CHRONIC PAIN, OPIOIDS, & GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE

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A Few Bad Apples Causing Problems For The Rest of Us

I am writing this in complete and total frustration with the government suits, (FDA & CDC), deciding that new guidelines, restrictions, and withdrawal of use of opioids for the use of chronic pain needs to take place. Because of the continued abuse, overuse, and misuse of pain medications by some bad apples, this is going to cause the rest of us living day in and day out with chronic pain many problems. It never fails, history has always been a reaction to those who abuse a “privilege” that it causes hardships for all ever one else.

It doesn’t matter what disease or situation in which you are living with, CHRONIC PAIN, is disabling all by itself! I have been living with this type of pain for several years due to Multiple Sclerosis. Fortunately, I found a really good Pain Specialist to help manage and control this pain so that I have quality of life. Because of my medication, I can get up each and every day and actually function like a normal person. It permits me to take care of myself, have interactions with others – an actual social life, and perform exercises which help me to improve the MS symptoms.

I detest taking any medication but this is my life and without it, the pain would be too much. I don’t use it to get high or to hide from painful situations; I use it to be able to perform and a live a life outside of a bedroom. Over the past several years though, more and more requirements have been set up for the Pain Specialist to meet in order to treat us. Now, there are those who seek pain medications from different doctors, visit different Urgent Clinics and Emergency Rooms, or requesting them from family and friends, even outright buy it on the streets in order to treat their habit. It is the same group of people who build up a tolerance from the amount of pain medication that they are taking and either are taking more pills than are prescribed or even mixing them with alcohol or other medications like sedatives. Yes, there are also physicians who over prescribe and do not manage their patients effectively.

The rules explained to me from the laws in my state indicate that if you require treatment for a chronic condition with opioids, then you must be followed by a Certified Pain Specialist. Under the treatment of these specialists, there is intensive paper work which must be completed detailing everything about your pain from description, severity, location, what makes it worse, what makes it better, what activities are you able to perform each day, reduction level of pain on current treatment, and then a urine sample at each visit to see if you are taking other non-prescribed medications while on prescribed therapy. The level of medication in your system is also monitored. The specialist checks to see if you are using the same pharmacy or if you have received other pain medication prescriptions. If you break your contract with this specialist, then you will no longer receive treatment. This is true pain management and if followed by everyone experiencing chronic pain treatment, then maybe there wouldn’t be this abuse.

The decisions that are constantly being made for all of us about our healthcare and our treatments by individuals who have no personal experience with our disease continues to get worse, taking major decisions out of our doctors hands. As I see it, we have two choices. We can either be quite, complain to one another, or we can stand up and make our voices heard.  Even the MS Foundation and some MS communities seem to be of support of what the government is doing. Withdrawing financial support from these supporters could have a major impact on their decision. I AM ONE VOICE and there needs to be SEVERAL to stop this from happening. I’m asking you to please share this blog with all of your friends and to make posts on your social media to make known that this is NOT OK. If we don’t, I can assure you that the future for us does not look good.

 

MS Blogger and Multiple Sclerosis Activist shares her journey living with MS, tips for others living MS and her husband, Steve, offers his insight as a caregiver for MS.