The struggle is so painful, you’ve been there before and remember it well. It was a deep, dark, and at times a very lonely fight. Opioid Chronic Pain Patients nationwide ALL have something in common right now (or are about to). We’re suffering in pain again BUT this time it’s much different.
Many patients never had a thought or worry of what’s to come, and why would they? WHY would any patient in the USA ever have to give a thought about the doctor or pain provider that they’ve been seeing for so many years suddenly just say “NO MORE PAIN MEDICATION” for you, I am no longer prescribing opiates? You may have tried to intervene and explain but no one is listening. Many hear “I’ll only be prescribing opioids when necessary for cancer patients.
Is the American Government flippin’ crazy?? It takes years for a chronic pain patient to balance things out and actually start managing their pain, heck these providers helped with that long journey! Providers are remorseful. There are no apologies, options, or sympathy coming their way, many patients are leaving the office with little or no medications left. We all cry inside trying to prepare for the cruel and heinous cold turkey withdrawals we’re about to face. What could be worse? Well, for chronic pain patients, unfortunately that nasty withdrawal will be easier than going back to the constant NON STOP pain they faced in the past. Many patients will be disabled or facing debilitating conditions. It is really hard to accept that they can do this to us, it may be a little easier if it wasn’t the provider that we’ve trusted to look out for our health and well-being for so many years.