Big Pharma's Lockdown On Legitimate Chronic Pain Patients (Page 69)

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Is narcotic pain medicine becoming a thing of the past? Why are doctors across America phasing out the practice of prescribing effective pain medication? Will big pharmaceutical companies ever truly understand what it's like to face the other side of the coin? Lately there's been a musty scent in the air surrounding the use of prescribed narcotic pain medication. Many doctors appear to be running scared as the DEA scours through fields of medical records, inspecting prescribing pads like a mouse scavenges for food in a dimly lit cellar. Should the day come when doctors recommend Ibuprofen to a feeble man who's been involved in a terrible car accident (breaking several bones / requiring extensive surgery), is this doctor at risk of malpractice when there are more effective options available that they choose not to pick, out of fear? Fear of what? Doing the right thing? No, I don't think this is the reason... Somewhere along the line, in the not too distant past, doctors were loosely prescribing narcotic pain medication as if it would never go out of style. Nowadays, the harsh penalty of potentially losing their license for writing any unknown number of opiate prescriptions over so many calendar days or some other form of strict criteria, has been enough to prevent many physicians from taking even subtle "risks" with patients who are expressing obvious signs of pain and discomfort. The unfortunately unique problem with pain is that it's not a physical object and in order for others to detect it, they'd have to rely solely on the backbone of our body language using their intuition - something that's gone missing in western practice. If more doctors took the time and really got to know their patients front to back, then they will be their own best judge of deciding what the right thing to do is, regardless of what the DEA thinks about their decision or what their drug representative wants out of the deal. Sadly, until patients are put before profits, the foundation of America's healthcare system remains in jeopardy like an iceberg affected by global warming. While I believe that the vast majority of human beings in their right mind would choose to do the right thing, we must all work together to become the change we wish to see within every aspect of our lives; and knowing that by doing so, it will shine light on those crossing our path that need it most. In the meantime, some patients may have to find another way to manage their pain without putting their life or health at risk. Others are turning to natural alternatives such as kratom, cannabis, turmeric and/or implementing various lifestyle changes into their daily regime... But the key is to never give up hope. What will you do? Warm regards to all who face life's challenges head on.



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Rootsgal Says:

I had stomach bleeding from NSAIDS so I cannot take them anymore. Tylenol is terrible for your liver. Plain Oxycodone without TYLENOL in it, works in conjunction with the hybridol "rice grain" dose of cannabis oil I purchase from CT dispensary. I am so sick of every month WALGREENS insisting I have 0 pills left before they will fill it. My primary care doctor calls it in, MYMatrixx & my WC claim adjuster, ALL approve this medication. Walgreens is forever, trying to muddle a situation that has been condoned by all my treaters. Arachnoiditis, scoliosis, drop foot from a cerebrospinal dura tear, DURING first 3 level spinal fusion, and L-2 is protruding. I finally got a scoliosis brace and an AFO for my dead foot. The arachnoiditis is doing better since I added the cannabis oil WITH low dose Oxycodone (30 MGS TOTAL per day). Before that, bee-sting pain, caused me to scream out loud it was so intense! (nerve damage XLIF fusion) I have read about too many suicides from chronic pain humans being cut off cold turkey.
What a sad nation this has become.

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HOUSE Says:
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Re: Rootsgal (# 1363)

I know just what you mean! Walgreens is the worst big chain pharmacy I have ever tried to use... after ONE TIME trying to deal with them I took my business elsewhere!..... Good luck to you....H.

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Mejane Says:
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Re: Rootsgal (# 1363)

National Pain Report is advocating for us LEGITIMATE LONG TERM CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS. I’m right there with all of you, we have been forgotten & literally tortured by the opiod crisis that we had nothing to do with. Unfortunately, we are suffering due to know faults of our own. We just want to live a semi-productive life with our hidden life long disease.

FDA identifies harm reported from sudden discontinuation of opioid pain medicines and requires label changes to guide prescribers on gradual, individualized tapering

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BimmBimm Says:
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Re: MacTurk (# 1)

I to am 60 and on disability due to back problems which are duly authorized. Was in a wheelchair over 3 years in 2006. Epidural shots spinal stimulator installed in back surgeries and then a long time to come to a process of trial and error to find the right combination of meds that work to make life easier. I took a 12 hr time released then percocet 10 for break thru 3 times a day.
Boom last August cut completely off. Like u said became almost bed bound. To this day still have not found another Dr. Now back to surgeon and him to give 60 norco for a month was like pulling teeth. What are we to do? Cannabis is not legal in Ga. Im trying CMD oil but to no avail yet. Hope to try kratom, almost anything for relief. Worked my whole life now I just don't know what it's coming to. How decent people can be treated as we are. Just a Country Lady in pain. Prayers for you.

