The CDC Recommendations for treating chronic pain. I can’t believe What’s Happening Here. I’ve heard about it happening from other patients but not as a patient myself and as a nurse. I go to a pain management specialist for my back issues. He called me this week and told me that the CDC has a new recommendation that does not recommend long-term opioid pain medications for chronic pain and he plans to take me off the narcotics that I am on by the end of the month.
I have been on these medications for several years and have never abused them. I only take them when I need them and nothing else works. They helped me with my everyday life and carrying on with the things that I need to do in my life.
So without another option, I went ahead and allowed him to take me off the medication to see if I could deal with the pain without it. I understand is a nurse there is a problem with narcotics in this country and it has reached epidemic proportions. However, this pain management doctor has known me for a very long time and knows that I am a nurse and knows that I do not abuse narcotics.
Once again, it’s the good people that are suffering for the bad people out there that are abusing medications and taking narcotics when not needed. This is such a sad situation. I’ve heard my patients talking about it but hadn’t experienced it myself yet. I think that’s something needed to be done about the problem obviously. But I think the pendulum has swung way far in the other direction.
People that are in chronic pain really do need narcotics at times and narcotics that can help them I never take a narcotic without first trying ibuprofen. This is beyond unfair.
This one-size-fits-all approach to Medicine and managing chronic pain is disgusting. I agree that narcotic should never be used as a first-line of treatment for chronic pain. But I think that practitioners are so afraid of the DEA and losing their license at this point that we really can’t blame them either. I don’t think the government should have the right to tell a trained physician how to treat their patients and what to prescribe.
I know some Physicians have even stopped prescribing narcotics altogether because of all the red tape in the nonsense they have to go through with the DEA and the CDC and the electronic reporting.
Now in my state, a primary care physician can only prescribe 3 days of narcotic medication for any condition. This is completely ridiculous and has gotten completely out of control. Just my two cents