Q: I want to know if something is medically eithical or right or malpractice
I’ve been seeing a doctor for at least 12 years due to back, neck, hips, knee pain. I’ve had major back surgery in 2009....rod plus screws. I’ve had my thumb fused. This doctor put me on 3 neurontin a day when I first saw him, and 4 Vicodin’s a day also. Eventually the neurontin went up to 4 and the Vicodin was changed to Percocet. He also put me on three flexeril a day. As of last week, he dropped my pain med to 1, flexeril to 1, and neurontin to 3. I’m worried what kind of withdrawal I’m going to have as well as being able to function normally with an increase in pain.
A: If you have concerns about the sudden changes, try seeing another pain management specialist for a second opinion. However, it certainly is a new trend to decrease the use of pain medications.
Tim Akpinar agrees with this answer
A medical professional, and not an attorney, would be in the best position to determine whether the shift is in your best interests. But discussing the issue with your doctor, and possibly others for additional opinions, might be able to help address your concerns.
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