Vilified and Coerced, Pain Patients are Desperate

On January 28th, the CDC will meet for a final public hearing at which pain advocates and public citizens will speak out against both the restriction of pain management as well as speak in favor of it.
Many individuals wrote letters to the CDC begging them to reconsider this guideline. The CDC has been so focused on the addiction crisis in the US that the chronic pain epidemic is not on the public’s radar.
This excellent post by EDSinfo.wordpress.com expresses the plight of our country’s worst suffering. Please do not look the other way. These words below express what could be your mother, brother, or your child.

EDS and Chronic Pain News & Info

Vilified and Coerced, Pain Patients are Desperate 

In no other medical field are patients subject to such vilification, suspicion, and coercion as in pain management.  Chronic pain patients have been abandoned in the blind rush to “protect” us from addiction to opioids, without concern for their legitimate use as pain relievers of last resort.

Those of us that require opiate medication for pain are treated like criminals.  We must sign away our privacy and allow our medical records to be scrutinized by law enforcement, the DEA, or any third party private contractor working as a “drug warrior”.  If we don’t sign, we don’t get treatment–this is blatant coercion.

Already struggling to make life worthwhile in my painfully broken body, I must now face additional hardship, expense, and obstacles legislated by my government.

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I do not know why it is that we must wade through tragic circumstances to find truth. We nearly drown! But under the water, there are pearls. I hope in writing this blog, more will come to the surface. Over the past 15 years living with chronic pain, patient advocacy has had a powerful effect on my life through meeting so many remarkable teens, women and men: SURVIVORS. These individuals are HOPE personified. I wish to honor them in the same spirit they have encouraged me to press on. Eight years ago, I became bed-bound from a variety of secondary chronic illnesses. A procedure meant to help the pain condition I had been managing for several years- went bust #BIGTIME. Over the years, my entire life has changed. I have changed, but I am still striving to live my best life possible. Along with sharing inspiring pieces about spiritual wellness and finding quality of life inside of ongoing illness, I also share health research, awareness information, poetry, memes, art, and this blog is also an attempt to put my own pieces back together. Welcome to A Body of Hope, and thank you for visiting. [Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/ RSD, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Dysautonomia, Chronic Intractable Migraine, Cluster headache, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Occipital Neuralgia, Hypersensitivity to Sound & Light, Fibro, CFS/ME, Cerebrospinal Fluid Imbalance......blah, blah, blah] >>> P.S. My headgear is protective for pain. I just rock it hard ;)

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