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Pain Patients Don’t Help Their Cause by Denying Reality

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Chronic pain patients who rely on opioids for pain relief feel under siege.  Because of concerns about opioid addiction and overdose, federal, state and local governments have been instituting policies that discourage opioid prescribing.  In response, many physicians are indiscriminately reducing the amount of opioids they prescribe.  In some cases, they are quickly and drastically […]

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The Feds Say Restrict Opioid Use. Now What?

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The federal government has declared, through its major health policy agencies, that the number of pain patients on opioids and the dosages they are on should be severely restricted.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC), Veteran’s Administration (VA) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have all issued new guidelines within the past year […]

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Life After Opioids for the Chronic Pain Patient

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Many of the 100 million chronic pain patients in the United States have been depending on opioids to manage their pain, some for decades. In the last few years, concerns about addiction and deaths from prescription opioids have resulted in changes in guidelines regarding opioid use and a crackdown on physicians who prescribe opioids. Many […]

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What To Do If You’re Abruptly Cut Off Your Opoids

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The problem It seems there are two kinds of opioid-using chronic pain patients these days: those whose doctors have abruptly cut them off from their opioids and those who live in fear of it happening to them. Their doctors are fearful too—of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) arresting them for prescribing “too many” opioids, or […]

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Marijuana vs Opiods for Pain

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Carol’s teenage daughter Julia is a dancer who suffered a serious injury that required extensive surgery.  Julia was sent home after surgery with opioids for pain.  Despite the opioids, Julia was screaming in pain.  Carol repeatedly called her doctor’s office and each time was told to increase the dosage of the opioids.  At first Carol […]

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The DEA Harms Pain Patients

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Three recent actions by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will cause grave harm to pain patients.  Rather than protecting the public, they will increase suffering as well as increase the rates of addiction and overdose death. The DEA has a long history of raiding medical marijuana dispensaries in states where medical marijuana is legal.  In […]

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Why Pain Patients are Being Cut Off Their Meds

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In March, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain.  The guidelines included recommendations on when to use opioids (rarely), when to discontinue them, dosage levels (including recommended maximum dosage) and suggestions for monitoring.  The guidelines were billed as voluntary.  The CDC says they don’t hold the force […]

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It’s Time to Reconsider Opioid Use for Acute Pain

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Much of the discussion about overuse of opioids recently has been about the dangers of long term use.  Few have questioned the “need” for opioids for acute pain, such as post-surgically or immediately after a serious injury.  The 2016 CDC opioid prescribing guidelines recommend that doctors prescribe opioids for acute pain for three days or […]

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The Undertreatment of Pain

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Over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain.  Chronic pain costs the United States about $300 billion annually in medical expenditures and approximately $300 billion on lost productivity.  These frequently cited statistics, alarming in their own right, do not even begin to quantify the suffering of those in chronic pain and the negative impact on […]

 
 
 
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