Patients with chronic pain raise awareness of pain medication injustice

September 19, 2018 - By Richard Slagle

This Tuesday patients with chronic pain came to the Medical Center of the University of Washington. They took part in a kayaking rally. It was a part of four rallies across the state focused on reminding the public about how patients with chronic pain deal with their situation every day.

The event was organized to show the urgent need for painkillers that the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want to cut in number. Patients believe that their guidelines force doctors to reduce the number of prescriptions they make for painkillers.

One of the participants of this rally, Micki Forester, says that there is a big difference between active kayaking and lying in bed with insufferable pain all day.

Forester believes that it is unfair for officials who did not see her medical records or have never spoken to her to change her usual prescription. She protests that since 2007, when her disease developed, she had an active lifestyle, and now she needs to pass drug tests once a month to prove that she is not on ecstasy or heroin.

Now, depending on her level of pain, she has to switch from being in and out of a wheelchair. Her nervous system suffers from a disorder that sends pain signals into her brain. Micki is standing with her dog, who usually feels when she is going to have a new episode of convulsions.

With new restrictions, she can’t go somewhere else for more than a month or switch her doctor.

According to Alliance for the Treatment of Intractable Pain, while prescriptions of opioids are at a 10-year low, deaths from opioids are at a 10-year high.

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