Americans don’t care about pain patients

Almost 200,000 People Have Signed Petitions Asking Obama to Pardon the ‘Making a Murderer’ Subject

https://www.vice.com/read/almost-200000-people-have-signed-petitions-asking-obama-to-pardon-the-making-a-murderer-subject-vgtrn

As of this moment, there are 1,793 comments on the CDC’s website regarding the new regulations:

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=CDC-2015-0112

A search for the word “suicide” brought back 239 results in the comment section:

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketBrowser;rpp=25;po=0;s=suicide;dct=PS;D=CDC-2015-0112

The same search has 3 results in the CDC’s supporting documents:

http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketBrowser;rpp=25;po=0;s=suicide;dct=SR;D=CDC-2015-0112

First Do No Harm: The DEA targets Physicians who treat their patients pain.

8,829 People Have Sent 21,065 Letters and Emails

http://www.petition2congress.com/5202/first-do-no-harm-dea-targets-physicians-who-treat-their-patients/view/

(1 day ago) Kristin K. from Central Point, OR writes:

It’s a relief to see that people are starting to recognize the demoralizing, and downright appalling scrutiny so many are dealing with. And most are guilty of nothing more than suffering with chronic pain. Depressing, devastating, and most often debilitating, chronic pain.

For twenty years I’ve watched my dad suffer in pain. For the first ten years he was prescribed oxycontin, a very strong, long-acting narcotic, for a spinal cord injury. He hated the way it made him numb emotionally. So he decided, on his own to discontinue the pain meds, and sought out a new doctor, hoping to fond an alternative. After a horrible withdrawal period, that caused mini strokes, he continued pain med free for several weeks. He came to realize he needed the relief the pain meds provided more than once thought.

However, his previous attempt to go drug free had caused his new doctor to red flag him, making it near impossible to get help in the way of narcotic pain medication, despite numerous MRI’s, and x-rays of his extensive injuries. It took going to the local Methadone Clinic, and asking who was known to have the worst reputation when it came to prescribing painpills too easily. They gave me a name and i had dad in to see him the next week. I needed to be sure we were going to a doctor that hadn’t become so fearful of DEA scrutinizing, that he would compromise morhis oath as a doctor, or his morals as a human being. It’s been a battle to say the least. Dad is now on a pain pump, and making slow progress. But, there should have never been a day go by that he had to suffer like he did.

(4 days ago) Someone from Superior, WI writes:

In my area it’s next to impossible to receive opiods for pain relief, chronic and acute. Just in my circle of loved ones, I have seen the following:

A 45 year old woman who cannot get pain medication after major abdominal surgery because her primary care physician wasn’t the prescriber. It was the surgeon who prescribed it, so insurance won’t cover it, and the pharmacy refuses to let her pay in cash.

A 74 year old accused of being a drug seeker when she was brought to the ER with back pain. Turned out she had kidney stones and a UTI.

A 44 year old veteran denied pain meds for a severe, permanent knee injury that forced him into early retirement from the military.

A 21 year old male accused of faking groin and back pain to access narcotics, even though he turned down hydromorphone and asked for Toradol. He ended up needing surgery to remove several 10 mm size kidney stones.

A 42 year old female denied pain medication for multiple foot fractures after an accident.

A 43 year old woman told to increase her doses of naproxen after calling her dr to report renal and stomach side effects. She’s currently in the hospital after developing a GI bleed.

A 55 year old veteran accused of drug seeking when he was brought to the ER with head trauma after being robbed and beaten. Funny how the addict who did this to him is treated more compassionately than the guy he brutalized.

A 38 year old female denied pain meds while having shingles.

And these are just acute pain patients. This doesn’t mention those of us with chronic pain diseases that are denied pain relief. Those of us with chronic pancreatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, numerous back problems, severe osteoarthritis, stress fractures in the spine, neuropathy from diabetes and blood clots, fibromyalgia, CRPS..,,the list goes on. Not one of us can get help from our doctors. Every single one of us in my group have side effects from this lack of treatment. Many of us have uncontrolled high blood pressure from stress and pain, most of us have varying levels of PTSD and depression because of these accusations. One patient has started getting panic attacks every time they enter a medical facility.

Despite opiods being next to impossible to get here, heroin use has risen dramatically…

(2 days ago) Maureen S. from Clifton Park, NY writes:

Very well written! I am tired of being treated like a criminal by my doctor, I am tired of the friggin’ cashier at the pharmacy giving me the stink eye.

