Using medications to manage pain may be considered if pain levels begin to affect important aspects of life and have not responded to more natural means. Narcotic and non-narcotic medications may be implemented to help manage pain levels. Long-term use of narcotics creates further problems, such as dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, headache, fatigue, constipation, tolerance, and addiction.
Narcotic medications should only be considered if you have moderate to severe pain that is clearly determined through medical conclusions. An office visit consultation with our clinical psychologist and routine evaluations with our nurse practitioners and physician assistants, who specialize in the prescription and monitoring of side effects of narcotics, is required if this level of care is considered. A medication contract is required for some prescriptions and referrals to addiction services are often considered for treatment.