I've been in pain management for 14 years. Was fentanyl patch plus oxy 30s. Got surgery, detoxed , and now managed on 725 Percocet. The nurse practitioner said with new federal rules and that narcotics are "out-dated/ no proof and lack of improvement " I may not get them when I leave my state to my current state ( Vermont) Her attitude was live with it ! How are others handling these new laws because of the current epidemic? My daughter recently died of an overdose, so I'm fully aware of the situation regarding over- prescribing.
First off, I am sorry to hear about your daughter. I would talk to the dr directly instead of the nurse. I've noticed that the nurses are having bad attitudes about the new laws. I understand them as well, and I know it's for a good reason, but unless those nurses have chronic pain or a loved one with chronic pain they won't understand. If your pain dr is the one who prescribes it then I would talk with him about your worries.
See if your state has medical marijuana for chronic pain. It's been shown to be as or more effective than opiates, and I'm sure you've heard how much safer it is.
I wasn't really for the legalization until I saw how much it helped even skeptical people.
There are usually non-opiate options.
I just had an allergic reaction to my gabapentin and been relying on Percocet prescribed by the hospital. I've had little help from it after the first week, and am so scared that I'm going to have no choice but opiates. I've had too many people I know suffer from addiction to them that I am almost paranoid over taking it. I'm hoping that I can find something else for me.