Thoughts on a root canal

No, not mine. But I suspect I’d probably have a similar complaint:

How did people manage in the bad old days, the days before we got real pain killers? Oh, just like now, because you can’t get real pain killers any more because of some jackasses in congress stirring up shit for some kind of political game. My dentist won’t even write prescriptions for real pain meds any more because of all the paperwork involved. I am really beginning to hate the government.

Maybe I need to make friends with my local pusher. Medical insurance won’t cover the expense, but you can bet there won’t be any bureaucratic bullshit.

The rather minimal upside: the demand is still high, and there are enough manufacturers of the stuff to keep prices down around where they can be afforded by mere mortals, assuming said mortals can get a note from one of the gatekeepers. Out here we are blessed, or cursed, with facilities that specialize in outpatient treatment of chronic pain, or some comparable euphemism; each of them has a gatekeeper on staff.


  1. fillyjonk »

    30 June 2017 · 4:03 pm

    I dunno what they did, but apparently Neanderthal skulls show evidence of dental work. (I couldn’t read the article very closely because dental stuff squicks me out like almost no other medical stuff. Probably because I have more up-close-and-personal experience with a fair amount of it)

    I didn’t know any dentists wrote prescriptions; my dad has to take antibiotics when he has dental work done and his regular doctor calls that in to the pharmacy.

    (I’m guessing in the 1800s they used laudanum.)

  2. McG »

    30 June 2017 · 4:15 pm

    Whyyyyy, you whiny sissies! In my day we woke up in pain and thanked God because that was how we knew we were still alive! Kids today, you gotta have your imaginary friends made out of electrons and pixels but mine was made out of pain! I reached down my throat and pulled out my own tonsils and squeezed the pain right out of ’em before putting them back, and I used the pain to make my imaginary friend!

  3. CGHill »

    30 June 2017 · 5:17 pm

    Mine would offer about 14 Lortab after an extraction; I have no idea what his policy is after a root canal, since I’ve never had one.

  4. ETat »

    30 June 2017 · 6:56 pm

    Good timing. Just got home after scheduled dentist’ visit, so the topic is close and personal.
    In NYState, as I’ve discovered this week, it is now illegal for doctors to give a patient a written Rx -only digital going to one chosen pharmacy is allowed. And I a patient wants to change the pharmacy,they put you through bureaucratic meat grinder.

  5. CGHill »

    30 June 2017 · 7:10 pm

    Sheesh. The Vampire State keeps popping up fresh fangs.

  6. fillyjonk »

    1 July 2017 · 8:50 am

    Huh. It’s almost like they WANT people to be in misery. (I hate, hate, hate all the logistical hoops bureaucracies set up, and it would be worse if you were in pain/sick/dealing with some kind of horrific symptom you needed the med to relieve)

  7. Roger Green »

    1 July 2017 · 10:11 am

    ETat is correct about Rx in NYS. It’s been that way for at least a year and a half. This was in reaction to a lot of Rx pad stealing, I’m led to believe.

    And when you have more pain that the good drugs will carry you, you just double up on the OTC until the pain goes away. (A doctor friend recommend this!)

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