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DEA Statement Promoting Pain Relief

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Promoting Pain Relief and Preventing Abuse of Pain Medications: A Critical Balancing Act – A joint statement from 21 health organizations and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

In this PDF file from October 2016, I found surprisingly patient-centered statements endorsed by the DEA, like:

“For many patients, opioid analgesics… are the most effective way to treat their pain, and often the only treatment option that provides significant relief.”

…share a responsibility for ensuring that prescription pain medications are available to the patients who need them

However, I don’t see any indication the DEA is following its own “consensus statement”.  

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I Wore a Blindfold and Asked People to Write Their Pain on My Body. This Is What Happened.

Great idea and I will have it done ASAP Thank you 😊 and we know how hard it must have been. Too many know how hard it is, and that’s not only sad 😭, but heartbreaking


If you don’t already know, pain is a deeply personal subject for me. I have been fightingankylosing spondylitis (AS)since 2000, since I was 13. AS is an often-invisible, progressive disease that attacks joints of the body with painful inflammation. In severe cases, it can cause bone spurs to grow that can fuse the spine into a single long column of bone. AS can also damage multiple organs, including the intestines, liver, kidney, lungs, heart, and eyes. There is no cure.

I have made it my mission in life to do something about that ‘no cure’ part by raising awareness in all the ways that I can. I have been on the news, written articles, interviewed celebrities, represented patients at conferences and meetings, given speeches (including a TEDx talk), and testified in state legislative hearings and with members of Congress on Capitol Hill.

Recently I became…

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Pain, Not Catastrophizing, Predicts Opioid Use

My thoughts exactly and then some. You hit the nail on the head every time even in the article inside. Science is corrupt and ass backwards.

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Pain Severity Leading Predictor of Prolonged Opioid Use After SurgeryAmerican Pain Society – Sept. 5, 2017

Thank goodness, someone finally did research to prove the obvious:

It’s not catastrophizing that predicts who will still take opioids months after surgery, it’s the severity of the original pain/injury/illness.

New research reported in The Journal of Pain shows the strongest predictive factors for prolonged opioid use after a traumatic musculoskeletal injury and surgery are pain severity and a poor sense of control over pain.  The Journal of Pain is the peer-reviewed publication of the American Pain Society.  

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Studies Show Heroin Crisis Not Caused by Medical Use of Rx Opioids

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Heroin Crisis Not Caused by Medical use of Rx Opioids: Research Gives Context To Addressing Nation’s Drug Abuse Crisis, Review Finds | Kaiser Health News

Prescription painkiller abuse is drawing national attention as states battle increasing abuse cases, presidential candidates offer possible solutions and even President Barack Obama includes the issue in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

The review of recent studies examines the often cited link between abuse of prescription painkillers and heroin use. That consequence, the researchers say, fuels the need for better treatment and prevention of prescription drug abuse.

They noted, however, that  although the majority of current heroin users report having used prescription opioids nonmedically before they initiated heroin use,

heroin use among people who use prescription opioids for nonmedical reasons is rare, and the transition to heroin use appears to occur at a low rate.”  

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An Inconvenient Footnote in the Opioid Crisis

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An Inconvenient Footnote in the Opioid Crisis — Pain News Network –  August 17, 2017 By Roger Chriss, Columnist

The evidence clearly shows that the opioid crisis is being driven primarily by illegal drugs.Time magazine reports that in a large national survey, 60% of those who reported misusing opioid medication did so without a prescription.

“About 40% of these people accessed opioids free from friends or relatives. Among people who developed addiction or other abuse disorders, 14% said they bought them from drug dealers or strangers,” Time said.

Moreover, people who are addicted to heroin rarely get their start with opioids prescribed for a valid medical condition. 

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Happy birthday Johnna!

Life of an El Paso Woman

Hi everyone. Today would’ve been fellow blogger and friend Johnna’s (Pain kills 2) birthday. For those who donated money for her family, I still have it. It will be donated to charity. I’m deciding which charity to donate it to. I also asked Johnna’s sister for input. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to leave it in the comments. I can’t believe our friend has already been gone for more than sixth months. I know she continues to look over me and many others.

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Feelings & Thoughts

I’ve so much I’m thinking and feeling that it’s hard to express it all, but I’ll try. I’m doing so much it’s difficult to keep up on my blog and writing. I’ve had a bad couple of weeks, but doing the best I can with 20+ years of not looking sick. We may not look sick, but they don’t see me or us when we are in bed. Whether it’s documented or an invisible illness many cause chronic intractable pain, and have no cure. I’m not going to list mine as we all have our own. I stopped Meloxicam (BID), Prilosec 40 mg’s (BID) and a baby aspirin (QD) by using essential oils. I took NSAIDS for over 15 years and couldn’t stop no matter what I did. You rub the oils on the bottom of your feet twice a day, and in 3 days I’ve not used an NSAID for 2 1/2 months. We don’t want to take medication we don’t need right?

September is Pain Awareness Month. You don’t need to be a member of US Pain, but if you want to join go to uspainfoundation.org to sign up. We must inform our Alphabet Soup of the truth regarding opiates or opioids. We can’t make them listen or hear us, but that doesn’t mean we stop, correct? They’re on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and many social media platforms. We email and get a form letter, we call and speak to a rep, we tweet and are ignored, blocked or deleted, but it doesn’t stop me and don’t let it stop you. The truth needs to be told and it’s up to us to do it. I do what I do for all who have chronic pain no matter the cause. We must tell them “All Lives Matter” and NEVER say it’s US vs Addicts.

Join others such as; The Mighty, Inspire, patientslikeme, pain news network, pain medicine news, Ipain, dontpunishpain, pharmaciststeve, and I’m all. They’re all free to join as is practicalpainmanagegment. You don’t need to be in healthcare to join. You receive emails and a monthly magazine all free. I know I’m missing some, but search online to find what’s good for you. My newest is patientslikeme.com. I created a profile and found others just like me. I get a daily email that asks “How are you feeling today?” All I do is click how I’m feeling and it’s added. I’ve met many like me and love ❤️it.  

I hope this makes sense because my pain is flaring, but I’m not giving up.