Pain news network article on tea proposals to cut back again on opioid pain medications! It’s a nightmare!
WE have got to stand up against this! I already am "suffering" at the hands of this terrible proposal, along with even some cancer patients, any chronically ill patients with chronic pain to boot. Even my own pain specialist who has been a medical doctor for most of his life. He was in the Navy & went on to "retire" and goo into pain management. I have myself been seeing him for over 12 years. He has always been straight forward. He "sees" through to real "severe ad chronically ill pain patients". I never had an issue, we communicated very well. He is extremely intelligent, and keeps up with how the government effects "negatively and sometimes positively" on pain patients. Especially those who are on Medicare, on Disability, and tried to make sure patients were treated with the correct meds, doses, and NOT given "over" or "under" the amounts of medication they need. He also does "internal pain pumps" which he did mine. He does the spinal injections, and if you need a neurologist, orthopedic specialist. he referred me to the Orthopedic surgeon" who has done my reverse total replacement on my r. shoulder (now I face having it redone due to it "wearing out" Which I knew there was a chance now it has been about 11 years since the shoulder was replaced, that I would need a "new one". Fortunately, the ones now are much lighter in weight, last a great deal longer (I probably will not have to have another new one put in now after the new one is in). Had it not been for m pain doctor knowing whom to send me to, I would have had a very difficult time finding a surgeon to do that surgery back then. Even in the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth area had MANY Orthopedic Surgeons BUT NONE trained to do a "Reverse complete Shoulder Replacement". I searched, called my insurance, did everything and one day I was telling my pain doctor I needed a very specialized type of Orthopedic surgeon who KNOWS and has been not only trained but already done surgeries of this type. He suggested mine I have now, and not only can he do just about ANY type of joint, muscle and so forth treatment and/or surgery, he is superior on "spinal surgeries" I would NEVER ALLOW ANY OTHER PHYSICIAN TO DO SURGERY ON MY BACK, NECK SPINE ETC. He is a genius although HE HAS NO BEDSIDE MANNER! LOL!!! But when a surgeon is going to operate on any part of you... especially your spine, bedside manner although very important that surgeon knowing exactly how to fix the problem(s). Yet, over the past 2 years I have witnessed my pain doctor, being almost "fearful". He is extremely concerned. In fact, (and he is quite a bit older than he looks for sure)... he has cut back his days to only a couple in the office.. as if he is partially retired, which sucks! Yet, all of this mess with "illegally gotten opioid medications" (either gained by people who deal them, they steal them, they order them from some fake pharmacy, they go to the few "bad eggs for pain doctors", when you really listen, read and see HOW these meds get into the hands of the wrong people fr the most part it is NOT OUR PAIN SPECIALISTS WHO TRULY "DO NO HARM" & THEY ARE NOT PILL FACTORIES" but are REAL physicians with no record of being in the eye of doing something wrong. So, although yes, this is a HUGE, ISSUE, MANY YOUNGER KIDS GET HLD OF THIS ILLEGAL STUFF Or they get them from parents whom may have some left over after a surgery etc. (I KEEP MINE LOCKED UP) although I am the ONLY person in this hose, I have NO people but me here I have always locked up most of my meds. There are those pushers that prey on the kids, and it is not just prescription meds, but cocaine, heroin, and the illegal items as well. SO WE NEED TO STAND UP FOR OUR RIGHTS AS CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS IN ORDER TO KEEP FROM HAVING ALL OF OUR MEDS AND/OR DOCTORS SUDDENLY TAKEN AWAY WITHOUT WARNING!!!!