PCP suggested I try and stop taking the pain meds

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   Posted 10/16/2007 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering what people say to their PCP when they want you to come off Narcotics?

The reason I ask is my PCP suggested I try and stop taking the pain meds. She doesn't Rx them a pain clinic does. I have peripheral neuropathy, C3-C4 central disc herniation which impinges on my spinal cord which for some reason no one thinks is causing a problem. I of course no better but no one is listening. Fortunately, the pain clinic I go to does help but I don't know for how much longer they will.

This whole thing is ridiculous I have tried every medication and opioids are the only things that help. Now I am being told they can make pain worse. Hyperalgesia. Personally I think those studies are complete nonsense.

My PCP even went so far as to ask me which meds I can stop. mad

At this point I don't know what to do. If I stop the meds I will not be able to function because the pain will come back it always does. Then again I have been on them for years now and maybe what she says is true.

Personally, I think she is Opioidphobic but other than seeing a new PCP what can I do?

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   Posted 10/16/2007 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Glenn, jeesh, whats a person to do!!!! Well, if you switch PCP's its going to be in your chart this conversation she had with you about coming off narcotics. So, a new PCP will pick up on this immediately and ruin any possibility of having a good dr/patient repoire. New one will automatically know why you are there, so that may put you in a bad light.

I think ultimately its your pain mgt's drs decision to make and not the PCP's. I would not worrry about it until the pain mgt dr gives you the dog & pony show concerning narcotics. If the subject ever comes up be honest & tell them the meds make things a little tolerable, not pain free and w/o them you are terrified to see what may happen. If your PCP ever asks you again tell her your fears.                                                                                                                         

I saw a rheumetologist almost 2 wks ago and he thinks I should have my pain pump taken out and be tried on Humira for my crohns disease and see if it will help with my joint pain. He says this because of infection possibilities. When I did Remicade it helped my joint pain too and then the Remicade stopped working as well. I am afraid that is too big of a gamble for me. I have something that works now, so if it aint's broke don't try to fix it.  I think this guy is one that does not believe in medication. Just glad he is not scripting my stuff.  Hang in there, Susie

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   Posted 10/16/2007 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
if you want to come off narcotics just tell the Dr. you dont want to be on them anymore. and thats that.
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   Posted 10/17/2007 2:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Razzle51, I think you missed the point of quahog's problem.My take is that the PCP wants the opiods to stop and quahog feels that stopping is not an option and is looking for a way to get that point across to the PCP.I'm sorry if I'm the one reading it wrong.
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