I am waiting to get in pain management and surgery but while I wait all my family practitioner will give me for my pain is Tylenol 3. I use to get Percocet 10 and Soma prior to surgery.
Yes, they are capable of prescribing almost any medication (there are a few medications that they need a special certificate to prescribe, like buprenorphine). The problem is, they are very uncomfortable prescribing medications that would draw the attention of the Drug Enforcement Agency, and try to give the minimum possible amount/levels of pain medication as a general rule. Following surgery, they rely on a surgeon to prescribe the pain meds. If you are having surgery, maybe the surgeon can provide this medication to you in the interim.
Meggie made some very good points.
He is also trying to help the pain doctor see you in your normal state of pain.
If he medicates with something stronger your pain doc will not get a good view on the intensity of your pain.
He observes you for grimacing (scrunching up your face between your eyebrows), your ability to verbalize your distress and whether you are protecting the part of the body that hurts.
If medicated, you will appear more relaxed because the pain will be lessened. He most likely will not think you are in as much pain as you really do have.
He may start something that is stronger or just different and then you will be disappointed in the new treatment.
I'm wishing you the best.
Btw... it's good to take someone with you to help give him an idea of how your pain is influencing your lifestyle. It's good to always have a witness to guide you from any misunderstandings.
Write out a list.
You will be in pain or under stress and may be having problems remembering.
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