"Getting different advice from GP and pain team"

About: NHS Lanarkshire Southern General Hospital / Pain management

(as the patient),

I am on MST and for a few years now I have been with the pain team. We came to a point that I (the patient) and the pain team at the Southern in Glasgow what to lower my dose of MST in a way I can manage myself. However, when I went to see my GP they want to take me off 30mg of MST in the one go. When I spoke to the pain team they say that I have to come off it at only 10mg every 1 to 2 months and then hopefully in 1 year I will be down to 100mg twice daily. I’ve been told two things, so I don’t know what to do. I spoke to another patient and they told me to go with the advice of the pain team, as if I lower my MST too fast I will then make my health worse instead of better. I just don’t no who to listen to.

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Response from Paul Cannon, Head of Administration, Acute Services Division, Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS

Thank you for posting your remarks. I dont think that it would be appropriate for anyone other than your Hospital team, in conjunction with your GP, to offer you advice about how to go about reducing your medication.

You should talk this through with your GP and they can take further advice from the Hospital Pain team if this is required, to arrive at a mutually agreed strategy.


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