Many people have serious, debilitating pain issues. This blog article is not about you. Don't send me hate emails. This blog article is about those people who are taking advantage of pain management clinics AND/OR about the pain management clinics that are taking advantage of people.
Pain Management Clinics are everywhere. We have several in my city. We get patients coming in month after month, year after year, for the same Oxycodone 30mg #180 month after month. Occasionally someone will try to pass off a fake prescription from these clinics thinking we'll not question it because we get so many prescriptions. But for the most part there's no need for a fake prescription. If you go to a pain management clinic and pay the fee, they'll give you a prescription.
I'd like to think that most of these clinics are really, genuinely concerned about their patients. Unfortunately, when I see the SAME patients going to the SAME clinic, month after month, year after year, I have to wonder if much is being done to HEAL the patient instead of just HIDING the pain.
If you're a chronic pain sufferer that continually sees a Pain Management Clinic, here's some questions to think about:
Do you ever expect to get better?
Do you really want the pain to go away?
Does the doctor talk to you about how he/she is going to treat your condition other than with pain meds?
How long have you been going to the pain management clinic?
If you don't expect to get better, maybe you should reevaluate. People do heal, or there are alternative treatments. In some cases, surgery is an option. You don't need to be in pain forever, and you certainly don't want to see the doctor EVERY month and take pain meds six to eight times a day FOREVER, do you?
If you have been going to a pain management clinic for several years, did it occur to you that maybe, just maybe, they're really not doing anything to help you HEAL? Oh they'll be happy to keep you coming back, but shouldn't their goal be to NOT have you come back?
Maybe what's really going on there is that you're a customer and in any business you really don't want to lose a customer. I guess you haven't figured out that they really don't want you to get better because if you stop coming to see them, then they lose your office visit co-pay.
Some doctors admit to their tendency to just write a prescription and be done with it. Here's the STORY of one you can read about. Seriously, folks, if you think you're being drained of your savings one co-pay or office visit at a time, think about seeing another doctor. Get another opinion. No one wants you to suffer, but not everyone wants you to HEAL. There's a big difference there...