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Davoe Says:
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Re: BimmBimm (# 1366)

Sorry you are in pain. I'm in Australia, pretty much same situation here. I'm over 60 and still get treated like a dope fiend if I ask for pain relief I had horse accident yrs ago pinched nerve in neck, doctors don't care. I wonder what they do for pain relief? When they're in pain, ibuprofen I doubt it, well known fact there's a lot of med workers with there own drug problems, they just don't look like drug users ( suits etc ) not jeans tee shirts, also have money and are oh so respectable. God bless you, you're not alone.

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Blondue Says:
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I had an intestinal blockage and they took 3 feet of my small intestine. I was given 20 lousy 5 mg oxycodone and that was from the hospital doctor. The surgeon flat out refused to give me anything. Anyway. I want to tell you about the risks of kratom. It does help and it is great for withdrawal from other opiates and suboxone, but if you take for more than 3 or 4 months, it is very addicting. I would take hemp oil or cbd oil. But no haven't actually tried them. I am in the process of weaning off of kratom. It isn't easy to get off of. I dont want it banned because it is great for short term use and getting off other opiates. However, it is addicting if you use it long term. Also, I think it hurts your stomach.

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Dee Says:
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Re: BimmBimm (# 1366)

Your story brought years to my eyes as I read it. This has become all too common now. It's heartless and it's torture. People are fighting back but when you're in pain every second of every minute of every hour of every day they don't understand that we need help now. I am praying for you. In fact I just got through praying for you dear. I pray you find a doctor with compassion and is not afraid to do the right thing.

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Blondie Says:
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Re: Charlene (# 1356)

Try kratom, but only take a little and take a day off every 2 or 3 days.

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Davoe Says:
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forgotten nickname (# 1359) --

It's bad. No one should be able to play god with people in pain. So many drs here in Australia with drug problems. Over here we can't really understand how some people could be elected to have power, especially proven liars/clowns.

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etech Says:

I am so tired of hearing that Trump is going to shut down Big Pharma. However I am in favor of these big companies overcharging us (the little or Medicare/medicaid/low income consumer) but I think he is fighting for the wrong reason. As I see and read it, he wants to shut it all down. Why can't he put his energy in the right direction? Just think of it. You won't be able to get the meds you need to survive nor get chronic pain meds. Correct me if I am wrong but I believe that is his goal who all depend on the meds they need as he thinks we don't need them. As someone wrote about a police officer that got shot. Could he need pain meds? How about out our brave men overseas fighting hard and getting wounded badly. What are their views on that? No pain meds...just suffer and you'll be ok because it's not me.

I don't think so Mr. Trump. I think you are barking up the wrong tree. Or the DEA too. Your job as a DEA employee is to stop the illegal drug infiltrating out borders..So you proceed anyway without the cause. Street drugs are exactly what they are. Why do you persist to stop legal prescribed drugs just because they become of street usage? So you say you save a life doing that. But did it start out as a street drug? If so, I was prescribed street drugs by a very legitimate doctor for at least 30 years. If you continue to make pharmaceutical drugs illegal then you will try to abolish all drugs that people depend on and you will make the people who get prescription drugs go into the street to get chronic pain sufferers relief yet making criminals out of them. How about the flow of drugs coming from the cartel's So you can't keep them from the borders so go for the legal drugs that help US citizens. How about your DEA agents? Do they get shot or hurt on the job? What if they don't have drugs to relieve their pain. If they don't get injured which probably rarely happens, what will help them? Maybe they are not, doing their job for taxpayers. And for Mr. Trump, have you ever had any illnesses? Right now you may feel healthy and young, but believe me, your time is coming because no one lives forever and you will get old too. My 94 yr. old father has to take between 10 to 15 medications a day to keep him alive. So you can blame yourselves when there is nothing available to take away your ailments at your twilight years.

Then you all can blame your ignorance for things to come. As for the people now that are suffering, what do you care if it is not you. For every king pin you arrest, there will always be someone to fill their shoes. Just as history has repeated itself over and over, yet it seems like nothing was learned. The wheel keeps spinning and the ignorant keep getting flats. If you want to stop or at least curb the drug problem, you are going about it the wrong way because it is not working. When somebody has lost their loved one because of an overdose, all you can think about is getting rid of all the drugs and not the real problem that caused it. Can you people actually realize what is happening? I don't believe it could be explained to you because it's probably above your level of intelligence. So keep the wheel in progress.

