I'm still kind of out of it from some medical procedures this week, but I wondered if you could share a little of what the FDA is proposing in your view. I hope to be able to read up on this and respond before June 30th, but it won't be this week! I'd also like to hear what others are thinking - not getting any arguments going, just some of your thoughts. I guess my initial thought is anything that adds regulations right now is going to work against us. In theory it might sound good, but in practice doctors are already skiddish enough. But I've not read all the material.
Honestly PaLady, there's simply too much to type. If you go the The American Pain Foundation's website, it's all there. Tons of reading. I'm not well enough to type a great deal. I'll post my letter to the FDA, which was the most I typed in a while.
I am a very sick woman. I have severe cervical spinal stenosis, as well as other spine problems. I also have osteroarthritis throughout my entire body. I am also afflicted with Fibromyalgia, which is so bad, that I often have trouble walking. All of my health issues are backed up by MRIs and by seeing specialists the reputable hospitals.
I am in severe pain. For that reason. I am on opiod therapy, and this helps me a great deal. Oxycontin has given me my life back. Without this medication, I most certainly would be bedridden, or worse. I am not pain free, and I still suffer, but at least it's manageable because of the medication. My pain is at the lower end of the pain scale, as opposed to passing 10 with me screaming my heart out.
Oxycontin is a good pure drug, and it only hurts a person if they abuse it. I am a very compliant patient. I signed a pain contract. I take my medications as directed. I never run out early. I have no addiction issues whatsoever. I see my doctor on a monthly basis, and I submit to random urine screening. There has never been an issue with those drug tests.
It would be grossly unfair to make people like me suffer, and even die, because some people abuse prescription medications. There has to be another way. Please, I implore you, leave Chronic Pain Patients alone. We suffer terribly, and don't need any additional barriers put up that make getting our pain medicine even more difficult than it already is.
These opiods are my lifeline, and offer me some quality of life. I would certainly die without pain management. The human body was not made to withstand the stress of severe pain. I am begging you, please show compassion for people who are only guilty of having severe chronic pain.
Thank you for your time.