Both my sisters get the same pain meds I do but they also get somas and say it helps so much. I asked my Dr about it and he refuses to write scrip ts for it. Why are some drs so against this drug? It sounds like as long as taken properly it really helps chronic severe pain. What can I tell my Dr so he might feel differently about giving it to me?
It is important that you develop a good relationship with your physician. That you demonstrate compliance to all medications and procedures. That you become knowledgeable of your condition and know why you want medication. Do not request a specific drug. Do not demand to keep changing docs. Be aware that many insurance policies have protocols as to which meds are tried first before the next one can be used. Stay informed, bring a list to your next appointment saying when symptoms are worse, what you do to help, how long it lasts and at what pain threshold you are at.
Then you will get the full attention of the doc and the help you deserve.
I also have RSD, it could be a few reasons like age, other med's, and if the Dr knows much about RSD and the pain it can cause! Have any of you tried ketamine infusions? I have full body, organs everything and I tried the infusions and was able to function again, my true miracle.
RSD is ranked on the McGill Pain Index as the MOST PAINFUL FORM OF CHRONIC PAIN THAT EXISTS TODAY! Arthritis pain is ranked about a 18, Cancer pain is 24, Chronic Back Pain a 26, and then RSD/CRPS is ranked a whopping 42! The only thing close to RSD pain is the amputation of a finger and that is quick, RSD is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
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It may be the drug, it may be he doesn't like to write scripts for controlled substances, however, I think it's because you're telling him what you want. As I have said in many of my answers here Doctors do not like to be TOLD anything when it comes to what we think we NEED. It's a huge red flag because of all the bone-headed abusers out there. Hope this helps.
Some Drs are very against Soma. Soma had been taken off the market in Europe by the European version of our DEA and many Drs in the US think it shouldnt be used here either. It is a very addictive muscle relaxant and most Drs feel that there are other, more effective muscle relaxants that dont carry as much risk. Soma is broken down by the body into meprobamate which has been banned in the US (it went by the brand name Miltown). I have had a Dr who flat out told me he will never prescribe any patient Soma. Other Drs feel it is no more risky than any other controlled substance. If your Dr doesnt believe in prescribing it, then NOTHING is going to change his mind, unfortunately. You may need to either try other options, which may work just as well as Soma, or you may need to see a different doctor. You might make suggestions to a Dr but never ask for a specific medication. As others have said, it raises red flags with many of them.
I try to approach it like "My sister has this same condition and she takes Soma. She says it is very helpful for her. Do you think that will work for me?" that puts the ball in his/her court. If they say no, then that is it! If you insist on it, you will just come off to them like a drug seeker. Have you tried Baclofen or Tizanidine? One of them may work every bit as well, if not better, than Soma and most Drs dont have a problem with prescribing them.
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