Reasons doctors prescribe steroids

I had 2 breast cancer surgeries in one month a little over 3 years ago. When anesthesiologist talked to me before surgeries about pain relief after initial (mastectomy), he told me there would be “strong” pain med prescription for me to pick up at hospital pharmacy when i was released next day. He seemed flabbergasted when i told him to do NOT take any of the pain meds with narcotics. That i have IBD with constipation; if he REALLY wanted to see me in pain, watch what will happen if i end up with bowel blockage! I said i was unwilling to take chance; i’d rather be in post-op pain. He said he did not want me in pain because it interferes with body’s ability to heal. I just kept saying he can leave all the opioid-based pain pills he wants at pharmacy dept, but i intended to LEAVE them there, even if i’m charged for them. Finally he offered me what turned out to be “miraculous” way to deal with post-op pain. I’m very easy to medicate – “less is more” all of my life. He informed me of the risks. I asked him if he’d feel comfortable recommending the injection into my spinal cord for his mother, wife, sister. He said he would. I was given some kind of injection in spine in my back on side near to breast being removed. Anesthesiologist said in most patients the pain block eliminates/reduces pain for 2 – 3 days post surgery before slowly wearing off. In my case, i had no to very little pain for almost a week. Then i was able to take Aleve to deal with pretty mild discomfort after the pain block wore off. I am so grateful i was offered alternative to strong pain pills! The MD Anderson anesthesiologist took the time to fully explain there WAS pain pill alternative. He even dropped in to see me morning after the surgery, although nurse told me that was unusual. I guess if breast cancer returns in one way or another (i have about a 50-50 chance of that happening) i will decide how to deal with the pain as i’m dying from breast cancer when the time comes.

ProPublica has been tracking drug company payments to doctors since 2010 through a project known as Dollars for Docs . Our first lookup tool included only seven companies, most of which were required to report their payments publicly as a condition of legal settlements. The tool now covers every drug and device company, thanks to the Physician Payment Sunshine Act , a part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The law required all drug and device companies to publicly report their payments. The first reports became public in 2014, covering the last five months of 2013; 2014 payments were released last year.

Another reason why doctors ignore safe and sensible natural treatments in favor of prescription drugs is that the system teaches them only to advise and prescribe drugs. It is human nature to take the safe option and prescribe what is familiar, widely taught, and in line with what every other doctor is doing. The risks of bucking the system are simply too great. Those who bow to their own convictions will generally leave mainstream medical practice and set up on their own as natural health practitioners, leaving even fewer doctors to recommend sensible natural therapies.

There are more examples of consenting patients asking for widely used treatments approved by medical consensus being denied b providers. Another recent example that comes to mind is pain treatment. About 15 years ago pain became “the 5th vital sign”, and providers were told that refusing to control pain with any approved means, including opioids, was unethical. What followed was huge profits by pharmaceutical companies and the mess we are currently in. Yet I am aware of physicians who refused to get on the bandwagon out of a moral sense that people should not be able to get narcotics just like that. These physicians were told they were too conservative, not compassionate, not up to date, and unresponsive to patients needs. Yet by being stingy, they probably saved lives.

Reasons doctors prescribe steroids

reasons doctors prescribe steroids

There are more examples of consenting patients asking for widely used treatments approved by medical consensus being denied b providers. Another recent example that comes to mind is pain treatment. About 15 years ago pain became “the 5th vital sign”, and providers were told that refusing to control pain with any approved means, including opioids, was unethical. What followed was huge profits by pharmaceutical companies and the mess we are currently in. Yet I am aware of physicians who refused to get on the bandwagon out of a moral sense that people should not be able to get narcotics just like that. These physicians were told they were too conservative, not compassionate, not up to date, and unresponsive to patients needs. Yet by being stingy, they probably saved lives.

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