Big Pharma's Lockdown On Legitimate Chronic Pain Patients (Page 76)

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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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Ty Dollar Sign (# 1483) --

I was prescribed 90 Hydrocodone per month, 10/750, for my various aches and pains, including arthritis and chronic migraines... along with 30 Soma , one a night for chronic insomnia and muscle spasms, 10 MIL Valium for anxiety and panic attacks. I worked for almost a decade longer on the meds, than I would have been able to if I hadn't had them to take.

I know all about the pill mills, mostly in S FL... these young, able bodied men and women traveled from our small town in N FL, some funded by older persons who had the $$ to subsidize some of these druggies for a portion of whatever they got. It was a big racket in our small town, around 2008 or 2009, peaking at around late 2011 when the government started cracking down on the pill mills and doctors that ran them, then on to the pharmaceutical companies.

So we all know how it started, why the legitimate pain patients got drawn into it is a mystery to me. I got cold turkeyed... the recreational users got addiction treatment. I went from a solid 105 lbs down to now 84 lbs since 2011, when it happened to me Pain management is a joke,even if I can find one that accepts Medicaid and will actually take the time to find out what my medical issues are and prescribe accordingly,so that I can once again live a mostly normal, pain free life. I may have been dependent, but I will take that anytime over the hell I go thru daily. And I can't stay in bed... caregiver to 86 yr old Mom... I live, but just barely get to enjoy a day or night without being in pain.

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Vintage Lady Says:
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Re: Ty Dollar Sign (# 1487)

And I never asked for anything stronger, except 10 Percocet a month for breakthrough pain, like migraines and back, and at times arthritis. I was on the same meds for 25 years and life was good. I took the blue Lorcet tabs. And Soma that has been around since the fifties. Never got a script early, or ran out. I did not abuse my medications... and Norco is a joke...

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w john (# 1499) --

Your Wrong! What we have here is real.pain mgmt people. Getting wrapped into the drug war because years ago pill Mills with drs. who wanted to make fast cash, 20k a day or more. Added to the heroin oxy war. Now because of new guidelines nobody thought of patients who have real problems would be swept up into them. Some being cut to nothing... Cancer patients...failed surgery patients ect..My comment about trump wasn't an attack on him. You don't see me using childish names. I stand with my comments that the wrong people were put in charge of something they know nothing about. Some have given up and taken their life.. Some have no life because they no can't get out of bed to do normal house things. By the time the CDC came out with new guidelines. People were dead. Heroin addiction has been around a long time..but then they find oxy on foil does the same thing. Then came the elephant fentanyl in 2016 or so killing more. It didn't help at the time when marijuana and oils and cbds without the thc was fine to be good medicine, then Jeff sessions comes out and lies about it saying. That marijuana is 10 times more dangerous than heroin! So much silence rebukes that.. he's just picked the wrong people who know nothing... And though I may interject politics. I'm not name calling like a 5 the grader and there is no rules against it. There are rules against badgering though. Druggies don't come on here and whine as you call it... people with pain mgnt have been wrapped up in this Opioid was and hurt by it and dont know where to go. And when they find this place.. a place that they think can help. They certainly don't want to hear a bully.

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Re: Ty Dollar Sign (# 1484)

They stuck their noses in because kids have died... Lots of them... Laced heroin... then the cheap pill mills opened in FLA... easy money. Easy high. It's really sad that the medical field didn't see this coming...and have some sense when these makers of oxy we're being pushed. I was asked if I wanted to try it and said heck no! I knew what it did...

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w john Says:

Re: C (# 1504)

I am NOT "WRONG" as you put it. Your whole whine is about who was appointed to OVERSEE a fact finding committee. WHAT is actually being DONE by anyone of any political persuasion? Not much. And why is that so? Because it is a political hot potato right now. You rant on and on about your OPINION. I see things the way I see them. If you oppose my position then that is your right --- and that does not make me a "bully". Your animus for anything anyone says that is different from you makes you the "BULLY"-- not me.You will never change anyone's position by continually posting your nonsense (that, btw, NEVER is accompanied by any proof). You may not like who President Trump appointed to some committee but it is what it is.

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Re: Ty Dollar Sign (# 1496)

I worked most of my life... unfortunately the biker lifestyle when I was young and danced for under the table was an early chunk. But beyond that I paid taxes for many years s. Got married later in life and did not work for over 10 years, cut my disability from SS gone, just because I got married and stayed home. So when we split, it was SSI or nothing. Just so you know, not everyone on SSI NEVER or HARDLY worked and paid into SS. I did, just the rules about having to have so many work credits the 10 years before you need it will not qualify for SSD, and then a person has to go the SSI route. Just to let you know... does anyone get married thinking about a possible divorce... too late to know what's in store for now older, disabled lady?! Nope....

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Lou Says:
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Re: C (# 1504)

Totally agree, similar here in Australia. They have done surveys when opiates were available back in the 60s 70s vietnam war days. The crime rate hardly existed, but since their war on drugs, there have been more overdoses, murders, robberies, etc. Kids are destroying their brains, lives, families, etc. Things like ice & MDMA were never around. Seems to me your so called leaders don't realise the damage they are doing in so many ways. Got to be a change before it's too late.

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