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Why are so many doctors hesitant to prescribe pain medications for fibromyalgia?

Why are so many doctors hesitant to prescribe pain medications for fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia: The current feeling is avoid using opioids in fibromyalgia. This does not mean that in severe cases opioids should not be used. Docotrs have to justify their prescription - so if the exam shows no objective findings then there would be no indication to write for an opioid - just saying "i have pain" is not enough. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Fibromyalgia (Definition)

Widespread pain and tenderness on palpation of specific muscle points, associated with variety of other symptoms that include fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, ...Read more


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Will my doctor prescribe me anything other than SSRIs for fibromyalgia?

Yes: Three medications (non-opiate pain pills) are approved for fibromyalgia. In my opinion, fibromyalgia treatment via lifestyle changes: weight loss if obese & general musculoskeletal reconditiong via aquatherapy, walks, gentle yoga, tai chi, & biofeedback. Cannabis helpful with pain, sleep, & depression. Mindfulness therapies help attitudes. Study sacroiliac joint belts if having low back pain. ...Read more

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I have fibromyalgia and my body does not metabolize most meds unless thru iv. Fentanyl works wonders how can I get doc to prescribe it for my pain?

I have fibromyalgia and my body does not metabolize most meds unless thru iv. Fentanyl works wonders how can I get doc to prescribe it for my pain?

Overall program: Sounds like you need to be working with a pain medicine physician -- many of whom are also psychiatrists. This physician can review your whole case and personal situation, and help you develop a treatment plan that is more comprehensive than opiates (such as fentanyl) alone. There are many facets to healing from fibromyalgia, and you need all of them to get well. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are drugs prescribed for long-term pain management addictive? I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and i'm a little worried that i'll end up addicted to whatever pain medication the doctor puts me on.

I agree with the : Previous answer. I would add that being dependant and being addicted are different. Addiction is consumption of drugs in a pattern that makes life worse. You can ge dependant on meds while they make life better. Insomnia improvement is key, do u clinch teeth at night? Tramadol is a partial opiod stimulator that builds up brain transmitters and decrease pain. You should b able 2 tx w/o ful opiod. ...Read more

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I am 40 years old. Recently, I have started having my periods every 18 days. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 5 months ago and my doctor prescribed antidepressant. Will antidepressant help me? Do I need to take some other medication as well?

I am 40 years old. Recently, I have started having my periods every 18 days. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 5 months ago and my doctor prescribed antidepressant. Will antidepressant help me? Do I need to take some other medication as well?

It seems that: Increasing serotonin can be part of the treatment of fibromyalgia. The term antidepressant has much less meaning than it used to. What is important is which neurotransmitters does the medication work on. Different antidepressants work on serotonin, norepinephrine and/or Dopamine as well as others. These are the classifications that are important, as these neurotransmitters do very different thi. ...Read more

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Why won´t my doctor prescribe s stronger pain medication?

Why won´t my doctor prescribe s stronger pain medication?

No easy answer: It is difficult to say why your doctor won't prescribe a stronger pain medication without knowing the details of your specific clinical situation. However, rarely is pain medication the answer as these are only pain "maskers", whereas we want to look for the source of the pain and treat the cause of the pain. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can doctors of nursing practice prescribe medications?

Can doctors of nursing practice prescribe medications?

Nurse practitioners: Nurse practitioners and physician assistants can prescribe in many states under the "'umbrella" of a physician . Check with your individual state regulations. ...Read more

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Why can't doctors here prescribe medication to patients in Australia?

Why can't doctors here prescribe medication to patients in Australia?

Licensure.: While we can recommend medications that we would prescribe, we can only actually prescribe medications in our states of licensure. ...Read more

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

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

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! ...Read more

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Crippling anxiety. Need medications but doctors won't prescribe me the ones that work. Advice?

Crippling anxiety. Need medications but doctors won't prescribe me the ones that work. Advice?

Do No Harm: Physicians take an oath to first of all do not harm. Doctors withhold treatments only if the treatment might harm the patient. Physicians use their many years of education and experience when determining any appropriate treatment. Patients must remember this when their opinion differs from that of the physician. In these situations, ask questions and try to understand the doctors reasoning. ...Read more

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If a doctor prescribes a medication, can a patient choose not to take it?

Yes: However, be candid about whether you plan to take it or if you have or have not been taking it. ...Read more