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Rootsgal Says:

If my injury was not under Workers Comp, I would be struggling trying to get Oxycodone. I deal with the claim adjuster directly, my spinal surgery ended up being a huge malpractice, twice, so they know I am done with any more surgery. Pills don't cost as much. They are glad to pay for 30 mgs TOTAL PER DAY (very low dose) for the arachnoiditis, scoliosis, L-2 protruding, foot frop, ankle tibial tendon strain, and the worst hamstring spasms ever. I reminded my primary doctor that the max is 90mg per day, so 30 mgs is fair for my "intractable pain". The major people are on board, and CT. is not in the unhumane category, We actually now have "compassionate care laws" that passed. Now WC has to reimburse me for the cannabis oil I am prescribed, and have a legal state card for. My pain is managed, and I am finally functioning way better than when this whole fiasco began.

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Charlene Says:
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Re: Blondie (# 1370)

I have tried kratom more than once..it doesn't work for me..I'd have to lower my subutex dose severely, only then will kratom possibly work...I do recommend it, and I will fight to keep it legal. I know some very reputable vendors to. That I highly recommend to pain patients or someone with addiction problems. I'm much to weak to Lower my dose, I have tried to many times this year to detox myself from buprenorphine treatment, I got very I'll and lost a lot of weight. The doctor recommended I stay on it for now at least until I regain my health..I know a lot of people who use kratom for pain. And they use it daily..and they are not addicted to it..so I believe kratom can be used daily without addiction...yes they say its questionable addiction is about as bad as jumping off coffee if you're a coffee drinker..but if I had to choose an additional I'd choose it, I have had many addictions in my life to deal it...but then again like so many in the group they carefully take there medicine not everyone will become addicted most are dependent on their medication that's prescribed to them for pain. To live their life. And it's a shame that these pain patients have to do without the medicine that helps manage their pain and live a healthy lifestyle.

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Vintage Lady Says:
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Re: Hop (# 1362)

Back when Some first came out inbred fifties, it was classified as a sleeping aide... then sometme in the 70's changed to a muscle relaxer

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Laurag Says:

Re: Davoe (# 1371)

I was thinking, that by the tine you are up and ready I either will not be home, By the time, I answer HOME IS WHERE we belong. And how many good cheers for those days.

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jobird Says:

Re: Charlene (# 1374)

Where do you purchase Kratom? Is it an RX from a doctor? I will check back for an answer. I live in NW Florida. Thanks.

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HOUSE Says:
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Re: jobird (# 1377)

Hello, you can buy kratom over the counter at tobacco shops, meaning places that sell smoking items. You can also order it online.

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C Says:
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Re: jobird (# 1377)

Tobacco shops and online shops as well. eBay is an honest place.

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Rootsgal Says:

Re: HOUSE (# 1364)

WALGREENS has suddenly become major wanks. I posted above that, "so far everything is fine and my doctor and the WC insurer are fine with my low dose of 30 mgs TOTAL per day." WALGREENS refuses to refill my prescription, until I have 0 pills left. Not even the night before can I pick it up. On Mothers Day, I have to get up at 6:30 to drive to WALGREENS for my Sunday AM dose. No reason behind this. I went on Twitter and smalled them & every CPP retweeted it back at them. I can't go anywhere near the refill date. I have no idea what they will pull. Stalling, excuses. "The pharmacist is still reviewing it, its being worked on, out of stock. Then you get the call, "ready for pick up" when it really isn't. 5 trips back & forth. I finally used the "drive through", cranked Alice & Chains, threw my ID in the drawer, and refused to even look in their direction. I am going to find a new "mom & pop" pharmacy and encourage the claim adjuster to approve, "out of network" pharmacy. This is unnecessary BS. I was told CVS & Walmart are even worse.

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BobbyC Says:
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I am really dumbfounded & tick off about the good FDA. After 27+ years of taking opioids safely and responsibly for chronic pain, my PM. doc as taken away 2 out 4 of my meds that I depend on. I am 60 & would like to spend my last years relatively pain free. Cigs kill thousands every year as we know & are advertised all over. Same thing with alcohol , right? Yet they allow a certain whiskey TV commercial to air which shows a group of men climbing a mountain & then drinking whiskey by a camp fire on the top at night. Boy, the cig & alcohol lobbyists sure have their way , don't they? Truly amazing!! I think my doc, who has been practicing for over 30 years knows what he's doing. Why don't the 'powers that be' let him for full his oath that he took? He wants to, but the good old DEA has him scared to death for doing his job. This madness has to end!! On one of the previous posts was spot on about pharmacy's lying about certain meds not being available for a week. .

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Carol M Kristian Says:
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Call my congressman and tell him he needs to support chronic intractable pain patients by writing a bill that will support these people, by making opioids and all other pain remedies available.

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