I deal with this. I'm 62. Here's what I think about when I think about how cruel it is to withhold pain meds from those who cannot function without them:
– doctors take an oath to Do No Harm. There is absolutely harm done when a patient's quality of life is *lost* due to chronic pain.
– I'm kind of amused by the current environment that stresses doctors and patients work "together" on the patient's health issues. Boy, not in the case of pain management.
I currently have a Rx for Oxycodone for unbearable back pain that is usually managed with very expensive and complex interventions like radio frequency ablations. I only have the prescription because of the COVID19 crisis and my pain clinic's closure. I dread asking for a renewal because, somehow, the pain docs make you feel so guilty for doing so.
I'm pretty fed up. Those of us who have nothing to do with the opiod crisis shouldn't be punished for the actions of those who are part of the problem.