Posted 9/11/2017 12:46 PM (GMT -6)
I am in NY, not sure if it is more liberal here or not. To be honest, the last time I needed narcotic pain meds was 4 years ago for about 2 months before surgery and then one month after, I never had trouble getting these meds from my surgeon, she seemed more than willing to keep me on longer than I wanted. I weaned myself about 2 weeks after the surgery. I did notice that the pharmacy was very strict - there were times my surgeon would verbally tell me to take a higher dose and I would then run into trouble with the pharmacy when it looked like I was asking for a refill too soon - this was remedied by a phone call to the surgeon though.
More recently, I was hospitalized for a Crohn's flare and doctors recommended a pain specialist. When I mentioned this to my general practitioner for a referral she said she could just provide them to me. I have severe refractory Crohn's Disease, so I don't know if this diagnosis carries any weight, but I am guessing not if cancer patients are even being denied.
Seems so inhumane to deny pain relief to people with legit observable pain, especially since these restrictions will have no actual impact on illegal drug use. My hope, besides a cure for Crohn's, is more effective and safe pain relief in the near future. As of right not, opiates are what I find to offer the most relief, but I am willing to try almost anything.