Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    What have we created with the narcotics stigma in doctors and patients alike?
    An_251579 posted:
    I have cirrhosis of the liver caused by hep c and alchol ( I haven't had a drink in five years) I suffered a bleeding varices last June . I was told after extensive testing I wouldn't,t live for more than a year and half ,unless I got a transplant. I have had back surgery, ankle surgery etc earlier in my life. I have ab negative blood so the chances of of a transplant are slim to none. I have been through interferon and ribo trials that were painful and very nasty. I now have excrusating pain from my back ,numbness in both legs from one herniated disk and some bulging disks. Also joint and muscle aches from now I find out ,from my liver producing crybologoloblins that act like fibormayalgia. I'm miserable . So I have been to three pain management clinics trying lyrica,gabapenten,butran patches and a whole host of other meds which haven't touched the pain and costs a fortune because every time I go back it's a new drug that doesn't work. I asked to try a low dose narcotic and they said they wouldn't prescribe them due to FDA , state and fed guidelines . I went to my old orthopedic dr who told me the same thing.

    Come on I will live my last days in pain. Because doctors are afraid of the regulations and patients are abusing meds . How can the abuses get them and I can,t . Thanks to everybody that falls into these groups. So much for the hipocratic oath it's now the Hippocritical oath
    Anon_10089 responded:
    Hello and I am so sorry for what you're going through. I agree with you that narcotics have a place in health care but the use of them has been tainted by abusers--leaving the people in need in unnecessary pain.

    Can you take your case any higher? The FDA has not put a complete ban on these meds so I'm not sure what your doctors are talking about. Have you contacted a hospice program? I know you are probably not "there" yet but in my experiences with family members and hospice, they are usually extremely caring and very well informed people. They might be able to point you in the right direction. If not hospice, perhaps you can get in contact with a patient advocate or a social worker to help you deal with your doctors.

    Are you in a state that has legalized marijuana for medical purposes? That's also a direction you might try--depending on where you live, of course.

    Sorry you are going through so much stress in an already difficult time--I hope you can get relief from somewhere!

    Helpful Tips

    Vitamin D level checked ***
    I encourage everyone who is having pain problems to ask your doctor to check your Vitamin D level......a simple blood test...and so very ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    233 of 263 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.