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A 42-year-old member asked:

Why won't my doctor prescribe me pain medication?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Narcotics ?: Physicians may be reticent to prescribe narcotics if NSAID's or less aggressive meds might do the trick.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

How do I ask my doctor for pain medication?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Tell him: You need to talk to him. Why do you need pain medication? Tell him about your pain, what makes it better or worse. Seek to find a cause not just take pills to cover it up.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What can be done to get your doctor to prescribe you pain medication?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Not your call.: I am always "frightened"by patients who believe they need pain meds, usually, no always meaning narcotics. They almost always have "tasted" these drugs before, frequently inappropriately! your doctor is the best arbitor of this, hopefully a creditable one. Very few patients need narcotic therapy. Narcotics are grossly overprescribed! you are male-they will kill your masculinity! great trade off!
Cynthiana, KY
A 19-year-old male asked:

Can you prescribe pain medication on a virtual assessment?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Kerrie Pinkney
Palliative Care 27 years experience
No. : That is not a safe practice for you. Pain is an important symptom that something is wrong and should be evaluated by physical exam.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How do I tell my doctor I am weaning myself off of pain medication?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Cheryl White
Pain Management 31 years experience
Just tell him!: There are no reputable studies that show benefit from the long term use of opioids so it should please your doctor if you tell him you are weaning. Ask for a consultation to a reputable pain management physician who may have alternative treatemnt options, and once you are off the pills, refuse offers of additional refills.

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