Rheumatoid Arthritis - Trying to manage my pain (left knee, lower back primarily) but Doctor limits?
- 13 Jul 2014 by echo6768
- 27 July 2014
- norco, tylenol, rheumatoid arthritis, pain, back pain, doctor, knee
... my pain meds to three 10mg Norco per day.
He claims since Obamacare, the federal government is monitoring and asking doctors questions why they have increased Norco/ ( 325mg Tylenol) and he doesn't want hassle from Government.
I have had moderate-severe RA since 1994 onset at 43 years old. I need extra pain relief, anyone else aware doctors are being hassled about increasing Norco dosage for RA patients???
Added 13 Jul 2014:
My blood work is good with NO liver enzyme issues at this point. My previous doctor who retired prescribed my Norco/325mg Tylenol at 4-6 per day as needed and had NO liver enzyme issues when blood work was done.
Additionally, since my RA onset, I have periodic anemia which I take extra folic acid along with 'B' complex vitamin.
Well he's right about the government hassle but not the reason why. This has been going on for many years now. Docs are loosing their licenses and going to jail for prescribing pain meds. Depending what part of the country you're in, this all started more then 10 yrs ago. The government doesn't recognize that there is an appropriate way to manage pain, and what they want done isn't helping us at all. The best you can do is find a pain management dr, they know what hoops to jumpt through. Its the rare family dr who will prescribe any controlled drug anymore. The DEA has turned their war on drugs into a war on people in pain.
It's not Obamacare, it's the wide spread abuse of this and other pain meds. Street sales and patients selling their scripts are out of control, so the DEA is threatening Doctors who write the scripts. The losers? Chronic Pain Patients. The winners? Ironically the abusers. So, yes, they're cracking down everywhere.
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