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Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
she's had the tortu...err...nerve conduction tests 3 times to establish it so they couldn't tell her it didn't exist. Although, now? That IS what she's all but been told. It's crazy.
A couple weeks ago she was transferred to a new Doctor and a new attitude that I believe borders on criminal indifference. This new one decided it was a fine idea to take her off the opiate based pain killers. 100%. ....by simply saying 'no more and call us in 4 weeks.' I'm NOT kidding. That was it. Just 'make an appointment on your way out and see us back in 4 weeks'. No referral for support. No help. No counseling. No weaning off. Nothing.
(If I've been an ass at times in the last couple weeks on here, it's because I'm up all hours, day and night to be available in support of someone I love living through a thing no one ever should have to)
Finally...I got my answer and so did she. January 1st brought new regulations and guidelines meant to curb the abuse and street availability of what she's been prescribed for a decade. According to him, those "guidelines" have razor sharp teeth behind them for the Doctors and are as unforgiving as they are brutal to the patients. Basically, *justify* every single case of chronic pain management, as if from scratch or risk their license to practice medicine in the extreme cases......but that threat doesn't need to BE extreme case for a doctor to take it as serious as she's suffering for it.
(Anything further in detail to the above I'll be happy to discuss in real time chat here or elsewhere ..or U2U, but indeed...there are issues for getting any more detailed, as you note)
Man, I"m just gonna toss this out there. I've seen a lot of this too, any knowledgable Doctor, or Citizen with common sense will tell you yanking anyone off medication like what you stated is highly dangerous and can be fatal.
Originally posted by Serdgiam
and I dont want to further burden those around me with my emotional baggage. It felt good to get a bit of it out though, and also know that I am not alone. It has been a tough five years (total).