• 3 months ago

    Should I go behind doctors back and give my girlfriend pain meds?

    Please help. My girlfriend (33) suffers from chronic back pain due to displaced disks and the treatment has been ongoing for years. She can barely function or complete basic tasks without meds to help manage her pain. Her doctor has stopped prescribing her pain meds (not sure why, think she just doesnt want my girlfriend to be hooked on them). I'm originally from the UK, where codeine pain meds are available without a prescription over the counter. My girlfriend is putting a lot of pressure on me to have someone back home post out codeine meds for her. I am very uncomfortable about doing this because 1) I dont think its legal and 2) I think it can't be good for her to be on codeine. She is getting mad that I'm hesitant, saying that she doesn't 'binge' on the pills and only takes them when her pain is bad to help her function but I still have reservations. That being said I obviously hate to see my girlfriend in agony. What should I do?

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  • 3 months ago

    RE: Should I go behind doctors back and give my girlfriend pain meds?

    Sharing your prescription medications with anyone is a FEDERAL OFFENSE. There is also the risk of allergic reaction or interaction with other medications she may already be taking - even over the counter drugs. So, my advice would be to get your girlfriend into a different doctor and get her own prescription pain medications.
      • 2 months ago
        Do you realize how much you sound like dea? Main reason every chronic pain patient is treated like a drug addict? What has this country come to when a safe treatment is denied not by drs who devoted most of their lives to proper treatment of chronic pain but By GOVERNMENT!!! Not all ppl are drug addicts of on the road to a life of abusing or selling drugs. Where are the dedicated dr who know pain management , Willing to speak out for the patient who can safely take the standard medication used safely on many ppl. Before all this scare about every human given opiates turning into uncontrollable drug addicts? What happen to the oath" Do No Harm"? The Harm of refusing to treat maddening daily Chronic pain? That causes more harm than the new rule of denying medication known to be sucessful for far to many yrs if the proper steps are taken??? When it shows in 20 yrs , when DEA allows the truth to be shown how many lives will be lost to Dr who refuse to treat chronic pain patients in ways that are well known to work,with proper follow up. Fact . Dr s today cause more harm in patients 50 & older, who never had a drug problem by not prescribing opiate pain relieved to well grounded patients who need Real pain relief, adding to their health problems ( depression, inactivity along with loss of trust in medical community. Be strong , all chronic pain management stand togeather & SPEAK UP FOR PATIENT NEEDS, not being met all due to allowing government to come before all those you dreamt of helping in the beginning of your of your ongoing medical education. All great drs of specialities never end their ongoing medical education . Stop doing harm by not speaking out for proper pharmological treatment of chronic pain patients. Look at the past, government should never control the truly Great Drs who agree and are strong enough to stand up for patients who are being abused by governments Rule over Basic known fact of Do No Harm.Do you all really see every patient receiving opiates as an abusive drug addict as defined in today's definition ???How many more will suffer at hands of frightened physicians ,not willing to set up proper guidelines to prove opiates can be given as a safe effective treatment for patients who surgery, therapies along with other non opiates are not avible option.Should all ppl suffer until they die? Drs refuse to stand togeather & speak up for the proper patient( non cancer) to recieve opiates???If not eliminate all education dealing with non cancer chronic pain patients including opiate treatment !!!! A Waste of money time along with exhausting time used during that an future of opiates will be extinct !!!
      • 2 months ago
        In this time of governments control over medical community,its use of opiates for non cancer chronic pain management, it's impossible to prescribe opiates.You are speaking Martian on a prehistoric planet earth.Your making no sense! If her treating dr stopped opiates, no matter how small,Do you really think another dr will prescribe pain medication with DEA practicing medicine.Even if she goes to another dr in hope of living 1/2 way to pain free & gives a new dr the name of dr who stopped pain meds that worked, shell have it on record that she Dr shopping,DEA today's mark against a patients right to search for needed proper treatment. Denied by DEA intruding on proper treatment of dr care .Stop DEAs involvement in treating all humans medically !!
      • 2 months ago
        A they have to do is look on the State regeristy and see what anyone has, or is getting, and or taking. The Dea and Government has really messed it up for chronic pain people. Needs to be something done about it, Doc said only ones gets pain meds that work are cancer patients, Chronic pain patients have bad pain too.
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Should I go behind doctors back and give my girlfriend pain meds?

    Do not go behind doctors back and get your girlfriend pain meds from the U.K. As previously posted it's a federal offense, but it would also be sending controlled substances through the mail. I'm sure that also is against the law. The laws and CDC guidelines for prescribing these drugs have gotten stricter, due to overdoses by illicit users.
    Your girlfriends doctor may be concerned about these new laws or he may think your girlfriend is addicted. I couldn't imagine being without my pain meds ever, but I would never ask someone I love to break a federal law. I would just go to another doctor. I know that takes a lot of time and I hope she finds one soon and gets some relief.
      • 2 months ago
        You obviously haven watched a loved one suffer unnessarly due to DEA involvements in the medical treatment(causing Harm) not all ppl who are given opiates for chronic pain will abuse those medications or overdose.This is the picture being drawn by DEA.They should set up better programs to carefully observe patients on pain meds not stop pain relief for non cancer pain. Most patients suffer to long & are forced to ask others for help with living daily with their chronic pain all due to fear by dr caused by DEAs involvement in patients non cancer pain treatment!!! Government shouldn't govern ALL pain treatment STOP Dr speak out !!!
      • 2 months ago
        How can you speak for her dr??? All to many dr s fear DEA involvement in all types of treatment today involvement of pain Managment !! Stop , look with open eyes not every person will or ever will abuse madications given by drs!!!
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Should I go behind doctors back and give my girlfriend pain meds?

    what she is asking you to do is totally ILLEGAL. it could end up with your family member in jail and you or herself if they find out where and who the codine is going to. If her doctor took her off it there must be a reason. If shes still in that much pain she should seek a second opinion from a Pain doctor. regular doctors wont keep you on these meds to long here in america because they dont want the responsiblity that goes along with the federal guidelines. Tell her to try a pain management doctor in her area.
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Should I go behind doctors back and give my girlfriend pain meds?

    I respect you want to help her through this. That one's tough since you have the responsibility in bringing her to full health no matter what. What I would do would be give her some support but not those. Pain meds prescribed by a doctor can become painful psychologically by its withdrawal symptoms alone. It's just not something you see working outside the confines of a doctor's relationship to the patient too. Going on that there are pitfalls potentially more damage to her condition and I don't think it could benefit her that's just my opinion based on experience.