Originally Posted by taxlady
Addie, the other doctors aren't refusing him for a prior condition. They are refusing him because he was a tattletale.
I don't see him being a "tattletale" taxy. The young man had a well-documented medical situation that had been managed for several years by his life-long doctor. He grew up about an hour south of Boston in a smaller community where everyone knows everyone. When he graduated college and got a job he made the mistake of working in a big city AND for a college. Had to change docs. Well obviously anyone who comes in contact with college students must be a pusher, right?
I think this is more of a case of his newer doctor with his newer insurer covering their butts. I've noticed that over the years it seems like younger doctors with fresher degrees are much more lawsuit-shy than an older doctor who knows his first job is to make his patient healthy and comfortable.
Originally Posted by PrincessFiona60
I think pain contracts should only be used for those patients who have abused narcotics in the past. It is counter productive and insulting to a patient who has never abused narcotics in the past...
Fully agree with you PF. It seems like this young man played by the rules and ended up getting kicked in his femur - the part with the benign tumor.
If anyone wants to hunt down the article the website is "telegram.com". It was in the May 1 paper, Part Two of Four. The author is Susan Spencer.The paper title is "In pain, with no relief" but the google search page shows it as "Living with pain without a prescription". Like I said before, I'm out of freebie reads on their website so you'll have to do a little hunting. Sorry. BTW, a companion article is about another pain-management patient and her experiences with abating her pain even though her doctor IS supportive. She said just trying to get her meds makes her "feel like a criminal".
I remember back in 1991 when my Dad was dying. He was experiencing a lot of pain and his doctor had him going to the pain management clinic at a local hospital. His pain never went away but it was diminished greatly through meds and whatever treatment he was getting at the clinic. It seems like pain management treatments would have advanced more in the last 20+ years than it seems like. Gotta blame the junkies and thieves for that, I guess.