How are pain patients doing in Houston, TX?

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Robert Reece
Today at 7:23pm
I live in Houston Texas. Once considered the pain pill capital of America. I was happy at first when the word got out that the DEA was waging war on people Doctor shopping and coming from other states to obtain pain medication. However the result has been anything but helpful. The drug that helped me the mist has literally disappeared. I do not want to take oxycotin so i suffer through with a drug that does not take care of my pain. I.have to work hard to not take more than my prescribed dosage so I don’t run out and worst of all the Doctors now take full advantage of me increasing their office visits to $200 per month not including my prescriptions which I have to go to a mom and pop shop to fill because all of the regular pharmacies are terrified of the DEA. I am so tired of being in pain. Trying to get my medications and being treated like a junkie when I know so many people who get totally trashed on alcohol everyday but are treated better than me.

When I lived in Houston and saw Dr. Hochman, he charged $250 for every appointment, eventually opting out of Medicare so I wasn’t able to receive any reimbursement. And he charged extra if he had to fill out insurance forms or write a letter on my behalf.

Supreme Court Reverses Deportation Ruling

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/01/supreme-court-deportation_n_7487100.html

WASHINGTON — Turns out, you shouldn’t get deported over possession of a sock — even if that sock is hiding prescription pills. The Supreme Court reversed an appeals court decision Monday in a case brought by the Obama administration against a man who was deported over using a sock to hide four Adderall pills…

Mellouli came to the U.S. in 2004 on a student visa. He finished college, earned two master’s degrees and became a legal permanent resident…

Being a legal permanent resident doesn’t make an individual immune from deportation — that person can still be removed from the U.S. under certain circumstances, including for some drug-related crimes. As Immigration and Customs Enforcement under President Barack Obama increasingly focused on deporting criminal offenders, drug offenses put even green card holders at greater risk of removal…

Only Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented, arguing that Mellouli’s deportation was justified…

The Women Who Face More Traumatic Brain Injury Than NFL Players

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/02/domestic-violence-tbi_n_7488168.html

Thirty years ago, Kerri Walker, now a coordinator for a domestic violence shelter in Phoenix, found herself inexplicably driving down the left side of the road into oncoming traffic. “It felt totally normal,” she said, recalling how she was oblivious to the danger. Walker escaped an accident that day, but looking back now, it was the first clue she had an undiagnosed brain injury.

At the time, Walker, 51, was in the throes of an abusive relationship, she said. She estimated that over a 2 1/2-year period, she was hit in the head around 15 times — once with a gun — and violently shaken.

“I had major headaches, and every now and then I would have these moments when I would get dizzy and disoriented,” Walker said. But she didn’t connect her symptoms to the assaults until a year later, when a doctor at Geauga Medical Center in Ohio diagnosed her with traumatic brain injury, or TBI. “When you are in a relationship with that much trauma and violence, you don’t know what’s physical or what’s emotional or mental,” she said…

On Tuesday, the Sojourner Center, one of the largest U.S. domestic violence shelters and where Walker works in Phoenix, is taking a big step to change that. The center, along with TBI experts at local hospitals and medical institutions, is launching an ambitious program dedicated to the study of TBI in women and children living with domestic violence…

Kim Gandy, president of the National Network To End Domestic Violence, said undiagnosed TBI may play a role in some women being unable to leave an abusive relationship…