It always puzzles me when people say that they beg their doctor for pain medication and can’t get any. My experience has been just the opposite; doctors offer me pain medicine when I don’t want it.
I started to write some of my experiences, but realized that it could be used as training material for druggies. Not my goal, so we’ll keep it vague.
My PCP’s nurse practitioner knows how I feel.
NP: I know you don’t like to take pain medicine, but would you like a prescription while this is healing?
NP: How about I give you a prescription anyway.
Me: I don’t like the way they make me feel.
NP: You don’t have to fill the prescription if you don’t want to, but you might like to have that option available.
There are people who ask and get turned down?
When I first went to my PCP about the problem that ultimately led to my RA diagnosis, I was in enough pain that I actually filled the prescription for pain medication. I took it, too, which turned out to be a mistake since it was one that’s written on a big red allergy-alert sticker on the front of my chart.
It puts me in a difficult position. When I changed to my current rheumatologist, I put a little asterisk by the medication allergies question and wrote at the bottom, “I hesitate to write this, since doctors seem to equate this allergy to drug seeking behavior. However, these are my symptoms when I take this medicine ___. I would prefer to stick with acetaminophen.” So, we have a truce. I won’t take more than 1000mg qid, and she won’t prescribe narcotics as long as my LFTs are okay.