Valerie's Barriers

I fired my doctors

Was I being punished?

You need to express fears

Fear of addiction

Side effects worried me

A gender bias

Costs are a factor

Believe your pain

You need to express fears

It really helps to have an open communication with a physician where you can express the fear that you're going to get on their nerves and not be a good patient and they're gonna think you're a drug addict. I still hesitate when I need to ask for stronger pain medicine or more of the narcotics. But my doctor now is so wonderful. She's the one who had to sit me down and say, well, you need the pain medicine. Take the pain medicine. Take as much as you need when you need it. That is how it works the best

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