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    Contrary to what the mainstream media and "anti-opioid" lobbyists would have you believe, legally prescribed opioid painkillers DO actually work for chronic pain. Opioids have been used for thousands of years to provide relief from pain, so why is there a mis-perception or inference in recent times they should only be used for acute pain?

    In America the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines state there is "insufficient evidence to determine long-term benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain" [SEE LINK BELOW], and in Australia we are told there is a "lack of evidence for opioids in the management of chronic non-cancer pain" [i.e. based on the International Assoc. for the Study of Pain Policy Document February 2018].

    Many anti-opioid activists claim there is “no evidence” or "insufficient evidence" opioids work long-term, yet there are NO high quality, placebo controlled studies routinely conducted for longer than 3 months. Therefore, to say there is no evidence is "a misleading statement, because non-opioid pain medications and alternative treatments are not studied for long periods either."

    IF there are no reputable or "good studies" that go beyond 3 months [i.e. due to funding and other regulatory and scientific restrictions], surely the absence of evidence is NOT evidence of absence? There is a silent majority of responsible chronic pain patients, using their opioid pain killers safely and successfully for many years, yet their voice is not being heard.

    #research #CDC #IASP #OpioidCrisis #PainManagement #Opioids #Painrelief #prescriptionopioids #Dontpunishpain #ChronicPain #PainManagement #OpioidEpidemic #OpioidCrisis #opioidtapering #forcetapering #Dependence #Addiction #opioidprescribingguidelines #OpioidHysteria #fearofopioids #opioidrestrictions #chronicpainpatients #deprescribingopioids #abandonment #untreatedpain #OpioidUseDisorder #SubstanceAbuse #PainKillers #StopTheStigma #Holisticcare #qualityoflife #noonesizefitsall


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    #CheckInWithMe #Disability #Opioids #Medication

    A Day in the Life of a PWD (Person With a Disability)

    Frame 1:
    A man who uses a cane is talking with a friend.
    FRIEND (grinning): At least you get all the good painkillers!

    Frame 2:
    MAN: Yeah, and the constipation, sedation, and risk of addiction are just extra bonuses, I guess

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    Cannabis saves lives #CBD #CBG

    Years ago I stopped taking prescription opioids because the negative effects of the medication outweighed it’s benefits. Yes it would help with pain but, I was a zombie all the time. Always tired, always unmotivated. I stopped and thought I’d give Medicinal Cannabis a try. THC causes me to have the most severe anxiety attacks for hours on end. I started getting a high CBD potency flower, and I began using a CBD tincture as well as using topicals. Almost 3 years later I only use a #CBGoil through Lazarus Naturals. Their products have been a literal life saver. My quality of life, and my over all health has improved so much with the help of good quality, genuine CBD and CBG oil. The only downside is that my ex husband who is an EMT for AMR in AZ, and his parents still call me a drug addict. They all treat me as if I’m an irresponsible druggie. It can be so infuriating because I know it’s not factual, and they just need stuff to make me look a certain way to people. For as Liberal as they are, when it comes to my health and wellbeing they’re pretty heartless. I’m thankful that I got a divorce. Since splitting up my health has gotten better by A LOT! #Opioids #Medication #qualityoflife #wholebodywellness


    The #CDC Site for Public Comment on#Opioids

    Just in case anyone wants to share their story regarding pain medication and how it has helped them, I've submitted a story to The Mighty explaining the situation. I have a link to help, but I cannot publish it here without going against community guidelines. To access the site, please Google search "beta regulations . gov" and "Management of Acute and Chronic Pain: Request for Comment". The deadline for public and stakeholder comment is June 16, 2020.

    If you have #ChronicPainor #Intractablepain please consider submitting your comment. By and large, most government officials that I've spoken with do not know how many people are losing their pain battle because they aren't hearing from us directly. We need to speak up and soon.

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    Radio show guest wanted: Has anyone experienced the loss of a loved one due to their opioid meds being cut or dramatically reduced?

    Asking on behalf of a well known Chronic pain advocacy group involved with all levels of advocacy including working with government.

    Looking for people willing to share their story on a special Radio show in a segment this weekend. We are looking for Canadians to speak along side some US guests who have lost their father to suicide when his opioid medication was cut and he could no longer live with the pain. If you have had a similar experience where the health and well-being of a loved one was seriously compromised due to medication cuts due to Opioidphobia hysteria please let us know. #ChronicPain #Opioids #ChronicIllness #Opioidphobia #SuicideSurvivor #Suicide #Witholdingcare #SuicidalIdeation #SuicidalThoughts


    How did you wean from opioids?

    I just had back surgery, and hope to stop taking opioids. My insurance is denying my meds now, also (grrr, another topic). How did you get through coming off pain meds? Insurance is forcing me to stop one cold turkey, and I already feel the effects starting. Help! #Opioids #nomoreopioids #takingbackmybody

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    Opioid Withdrawing on My Couch

    Opioid withdrawal... Equals Hell. I’m laying here on the couch and it is currently hot as Hell, among another myriad of unpleasant feelings. So yeah I feel like Hell is a good descriptor. I have been on Oxycodone for a year and a half 10/325 5-6 times a day for most of it. And here I am, 30 hours in to my cold turkey, knowing I’m not even it the worst part of it yet.

    I had back surgery back in January. Ruptured disc for the second time. Drugs leading up to and after the surgery. I mean, I don’t know how not to take drugs for that level of pain, but I also know I probably used more than I needed and for longer. It’s too bloody hard not to. They tried to wean me off but it was torture over a longer period of time. I can’t. So I’m ripping off the bandaid.

    I’ve been here before. It’s a familiar place but that doesn’t mean it is not a Hellish one. I am a recovering addict. I could go down the list. Well... Why not? Pot (don’t know if that one counts), shrooms (that one either), Dab, MXE, Cocaine, Heroin (Very briefly luckily), and Meth (Not briefly enough unfortunately. If you want to meet Satan face to face, his name is Meth). That about sums it up. But I’m 5 years clean. Then this back pain, surgery, shit fest happens.

    Don’t know why I am writing all this. Haven’t written in this community before. I came here initially because I have GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder), Panic Disorder, Dysthymia, and mental OCD. Reading your stories has helped me through some tough moments. Well here is part of my story, and I am coming to you at my most vulnerable moment.

    #Addiction #Recovery #Opioids #withdrawal


    Early Recovery #Addiction #Opioids

    I just feel like no matter how hard I’m trying that it’s not going to be good enough for my family & friends, I know it’s going to take time to earn trust, but it’s only been 30 days & I was removed from inpatient treatment after 17 days because my insurance thought that I was mentally & physically stable enough to start outpatient therapy. Hoping things start getting better soon.


    Has anyone experienced more chronic pain due to taking long-term opioid’s? #ChronicPain

    I was told today that the opioids that I’ve been taking for severe back pain is most likely causing my severe back pain. Just about every day although I get up and go to work my pain level is between an 8 -10, I can’t imagine not taking a pain pill and allowing the pain to go even higher. What have you experienced? #Opioids #PainManagement #BackPain