Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Opiophobia: The Fear of a Medical Doctors Experience of Prescribing Needed Pain Medications

Opiophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of a medical doctor’s experience of prescribing needed pain medications for patients.  I’m not surprised that this is a documented phobia.  I have Fibromyalgia and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and both cause excruciating pain at times and because of the way doctors are about prescribing pain medication I’m afraid to ask for it when I really need it, because I don’t want to give the impression that I’m a pill popper.  I’m allergic to Codeine so that limits my options quite a bit anyway.  The first time I was prescribed pain medicine was by an ER doctor and he gave me something made with Codeine.  He told me that it was far enough down in the “family” that I shouldn’t have a reaction.  I made the mistake of trusting him and let’s just say that the uncontrollable puking and giant itchy hives took my mind off the pain.  The bottom line is that you can’t always trust doctors and doctors are always going to make assumptions when it comes to prescribing pain medication.  This creates a very frustrating world for those with chronic pain illnesses and can result in Opiophobia.
A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.
Do you suffer from Opiophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?
*If you or someone you know has Fibromyalgia check out my other blog: Surviving Fibromyalgia.*


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