The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article today on how physicians deal with the complicated issue of pain management for patients.
One doctor quoted in the article says that between 15% and 20% of patients fake their pain or aren’t in as much pain as they say. Other patients are dependent on opoid painkillers or exagerate their pain in order to avoid work.
Faced with patients that overstate their pain, physicians must make some difficult decisions, including just saying no to a request for another painkiller prescription.
It a good article, even for physicians treating the milions of patients out there with very real and debilitating pain. Go give it a read.