Oxycodone tablets, narcotic

Watch the news on television or read a newspaper and you will likely see a story about the dangers of opioids. Here is just the latest sampling:

  • “Lawmakers Seek Crackdown on Opioids” WRAL.com, Raleigh, NC
  • “7 in 10 US Workplaces Hit by Opioid Abuse” WebMD
  • “Opioid Rx Abuse Probe Sees A Record 31 Doctors Hit With Sanctions in New Jersey” FOX News, U.S.
  • “Dentists Work To Ease Patients’ Pain with Fewer Opioids” NPR – Weekend Edition Sunday
  • “Should You Fill That Opioid Prescription?” U.S. News & World Report

People In Pain Deserve Relief:

When something goes wrong in your body, the signal you get is pain. Whether it’s an emergency like a broken bone or appendicitis or something more chronic like degenerative back disease, pain is usually the common denominator.

A Short History of Opioids:

Before there were modern pain relievers, humans relied on the natural world to ease suffering. The Sumerians were using opium from the poppy plant by 3,400 BC. They shared the pain-relieving potential of this plant with the Assyrians, who passed it along to the Egyptians. Eventually Alexander the Great took it with him to India and from there opiates spread around the world.

Today, this category of drugs has captured national attention. The opioid epidemic has caused untold misery, and politicians have weighed in on measures to prevent abuse and the deaths that result from it.

The DEA’s War on Opioids:

The Drug Enforcement Administration has cracked down on the medical use of synthetic narcotics such as oxycodone (OxyContin) and hydrocodone, found in Lorcet, Lortab, Norco and Vicodin. Although such drugs have led to addiction and death, they also remain among our most powerful and effective pain relievers.

There was a time when physicians were trusted to use good judgment in the prescribing of hydrocodone and oxycodone. No doubt some were far too promiscuous in prescribing such powerful pain relievers. But others were very thoughtful and cautioned patients about abuse. These doctors prescribed opioids judiciously.

The DEA changed the rules in October, 2014. That was when the Drug Enforcement Administration moved hydrocodone combination pain relievers (HCPs) like Lortab, Norco and Vicodin from Schedule III to Schedule II. That meant no more electronic prescriptions to pharmacies. And doctors could not call in a prescription either. Each prescription was good for only one month. That meant it was much harder for patients suffering from severe chronic pain to access opioids.

Many Physicians Now Worried About Prescribing Opioids:

The media spotlight on the epidemic of opioid-related deaths has scared many physicians away from prescribing such medications. Pharmacists worry about dispensing them, and some patients are too anxious about possible addiction to take these drugs at all.

Most experts recognize that opioids play a key role in easing pain for people at the end of life, particularly those whose pain is related to cancer. Surgeons continue to prescribe such drugs following a major operation.

Chronic Pain Patients Are Suffering:

The controversy is focused on the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain. Doctors have been told that such drugs are inappropriate for people with persistent pain, and CMS (Medicaid and Medicare) has drafted a policy that would make it difficult or impossible for many patients to get prescriptions for such medications.

What impact will that have on their medical care? We have heard from hundreds of patients who are now feeling desperate. Here are just a few examples:

D.M. in Baton Rouge, LA, shared a poignant story:

“It is really a shame how a physician who took an oath ‘To Do No Harm’ out of medical school can bow down to a government that has no business meddling in the practice of medicine.

“I was injured twice in Vietnam, and in 1988 a backhoe drove over me. I’ve had four back surgeries as a result, but am left with chronic pain. I haven’t told the VA that this 65-year-old soldier who proudly served my country in time of need often thinks about taking my own life. It is truly sad that the very country I went to war for is the one that is going to be the death of me.

“I will fight this pain with all I have because I care about my family. But since my dosage of Oxycontin was reduced, I have a hard time getting even two hours of sleep a night. I can not find a position in which I am not in pain.”

Many other chronic pain patients who never abused opioid pain relievers are now at the end of their rope. Many have suffered unbearable withdrawal because they can no longer access medications that allowed them to function. Others, like this Vietnam vet, are becoming suicidal because the pain is so excruciating.

Other Stories from People In Pain:

Jan in Plano, IL, is also at the end of her rope:

“I had a crush injury to my feet and legs 17 years ago. All my nerves died. I have been on everything, but mostly just Fentanyl patches every other day.

“A neurologist who knew nothing about pain stopped my Fentanyl when I tried to have a spinal stem implant. I felt like Joan of Arc burning at the stake. I couldn’t lift my head off the bed, and vomited till taken to the hospital.

“The pain was excruciatingly unbearable!! If I couldn’t get my Fentanyl I would have to find a way to end it. So the deaths from drug addicts that the DEA is trying to prevent will just be made up in suicides from people in severe, unending pain! The government needs to stay out of our lives.”

Rose in Cape Vincent, NY, is also desperate:

“I injured my back at work 8 years ago. I have herniated, bulging discs and scoliosis as a result of my accident. I have Protein C deficiency, a blood clotting disorder, and therefore am not a candidate for surgery.

“I’m 42 and live with horrific pain. I’m on disability and walk with a cane. My quality of life continues to deteriorate every day. I spend much of my time in bed and am no longer able to enjoy the things I used to do.

“Because of the Protein C deficiency, I am not supposed to take NSAIDs or steroids. These drugs can cause fatal bleeding problems. Last year my pain management physician was arrested. At that time, I was prescribed morphine. After his arrest, I ran out of medication and suffered terribly from withdrawal.

“I’ve suffered so much since then and I’m no longer able to live alone. I was taking copious amounts of ibuprofen, despite the risks of internal bleeding. I was recently hospitalized for chronic pain because I could not get out of bed and could not walk. I spent 8 days in the hospital where my pain was controlled for the first time since my former doctor’s arrest.

“While I was hospitalized, I was referred to pain management. I was given enough pain medication to get me through until my appointment. The medication barely makes any difference whatsoever in controlling my pain. I never abused, misused or sold my pain medication. I don’t understand why I’m being punished, along with so many others who suffer from chronic pain.

“I’m so miserable that I wish I’d get another DVT [deep vein thrombosis] or pulmonary embolism and just be put out of this misery. Animals are treated more humanely than those of us who suffer this way. I really believe the CDC and DEA are depending on all of us to kill ourselves. I believe that they want to eliminate all of us who are disabled and rely on SSD or other forms of government assistance because we’re “burdens” to society. I know this must sound crazy, but why are those of us who suffer so terribly being treated like drug addicts?”

“Perhaps if we all joined together, we could stop this horrendous patient abuse. I only want some quality of life back.”

The Terrible Dilemma:

There are few medications that work as well as opioids to control severe pain. That is why surgeons still prescribe drugs like Vicodin after a major operation and why hospice workers rely on narcotics to ease the pain of terminal cancer patients. Medications like NSAIDs or tramadol just do not work as well and they carry their own risks.

It is not clear that the war on opioid medications will reduce the death toll. Some drug abusers will turn to heroin or other illicit drugs instead of prescription narcotics. It does appear that these policies have left millions of chronic pain patients abandoned without much of a safety net.

If you would like to read more about how patients are coping with the new laws, here are some links:

Patients in Pain Are Outraged about New Hydrocodone Rules

Will People in Pain Suffer Because of FDA’s Scary Opioid Warnings?

What do you think? We would like to get your perspective in the comment section below.

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  1. Robert

    Limited to 100 words. Here goes: Am on the Fentanyl patch (19 yrs.) Was burned 3rd degree, 22% of my body. I ended up with muscle myopathy. RECENTLY TOLD I HAVE MYOTONIC DISEASE. LAST MONTH MY PAIN DR CUT MY DOSE OF PAIN MEDS. LAST WEEK HE TOLD ME UNDER THE NEW FDA GUIDELINES (80 MG TOTAL MORPHINE equivalency/day–also includes cancer patients) my patches are higher dose than the new guidelines.

    So I would have to stop my pain patches (the pain would kill me). Mike Dewine and Governor Kasich have it all wrong. They should be brought up on charges for political torture of those with disabilities. They are killing us. Yet, no one is willing to stand up for us (the compliant pain mgmt patients). Until we ban together, marches, news coverage etc. we will be the unintended casualties (that the government will be happy to write off). WHERE ARE THE LAWYERS FOR AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES. SUPREME COURTS HEAR OUR CRY. MY ATTORNEY GENERAL AND GOVERNOR ARE KILLING ME.

  2. Sunny

    I have interstitial cystitis. It’s a chronic bladder and pelvic pain condition. I am highly intolerant to food and medicines, chemicals, fillers, and dyes in medications, perfumes, flowers, etc. I was diagnosed 18 yrs ago, and for 10 yrs I followed a strict diet and only needed an opioid for unrinary track infections. About 8 yrs ago I was starting menopause, and the pain started. Nobody would treat it. I lost 30 lbs from not functioning. I especially could not cook my special diet.

    I found a primary care doctor who treated me for many years. Now he will no longer, because he is a private concierge doctor, and charges $3,000 a year plus takes insurance. My deductible is $3,000 a year, too. I don’t have that extra money, an extra 3 grand to give him yearly to be in his practice. During the time I had him I gained my weight back, which is 138lb. I’m 5’7 tall.

    He found me a pain clinic that only took me because he went to college with that doctor. The pain doctor put me on a very low dose, and since July 2016 I’ve lost all my weight again. I’m now at 96 lb. Last week my pain doctor left the practice, and the new doctor refuses to even see me. He lowered my dose to wean me off my medicine. I’m seriously sick and could never tolerate my pain. I’m over taking my script now because it’s impossible to bear this pain. I can’t get anyone to listen to me. 4 pain clinics in my area say they do not treat my condition. I’m lost and soon out of my medication. I’ve tried compounded tylenol, ibuprofen, morphine, Elavil, tramadol, muscle relaxers, etc., and I’m reacting to them all. I’m so sensitive to food and drugs. A certain opioid helps me but I need it every 4 hours to gain back my weight. Then I can get out of bed and cook. I avoid most foods because they are causing my pain. I must stop eating for 2 days, and then my pain will stop. It’s bad to do cause I’m 30 lb under weight,


  3. Jeff
    Greer, S.C.

    I’m a single father, 55yrs. old. I raised my twins single handedly. I worked for a major corporation for 25yrs. I became disabled in 2009. I’ve had 4 bypasses, 12 cardio stents. I suffer from plantar fascitis and terrible diabetic neuropathy. I’ve taken opiates for 15 yrs. Never abused! DOES ANYONE WANT TO TAKE ANY KIND OF MEDICINE?? NO!! But in order to have any quality of life at all, we must. I was taken off all opiates cold turkey and referred to a pain clinic. The pain management doctor recognized that my pain was so severe that he wanted to place an electronic device under my skin on top of my spine to block the pain from my lower half!! But then turned around and prescribed me 4mg of hydromorphone. I may as well have been taking baby aspirin! I was also prescribed Lyrica. This medication is useless and dangerous. You stay agitated, can’t sleep and all you think about is suicide. Does our government really want us dead? What about alcohol and tobacco? A heck of a lot more people die each year from those. My point is “anything can be abused”. The opioids that I was legally prescribed and never abused gave me some quality of life. We should not be made to suffer, have suicidal thoughts or have some quack treat us like drug addicts just because of the sins of a chosen few! The last time I checked, doctors took a Hippocratic oath. They and the AMA need to fight this atrocity!

  4. Brett

    People with multiple pain issues should not be having to go through this gamut of bs the CDC is pushing on everyone. I am so mad I could bust. I switched to methadone from Oxycontin to get my stupid doctor to quit whining about my meds and his license. At the same time he cut my meds. I was off a whole week and my pain management guy gave me the methadone, I had nothing in my system for a week put up with cold turkey withdrawals.

    And HAD the chance to TITRATE me to the stupid CDC guidelines at that time and did not do it. He said he is cutting my medication and then cutting them again. We had a heated discussion in his office and he had the gall to say to me if you go somewhere else you will be back because I write for more. Like holding my medication over my head like its on the end of a fishing pole whistling. I want to move out of the country NOW!

    • Frank
      Onalaska. Texas

      I am just turned 69 years of age and have failed back syndrome, RA, Fibromyalgia and Seids. Because of a blood transfusion I rec’d in the USN in 1968 I had Hep C but took antivirals and have been free of live virus for 15 years. I have been taking MS Contin 30 mg Extended Release for 3 years down from 60 mg 2 xs a day for 12 years. I also take generic oxicontin 10mg 3xs daily. .5 mg of Xanax 1 evry 12 hrs..I am about to be cut off. I stopped taking meds 1x in all these years and thought I would die. I could not function and was bedridden for 11 months. I have never abused my medicines. My pain mgmt. Doctor apologized. He said he is being forced to comply to CDC, and Medicare, and gov’t. I cannot take Nsaids because of GI issues. Allergic to lyrica. I also have heart issues and take Betapace so other drugs have bad and life threatening interactions with Betapace. I wrote my Senator. He all but called me an addict. Maybe I am. But I certainly have been compliant. Never abused, hoarded or sold. I will not suffer.

      How dare anyone come between me and my doctors? I consider that a threat on my life and well being and I have the human right to defend myself from physical harm. My doctors took an oath to do no harm. I guarantee no doctor or bourbon swilling politician will suffer. More people die from alcohol and tobacco by 200 thousand more in each category. Another 240 thousand die from medical errors every year in this country.

      I will not go quietly into the night, thats for sure. We should all come together and yell in the cowardly faces of those legislators. They are monsters! The junkies will always find a way to get their drug of choice. We the patients are victims and I intend to start defending myself instead of simply taking their assault on my health and dignity.

  5. Jeff
    Grand Junction

    I’ve put up with so much crap from the medical community for years now, and I’m fed up! I can’t help it that I have a pain issue. Chronic pain sucks, and mine never goes away. I’ve never gotten carried away with the meds and never come close to over-dosing. So leave me alone about it. If I didn’t get some relief from this pain I would certainly be 6 feet under. At least it gives me some quality of life

  6. Phyllis
    New Jersey

    My quality of life has declined so much since my pain medication was taken away from me last April. I have signed petitions, written letters, posted editorials, written to congress, tweeted, just about everything I could and continue to do to get this cruel law over ruled fellow sufferers.

    I guess the government is now practicing medicine. I will fight until we all (yes YOUand I) get back our medicine or something better by the right of God that NO one can ever take away!

    • Kim

      I agree there are way too many doctors that use that prescription pad like a god wielding a life or death sentence. And that’s got to stop.

  7. Phyllis

    My quality of life is horrible now without my pain medication. I guess now the government is now in the business of practicing medicine. I’ve written so many letters, comments, tweets, editorials, signed petitions, you name it to get this garbage law overturned. I hope it is in our lifetime, mine and yours, fellow sufferers, that we are treated unfairly in this issue as have been our doctors watching us suffer unduly in our chronic health conditions. May God help us all find relief in getting back our medicine or getting something better that no one can take from us.

  8. barry

    I been through 6 failed lower back operations damage nerve scar tissue on nerve 5 deterioration disc upper back 3 severe multiple bone spurs sticking me in my nerves and 2 bulging disc in my neck and another bulging disc in my lower meback I need both kneese replace. And I’m at the end of my rope I suffer from manic depression anxiety and I can no longer take all this pain my pain management doctor is cutting me back way to much I just can’t take it I’m thinking of just ending my life I can’t stand my painful no life it’s just getting to hard.

    • Frank
      Onalaska. Texas

      We have to all find a way to come together. There are many millions of us and our votes count. We can boycott the worst offending phsrmacies. Refuse nsaids…who takes msaids? Pain sufferers. Over 16k die from taking them and they are not meant for long term. Many more than that are going to die when that is all there is. The powers that be want to get rid of opiates because they work.

  9. charlie

    Yes, let’s all get together and start a class action lawsuit and not talk about it, does anyone or any attorney want to help us?

    That would be great, let’s take back our rights to proper chronic pain care, and do this yesterday, anyone know where to start, dying of chronic pain in TN.

  10. Cheryl

    I am 53, have polycystic kidney disease, stage 3b. I have suffered from chronic pain for over 20 years. As the amount and size of cysts grow my pain gets worse. For example I had a large 4″ cyst just under my rib cage that constantly caused pain; finally my nephrologist agreed to have that cyst drained. That temporarily relieved that pain (cyst is full again). And you cannot count the cysts on my kidney, liver and ovaries because there are too many to count.

    I have never snorted or shot up my pain medication, I have always taken as prescribed. I have never sold them! Yet the pill Nazi nurse at my doctors office treats me as though I’m a criminal. I can’t get an increase in medication because of the pill heads. And now they are going to attack doctors again who prescribe pain medication. When will it end? The addicts will always find a fix & the patients who truly need help will suffer.

  11. Lee

    This is scary. Why are we being punished? Whoever these peoe are that created this mess, are they better thab us? God forbid they get ill or injured. Will they get special treatment? Probably. But us in chronic pain are definately bei bff punished. I got told, well, you’re just not getting better and you need to see your doctors. Huh? I see a doctor at LEAST once a week, and my condition will NOT get better. That is my reality. I do believe now this is a form of genocide from our government. It is an overreach of power, socialized medicine. I am highly offended. I cannot take anything over the counter. When I walk, the metal plate holding my back together rubs on my hips when I walk. So, the pain is a delusion? Unreal! I have no options. So, cant take anything over the counter, now cant get medication from any doctor. Where do I go? Bubba on the streets? To be another statistic? And all these poor peoe who want to end it all? This is very scary. It is like Hilter has come back.

    • Kimberly

      I had blood in my urine for years after bad surgeries , have since lost part of kidney due to cancer!! Diagnosed with fibromyalgia years ago too!!! Been on tramadol for many years , now can’t even get that filled !! A dr butchers me , now won’t help with pain!! I hope they (Drs.) all suffer someday from pain , but they’ll just right themselves a script !! Spend my time now going to cancer center!

      I was only 33 when pain began, right after that surgery!!!! 53 years old now !!! No help for me!!!!

    • Frank
      Onalaska. Texas

      We must find a way to come together. Votes count. The CDC gets money from the government. A few heads at CDC think it is safe to attack the most vulnerable in our society. The aged and infirm and sick. We are many, many hundreds of thousands of votes. Call your Senators and congressmen and women and tell them to stop getting between us and our doctors or we will vote them out. This is all politicians really care about. We are a huge block in our society..

  12. SARI

    Why is it that the government will talk to others in govt. But not us? How do you get to speak to the legislators that are deciding whether or not i can get even minimal relief of my pain? What do we have to do to be able to attend the meetings going on so we can advocate for ourselves.

    I truly feel we need to go back to the 60’s and do some protests or march on our capitols, do something en masse to get the FDA and CDC to hear from us.

    We can complain all we want about the unfairness of it all, but we need to band together to be heard!! I have tried to get to the capitol and speak to the legislators when the drug problem was starting to scare drs. Into no longer prescribing opiates, I was not allowed in to speak. Worse was the fact that no one could tell me who to talk to or what I need to do to be heard.

    If any others out there think we need to march on our capitals or demonstrate in some way to be heard by the powers that, be please contact me. I am hoping we can be heard- we are supposedly 10 million strong if not more. We need to support the drs. Fighting on our behalf. As an RN for 45 yrs and disabled since 1995 I am terrified every time I see my pain dr. That he will say, “sorry, I cannot prescribe any longer”. Suicide would become a fast reality, I’m afraid.

    • Joanna

      I am in Canada. We have the same problem here. I am doing what I can here w/ respect to contacting politicians. I contacted the medical college in my province and advise AGAINST this – just made my situation worse. Horribly traumatic. One month I’m a nice lady getting my meds every month, the next month my med records stamped “addict/troublemaker” BY THE COLLEGE. Total police state stuff. Bur I totally agree that we need some political action like in the sixties and I don’t know how to do it…but I really think this is what is needed.

      The ‘system’ in US and Canada is far less porous than it was 40 years ago – really becoming police states and it is scary. This is a war and it especially distresses me how US veterans are being treated. I am with you. I am not in perfect health but would take to the streets if I could find others to help me. God bless all pain warriors. Please don’t give up. God is on our side.

    • barry
      Salem city nj

      I would love to protest I can not take the pain I been through 6 failed lower back operations damage nerve scar tissue on nerve 5 deterioration disc upper back 3 severe multiple bone spurs sticking me in my nerves and 2 bulging disc in my neck and another bulging disc in my lower back and it’s so wrong how we are being treated

    • Rich R
      cape may court house n.j.

      I am replying to Sari from Connecticut. Hello, Sari, my name is Rich, and I am a disabled chronic pain patient from NJ. I don’t know if you are aware there is a class action lawsuit you can sign.It is called Petition 2 Congress.It can be found by googling chronic pain patients petitions, or google Petition 2 Congress. Good luck, and hope you are feeling better. God bless all the disabled chronically ill people in this country that are being treated inhumanely.

  13. D Everett W

    67 year old male with DDD, Sever scoliosis, spinal stenosis lower back and cervical, spondylosis and long time pain management patient Morristown TN. I finally give up, the feds and Tn legislators know what I need better than the Dr’s and Me. I’m weaning off the fynt patches and quit the oxycodone completely. Am I in PAIN, excruciating, yes, but the GOV. KNOWS what’s best for me. I can’t afford all the test they want so I can get a little relief from this life of pain. What can I do, just go somewhere and die, that’s all that is left. I hope that all these so called do gooder politicians die in pain, but we all know they will GET THEIR PAIN MEDS, nothing too good for the politicians that rule our lives. Good luck pain sufferers, your on your own, we are nothing but pain med seekers and worthless humans to these political elites that want to save us from ourselves, GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS.

  14. kristine

    I was a teacher and therapist, and I am now disabled because of Fibromyalgia, Osteoporosis, 6 collapsed vertabrae, several failed fusions, and severe bone pain. I tried to commit suicide from the unrelenting suffering. For days I would lie in my bed praying to die shaking, vomiting, and fainting. Opioids saved my life. Before my suicide attempt I was turned away by a pain clinic in Minnesota that said post-fusion with rods sticking out my spine that I had hyperalgesia with the low morphine I was taking. In hindsight it was the wrong medication and did not work well for me at low doses. We treat our animals in pain better than this.

    Shame on the law makers who are responsible for the deaths of many who kill themselves because they could not find relief from intractable debilitative pain such as mine. Addiction is the least of my worries. I want to live another day to be able to shower, make a meal, and walk my dog. That is all I ask. I had tried everything else: Shock therapy, injections, water therapy, pt, biofeedback, DBT, gabepentin, celebrex, eating organic, drinking clean water, and many other treatments to no avail. Opioids still are working well after 2 years of the same dose that got me out of pain. God bless those who saved my life. I am going to have a pain pump installed which can have numberous complications but I am afraid my doctors will quit prescribing, and I feel pressure to have it put in. We require compassion not treatment. Addicts will find their drugs. People like me will slowly die.

    • D Everett W.

      God bless, and good luck with that. I truly believe that they don’t care one way or another. The pols have this idea they can legislate behavior. This gets votes from people who have lost loved ones to opioid overdoses, bad behaviour on their part for a cheep high. You and I never abuse or abused our pain meds, I’ve been on pain management for YEARS and never once cheated, always took my meds as prescribed. Do they count that in my evaluation? NO. Why? They just don’t care. I feel your pain, because I have that pain, but they don’t care so just do as I, and give up that’s what they want anyway. Forget about the doctors fighting for us. Those old time doctors no longer exist.

  15. Paul

    I was hardly ever in daily pain until I hit age 65 and found out I had cirrhosis from Hep C, undetected for 30 years. Though the hep C is cured now, my cirrhosis does not permit me to use nsaids (Advil, aspirin, Motrin, etc) Leaving me no choice but to seek an opiod relief from what now appears to be a chronic, daily, debilitating pain in my back and limbs which I had gotten relief from previously with Advil, freeing me to exercise it to sufferable proportions. Now I cannot perform the stretching exercises, even if I were able to concentrate past the agony I wake up in. I now am actively seeking hydromorphone or fentanyl since they are the only pain relief the Mayo Clinic recommends for cirrhotic patients. My greatest fear is that I will become suicidal eventually and return to the OTC nsaids, if only to survive another day.

  16. Art
    New Jersey

    If you have been on narcotic medication for years and have never failed a test, or pill count, or run out before your refill date — Why can’t they trust you? You think people in chronic pain take these strong drugs because they are fun? Quite the opposite. They make your brain foggy, make you feel tired all the time, and other painful side effects. But nothing compared with the pain you experience if you do not get pain relief drugs. Who wants to be a problem to the people we love — our relatives, families, friends? It makes suicide a viable alternative that one soon finds himself fantasying about. But that is the last decision a person can make. Until then, we just pray that a system will be put into effect that prevents people that would abuse drugs from getting them, but not by punishing chronic pain sufferers. Life everyone in this world, you really don’t sympathize with anyone until you find yourself in the same boat. I don’t wish that on anyone.

  17. Sandra M

    From the time i began in pain management until now my patient experience has been nothing short of demeaning, disrespectful and disgusting. The office staff at numerous acted like I was an inconvenience instead of a person I am an x-ray tech.

    I have 4 children, a greenhouse business I am attempting to begin and a life to live. I understand the opioid addiction problem is a real issue in the united states. But the opioid addicts are going to get what they want no matter what. The only people suffering here are the pain patients.

    I have herniated disks from t3-t4 disk space down and through my spine. Bidirectional scoliosis, levoscoliosis, degenerative disk disease, osteophytes, sciatica, arthritis, SI joint disfunction, and hip popping syndrome to name a few. I’m 33 years old.

    I see the doctor to get relief. I’ve done everything they recommend for back pain. Now it’s they’re turn to help me out. They changed my medication to xtampza 9mg. Why I’m not sure. But the pharmacy doesn’t carry it and it won’t be in for a week. I tried and tried to get a hold of someone at this office, and no-one would call me back. So I eventually went in. It was Friday and I was scared to end up with no medication for the weekend.

    After sitting there for a couple of hours listening to other pain patients horror stories about this office, they gave me a coupon. For the very medication the pharmacy has to place on special order. So, I’m out of medication, sick and in pain and They don’t care. And they have the nerve to ask if we are depressed? No we are in pain and no one will help us!!!

    All I want is to be able to work and live with a quality of life that allows me to live my life a little bit. Because this isn’t living. It’s existing. Being scared month to month because we may or may not get medication from The doctor – or we failed one of the millions of hoops that we have to jump thrpugh. Or The pharmacy doesn’t have it, or won’t let us have it, or The insurance company won’t authorize it.

    And then The doctors’ office does not assist with any of the pharmacy issues. They wouldn’t change my nerve pill from lyrica ($600) with my insurance – to neurontin ($6) with my insurance. Why? They just won’t.

    The front desk staff looks down like they are better than every patient here. I can hear them laughing and saying they would never wait and cant believe people would wait this long for a script. Obviously there is a disconnect between patient and medical staff. How can they treat pain if they don’t understand what we live with.

    People in chronic pain are dying. People are committing suicide. And the cause of death will be listed as suicide. Depression. No. They died because they couldn’t live with the daily minute to minute pain. No one can live with it. And when the physicians won’t help or listen – someone should be held accountable.

    Someone has to speak up for chronic pain patients. But we have no voice. And that my friends is the most depressing thing of all.

  18. Nan

    First of all, I hope everyone who is in chronic pain and did absolutely nothing wrong and took their medication properly and became injured, to not give up and try to find help through another pain management practice. I was profiled for being in pain management, and my hospital file is filled with the fantasies and lies of doctors that accused me of being a drug abuser simply because I was trying to come off of pain medication for legitimate reasons. I have been treated terribly ever since by every new doctor I see or whenever I wind up in the hospital. I have stage IV cancer now and I suffered for three years before I got desperate enough to go out and find a pain management place that wouldn’t judge Mel and who would believe me when I told them what I was put through. I was dropped by my old pain doctors after being a patient for 7 years and accused of either abusing or selling my medication!!,,, to the ignorant pain management equals drug abuse. Of cours this makes no sense. I was so terrified that I went through a detox at a hospital because I was so ill I didn’t think I could find another doctor to help me because I could barely get out of bed. I wanted to die every day for 3 years. So now that I have cancer it is a little bit easier to get the help I need, but far from easy. I am still a suspect to ANY doctor who digs through my files. I am abused at my local hospital as well. How this can happen to all the innocent law abiding pain patients, I will never know. The drug addicts who caused this entire mess and crazy propaganda still get what they want when they want off the streets and steal, commit crimes to get what they want. Normal people and legitimate pain patients would be seriously harmed trying to get pain medication from the streets. I am not Street wise and would be scared to death to do anything illegal. How much more can all the “good” people take. We are just trying to have what little life we have left pain free. Why is that to much to ask?

    • D Everett
      Morristown tn

      Neurontin is what I use also but my GP prescribes that not my pain doctor. It has its problems also, sleepiness. I have no idea what we are gonna do, this is my third month of weaning off and not sick other than increased pain. If my pain gets any worse I just wanna die, I cannot live every moment in pain, I’m miserable and pain is all I can think about.

    • Patricia

      I totally agree with these people! Just because of a few that abused them, the government punishes all the people that actually need them! I have heard so many people say they would rather just die than not have them because they hurt so bad! This is sooo wrong! People that need them and have no quality of life with out them, should be able to get them.

      This is Not a game, and these doctors and government are playing with peoples lives! Not right! This needs to be Fixed! Give people that need them the pain pills back so they can get out of bed and have quality of life like they should have.

  19. ccridah
    los angeles

    I was prescribed Vicodin 5/500 in the 90’s for carpal tunnel in both wrists.Back then ,drs & dentist prescribed these meds,willy nilly and some got hooked, others didn’t. Fast forward to 2017, I have had many accidents,slip and falls, that has come along with age. What I take now is 1 1/2 7/325 norco twice a day with food.

    It took me a long time to finally come to grips with my need for this type of pain management without being addicted. Some Dr’s suggested gabapentin, nortripline for me to go nutty on it, and worse. Others wanted me to go to a pain psychiatrist to see if I take these meds when I am upset, lonely or desperate.

    I dont. I ONLY take them as needed for back pain and not only does it help,Iam taking less than I had been 5 yrs ago.The issue with ADDICTION is being OBSESSED with being in a altered state. I don’t wake up, nor go to bed taking it. Twice I had more acute pain, and was ‘upgraded’ to Oxycodone 5/325, only to drop BACK to my Norco once healed.

    I am one of those with chronic pain, and take these meds responsibly. I don’t share them, I dont ‘party’ on them. For people like me? This new ‘war’ is a mess, cause there are some/many of us who need these meds to get thru our day. It’s NOT one big party!

    • Anoni

      The only ones they should be concerned with when it comes to “risk-benefit” are pain patients. Addicts and drug abusers should not be given any consideration whatsoever. I found it absolutely ludicrous that the FDA was considering them in the determination of whether a certain prescription drug was safe to be prescribed for pain patients.

      What a drug abuser/addict does has nothing to do with it; Nothing is “safe” around an them. Prescription pain relievers are about the pain patient and no one else. They need to be given the benefit of the doubt and stop treating them like drug dealers/addicts.

      • D Everett

        Boy that’s the truth, wrote my congressman and he’s too busy to be bothered by some sorry pain patient. We are alone on this issue, you preaching to the choir.

  20. linda

    I have a herniated disk from being rearwnded in 2003, the person who said animals are being treated better than cronic pain patients is 100 percent correct!we need a class action suit.

  21. Pat

    Help! I am a retired RN and have administered pain medications safely for over 30 years. Now I have parkinson’s disease and horrific spasms in my rectum about 2-3 times a day. I cannot sit or stand when these attacks occur. I have to lie down now!

    For 5 years I have been taking hydromorpone as a last resort when all attempts to ease my pain failed. I never took more than prescribed and I never asked for early refills. My doctor encouraged me to take the pain med at first, then last year he began to say “you need to get off this opioid”
    Yesterday my doctor told me she could only prescribe one pill a day or she would be “in trouble. ” What is going on here?
    I always believed that when I got old and sick at least I would not have to die in pain. I cannot live like this. I spend most of the day in bed. I have an incurable brain disease and it will not be getting better. I am ready to take my own life.Please help!

  22. K

    Why is the government able to make decisions for doctors! My husband was recently told that his brain will reset when he comes off his meds! What the hell Is that? My husband shouldn’t be a Guinea pig or test subject. I want the doctor to come and live with him while he withdraws and even worse when he is in so much agony! He doesn’t sleep as it is since they started decreasing his dose. These patients families suffer too!

    What happened to being involved in your own Heath care decisions? What he was taking at least provided some relief. He never got high or abused his medications. They are in a lock box since he is a responsible person.
    I am so afraid of what will happen. He won’t be able to work or sleep or watch our kids’ games, even.
    What are we suppose to do? Why is he being punished?

    Don’t they realize that people will resort to other methods to ease that pain? At least they have a little control when writing prescriptions. When people who wouldn’t dream of it start going to street drugs it will be too late. Their experiment will have failed!

  23. Steven

    Dear Lord I just pray for these people in the name of Jesus that you will heal them not only for themselves but also for their loved ones and especially little children. In the wonderful and glorious name of Jesus Christ, I hereby ask for a full recovery from the pain for all those who have shared their stories on this web page. Thank your Lord Jesus – amen.

  24. Cheryl Conklin
    Austin TX

    My quality of life is over because of the sharp and drastic cut in my pain medication. I have scoliosis with scarphosis (humpback) and am in CONSTANT DEBILITATING PAIN! No let up. Sleep is just a memory so I am exhausted all the time. I was also forced off a benzodiazipine that I’ve taken since the early 90’s for panic attacks. The withdrawal was unreal. Need I go on? I can’t stand the pain and it is highly probable that I will have to miss my only son’s wedding because of it.

    These are guidelines, not laws. Chronic pain sufferers are being punished, period. I relate to the people who are thinking about suicide because I think about it far too often! The only thing that holds be back is fear of going to hell.

    • D Everett Wilson

      I may have help for the sleep, I take two Baclofen 10 MG & Amitriptylin 50MG at bedtime the only thing that helps the cramps in my legs from my back problems and the AMT knocks me out. It’s a shame we have to fight not only our pain, but the government that knows what’s best for us. Is this still AMERICA, some days I wonder.

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