You are responding to a person who started this thread more than a year ago...
Please look at the date of the original threads when posting and take a peek to see if the person has been back to post any updates...if not, then it's best to not bring up an old thread.
It would be good if you would start your own thread to tell us about yourself or ask any questions..
As Beth has mentioned, the information you are giving about Methadone is just not true. It does not block other opiates as there are many people on Methadone as their long acting medication and have a short acting one for breakthrough pain.
Methadone does have a long half life so it does require a slow taper to tirate down or off the medication IF this is needed....but just like any other opiate it should be done with a Drs. supervision and if done slowly, it shouldn't cause any particular problems.View Thread
For me, I could not afford to get a new bed so I bought (At Sam's club) for less than $200 a 3 inch memory foam mattress topper. It has helped tremendously with my pain levels at night.
I still have to change positions every hour or so through the night but that is because I have many spine issues.
I also have a contoured neck pillow and then one that goes between my legs and arms so that when I am on either side, my spine is completely aligned.
The other key is making sure that your room is cool enough..should be 68 degrees or less. And then absolutely dark. No blinking lights from TV, computer, phone.....
When do you have the hip surgery scheduled? If you know that you need this then why wait? I know two peope, a family member and a friend who have had these surgeries done and are doing so much better now.
And congrats on losing the 20 pounds so far....if your weight is one of the reasons for waiting for the surgery then keep pressing forward working with a Physical Therapist as well as nutritionist. It's not like this guarantees that your pain will disappear but being a healthy weight as well as not having any other issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol is something that we should all strive for to better our overall health and make surgery easier on us.
We just had a HUGE discussion about all these "petitions" going to the White House so please see the other thread about the DEA and petitions....
I won't go into the pages of details as I hope you read the other thread except to quickly say you need to please do more research as it is NOT the DEA and it is NOT anything to do with the Obama administration....
You can't just send vague petitions that don't have any facts in them....
I urge people to go to the DEA website and read for yourself.
The CSA (Controlled Substances Act) was passed in 1970 and the last amendment to it that went through was in October of 2008. So Obama nor anyone in his "administration" has changed a thing to the CSA. I don't think people even know what and who that actually means as it's everyone from the Vice President to senior advisors...etc..they have NOTHING to do with what you are referencing...
Each STATE has their own laws and regulations....
The only Drs. "terrified" of the "DEA" are ones who are doing things illegally....That is the only time the DEA will shut someone down or take their license or throw someone in jail..
This is NOT a true statement to say this is happening to Drs. who easily follow rules and laws and prescribe accordingly.
For the person who is talking about Houston, TX...there are plenty of PM Drs. in that area who treat patients with opiates and other medications along with other modalities.
There is not a law in any state that is telling Drs. that they cannot prescribe opiates to those who need them.
PLEASE look into your individual state's laws and find out what are the things that you and your Dr. must follow.
The only thing that is happening in many states or coming down the pike in others, and possilby an amendment to the CSA later on is that all NON Pain Management Drs. need to take extra classes/training and get more certification if they are going to prescribe any controlled substances or treat someone for "chronic" pain.
You mention that your PCP doesn't want to treat you with pain meds...well..that is not their specialty at all so that makes sense. But it has nothing to do with the DEA.....You need to find an actual Board Certified Pain Management Dr....
It's actual doing MORE harm for these senseless petitions going to the wrong places without having actual facts and figures..
Seriously....all this petition says is a few lines making up that "all" Drs. on some watchlist???
DEA license numbers have been used for a LONG time to track any prescribing that a Dr. does. That has absolutely nothing to do with appropriate Drs. prescribing appropriate pain medications to patients who have solid diagnoses and developing a treatment plan.
Please people......stop with the dozens and dozens of petitions to the wrong places that aren't doing a single thing for chronic pain patients except make us look bad by not actually knowing the difference between state and federal government.
You need to seek out an actual PM Dr. and be open to treatment with all modalities...View Thread
As many of us have mentioned...the DEA does not have a urine test rule and that is what I was stating...I said I don't "think" it was a rule for their state but very well could be as many states are clamping down more than the DEA....I didn't say I know every single states laws by heart but I know the DEA.
My whole argument here was to make sure when people object to things like this petition, it is filled with facts, numbers, and specifics. Everything that has been discussed on this thread has not been a DEA action.
I If someone is upset at their state law with having to see their DR. every 90 days then they can petition the right people who wrote and voted for this law.
NY has passed a new law going into effect on 02/23/2013 where Hydrocodone will be a Schedule 2 medication and will now be subject to all laws under that Schedule like no refills or calling in of a medication.
I was orginially arguing the point that the OP wrote about urine tests EVERY month along with appts. EVERY month...And I was stating that this is NOT a DEA regulation.
As Beth has said....we were wanting facts of what the DEA was doing to harm chronic pain patients as this entire thread is about a petition to the Obama administration about the DEA.
I have always seen my PM every 3 months and this matches the DEA model and I have agreed to this for a long time. Being on the medications I take they need and should be monitoring their patients, as well as going over new treatment plans, doing injections, setting up PT, etc.
Please read the entire thread...This was already brought up on the last page and many of us have responded to Hydrocodone possibly moving to a Schedule 2 medication.
As well as please look at the actual DEA website where they specifically say that there are exceptions made to those who are in nursing homes or who have a valid reason for not being able to get to the Dr. every 3 months.View Thread
Even if Hydrocodone moves to be a Schedule 2...It does NOT mean that someone has to go to their Dr. monthly! I can't say it enough to please go to the actual DEA website and read about the Controlled Substances Act...I put a link on my other post directly to where it shows that the DEA does not require monthly visits for Schedule 2 meds.
There is NO DEA requirement of monthly urine tests!!!
I go every 3 months. I only have a urine test once a year.
I will say it again...I don't know of even any state law that makes patients have a urine test every month! That is your Drs. choice..
Hydrocodone is just as heavily abused as all the other opiates so I don't see the move to go to Schedule 2 as any big deal. Someone who is on pain medication should be monitored by their Dr. at least every 3 months.
By making it Schedule 2 it means that there just can't be refills but Drs. can still do post dated prescriptions for a few months out as this is what mine does for my meds.
It also means not just "any" Dr. or Dentist, can write for Hydrocodone like they do now and have months and months of refills. Anyone who has "acute" pain should only need them for a month or so and be tapering down. For somoene who is actually "chronic" like many of us....then going to see a specialist to find out the reason why is imperative.
And then most all chronic pain patients move from a short acting med to a long one after a certain amount of time as it makes no sense to be on short acting long term. This would be chasing the pain every 4 hours...
So...I don't know where you are getting your information but nowhere does the article state what you are saying about "requiring monthly office visits and monthly urine test"....
****This is why I get frustrated as people are perpetuating incorrect information....
Ok folks...one more time for those who are either refusing to read actual facts or previous posts....
THE DEA does NOT require monthly visits or monthly urine tests!!View Thread
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