Monday, February 24, 2020

Comments by MAESTRO101

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  • Thank you, & Bravo, Richard Lawhern, PhD, for this very timely, appropriate and factual article!

    I am a chronic pain patient for over 14 years, who suffers from a hereditary degenerative and crippling disease. It is getting more difficult by the day, it seems, to get my doctor to prescribe what it takes so that I have that “quality of life” that you refer to in your article. My GP doc (pain management clinics are too far away) has had me on the same regimen, without an increase, of Oxycodone for the past 3 years but is constantly attempting to have me “try to take less” than my daily allowance. I remind him constantly that I have a degenerative disease, not a regenerative one!

    Three weeks ago, I fell and broke a rib in my mid-back. My doctor ordered X-Rays which initially didn’t show the fracture but, my pain continued to worsen. It hurt to breathe, cough, laugh, or sneeze. I could not sleep unless I was flat on my back and I could not turn over into my normal sleep position. My fiancĂ© convinced me that I should return to the doc. He ordered more X-rays that this time, showed the break, but he would not give me the OK to take additional meds for an off the charts pain level. I finally said, “Look, I’m sorry doc, I’ve had to take extra because I’m in agony and I am asking only that you refill my script only 2 days early.” He wouldn’t do it and proceeded to scold me as if I were 5 or 6 and not 65 years of age. It was Friday when I asked that he refill my script so that I could get through the weekend. He said, No! and told me that he would not waste another moment of his or his staff’s time on my drug requests. He told me that I had only myself to blame for my predicament of not putting back extra tablets for times like these and although he knew I would indeed have a rough weekend, he goes on to say “many people break ribs and don’t need narcotics”. I can’t tell you how incredibly ridiculous that sounded coming from a doctor who has been in practice for over 40 years!
    This morning, I copied your article and sent it to him in a patient portal. I prefaced your article with these words: Dr. ____, I thought you might enjoy this article. As we hear dogmatic arguments from both sides of the political spectrum relating to the “addiction epidemic”, this article, I feel, expresses not only a non-fanatical but rather a factual point of view. It certainly represents the voice of those of us who now apparently stand without defense or have been muted.

    Thank you, Doctor Lawhern, for your fine article and the voice of reason!
    Maestro101