By Barb Kaplitz.
Barb Kaplitz is a 58-year old grandmother who lives in Davidsville, Pennsylvania. She has suffered from chronic pain for the past 30 years, enduring Degenerative disc disease, neuropathy and osteoarthritis. Like many chronic patients, she was living a “fairly good life” when she received her pain medication.
“Like everyone I’m terrified of what is happening,” she told the National Pain Report. “If the laws change and I’m removed from these meds I don’t know what I’ll do. Two years ago my insurance stopped covering half my pain meds. I worry about losing my doctor, pharmacy refusing to fill prescriptions. Same worries as everyone else. I’ve been lucky so far, but I am enraged for my fellow chronic pain patients and the veterans.”
She wrote us recently about her frustration with all the talk around chronic pain, and those comments felt worthy of sharing to a wider audience.
And as we all wait for all the meetings and forums and task forces to get together and make some decisions about how best.to treat the chronic pain patients, people are SUFFERING AND DYING.
Patients are forced into drug treatment programs and given Suboxone when they are NOT addicts.
Or they are forced tapered off their pain meds and go thru excruciatingly painful withdrawal which can kill folks by seizures, high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, and/or suicides.
More psychologists are not the answer. If you have a proven injury/illness and have tried everything there is to try (and it’s an endless list) and you see a reputable doctor, pass all urine tests, take meds only as directed and opioids have given you back your quality of life then what more is there to talk about?
The CDC puts out misleading statistics on overdoses. They started this nightmare and they and our president and government need to fix this and fix it NOW. People say the president was given false info and he doesn’t know we’re suffering.
Come on!! He knows alright. He’s in no hurry to help us.
Thought Sessions was bad? He was only implementing Trump’s policy. But this new guy will be even worse. And God only knows who we’ll get after that. I think the only thing that will get Trump’s attention is all the people signing up for disability, applying for food stamps, etc. We’re going around and around in circles. How many more of us will have our lives destroyed come January 2019? How many more will be dead from suicide? I fervently pray every day for every one of us to make it through this. I ask you all to please pray for me too.
Thank you and God Bless.
Follow us on Twitter: