When Judie Bruno’s story about her decision as a chronic pain patient to file for disability was published on Friday, the response from National Pain Report readers was immediate and strong.
Good idea they said.
Bruno is a 68-year old California woman, an army vet who lost her leg years ago. She’s also an advocate for the disabled and she has taken that knowledge to file a complaint under the American for Disabilities Act.
She sent us a narrative about what happened at the Loma Linda VA this week and said it was ok to share with our readers:
OK here’s what happened at my Pain Management appointment at the VA, Loma Linda yesterday and tell me, anyone, how this makes any sense at all?
Last month they cut my Xanax prescription in half which really affects my quality of life. The Xanax is the only thing that relaxes my bowels which are in a knot and causes dry heaves, pain, constipation, nausea, in ability to eat etc. I thought for sure this month they would refuse to fill the prescription but I think they are afraid to just cut it off as one pharmacist did to the morphine in Sept so they gave me the choice of how I can remove myself from this medications, gave me one more month’s prescription of the half dose, I also have extra of the regular dose as again proof I never abuse any narcotic medications and it’s now up to me to take myself off of this medication. Of course it’s in my records that the patient disagrees with this process but at least they didn’t just stop it.
The reasons they have given me for doing this is the use of Medical Marijuana and I was told, if I didn’t use it I could then have the narcotic medications I wanted. How does that make any sense at all?
First the VA and the Fed’s don’t recognize Medical Marijuana as a Pain Medication and yet are judging it as one. I truly believe that is illegal. The excuse I’m given to remove Veterans from narcotic medication is fear of accidental overdose and yet medical marijuana had never been associated in anyway with accidental overdose of any drugs. If we didn’t use medical marijuana, we would be able to stay on narcotic medications. Do they all have blinders on as to this discussion?
This is the reason for my ADA Complaint and its right there, now in my records, that if I didn’t use medical marijuana, legal in my state, they would give me more narcotic medications. That is discrimination against those who live in states where medical marijuana is legal and refusing to acknowledge the rights of states to make these laws against what the Federal Government wants.
Judie Bruno has promised to keep the National Pain Report readers apprised of her efforts with the ADA and the VA.
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