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Is there an appropriate way to request narcotics, so that the dr.'s can see it's pain related and not an addiction?

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Dr. Robert Fietsam
Surgery - Thoracic
6 doctors agree

In brief: No, r u an addict?

Most physicians try to understand what is causing the pain, and treat that problem. If you are more concerned about getting narcotics , then stopping the pain, red flags go up.
There are many treatments for pain. Just resorting to narcotics suggests an addiction issue.

In brief: No, r u an addict?

Most physicians try to understand what is causing the pain, and treat that problem. If you are more concerned about getting narcotics , then stopping the pain, red flags go up.
There are many treatments for pain. Just resorting to narcotics suggests an addiction issue.
Dr. Robert Fietsam
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Cole Livingston
Emergency Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Honesty.

Narcotics have gotten plenty of attention recently, with the #1 cause of overdose deaths now being prescription drugs.
If you are in pain for any reason, an open and honest talk with your doctor about all pain options (not just narcotics) is the first step towards an improved quality of life. Things to avoid: 1) don't "doctor shop" for multiple prescriptions, and 2) don't insist on narcotics.

In brief: Honesty.

Narcotics have gotten plenty of attention recently, with the #1 cause of overdose deaths now being prescription drugs.
If you are in pain for any reason, an open and honest talk with your doctor about all pain options (not just narcotics) is the first step towards an improved quality of life. Things to avoid: 1) don't "doctor shop" for multiple prescriptions, and 2) don't insist on narcotics.
Cole Livingston
Cole Livingston
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Be honest

No one wants you to suffer with pain.
However, there are very real risks to prescribing narcotics, medically and legally. And we've all been manipulated and lied to at some point. Be frank about why you are not seeing your previous doctor for refills. Be open to non-narcotic therapy, which can work well. Pain mgmt doc can be helpful in many cases, for procedures and med mgmt. Good luck!

In brief: Be honest

No one wants you to suffer with pain.
However, there are very real risks to prescribing narcotics, medically and legally. And we've all been manipulated and lied to at some point. Be frank about why you are not seeing your previous doctor for refills. Be open to non-narcotic therapy, which can work well. Pain mgmt doc can be helpful in many cases, for procedures and med mgmt. Good luck!
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