Sorry for the title, but I can't think of any other. Since a lot of doctors have been getting in trouble for opiate presciptions, it's making it next to impossible for people like us to get any meaningful pain control. I swear, I'm scared to death to even ask for an increase to control my pain! We are NOT recreational users & I'm getting REALLY tired of being lumped in with them like I'm some kind of junkie. I did NOT ask for RA, nor do I want this disease & thanks to the RA, I'm also a transplant patient. It doesn't matter that I have documented illnesses or that I've taken every step known to man to be on the up & up. As soon as a medical professional hears you're a chronic pain patient, they look at you like you've been out buying dope on the corner. I seriously resent this. I've had to go to the Univ. of Ia. to their Rheumatology Dept & they do NOT precribe ANY pain meds. What are we supposed to do? It's bad enough we have to live with this miserable disease, but we have to put up with the stigma of chonic pain too? In my case, RA is hereditary, I didn't ask for my genetics & I can't help it if I'm in severe pain. No one would voluntarily choose RA just to get some pills! There needs to be more education for medical professionals about who are chonic pain patients who can't control what they're body is doing to them from the recreational users who have no documented history of ilness or disease. I have 5 abdominal incisions from biliary surgery & my bile duct transplant. I've had 4 lymph nodes removed. I HATE this disease!!!!!!!!!! It interferes with EVERYTHING & then I get treated like a punk because I can't help that I was born with the RA genes????? I would like to see these same people live like those of us with RA for 1 day. I guarantee they wouldn't treat us like that anymore. I didn't ask to be put on opiates, but that's all I can do to make it through a day to take care of my family. Sorry for the rant, but I'm SO tired of being treated like I'm some common user off the street looking for a fix. I just to live like everybody else & not be in grinding pain 24/7. My hands hurt so bad sometimes I just sit & cry, my toes are all crooked & I suppose I did/caused ALL that myself just for some pills???? I'm in tears as I write this, because I know there are people out there that are going through the same thing I am & it's time we stand up & say: WE ARE NOT JUNKIES! WE HAVE AN AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASE THAT CAN BE EXTREMELY PAINFUL-WE CAN NOT HELP THAT SO STOP TREATING US LIKE WE'RE SECOND CLASS CITIZENS & TREAT LIKE WE'RE HUMAN BEINGS WITH FEELINGS!!!!! Thank you for allowing me to post.View Thread
Lord, deliver me from the PAs! 2 yrs of school & they think they're "doctors". I know more about my body & condition than they ever will. Not only that I took care of my Mom & MIL right up until they passed. The doctors I trusted: 1 left me after over a decade with the current scandal going on in Des Moines, they sent me to someone else who didn't want any Medicaid patients, my other doctor's cancer came back so he retired. My regular primary cares I've had for 14 yrs. but now since I'm a chronic pain patient, Medicaid wants to stick me in some "lock-in" program. I feel like we're all under some kind of Communist Regime. We ARE in the US aren't we????View Thread
CTBeth: you hit it right on the head!!! I wonder how these same people would feel being us for even 1 day??? I bet they wouldn't be able to hang with that for 2 seconds. Doctors take a Hippocratic Oath as doctors to "first do no harm". What do they think? I've never had a single problem with up to 8 4mg. Diludid a day for 5 yrs. Then I lost my chicken dr. went through withdrawal (don't they know that can KILL us???). They don't give a damn about us. We're a liability to them. They can lose their license. Well, STOP prescribing to the actual junkies & grow a set & take care of those of us that actually MUST live with debilitating, miserable diseases that, again, we did NOT cause, did NOT ask for & do NOT want!! Who the hell would want to be addicted to pain killers for the rest of their lives? WE NEED HELP!!! SOMEBODY OUT THERE HAS TO STAND UP & TELL THOSE THAT ARE TOO "SCARED" TO HELP, THAT THIS IS NOT OUR FAULT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!View Thread
Read my post about the "opiate nazis". I've been on Dilaudid for the past 5 yrs. I'm a transplant patient & can't take anything with Tylenol or Motrin. It works without any side effects & unlike other people, it has a paradox effect on me where I can get up & get everything done (opiates don't make me loopy-they do the opposite). I also have a high tolerance for opiates & a low pain tolerance. I thought only Iowa was cracking down on opiates. What in the hell is going on????????View Thread
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