• Since the crack down on opioids started last year is your doctor still prescribing pain medicine?

    Asked by CancerChicky on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

    Since the crack down on opioids started last year is your doctor still prescribing pain medicine?

    I understand that there was way too much pain medicine getting prescribed, my own Father is a case study in over prescribing. But for people like us that have giant surgical scars and the pain related to radiation and chemo we actually do need it. I doubt there is any cancer patient that doesn't need pain medicine at some point. My doctor has cut way back on prescribing them and when I complain that the scars from the surgery and radiation are hurting he wants me to just "not think about it". It's hard to not think about it when it feels like a hot poker is being shoved through your body. Anyone else having these problems?

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    • cllinda's Avatar

      I had serious stomach surgery and the hoops I had to jump through to get pain pills were nuts. And they can't just send a prescription electronically any more. They had to write it out and then my family has to drive to go get the paper to take to the drugstore. I understand the problems that these drugs cause but sometimes, we just need them.

      6 months ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar

      My palliative care doctors are pretty careful about prescribing pain meds and spend an hour of face to face time with their patients every month in order to determine what level of pain meds they do or do not currently need to address their pain or other symptoms.
      The doctors try very hard to prescribe what they think is right but end up spending a lot of time arguing with pharmacy benefits managers, having to submit entirely new care plans if they adjust a single medication.

      It's great to be safe and I'm glad we are trying to get better prescription control, but my docs tell me that they spend a lot unnecessary time arguing to get meds for people who really should be getting them more easily for obvious, ongoing cancer pain.

      It feels like the govt has tried to fix the problem of opioids but a lot of patients have been broadly painted with the wrong brush in the cancer community. My own mom can't get any pain meds at all and she really needs them.

      I don't know what the best solution is, but there it's still a lot of work to be done making sure cancer patients have adequate palliative care, but also that abusers of pain meds don't get too many.

      6 months ago
    • HotRodTodd's Avatar

      I am still getting mine, but It's not a very large amount or dose and I never take all of them so I think they see that I'm not an addict from it.

      6 months ago

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