The Great Pains of Pain Management

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.


About Bill Cadigan

WILLIAM J. CADIGAN is principal in the Law Office of William J. Cadigan, P.C. located in Chicago, Illinois. Before starting his own firm, Bill Cadigan was a member of the Health Industry Group of the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld L.L.P.
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