Chronic Pain — 08 September 2013

The stories are widespread and persistent: pain patients being denied opioid medications by pharmacies or being left untreated by doctors.

We’ve written about it, many times, and readers like Carla Teegarden have lived through it.

“I did everything they told me to, suffered the embarrassment of pain management where you sign contracts, get your photo taken and drug tested like a criminal,”  said Teegarden, a fibromyalgia sufferer who shared her story after reading Colleen Sullivan’s column about being humiliated by a pharmacist.

“I had my primary care doctor who has been treating me for close to 30 years dump me because he ‘didn’t know what to do for me’. He didn’t want to be bothered.”

Physician abandonment is a sensitive topic in the medical community, but it’s not one that’s being ignored. It was the subject of the keynote address by Steven Passik, PhD, at PAINWeek in Las Vegas, a national conference attended by 2,000 practitioners in the field of pain management.

Passik calls pain patients who are unable to get treatment or get their prescriptions filled “opioid refugees”.

Read more at National Pain Report.



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