Originally Posted by Michael
So many doctors are afraid of losing their license to the DEA if they prescribe pain meds ...
The situation seems to be getting worse.
I've been hospitalized, umm, I think 8 or 9 times in the past 5 years, and will have chronic pain the rest of my life. Plus, was with 6 different relatives during the ends of their lives recently.
I am happy to report that this problem is MUCH improved. None of us had the kind of trouble getting proper pain meds that was commonplace 20 years ago.
Best I can tell, the main problems these days are:
1) Lack of health insurance, sometimes due to well-off people reaching their lifetime maximums.
2) Many patients are needlessly terrified of addiction to painkillers. This used to be a serious risk, but not anymore. I'm rotated among three different painkillers during each day, for example.