Yes, this morning I failed to prescribe a patient any medicine. I didn't think the patient needed to take any medication for his back pain - I just suggested rest and hoped he'd feel better tomorrow. He agreed and left the clinic.
The pain was bearable and intermittent - it's likely the pain will ease itself. Besides, any medication has some side effects and abuse of medication is such a concern now. So, I decided not to prescribe him medication.
On the other hand, maybe I should have prescribed him some medicine. He did present with a back pain, and he managed to take one day off work and came all the way to my office. Also, he do have medical insurance. I wonder if he regretted agreeing to take no medication.
Maybe he should have insisted that I should suggest some medication for the pain - I can't wait to know if he feels better now!
Do you think doctors should prescribe any patient some medicine, in addition to ordering all the tests and investigation?
'prescribe': if a doctor prescribes a medication, they say you should have it
'intermittent': happening occasionally rather than continuously