way you are going to be able to get your meds increased, but also there are a great deal of new meds and procedures used to help people with chronic pain and a good pain doc will have a literal tool kit at their disposal.
Just one warning; Right now I am seeing a scam in the Health Care industry here in the US where these Formulary Pharmacies that are not regulated by the FDA are pushing these pain creams. They put a bunch of generic drugs into a cream and the idea is the drugs are absorbed directly into the region of interest, but the problem is they don't work because the pain is deep. Where the scam lies is in the cost, they don't bill you, but they do bill your Insurance for $500.00 and the total cost to them cannot be higher than $3.00 worth of materials. It's scams like these that are making all of our Health Care Insurance and premiums shoot through the roof. Myself and my wife have both been prescribed these creams and we called our insurance to have them stop payment, that's when we learned what they were being billed.
Just some friendly advice from a fellow chronic pain sufferer whom also works in Healthcare.
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