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.
We’ve all heard horror stories about people being tapered drastically down from their current pain med dosage. Many of us figure that since we’re seriously disabled due to chronic pain, it
It was that dreadful long day we all hate, known as pain management day. Today was going to be another day of the doctor attempting to taper my pain meds, due
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I was living and still live in intense pain daily. When I say daily, that means every single day, all day, since the date of my severe car accident, that I
In 2016 the CDC put out guidelines to improve communication between clinicians and patients about the risks and benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain, improve the safety and effectiveness of
Please note: I know there are real people who have had the pain of losing loved ones to drug overdoses. I myself lost my best friend’s daughter, whom I loved as