Unrealistic guidelines limit doctors who treat pain

There are two sides to every story, my side of the story is being lost, maybe I should be the exception. …

I am a non-cancer pain patient of 16 years and the one medication that gives me somewhat of a normal life or at least makes me functional on some levels is being taken away by legislators in the state of Ohio, basically by the governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team. While I am not against some of the work that this cabinet is doing to make Ohio a better drug free state, their efforts have made it impossible for me to be treated by my doctor effectively who happens to be a doctor inside a pain clinic which is where they wanted me to be in the first place. They are currently placing guidelines which doctors are finding unrealistic in some cases.

The other restrictions that they are imposing is in regard to what medications that they will allow the doctor to prescribe, their freedom of using medications to help their patients depending on that patient is gone especially anything quick acting. If the doctor does not go strictly by the guidelines they could be looking at prison or losing their license to practice which is their livelihood.

I live with chronic pain every day and every hour of every day, do I not have a right to have a medication which has worked for me and that my body accepts just because it happens to be a quick acting opiate? Do I not deserve a life or some kind of life that allows me outside my home and off the couch or off the bed?

Is this about the next elections and all about politics? I will give the governor and his cabinet credit for what they have done, for now they are wrecking my life, matter of fact I could have been a statistic last week had I not had the common sense not to take the sixth pill which was morphine. I have been pain-filled with a real health problem too long to be put through all this yet again of finding something that maybe will work and that is in line with their unrealistic guidelines.

Let me be the exception to the guidelines rules, better yet, let the doctors be doctors. For the doctors inside the pain clinics that want to help their patients have a better life, lift the restrictions and let them prescribe whatever medication it takes to treat that individual patient.

I just want my life back, not all patients that take pain medication are abusers. I have never abused my medication. Some people I feel are dying from side effects, I almost did. I go through enough every day, I have to cope with pain every day, I never have a good day … I have some good moments. I do have a fixed income so all the costs involved are outrageous not just for me but for my insurance company who happens to be Medicare. Write the governor maybe he will hear us, the pain patient and our families.

Darla Linscott

Zanesville