It is awfully hard to take that road without turning into the patient’s parole officer. And so, Dr. Katz suggested, how about a regulatory body establishing a reasonable cap for narcotic dosing, at least for people without malignant diseases who are likely to be taking them long-term? Also, how about formally acknowledging that sometimes pain cannot be entirely eradicated? “Leaning how to cope with pain can be more empowering for patients than trying to find a pill to completely eliminate it,” he wrote.
Hard Cases: The Traps of Treating Pain
Doctors hate pain because they are rarely trained to manage it.