Chronic Pain Patients Are Becoming Orphans. Under the prevailing conditions of opioid regulation, chronic pain patients who are legitimately prescribed medication are finding that doctors are apprehensive write prescriptions. Its the rotten ones who over prescribed for profit and the continued misuse that has brought us where we are.
Opioid Paradox of Legitimacy Versus Addiction
This whole Opioid situation is a paradox.
In one house we have the legitimate chronic pain patients who are prescribed opioid medication. Physicians are reluctant to prescribe pain medication because big brother is coming down with regulation and scrutiny. If for some reason you change primary physicians and new doctor doesn’t know you, then it is possible might profile you as a drug seeker. If that happens, your jacked because the potential consequences.
In the other house are the opioid addicted patients. Here is the rub; this population can get into addiction treatment a lot easier then a chronic pain patient is able to receive a prescription for a legitimate opioid medication.
It’s Not a Good Situation
Chronic Pain Patients Are Becoming Orphans. People who take opioids for chronic pain have a harder time finding a doctor than non-opioid taking patients, a new study finds.
About 40 percent of primary care clinics refuse to take patients who regularly use Percocet, regardless of what type of health insurance they have, according to research published Friday in JAMA Network Open.
“Anecdotally, we were hearing about patients with chronic pain becoming ‘pain refugees,’ being abruptly tapered from their opioids or having their current physician stop refilling their prescription, leaving them to search for pain relief elsewhere,” Pooja Lagisetty, a researcher at the University of Michigan and study lead researcher, said in a news release. “These findings are concerning because it demonstrates just how difficult it may be for a patient with chronic pain searching for a primary care physician.”