I am weary of thinking about suicide almost every day.

http://www.pharmaciststeve.com/?p=13163

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is hosting a public conference call on its controversial Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain Thursday, January 7, 2016, at 9:00 am ET.

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Is Pain An Illusion?

https://painkills2.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/pain-is-an-illusion/

I can do this
Determination can crush
But do I have what it takes?
Do I have enough?

It’s all about the effort
(So much freaking effort)
Hundreds of huffs and puffs
Do I, will I, have enough?

The pain begins to increase
Throbbing like a drum beat
Invading my head, then repeat
And the pain increases…

Painful areas
begin to burn and shake
My brain says continue
My body to forsake

Who will win?
My brain or my body?

Who do I want to lose?
Which does the pain choose?

Was someone stupid enough
to suggest that I adjust
calling pain an illusion
just a bit of stardust?

I call this
my reality
I call this
doin’ the laundry

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I washed my shower curtain today (thank you very much, bud). It now smells like Gain laundry detergent.

My brain won this round
shoulders still burning
I be dreamin’ bout
chocolate-covered Vicodin

🙂

Doctors to Strike

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-04/u-k-junior-doctors-to-strike-next-week-after-talks-break-down

Junior doctors at state-run National Health Service hospitals in England will strike over pay and conditions next week after talks with the U.K. government broke down.

The doctors — medical-school graduates who are training to be consultants or family practitioners — will provide emergency care only for 24 hours starting at 8 a.m. on Jan. 12 and stage a similar 48-hour protest two weeks later, their labor union, the British Medical Association, said in a statement on its website Monday. A full-scale nine-hour strike is scheduled for Feb. 10…

“Those talks ended on Monday, Jan. 4, and, regrettably, without the significant progress we were seeking,” the BMA said in its statement. “As a result, junior doctors in England will be taking industrial action for the first time in 40 years.”

FDA Issues High Risk Warning for Transvaginal Mesh

http://www.medpagetoday.com/OBGYN/GeneralOBGYN/55503?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2016-01-05&eun=g875301d0r

As part of the premarket approval application process, manufacturers will be required to address concerns about severe pelvic pain and organ perforation through a “rigorous PMA pathway.” …

In March 2015, Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit was ordered to pay out a $5.7 million settlement to a woman who sued the manufacturer over a transvaginal mesh implant (the judgement is currently under appeal). In August, an investigative report found several medical lenders linked to profit schemes and litigation over removal of transvaginal mesh.

The agency notes that these orders are not applicable to surgical mesh used for other indications, such as stress urinary incontinence or open (abdominal) repair of pelvic organ prolapse.

Free Doctor Visits

http://www.medpagetoday.com/PracticeManagement/Reimbursement/55502?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2016-01-05&eun=g875301d0r

They’ll offer free visits to primary care doctors in their networks.

You read that right. Doctor visits without copays. Or co-insurance. And no expensive deductible to pay off first. Free.

In Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, and more than a dozen other markets, individuals seeking coverage from the insurance exchanges can choose health plans providing free doctor visits, an insurance benefit once considered unthinkable. The improvements are rolling out in a limited number of plans following reports that high co-pays and deductibles have discouraged many Americans who signed up for private coverage the past 2 years from using their new insurance under the Affordable Care Act…

Some insurers can offer free visits because they operate health clinics staffed by salaried physicians. That’s the case at Harken Health, which has four primary care clinics in Chicago and six in Atlanta for its members to use for unlimited visits. Harken also offers members access to a doctor by telephone and Internet… Harken also offers free yoga and cooking classes…

To that end, Zoom+ lets members make appointments using their smartphone app and its doctors emphasize changing diets before prescribing drugs… Zoom+ also offers free mental health visits and one free dental visit for a cleaning…

Molina Healthcare is offering zero co-pays for unlimited primary care doctor visits for one of its silver-tier plans for 2016. Unlike Florida Blue, it says it offers free doctor visits in its plans without using a narrow network of doctors and hospitals. “We really want folks to get value from their premium dollar and not have any barriers for care,” said Lisa Rubino, senior vice president at Molina.

Molina offers the zero copay doctor plans in Florida, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.

Jan. 31 is the final deadline for consumers to sign up for 2016 coverage.