“So imagine you’re miserable with sinus headache and a hacking cough and a fever. You muster the strength to go to the doctor to get treatment so you can recover and go about your life. You wait for an hour to be seen. She diagnoses you with a sinus and bronchial infection.
But then she turns to you and says, “I think you’re an antibiotic seeker. I don’t feel comfortable with giving you a prescription. So I will just suggest plenty of fluids and some vitamin C. You can try some over the counter cold medicine.” How would you feel?
This is what is happening to people with legitimate diagnosis that cause chronic pain. People are suffering needlessly because of the new guidelines for opioid prescriptions. They suggest alternative treatments that rural areas don’t have access to, are illegal in most states, are not covered by insurance, are far too expensive for limited income or are proven ineffective before the patient even tried opioid medicine to begin with.
Opioid prescription in chronic illness needs to be looked at realistically and if you’re going to refuse patients the only option that works of the many they’ve tried, you better damn well figure out a better alternative that is effective, accessible and affordable.”
~ Trina M. (Patients Not Addicts)