CIPAY's Real Medications 4 Real Pain Sufferers
Petitioning: President Obama And The United States Senate
Petitioner: Dr Patty started on March 9, 2012
Why This Is Important
Many strategies and options exist to treat chronic noncancer pain. Since chronic pain is not a single entity but may have myriad causes and perpetuating factors, these strategies and options vary from behavioral methods and rehabilitation approaches to the use of a number of different medications, including opioids.
Pain is one of the most common reasons people consult a physician, yet it frequently is inadequately treated, leading to enormous social cost in the form of lost productivity, needless suffering, and excessive healthcare expenditures.
Impediments to the use of opioids include concerns about addiction, respiratory depression and other side effects, tolerance, diversion, and fear of regulatory action.
State law and policy about opioid use are currently undergoing revision. The trend is to adopt laws or guidelines that specifically recognize the use of opioids to treat intractable pain. These statements serve as indicators of increased public awareness of the sequelae of undertreated pain and help clarify that the use of opioids for the relief of chronic pain is a legitimate medical practice.
Due to concerns about regulatory scrutiny, physicians need guidance as to what principles should generally be followed when prescribing opioids for chronic or recurrent pain states. Regulators have also expressed a need for guidelines to help them to distinguish legitimate medical practice from questionable practice and to allow them to appropriately concentrate investigative, educational, and disciplinary efforts, while not interfering with legitimate medical care.
Please help me!
There are people who take their lives everyday because they are not provided simple pain relief. This country was based on freedom?
What's ironic is that many pain management doctors do not want to prescribe pain killers because they are afraid the patient will use them to over-dose when the pain becomes too extreme. When, in fact, the days that I am closest to even considering suicide are the days I am forced to "soldier through the pain" without pain medications. Soldiering through the pain causes me more pain and does more damage than any pain medication ever could. And yet, that is the "treatment option of choice" of many pain management doctors, including my own.
I get sick of finding myself in a pain crisis even with the pain patch and break-through pain medication when it reaches a point where nothing works. I live with Lupus (SLE), Sjogren's Disease, Fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, joint disease, nerve damage, and other problems associated with autoimmune diseases that are compounded by the fact I have had many broken bones, many/most of which were during my childhood to early adult years.
Even on a good day, there is pain and the best I can hope for is that the pain will be tolerable at best; hwr, when it's so bad I wish I could take my brain out of the body that is in such pain, I actually soak in a tub of water that is as hot as I can stand it to alleviate the pain in conjunction with break-through medications. Some nights/days it works while others nights/days it doesn't. I want the medical professionals to stop being afraid of the FDA & other governing bodies when it comes to prescribing pain medication for chronic pain illnesses so I can have at least a few days when I am not in pain for a change - even the tolerable pain. I want some downtime without pain constantly nagging in the background at best and controllable when it's at its worst and I do not feel this is too much to ask for when living with diseases that will eventually take my life once they begin to damage my vital organs.