Raising Alarm on Oregon Force-Tapering Opioids

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Pain and Addiction Leaders Raise Alarm on Oregon Force Tapering Opioid Proposal – by Sean Mackey, MD, PhDMar 2019

On Mar 14th, the Oregon HERC Task Force was going to vote to make a rule for Medicaid requiring all opioids to be tapered to zero except in a few very narrowly defined cases.

At the last minute on the morning of the vote, HERC said they were postponing the vote due to a conflict of interest they had “just learned about”. That’s a pretty flimsy excuse because the membership and the whole process of this group have been driven by conflicts of interest (of the alternative medicine community) and a vast ignorance of medicine, pharmacology, and reality.

The extreme nature of this proposal has reached a level of such preposterous cruelty that protest by medical professionals is now required to preserve some limits on the government’s practice of…

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Brain abnormalities are Consequence Not Cause of pain

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Brain Gray Matter Decrease in Chronic Pain Is the Consequence and Not the Cause of Pain | Journal of NeuroscienceNov 2009

If you can reverse brain “damage” by effectively treating the patient’s chronic pain, it seems pretty clear that the chronic pain was the cause.

This means we don’t have to accept the idea that abnormalities in our brains are what’s causing our pain (which some have hinted at).

Recently, local morphologic alterations of the brain in areas ascribable to the transmission of pain were reported in patients suffering from chronic pain.

Although some authors discussed these findings as damage or loss of brain gray matter, one of the key questions is whether these structural alterations in the cerebral pain-transmitting network precede or succeed the chronicity of pain.  

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Switching Opioids for Better Pain Relief

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Could Switching Opioids in Cancer Patients Provide Relief? – Lori Smith, BSN, MSN, CRNP – Nov 12, 2018

I’m disappointed to see this limited only to cancer patients. Since we know that there’s NO DIFFERENCE between cancer and non-cancer pain, these findings would also apply to other kinds of chronic pain.

Side effects and inadequate pain relief with the use of opioids in cancer patients is a challenge for healthcare providers to manage and can cause considerable problems for these patients.

While the topic is still debated within the medical community, opioid switching in cancer patients may provide relief of pain and alleviation of opioid-related side effects, according to the results of a recent Italian study.  

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Veiled threats by Pharmacy to Doctors

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From J. Julian Grove, MD @JulianGroveMD – Nov 2018

Chronic Pain Patients: An insight to the veiled threats Health Care Providers receive treating pain. From Walgreens on this example to my Physician’s Assistant.

I am a double board certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Specialist, treating complex pain and cancer pain always w/comprehensive approach. Insulting.

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Snapshots of ME/CFS

Sad but true,
I know that view.
Staring at the foot of the bed,
Or perhaps the ceiling overhead.
Wondering if tomorrow will be
Light and full of energy.
Perhaps it will be dark and glum,
And there we lie, overcome
With fatigue and pain like you’ve never known
Lest you’ve felt it in your bones.
Will there be a cure someday?
For this, we can only pray.

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