Chronic pain sufferers getting frustrated. A story that the National Pain Report ran on Saturday (March 7) has generated a digital conversation about how chronic pain is being treated–and the gist of the conversation is that the people who suffer from chronic pain and the people who care for them are not happy.
A firestorm of criticism for the U.S. government decision to crack down on opioid prescribing . The result of that government decision they believe is that chronic pain patients are not receiving
John Sandherr is the father of a U.S. Marine who is fighting for better VA treatment of his son.
Returning Veterans that once were over prescribed pain meds are now given no real hope for chronic pain. Anti Depressants are the new pain reliever along with relaxation and other modalities. Yes some of these can work in conjunction
with the proper meds but it’s not realistic to rely just on their new guidelines that do not include narcotic pain medicine.
The VA has given our Vets the – Take it or leave it –non option.
My own son a US Marine Vet with 80% disability rating has been made worse after getting forced to take NSAIDS after he told the Dr. about his ulcer. All the VA has offered is ” good luck ” after my son begged for pain relief. After pleading for a referral for a private hospital he was told by his PCD that he can’t do that even after my son showed him the new law put into place to help Vets get help quicker. I say and listened to the Dr. lie about my sons condition and he said that NSAIDS will not hurt his stomach .
The humanity is gone from our new healthcare system and only God knows how many will be dead as a result.
The following are Comments from our story pages:
Anne Rachall is a Chronic Pain Sufferer who is happy she doesn’t living in Montana
I know it’s time for our Government to get on board with what we suffer. We are not meth users. We are not heroin shooters. We are not cocaine snorters. We are living, once productive parts of society that did not ask for this curse. Our physical anguish is so severely real that it becomes who we are not what we are fighting.
We have degenerative disk disease. Rheumatoid Arthritis. Fibromyalgia. Lupus. Crones disease. IBS. Oh the list goes on. And many like me have multiple issues.
I have pain so severe I am in bed for days. Lifting a cup to my mouth hurts. The only way to break thru that is my narcotic. And trust me we have tried it all.
One last note. I bet the politician with the wife with MS makes sure she has all her narcotics to get thru her day.
Mickie Brown is a chronic pain sufferer
All I know is that for nearly 5 years, I’ve been tortured by denial of pain relief. Since being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Gout, and Sjogren’s Syndrome, I have not received a single prescription for pain, except for once at the Emergency Room. I started out at a low-income clinic, who, when I inquired what would be done to control my pain, was told contemptuously, “We don’t dispense narcotics here.” Well, I’m a little ignorant of the treatments–I didn’t know narcotics were the only pain relief available. I felt very demeaned to the point of tears. Since then, I have asked my Primary Care Physician, and my Rheumatologist what is the plan for controlling my pain? I don’t even ask anymore, because it’s so humiliating to be sent home in Level 10 pain time and again. I’m a 60 year old woman with no history of narcotic abuse. I just don’t understand why this torture is happening. I’ve told my doctors I can’t go on like this. I am polite & understated about it, but a fact is a fact…I can’t take this much longer. Like they say about suicides, I feel hopeless and helpless. No one can live like this for long. What is going to be done about it?
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