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A 33-year-old female asked:

why are doctors so against prescribing opioid pain meds?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Erman answered
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Complicated: Addiction potential, overuse potential, sidwe effect profile, mis-use potential. Illicit use potential. Illegal sale potential. Federally regulated and controlled. They do have their role, but must be monitored for all of the above.
Dr. David Teicheira
Pain Management 36 years experience
I'm concerned : I have read quite a few of your posts and i don't think you understand the limits of opioids. That's natural, we call them painkillers. I know 5 truths about opioids. 1, they take the edge off 2, they're better than nothing 3, sometimes they work ok 4, sometimes you wonder why you bother taking them 5 if you want to know how well they work, stop them for a few days. My patients taught me this.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Are there any alternatives to pain meds?

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Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 18 years experience
Yes: Yes there are many alternatives. Many patients are able to obtain substantial pain relief with physical therary and/or chiropractic care. There are many injections that may be available depending on where the pain is located. Proper diet, exercise, and smoking cessation can also go a long way towards relieving pain.
A 38-year-old member asked:

I need help please!? My doctor wont give me pain meds.

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Go see another doc: If your doctor won't give you pain meds, consider transferring your care to another physician, especially someone who specializes in treating chronic pain. At the very least, see if you can get a referral to just such a specialist if you want to maintain your primary care w/your current physician. Good luck!
A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between long and short acting pain meds?

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Dr. Mark Sacher
Pain Management 33 years experience
Duration difference: Long acting pain meds give sustained pain relief greater than 4 hours. Some pain meds last 4-12 hours depending on the meds. Short acting pain meds usually last 3-6 hours
A 33-year-old member asked:

Under certain circumstances, do doctors prescribe pain meds for psychic pain?

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 39 years experience
Psychic pain: I do not think there are any circumstances in which a doctor will provide pain killers for "psychic pain" - the use of this word implies a psychological cause no objective cause and this a a definite no to pain medication.
A 50-year-old male asked:

Want to stop taking pain. Meds but in a lot if pain?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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See below: It is possible to get off pain meds and still control the pain but you will need to work with professionals that understand the alternatives. It can be difficult at first. Many people have a lot of anxiety about getting off pain meds and this adds to their perception of pain. There are so many alternatives.

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