Big Pharma's Lockdown On Legitimate Chronic Pain Patients (Page 72)

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David Says:

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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Vintage Lady Says:
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Re: Etech (# 1420)

They have all of these statistics... they know the answers. Quite simply, we pain patients are being forced through hoops to be able to have our pain prescriptions restored to us. Meanwhile they are throwing money to the illegal drug abusers in the form of substitutes that are now being used as recreational, illegal drug use, while we are left out and n the rain with NO SUITABLE UMBRELLA. try Lorcet for over 2 decades job just to be able to put the pain away so I can manage normally, now on Tylenol 3... ha, ha... A responsible government would have had the stop gaps in place to leave legitimate pain patients alone, along with legitimate doctors BEFORE this is WAR ON OPIOIDS began. Then gone after the pill mill doctors and their patients. Nothing is going to change... we will never have our pain medications restored to the level that made our lives bearable. Especially if powers that be continue to let pharmacist override our doctor's prescriptions. There is no fix now... they are trying to put a bandaid on a hemmorage...

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Re: Suzie (# 1409)

Suzie... I have asked my doctor for suboxene or methadone for pain. Said they can't do it because I am NOT a recovering addict! No, they cold turkied me off my Lorcet and Soma. But still have the pain I was free of for over 2 decades. Have not true a psychiatrist, so far I still have Diazpam for acute anxiety.... can't afford to lose that...

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Maryanne Says:
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I think it has become ridiculous. You are talking about oeople that have maintained control and jobs and a normal life with the help of pain meds. I am sorry. If you want to be a drug addict , nothing is going to stop you. In fact,this crack down will cause legitanate people that have controled their life to go elewhere. And more than likely are older patients. I was married to am alcholic. Hehad evety b.v exciae in the world to drink. Invluding even blaming it jn others. And resenting me bebause I could choos rd to have ccx a xouple of glasses od wine and stop. I had repspinsibilitues as a mother wife hpuse holdmanager and teacher . I have had mugraines since I was two. And learned all sorts methods. However ,>if i wanted to functin go to work to needs of others.i also have had drug addicts on the family. Again, any excuse. Of course i might ha e wanted ti drink mysrof in a stuper or yake my migraine neds to pass outfir the pain and nausea.did i?no.because the wi ri ld does not revolve around me.i am sorry for those thaf feel that far as shmpathu no.bevause there are ao many outkets to get help.
Why should we suffer because others abuse? I am sick of it.andnow the young adults and others feel they have rights and they should not feel bad aboit expecting.
Doctors..grow some for your patients that you have had for so long. You know what you are suppse to do.woujd you deny insulin? Well?

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