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by Anonymous on Apr 5th, 2013
This doctor has very poor bedside manner. She had an intern review my history and records and didn’t even ask me why I was in her office for a consultatation. She merely entered the room, sat on the edge of the table and sneered at me, apparently at my choice of blouses which was an imitation of an expensive designer silk in less expensive polyester. She has published books and articles about her disdain for American doctors’ irresponsible use of opioid prescription drugs in the treatment of chronic pain and apparently is on the lookout for any patient that according to her isn’t “dying, or completely incapacitated”, the only valid reasons, in her opinion for prescribing these types of drugs. When she offered me no other solutions to help with my chronic pain and I wept at her decision to deny me a prescription for pain medication that my previous doctor has written for the past 4 months, she looked away. The only thing that came out of this visit was a referral to a psychiatrist on her staff and a suggestion that I try an antideppressant for sleep and pain. I had already told her assistant and I had repeated that I could not tolerate the side effects for these medications. I think that because of my British surname she expected a white person but was disgusted by my appearance when she entered the room (I am Native American), it seems hard for her to hide her disdain for others. It seems she has been pumped up so much by her staff and peers. I do have a valid reason for medication use, and have never abused it. I brought evidence of this, conclusive radiological reports and physician chart notes. Had she reviewed these, even for five minutes, she would have agreed.
CDC’s Primary Care and Public Health Initiative
Balancing Pain Management and Prescription Opioid Abuse
October 24, 2012
Lieutenant Commander Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, MPH, serves as the acting team lead for the prescription drug overdose team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention in CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control… Prior to joining CDC, Chris completed a one-year detail to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, serving as the senior public health advisor where he co-lead the development of the administration’s prescription drug abuse prevention plan…
Our next presenter is Dr. Jane Ballantyne, who is a professor of anesthesiology and pain management at the University of Washington in Seattle…
Ballantyne, JC. Opioid analgesia: perspectives on right use and utility. Pain Physician 2007
Do you get the feeling that a few of Ms. Ballantyne’s patients were mean to her, and this is her revenge?
BALLANTYNE: If you give people opiates, they think you’re the best thing since sliced bread. They love you. They just worship the ground you walk on. The moment you suggest that you want to try and get them down on their dose or, worse still, say you can’t carry on prescribing – not that I do that myself; I never cut people off; I don’t think people should be cut off, but I do try and persuade them to come down on their dose – they are so awful. And you can see why people who are not seeped in this stuff – the young primary care physicians just don’t know what to make of it. They don’t want to be abused. They want to be loved like everybody else does. We go into medicine to try and help people. And when you get abused and, you know, insulted, you can see why it perpetuates itself.
I find it hard to believe that Ms. Ballantyne “never” cut a patient off. Maybe the reason is that she hardly ever prescribed any drugs that, in her opinion, patients needed to be cut off from. (Antidepressants for everyone!)
For 20 years, Dr. Ballantyne directed the Center for Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston…
If you are a pain patient who was abandoned by Ms. Ballantyne, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear your story.