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Interesting Article about CDC

Oct 06, 2015 9:36 PM

I saw in a group today an article about chronic pain groups trying to fight the CDC guidelines for prescribing narcotics. I don't know how accurate it is, but it was very interesting.

The article makes claims that are plausible, but I haven't fact checked so far. It was saying that the CDC had adopted the same guidelines as an organization, PROP(?) and a bunch of US chronic pain associations fighting the restrictions when it comes to prescription medications.

The author describes how the CDC did a presentation, but dodged questions about who was involved in creating the new guidelines. I'm beginning to wonder if whoever was involved is also behind the blame going to docs, clinics, pharmacies, insurance, and drug abusers, but not the CDC or other organizations that could be reasonably involved.

I thought that actions (described as) taken were suspicious, but maybe there are other circumstances, or there isn't a big enough group of chronic pain patients to prepare to face the lobbyists/politicians. Either way, the article gave a different perspective to a question many of us have been asking : why can't we get the prescription meds we need to function?

I hope we might be getting closer to a real answer.

Oct 07, 2015 3:39 AM

Do you mean the DEA or the CDC? As far as I have been aware, the cdc doesn't have anything to do with narcotics.

Do u remember the title of the article? Or the website/publication it was in?

Oct 07, 2015 8:45 AM

It was about the CDC, I'll look for the link today.

Oct 07, 2015 9:42 AM

I would like to read this article as well. You know, I remember watching a special in 20/20 when I was a teenager about the affects of pain medication on chronic pain sufferers. I remember John Stossel was reporting the story. Saying that people who need the medication to function, the drugs do not have the same affect on our brains as abusers. I get really irked that we all get to struggle and suffer because of the abusers. Maybe they will be able to formulate some sort of testing method to determine the ones that are just seeking drugs. My doctor told me that he can sense where or if his patients are in pain? Not sure about that. To each their own. Anyhow sorry for rambling. I will look online too and see if I can find anything.

Oct 07, 2015 1:50 PM

Found the link:
http://www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2015/9/22/chronic-pain-groups-blast-cdc-for-opioid-guidelines
Still not sure if it's accurate...

Oct 09, 2015 7:56 AM

Well, isn't that interesting. Funny enough, my stepsister works at the cdc. Guess who I'll be hitting up with some questions? 😈

Thank you for the link ferretbandit 😊

Oct 09, 2015 8:13 AM

Thanks Ferretbandit!! I can't wait to read this article!! Arnie, I know you'll be right here letting us know what you find out. 😊

Oct 09, 2015 4:49 PM

I have read the article and one thing is confusing me. They say these laws are not put in play yet then how come the drs/pharmacys have already implomed the rules.?? I do think it's all bs to do this to the chonic pain folks who do not abuse there medicine but need it to get threw each day. (me) I know each one of you feel the same and wish they would just leave us alone. We have a hard enough time battling life with them making it more difficult!!

Oct 09, 2015 6:39 PM

You know it's like getting kicked in the stomach. Many of us have spent years battling our doctors or the system. Being told to take anti depressants as that is supposed to fix our pain. It's complete B.S. I guess they think people who can barely if at all function without pain meds are just "faking it" or can just pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and deal with it? I'm telling you this world is getting crazier every day. They're turning this into a police state. We have no say in this. The ones who suffer the most are going to get proverbially screwed because "some" drug addicts or seekers have abused thems. This really chaps my hyde!!

I read a few articles on the website. "The truth about Cymbalta" Eli Lily are complete liars, they suppress information regarding negative side effects or withdrawals.

In 2009, my "psychiatrist" decided to try me on bipolar medication. You know to rule out bipolar disorder. They don't have the time apparently to do a lengthy evaluation. I was put on Zyprexa as well as a mood stabilizer called Lamictal. Small dosage of both, within a couple of weeks my baby sister died. I was told that the reason the medication wasn't working was due to situational depression. They upped both meds. Within 2 weeks I had a psychotic break and a manic episode. I had never experienced either of these things before. I was totally terrified! I went to the ER and was told by the doctor, that I obviously never should have been put on these meds. That according to Eli Lily's website there were no withdrawal symptoms. He advised me to discontinue the Zyprexa immediately and cut the mood stabilizer out over the next two weeks. I was up to 300mg per day of the Lamictal. I spent 9 months in complete and utter terror and hell on earth.

Not only was I never able to properly process and mourn the death of my sister, I was trapped in these nightmarish withdrawals. I read during that time, an employee of Eli Lily had leaked documents to the media regarding the suppression of negative side effects as well as the truth about withdrawal.

These dang big pharmaceutical companies are profiting hugely off deceiving people and peddling truly bad drugs.

Oct 09, 2015 7:02 PM

The article kind of points blame toward the CDC, but more towards lobbyists who (in my opinion) seem to think we "just need anti depressants" as anonymous pointed out. The companies probably want us pushed for things that are proven not to work, so they can have higher profits. It's speculation, but after having a doc say "you'll get addicted to Tylenol 3" then turn around and say "you need anti depressants, they aren't addictive at all" hmmm...

Oct 09, 2015 7:10 PM

I agree fertitbandit, they want us all numbed down. You can go to the doctor because your stomach hurts and have them tell you it's due to depression. True story, it happened to me, I have IBS and the docs fix was Cymbalta for that and my pain. It's okay to be chemically dependent on a psychiatric drug that can cause permanent brain damage. God forbid you need something for debilitating pain. I've had worse withdrawals from anti depressants and anxiety medication than I ever have from opiate pain medication. Disease and mental illness are big money makers. It's so backwards and wrong!

Oct 09, 2015 9:14 PM

The crazy thing is I think u can ask 100 chronic pain patients and I bet all of them say if they didn't have to take the damn medicine they wouldn't!! We all wish we didn't have to rely on Dr's and pharmacist to give us our quality of life but we have no other choice. I have tried everything other the sun to get my chronic back pain due to a Drs misdiagnosed 15 yrs and ended up hurting my self worse not knowing my back was broken the whole time. I would love more than anything to never again go to the Dr and feel humiliated by them and the pharmacist!! They got us in the palm of their hands and we are the puppets!! Not right!!!

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