Fed panel opposes CDC opioid guidelines


cdcA key government panel that oversees pain research will file a formal objection to proposed opioid prescribing guidelines being drafted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those guidelines, which are set to be released next month, would discourage primary care physicians from prescribing opioid pain medications.

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2.5 Times more Suicides than Opioid Overdoses

Every day in the United States,
44 people die as a result of opioid overdoses (16,000/yr) AND
112 people die as a result of suicide (41,000/yr) AND
1,205 people die (every day!) as a result of preventable hospital errors (440,000/yr)
 There’s an epidemic of people dying while in the care of the medical profession.
 Suicide Rates have been mostly climbing 1999-2013 and have increased by about a quarter in that time. The impact of denying patients their opioid pain medication has been greatest in the last couple of years, so we haven’t seen the effects, if any, of that yet.
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Medical Researchers Analyze Social Media to Understand Side Effects of Pain Meds


Medical Researchers Analyze Social Media to Understand Side Effects of Pain Meds

Harnessing the power of social media, medical researchers have sifted through more than two billion tweets and online posts to study the harmful side effects of narcotics medication taken for chronic pain. The research team, led by the Cedars-Sinai Center for Outcomes Research and Education, reviewed a vast collection of patient entries on Twitter and social media forums such as askapatient.com and patientslikeme.com.
The unfiltered sentiments posted on these sites revealed details not often captured by physicians or traditional clinical research about the gastrointestinal side effects of narcotics medication. In online messages, for example, some patients described experiencing severe constipation that was even more debilitating than their underlying illnesses.
The researchers believe the study is the first of its kind to analyze social media data related to gastrointestinal side effects from narcotics. “Social media can be used as a huge epidemiological database, a treasure-trove of insights from patients about their illness experiences, their treatments, and their attitudes and beliefs about health and disease,” said Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS, director of Cedars-Sinai Health Services Research and director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Education.
The study appears online in the Journal of Opioid Management.

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Opioids Saved My Life


Opioids Saved My Life

My new life of chronic pain started in May of 2005. After being diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, I was given a series of 3 epidural steroid injections with a corticosteroid made by Pfizer called Depo-Medrol. I had no relief from the first two injections, but my doctor insisted that I try a third one. He struggled to get the needle into the epidural space, probably because of scar tissue in my back caused by a prior back surgery, a laminectomy.
After the 3rd steroid injection, I had a severe, instant headache, which was relieved somewhat when I laid down. The doctor had punctured my dura, the outer lining of the spinal cord, which caused a spinal leak. He was defensive when I told him about my headache pain, saying, “No way, there was no fluid in my syringe.” After an unsuccessful blood patch, I ended up in the ER a week later with the worst, throbbing headache I ever suffered. Every time I lifted my head I vomited violently. The doctor ordered numerous tests and he finally diagnosed me with too much STRESS! I knew something had gone wrong during the epidural steroid injection, yet my doctor blamed me for the harm he did to my spine. My pain worsened over time and it became so intense that I thought about suicide.

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How Many Opiates Do You Take A Day?

Is There A Stigma Where You Live About Taking Opiates?

Should Physician’s Who Treat Chronic and/or Intractable Pain Give 10% More Medication To Their Patients In Case Of A Natural Disaster?