thekraftyone, look up the laws in your state that govern Pain Clinics/Pain Management and also other physicians who write pain meds. Look up what the Federal Laws are. Unfortunately, just because your dr tell you something does not mean it is true.
Someone asked how do we get the attention of our politicians. The news media, is the answer. How many stories have you seen and read about chronic severe pain patients not being treated for their pain in the media ? And how many stories have you seen and read about people who misuse and abuse pain meds ? The news media is interested in ratings and so are politicians. There were bills introduced in Congress in the 1990's to reschedule hydrocodone combination products, but they didn't get anywhere. It wasn't until the media was filled with stories of abuse and misuse the past few yrs that anything was done to change the law.
Those that don't have any problems getting their pain meds don't see that there is a problem. But, it will affect them eventually. Drs retire and they can recommend another dr treat a patient the same way, but that doesn't mean another dr will. Maybe when those who believe they will always have access to their pain meds aren't able to get them or able to get them in the quanity they have been use to, they will speak out.
With politicians like Senator Charles Grassley demanding to know what states are doing to high prescribers of pain meds and certain other meds who prescribe to Medicaid and Medicare patients, pain patients not receiving adequate pain relief or any pain relief will grow. It takes a huge amount of time effort to get a politicians attention and to keep it. But, when people can't work or do the activities of daily living because of lack of pain management meds, maybe then they can find the time.View Thread
periwinkle52, the info rhyenn posted at the beginning is Not Correct. Look up California Laws governing Physicians and you will see what I mean. Physicians in Calif are more concerned now about treating chronic pain patients that they have ever been before. Almost all drs who treat chronic pain have their patients sign Pain Contracts. Physicians still lose their medical license.
I'm not sure what state thekraftyone is in, but it seems that their Physician is afraid to treat chronic pain patients.
The politicians are the ones who began this back in the 1990's, it's just taken a while for them to get anything accomplished like they wanted. The ones that abuse and misuse pain meds and their families are the ones that put the pressure on the politicians. These laws won't be changed in the next 20-30 yrs, if ever. How many times have restrictions been reversed when they deal with something like this ? Never. The media has also played a huge part in this because drug abuse has ratings, especially when people die. Not being treated properly or at all for chronic pain does not directly result in death, although it is can be a contributing factor in many deaths, so it doesn't get the ratings the media wants.View Thread
rhyenn, people come here for information and support. When incorrect information is posted it is in everyone's best interest to state that it is incorrect. Your thread entitled, Article I wanted to share as you in this community have been angels in my eyes !, was not correct. Allowing anyone to read it and believe it to be accurate in California, or anywhere in the US, would not have been right.
If you have proof that the article is correct and these laws are enforce in California, please post it.View Thread
Don't ask for any specific meds. You may have to go along with whatever a new dr wants to prescribe. Have any of these drs gotten your medical records from your previous dr ? If they have you may want to get a copy of your medical records from your previous dr to see exactly what that dr wrote in them. The reason you were given does not mean that is the reason your previous dr wrote in your medical record. Is your previous dr being investigated for not properly prescribing pain meds ? If he is that could also be the reason, even if you did nothing wrong.
Have you talked your insurance company ? They can't tell you who will and who won't rx your meds, but maybe they can tell you the dr that other patients started seeing after leaving your previous dr.View Thread
It is important to remember that when you change PM Drs that your new PM Dr will want to get a copy of your medical records from your old PM Dr. It might be a good idea for you to get a copy of your medical records from your old PM Dr before you see a new one so you know exactly what is written in them, especially regarding your dismissal.View Thread
jstbrznby , the 90 days means that you must see your dr every 90 days if you take a Schedule II med. It Does Not mean that you can only receive pain meds for 90 days period. Schedule II cannot have refills, but your dr can write you a 30 day supply for 3 months which equals 90 days without being seen by the dr. Some drs want to see you every 30 days, but this is their choice and not Federal Law.
By the way, it's the FDA that is changing alot of things and making prescribing certain pain meds more difficult for drs, not the DEA. For example, the FDA will recommend to the U.S. Dept of Health & Hospitals in Dec to change Federal Law making hydrocodone combination products a Schedule II, from DHH it will go to the DEA and then into Federal Law.some time in 2014.View Thread