how do I get my doctor to prescribe narcotic pain meds for my very real chronic pain?

Question by Ellen R: how do I get my doctor to prescribe narcotic pain meds for my very real chronic pain?
I have fibromyalgia. It causes me to have severe chronic muscle and joint pain. Currently I am taking narcotic pain medications, but with a warning from the doctor they may be discontinued at any time. I have found the pain medication to be a lifesaver and would be bedridden without it. Most doctors feel the same as my current doctor, so I don’t know what to do at this point.

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Answer by danac7202
see a pain management doctor. other docs dont like to prescribe pain meds over a long period of time

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3 comments to how do I get my doctor to prescribe narcotic pain meds for my very real chronic pain?

  • woody  says:

    Ask him what he proposes as a substitute. Is he going to operate on something? Is he going to send you to another doctor that will treat you in a different way? He needs to give you some options other than “This will make you feel better, but now you can’t have it, and here’s a big fat nothing”. Also go to a pain clinic. Also contact a support group for fibromyalgia or something similar because others who have suffered will know good techniques to help you, or a sympathetic and realistic doctor.

  • Justmeinthisworld  says:

    keep being responsible, don’t take more than prescribed-if you do it will be seen as abuse and you will be cut off.

    if you feel you need to take more than prescribed talk to the doc 1st, don’t demand more, but rather say it feels like its not working as well, what are my options

    have you tried other non narcotic treatments? antiseizure, antidressants–inbcluding thos ethat work on serotonin, norepineprine and dopamine?

  • John Sudnik  says:

    If you are currently visiting a family doctor, you may want to consult with a pain management specialist. Search around for someone you like, as some pain management doctors can be pretty abrupt since they have the stress of patients who often abuse the system. Once you have found a doctor that you can work with, you can try to come up with a plan that will safely get you to a point where you can live your daily life without over doing the narcotics.

    I wish you good luck.

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