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As a rule of thumb, Dr. Oz says if your doctor doesn't help you resolve your pain within two weeks, consult another physician. "Too often we get stuck with folks who are comfortable writing prescriptions because it doesn't take much effort to write a prescription," he says. "It takes a lot of effort to swallow your pride and say: 'Hey, listen. The kind of pain you're suffering from is bigger than I can cope with in my practice.'"
Dr. Oz says you can stay on pain meds for an extended period of time, but you should not stick with a treatment if it doesn't help resolve the real problem.