The Best Pain Clinic in LA: Getting It Right the First Time – Iatrogenic Drug Addiction

By | August 24, 2012

Uninformed or unscrupulous physicians don’t understand that narcotics are not universally effective against all types of pain.

One of the most frequent problems that the best pain clinic in Los Angeles would have to deal with is actually not a pain condition at all, but rather a complication of poor treatment. Estimates of the magnitude of the problem are poor because doctors are often reluctant to make a diagnosis that might reflect poorly on a colleague or the patient himself. Nevertheless, I would estimate that at least one in four of the new patients referred to Schlesinger Pain Centers have a problem with Schedule II or III drugs. Some patients present with histories of repeated dose escalations despite the lack of demonstrated effectiveness, while other patients such as those suffering from chronic headaches end up addicted to medication that they should never have been given in the first place, because many unifromed physicians or unscrupulous pain management specialist don’t understand that narcotics are not universally effective against all types of pain. In these cases we often need to treat the artificially produced disease before we can begin treating the naturally produced one. Unfortunately the treatment of iatrogenic drug addiction is not always effective and some of these patients never get the second chance that they had counted on.


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