We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Doctors have become fearful of prescribing opioids. I hear stories about terminal cancer patients being denied adequate analgesia out of "fear of addiction."
Until new non-opioid and promising pain meds are available, I am in favor of adequate dosing for pain when nothing else works. Chronic pain is a terribly disabling thing, mentally, spiritually, physically, etc.
The two best things medicine has provided mankind have been antibiotics, and anesthesia/analgesia.
My poor aunt was caught in this mindset. The last eight months of her life would have been much more bearable if they hadn't been worried that this terminal patient would become "addicted." More likely, they were worried about staff stealing drugs. She was under hospice care, for Pet's sake, where you'd think they'd figured out the right balance between pain meds and short-term side-effects, the long-term effects being quite meaningless.
Back in the later 90s while my mother was in the long process of departing this world, the nursing home doctor wouldn't give her enough pain meds telling us "she might become addicted". Parkinson's, a broken leg and other painful issues and they were afraid she might become addicted while trying to die. It was awful.
My father, diagnosed with terminal cancer wrapped around his spine, was initially given the "but he'll get addicted" treatment, but when my mother quickly and emphatically objected, his final two + months were well-medicated.
The past two years have been agonizing. I have a degenerative spinal disease that causes me a lot of pain. I have handled this by taking small quantities of Tylenol and codeine when the pain becomes unbearable and I can't sleep or really do anything. I had a very small life during the times I could take the medicine. A bottle of 60 pills would last for two years. I have stopped almost all activities except doctors visits where they tell me to just grin and bear it...and that I have lost another inch in height and have nerve damage. Our medical society are heartless wretches and I call a pox on them!
Judith, I am so terribly sorry. I've had friends who ultimate beat this problem by changing doctors, though it's difficult. My aunt couldn't change doctors, having given her power of attorney to the wrong person, but I hope you'll be able to find a way. I know that the current insane state of the health insurance system may make this awfully difficult.
Good to see that commenters know that the addiction trope is pure BS. The "crisis" of opioid use is due to illegal use, not responsibly prescribed pain killers. That many medical professionals buy into this says something about them as well.
My daughter recently had her tonsils/adenoids out. I was a bit surprised they now rely on acetaminophen only because "it works just as well as prescription pain meds" (a lie). The guidelines for recommending the surgery are pretty ridiculous now too. I think our Dr had to stretch the truth a bit just to get the procedure approved/scheduled. Then there's the bums rush out of the hospital within 2 hrs of surgery. The only thing that hasn't deteriorated (yet) was the short wait time to get on the schedule. But that's coming. Probably just in time for me to be old and in need of medical attention.
My entire stable of doctors, rheumatologist, endocrenologist, primary, heart and two dentists are all on board for denying me pain medication. One is all for me smoking marijuana (I'm an asthmatic). They are all, however, on board with treating the drug addicts with all kinds of expensive medications (taxpayer paid), rehab and heroin facilities so the drug addicts are safe while administering their heroin. Massachusetts is not the state you want to be in when you are old, ill, or suffering from pain.