Joe Miller Law July 2019

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HOW FEAR OF OPIOIDS KEEPS PEOPLE IN PAIN MISPLACED FEAR

“... if you are living in severe pain, you shouldn’t be afraid to talk to your doctor about your options.”

Being a workers’ comp lawyer means working with clients who are in pain. It’s devastating, but by getting those workers’ comp checks or a settlement, we can make sure they get the care they need to address their pain and recover. Which is why it’s always alarming to meet clients who are afraid to seriously deal with their pain. Once the doctor or surgeon is finished treating patients, they are quick to release them from care without prescribing any pain medication. Many of my clients have talked to me about the pain they’re suffering and how over-the-counter medicine doesn’t help them. They’re in constant pain and can’t sleep at night. But when I ask if their surgeon prescribed them pain medicine or referred them to pain management, all too often they’ll insist they don’t want anything like that. This is thanks to the opioid crisis. The National Institute of Drug Abuse reports that more than 130 people die in the United States every day after overdosing on opioids, including prescription painkillers. This has been a problem for decades, and it’s hurt a lot of people. Unfortunately, the medical community has used a lot of fear to make people aware of this problem, and now a lot of people who seriously need prescription pain medications are too afraid to ask for them.

“I don’t want to start taking pills,” clients tell me. “I don’t want to get addicted.”

Opioid addiction can ruin lives and tear apart families, but not all pain medications are opioids or narcotics. Things like Lyrica, Celebrex, or Voltaren are non-narcotic, nonhabit forming, and can provide a better quality of life. Please note that I’m not getting paid by some pharmaceutical company to talk about these medications. I’m certainly not saying that you should go to your doctor and demand any of these medications specifically. But I am saying that if you are living in severe pain, you shouldn’t be afraid to talk to your doctor about your options. People are afraid they’ll get addicted to pills. That’s a reasonable concern, but that fear shouldn’t stop you from seeking relief. Not only does not getting the pain medication you truly need ultimately reduce the value of your case, once your case is settled, but

you’ll also be left living in pain for the rest of your life.

Too many people hear the words “pain medicine” or “pain management” and think it means narcotics. This isn’t true. Pain management means living with less pain in whatever way is best for you. Don’t harm your case or yourself by not exploring this option with your doctor.

–Joseph Miller

If you belong to a union or other labor-related group and want to schedule my presentation at your group’s speaking arrangement, you can do so by calling 888-667-8295 . The presentation is free of charge, offers important information for taking appropriate action in Virginia workers’ compensation cases, and everyone in attendance gets a free copy of my book, “10 Traps and Lies That Can Ruin Your Virginia Workers’ Compensation Case.” Education is the best way to protect yourself from making a mistake. Call now, before it’s too late.

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