A spokesman for her clinic said a few weeks ago, the medical director told doctors to begin tapering down dosage levels for chronic pain patients and offering other options. The same spokesperson said it's not unique to their clinic, but it's something happening all over the country.
This comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its guidelines last March to recommend doctors try other options before resorting to painkillers for patients, in an effort to curb accidental overdoses in the country.
According to the CDC, more than 40 Americans die every day from painkiller overdoses.
Under the new guidelines, the CDC also wants doctors to prescribe the lowest effective dose possible.
"I think over the years people have reached to [opioids] earlier without trying non-opioid medications first," said Dr. Dermot More O'Ferrall, who treats patients at Advanced Pain Management in Fox Point.
More O'Ferrall is not Amy's doctor and he does not work at her clinic. He said higher doses of opioids for pain management can increase the chance of accidental overdose by up to 900 percent.
"There are many other strategies we can do besides just prescribing an opioid to help reduce the patient's pain and improve their function," he said, adding that physical therapy and injections are some of the alternative treatment methods.
Amy said she's tried other strategies and nothing has helped.
"When you're in chronic pain, it drains your energy," Amy said. "If I can't get out of bed, if I can't get in the shower, what kind of life is that for me?"
According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain.