Welcome to War Against Chronic Pain
On a recent 60 Minutes, Dr. Daniel Clauw declares that “there’s a very small subset of chronic pain patients that can benefit from narcotics – especially if they’re given intermittently and at a low dose.” Is that so? We’d like to bet that Clauw has never had more than a hangnail in his life.
Even as we speak. Medicare is attempting to set a 90 MME (Morphine Milligram Equivalence) limit on anyone’s pain medication (To understand what MME is, check out our FAQ,) no matter whether they have a hangnail or have interstitial cystitis, a back broken and hewn together by plates and screws, or any number of fun but massively painful diseases.
The statistics are alarming, the people against narcotics for chronic pain would do well to recognize. About 10 percent of the US population endures chronic pain: On a studied population, the rate of suicide due to chronic pain grew from 7% to 10% over time, while the 2% opiod overdose rate stayed… exactly the same (taken from jwatch.org.)
We’re thinking that if we provide a place where chronic pain sufferers and medical professionals can come and divulge their thoughts without fear of judgment or recrimination, we could accomplish several goals, not the least of which would include the massive relief in the realization that one is not alone.
Our main goal is to gather as many folks as we can, willing to sign things, willing to (one day) speak out. And then we’ll head to Congress and have our say.
For now, the more we know, the more we’ll understand what is being done for and against us. So if they want a war against chronic pain: they’ll soon get a fight from those who might not be able to walk, but whose brains still function very well indeed.
These days, all we hear about is the fantastic high numbers of Deaths By Opioid – and how we must reduce opioid prescriptions, no matter who needs them or why. That’s
The real war on opioid medications is becoming more clarified each day. According to 60 Minutes this past week, the most deadly narcotic is new “fake” fentanyl. Not medication that is
I just happened to read a rather humorous (to me) article about India and pain management today. It seems that India, a country that used to think of Americans as ‘weak’
Several months ago, that’s what Connie’s pain doc said to explain why he was reducing her dosage yet again: “Connie, from now on I’ll be treating your tolerance, not your pain.”
And, sure as hell don’t speak for me. The most devastating drug crisis of the century is now, caused by greedy pain clinics and evil doctors? “Now” minus 10 years, maybe.
The CDC Guideline was never intended to set specific dosage limits, yet it’s being used to legislate absolute rules for what should be individual medical decisions between doctor and patient. It’s
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