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Why Doctor Wont Give Stronger Pain Meds
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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! ...Read more
Not necessarily: May try a different class of drugs or look at non-pharmacologic options. ...Read more
Pain is complicated!: There are several types of pain including nerve pain and muscle pain. Although they often feel the same to a patient, a doctor knows that trying to clarify the type of pain often points to a more helpful solution. Muscle relaxants are often more effective than pain killers and so can be more appropriate for certain types of pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Histamine release: Many narcotic or opioid pain medicines cause itching as a side effect. One of the actions of the medicine causes certain cells in your skin (mast cells) to release histamine, a chemical that causes itching (and swelling) if severe, this can cause a rash or look like hives (urticaria). An antihistamine will help, or you can switch to non narcotic pain medicines. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My mom gets back pain from arthritis.Drs prescribe painkillers but she won't take anything addictive or NSAIDs.What other prescription meds could help?
The only things left: R Tylenol (acetaminophen) and aspirin. These R OTC meds. There are drugs such as neurontin or lyrica. Whom ever she is treating with needs to be up on her past medical history as well as taking note of any comorbidities. The older a person becomes, they need close supervision. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stronger Meds: Make an appointment with your pain management doctor ; explain that your pain is not currently optimally controlled. Your medication regimen may be adjusted ; alternative therapeutic options may be considered; such as interventional procedures, physical therapy, chiropractic, home exercise, etc. ...Read more
Is it normal for doc to give Aleve (naproxen) for TMJ arthritis pain that's severe? My doc refused stronger mess even though i told him nsaids don't help.
Get to the source: Meds often mask the true source of the problem or the trigger points that are causing your pain. Many of my new patients come into my office already heavily medicated (anti-depressants, pain meds, anti-anxiety, muscle relaxers;) with no real solution to solving their constant pain problems. You should have a thorough exam and evaluation. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Various : Late 30's person with chronic low back pain first needs proper diagnosis to determine which soft tissue is injured. An osteopathic doctor can perform this service. Rational pain management treatments can be tailored to the underlying disorder. Pain medications can mask the problem and enable it to worsen. Walking and a supportive mattress that is not too firm are entry level self-help actions. ...Read more
I have pleurisy again pain so bad makes me throw up including seizure meds tried Aleve and tylenol (acetaminophen) not helping anything stronger makes me stop breath?
Pain meds: Any doctor with a dea license can prescribe opioid pain medications. The real question is whether or not you need them. I would visit a physician for a full physical examination and look for other ways to treat your pain other than just using opioid, pain medications. ...Read more
So my dr gave me oxycodone 5mg with no tylenol (acetaminophen). For pain but it doesn't help the pain what can I get thats stronger but wont give me a head rush?
Oxycodone: This is a great question - firstly what pain is being treated? Do you need an anti-inflammatory as well? How bad is the pain? What other modalities are being tried at the same time? ...Read more
My GI dr prescribed me Lomotil for diarrhea. i take norco 10-325 for knee pain. he knows i take norco. why would he give another opiate. will it help.
OTC anti diarrhea: Lamotil, is an over the counter med for diarrhea and does NOT enter the central nervous system and does not affect pain but does affect the large intestine to slow it down and help loose stools. Norco an opioid has the same effect on the large intestine and it does cross into the CNS causing pain relief. Technically both meds are in the same family but function differently. ...Read more
I have severe Crohn's disease pain. Tramadol doesn't help, only stronger meds like oxycodone. My doctor won't help me with this. Don't know what to do?
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
Why wont doctor give me pain killers to have on hand for flare ups from trigeminal neuralgia gabapentin isn't enough!
My thots: Cannot answer your question regarding your doctor as you need to ask directly. However, i would wonder why you have "trigeminal neuralgia" as there is always a cause. Is it due to a neuroma, a compressive issue, or even multiple sclerosis? Many meds might work, including oxcarbezine, baclofen, lyrica, (pregabalin) etc. There is a simple needle/balloon procedure that some neurosurgeons employ. ?2nd opinion? ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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