I found a back ground document that's sympathetic to chronic pain suffers by the National Institute of Health and the National Academy of Sciences-like there are 6 million fibermylogia (or however U spell it) sufferers in the USA. "Relieving Pain in America" I'm readingon this site how so many of you suffer and some have fear. I can't even get a few pills for acute pain when in the ER, because I'm allergic to acetaphmine and Ibuprofin, etc-so ER doctors think that I'm a druggy. Then the AMA patient Advocate has a web site for petitions and phone calls- with the names and numbers of the Super Committee that wantys to cut medical funding-this runs from anybody on Medicaid, private insurance, and military families. It calls for a more equal and higher payment for doctors so that areas without adequate medical care can have doctors-and more availiablity to clinics. I'll send out the Internet adresses for these 2. I figure that through the military and medicare-the DEA already has my name and number. I'll get back to you with the actual addresses.
Thanks for the information! Much appreciated, from a chronic pain sufferer. I'm pissed too that I get looked at as some druggie (because I'm allergic to Vicodin and Percocet) by doctors, or that I'm exhibiting "drug seeking behavior" by asking for something that isn't an NSAID (I've got Crohn's Disease, so can't take those for stomach reasons).
I've been struggling to find a pain management doctor - they seem to believe that if you're on any drug that's NOT an opiate they're prescribing, and is a scheduled drug, that you MUST be a hopeless addict. I say this because I also take Adderall (Sched II, stimulant) for ADHD, Xanax and Klonopin (Sched IV, benzodiazepines) for Panic attacks and insomnia respectively, and occasionally Valium as a muscle relaxer.
I get discrimination because (as the DOCTOR says) "You're on too many scheduled drugs! I can't prescribe you OPIATES to help with a legitimate pain condition [3 ruptured spinal discs]!" WTF? Just because I'm prescribed something scheduled, which I take AS PRESCRIBED, and do not abuse, I can't be trusted with an opiate??? Bullshit.
Lucky for me, my primary care doc is willing to step up until I can find a doc willing to write scripts for opiates AND my normal meds (Adderall, Xanax, Klonopin, Valium). But not everyone is that lucky, which makes me fume.
The war on opiates in this country is STUPID. GO AFTER PEOPLE WHO SELL THEIR DRUGS! Go after hardened drug abusers. And yes, go after unscrupulous doctors selling prescriptions, or doctors writing opiate prescriptions irresponsibly. But can the police and the morality police respectively PLEASE STFU about opiates being "unsafe" and "horridly addictive" and "should be banned!"
Opiates are MUCH safer (taken as prescribed by a doctor) compared to OTC pain relievers such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Naproxen. Thousands die each year from fatal stomach bleeding cases linked to use of NSAIDs such as the above. Opiates are only fatal if taken in overdose (contra to any reasonable doctor's advice) or if abused in huge quantities, mixed with other downers, and alcohol.
It's wacko out there. because I don't take anything, don't have headaches, and practice self-hypnotism, in the ER they act like I'm the world's biggest druggy, and I don't go in for emotional problems. I need to walk my hounds-and get some info out on how to keep our medicare-private, insurance and military care doctors paid-so anybody can at least see a doctor, and post it.
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