Drs: Oxycontin Prescribed To Children? + Emergency Preparedness

The Doctors: 45 Pound Ovarian Cyst

The Doctors kicked off the week of September 21 by talking about a woman who complained of extreme abdominal pain, so her parents took her to the emergency room. Doctors examined her and found a 45 pound ovarian cyst. It reportedly could be the largest ovarian cyst ever removed. Dr Jennifer Ashton explained that the pelvis can hide a lot, surprisingly. She said, surgically, to remove something like that, it’s pretty easy, which is good.

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Dr Ashton further explained that a lot of women get cysts on their ovaries and gynecologists often say “your ovaries make cysts for a living.” She said just the presence of a cyst isn’t concerning, it’s when they get large that it becomes concerning. The largest cyst she’s ever removed was 5-6 inches. They were happy to report that the patient was doing well.

Drs: Oxycontin Prescribed To Children? + Emergency Preparedness

The Doctors discussed the FDA’s recent decision to approve Oxycontin for children as young as eleven. (thejavorac / Flickr)

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The Doctors: Belly Button Challenge

The Doctors then moved on to talk about the “belly button challenge.” It asks for you to wrap your arm around your waist from behind and then touch your bellybutton from the side. If you can do it, you win. Dr Rachael Ross came very close, but they explained that if you’re truly healthy, you’re likely to not be able to succeed in this challenge. Dr Ross thought challenges like this could promote eating disorders.

What do you think about these challenges?

The Doctors: Oxycontin For Children?

The Doctors then reported that the FDA just approved the drug Oxycontin for children as young as eleven. So should fifth graders really be able to take this medicine? Dr Travis Stork said there are two different scenarios: one where you have a young child battling cancer at the end of life, and you want to make his process as pain-free as possible, and one where you give a child Oxycontin after surgery and they become abusers.

Dr Ashton said addiction is a significant problem, but treating pain with a prescription medication takes care of pain receptors responsible for pain. Dr Stork argued that, unlike what Dr Ashton said, he thinks their professors in medical school over-simplified pain medication as just treating pain. He said a lot of doctors didn’t learn how to properly prescribe narcotics. Dr Ashton said pain management is a specialty for a reason.

Dr Travis Stork pointed out that the third leading cause of death in our country is prescription drug misuse, which shows that there is a problem. He said he doesn’t think we should withhold pain medication from children, but said it’s a problem when one in 25 high school students have abused Oxycontin. Dr Ross pointed out that before Oxycontin was approved, there was only one extended release pain medication available in pediatrics, so more pain management tools were needed. Dr Ashton said everyone should know that there are other ways to manage pain other than just pain pills.

If you’re unsure about whether your child should be taking a pain medication prescribed by their doctor, speak to a pain management specialist and be sure to explore all options. The FDA gave The Doctors the following statement: “It’s important to stress that this program was not intended to expand or otherwise change the pattern of use of extended-release opioids in pediatric patients. Doctors were already prescribing it to children, without the safety and efficacy data in hand with regard to the pediatric population. We wanted to fill that knowledge gap.”

Do you think children should be prescribed pain medication like Oxycontin?

The Doctors: Emergency Preparedness

In a Doctors Special Report, they announced that September is National Emergency Preparedness Month, so FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) wants everyone to be prepared for a natural disaster. In the U.S. the Atlantic Coast line is in hurricane season until the end of November. When building an emergency supply kit, be sure to include a flash light, first aid kit, water, and non-perishable food for both you and your pets. You can also contact local government emergency management to find out how you can be notified about an emergency, whether it’s through a radio broadcast or a text message. Always have a plan on how and where to reconnect with your family during and after and emergency.

FEMA recently found that at least 50% of Americans haven’t talked about or made a family emergency plan. What plans do you have in place in case of an emergency?

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