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Psychiatrist Prescribe Medications Chronic Pain
Psychiatry: While it is true that your psychiatrist may not be comfortable or familiar with all the pain medications and he may want you to see a pain specialist for this - it is also true that he may also feels that based on examination pain medications are not justified or based on the psychiatric diagnosis your request for pain medications may be related to this diagnosis - talk to him! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Pain affects all aspects of one's life. In chronic situations, pain may have devastating effect on a patient's emotional well-being. A psychiatrist or a psychologist can help patient deal much more effectively with depression, anxiety, etc. They can also help with improving patient's coping skills. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A lot of mysterious musculoskeletal pains. Suspects to be chronic pain syndrome. Should I see neurologist, psychiatrist, pain management, rheumatolog?
Holistic/Integrative: I advise you see a holistic/integrative MD to determine the underlying causes. I would suspect chronic Lyme disease, which is common in NY but often not properly diagnosed. Even if not Lyme a holistic MD will do a thorough evaluation and refer you to appropriate specialists. See http://www.lymedisease.org/lyme101/lyme_disease/lyme_disease.html and http://www.abihm.org/search-doctors ...Read more
Is morphine useful in the treatment of chronic pain ? I have chronic pain in my legs of unknown source. Psychiatrist believes it's depression related.
Yes and no: Morphine is an addictive medicine that is usually used when everything else has not worked. Depression can exacerbate pain and also be underlying cause in some patients. I recommend you work in conjunction with your psychiatrist as well as a pain specialist to come up with a treatment plan that works for you that is lowest risk of addiction. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I was prescribe Oxycodone HCL 10mg for chronic pain. Was does HCL means? Can I safely cut the pill in half with a pill cutter?
In general, scored..: ..tablets can always be split in half. Oxycodone 10 mg. does have scoring (line down middle of pill) so yes you can split it with a pill cutter. If the tablet is not scored then, although it can be cut with a pill cutter and many people may do this, the pill should NOT be cut. Check with your pharmacist or physician but in this case you should be able to split the pill. ...Read more
See pain specialist: Many docs are uncomfortable dealing with chronic pain, in part because of fear of attracting/creating drug addicts & because state medical boards punitively regulate pain med prescribing. Seek a certified specialist in chronic pain (see http://www.Painmed.Org) & also consider a holistic md who will be interested in you as a whole person & seek to treat the cause of your pain (see www.Abihm.Org/). ...Read more
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