"Walk a mile in my shoes".
re: ShimlauI have had major dental work and generic lortab helped.
Yet, The last couple of pills did not get used.You'd be
surprised what some caffeine free green tea, advil, & a nap will do when
feeling "under the weather"
In Arizona, we have the ability to check every patient on a prescription data
base. I have often caught patient's who have been filling multiple
prescriptions for narcotics from multiple doctors, which is illegal if they do
not disclose this to me. Trust me, when I cut a whole in your gums,
drill bone out from around your tooth, break your tooth into pieces, smooth the
jagged edges of bone with a bone file, and then sew you back up, you are going
to want some narcotic pain medication.It might surprise Dr.
"brownderby" to learn that I graduated second in my class, and choose to
live in a small town as a "generalist." The primary reason my patients
choose not to visit a specialist for a root canal? It costs too much.
Oops I meant scape goat, not escape goat...that gave me a good laugh for the day
Many years ago on a thanksgiving, I had a very bad headache. I went to the
medicine cabinet and found some tylenol 3 with coedine. I took 2 and went to
dinner. when I got there, everyone was enjoying dinner and I sat and stared at
my plate that was going around and around. My dear wife noticed that I
wasn't eating and asked. after the 'gentle' reprimand. she
grabbed our oldest son who was probably 12 at the time, and told him to walk me
around until I acted normal. some hours later. we returned to a cold
thanksgiving dinner and a much wiser me. since then, nothing stronger than
800mg ibuprofen. and it works.
My heart aches for this man, who is probably respected and highly regarded in
other aspects of his life. This is an unfortunate reminder that addiction knows
no racial, religious, or socioeconomic boundaries. For those seeking to blame
healthcare professionals, you are pointing the finger in the wrong place and not
at the person who NEEDS to be accountable for the choice he made. To offer the
abuser or addict an escape goat or crutch is to lend in the epidemic we call
codependency. An addict has free will and a choice to change. Lets not pretend
that these medications render them incapable of change. Only ONE thing will
promote change, and that is when the pain caused by the consequences of their
addiction exceeds the pain they're trying to escape with it. Only then can
healing truly begin. There are MANY addictions, and blaming the source of the
addiction is tantamount to blaming the sun for a sunburn. Accountability, love
and support, with boundaries and consequences, and allowing the addict to face
all the pain they've caused head on with no shield of excuses and
superficial sympathy is the only way to recovery.
Addiction is horrible. Doctors/dentist need to be more responsible in
prescribing these powerful medications. It is amazing how easy it is to get
Loritab or Oxy for even minor pain. After my last minor surgery, I was given a
prescription and never filled it and used 800mg of Advil instead.
As an Endodontist, (specialist in root canal therapy) I saw many cases of abuse
of narcotic pain meds. Frankly, most of these cases started innocently by
general dentists failing to refer patients to Endodontists for this specialty
treatment. Their failure to properly relieve pain and in many cases making it
worse, led to them prescribing opiates rather than refer for reliable treatment.
Good people then become addicted to these narcotics and become involved in the
downward spiral of abuse. State licensure examinations are woefully
inadequate to test for ability and also for understanding of alternative usage
of non-narcotic medications. In the last ten years of my specialty practice, I
rarely ever prescribed narcotics and then only in cases where the treatment had
been started and terribly fouled up by unethical generalists. Remember
this question - What do you call the dentist or physician who finished in the
lower 10% of the graduating class. Answer -- Doctor!
Pharma has conspired and continues to conspire to create addicts (permanent
customers). I used to think addiction to Rx products was an indication of low
self-control or low moral character. Much wiser now, through sad experience, it
is clear to me that the action of these products on the brain for many people
robs them of the ability to NOT take them.I was one of those people
who didn't believe this for many years, and judged others who fell into
addiction. I am so sorry that I was deceived by pharma into believing this
ridiculous lie.The action on the brain of certain chemicals renders
some people powerless. It is so sad and absolutely crazy that we let it go on
and on. Dr.s are destroying lives and are not accountable for it. We
don't need opiates for most of the reasons they are prescribed. Not for
wisdom teeth extractions, not for most post-surgical treatments. They should be
RARELY prescribed and when prescribed, should be under a Dr care daily -
watching closely for signs of dependence and addiction and switching meds at the
Great teacher and friend.
Having been a prescription drug addict for ten years, I can understand why he
would stoop so low. I would never have done that, but I do understand. That
being said, he needs to go to jail after finishing his drug treatment program.
We have our agency to choose what we want to do in this life, however we
aren't free to choose the consequences.