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Hi all... I’m new to the forum. I’ve been a chronic pain patient for 10+ years. I’m currently taking opioids for pain control. Somewhat successfully. In a panic to the high levels of overdoses, the FDA has responded by reducing dose limits. What was once acceptable opioid dosages, is now considered ‘too high’ for chronic pain patients! The dosage that was fairly successful in helping to manage my pain is going to be reduced as a result of something outside my control. The FDA has shackled my doctors hands and won’t allow any doctor to make determinations as to appropriate doses on an INDIVIDUAL basis! I’m very sorry folks are dying! I hate that! But tbh, why do I need to suffer. Why do I need to live my life in a wheelchair. I’m doing what I need to do...I’m compliant, I see my doctor monthly, undergo random drug testing...whatever was required or requested, I did it. Gladly! I had manageable pain levels that got me out of the wheelchair that I had spent years in due to my pain. I’ve been on my own two legs for over 3 years now! I’m not anxious to go back into the wheelchair because something outside of my control is happening to other people. (As a side note, I’ve tried on 2 separate occasions to reduce the level of opioids I was taking - a request I made, and my doctor was agreeable to trying. I was able to reduce my dosage 50mcg! But I couldn’t get lower than that without reducing my quality of life to a point that I was back to being bed bound.) I’m considering a move to MM. That way...I’m in CONTROL! I’ve been contemplating a switch for awhile now because I felt that it would be a better long term choice than opioids. But I’d not really done my research at that point... Well...now the choice is being made for me. Adding upset to injury, my regular pain management doctor is currently taking 6 months off for a medical issue he’s dealing with!! The doctor caring for me in his absence doesn’t give me warm fuzzies. And honestly, I don’t feel I can trust him in guiding me through something this important. Many mainstream doctors don’t approve of MM. I’d really like some suggestions for a good doctor or two in the Traverse City area that I could get a consult from... I hate feeling like I don’t have choices...or any control. Totally sucks!!
The Michigan Attorney General’s office filed a formal complaint with the Licensing and Regulation Division (LARA), alleging that a physician failed to require patients to produce medical records and “failed to maintain those records,” prior to and after recommending patients for medical marijuana. The first question raised is, will the Attorney General’s investigation extend to all doctors, or is this only an issue because it involves medical marijuana? Through the four-year history of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA), the physician certification process has been a hot topic, with opponents of the Act routinely criticizing this aspect of the law. To some, these doctors are helping patients find relief through medical marijuana in light of professional risk, complaints and potential criminal investigations. Opponents, however, maintain that obtaining one’s medical marijuana card is too easy, citing that as of one year ago, more than 90 percent of the state’s 64,000 patients were using medical marijuana to treat severe pain, muscle spasms or nausea. A year later, the state has more than 130,000 registered medical marijuana patients. One fact often overlooked is that LARA has an entire page on its website devoted to pain management, and nearly 30 percent of Michigan’s residents have sought treatment for an acute pain condition in the past year. The current legislative process and proposed bills being discussed in Michigan’s House and Senate are opening a potentially dangerous debate, not trusting physicians to make the right decision and injecting politics into our right to privacy in healthcare. No other prescription or diagnosis is as scrutinized as a medical marijuana recommendation, despite doctors being tasked with control, regulation and administering thousands of other substances throughout their careers. If Michigan policymakers truly want to protect the medical marijuana community and ensure safe access to medicine, they need to focus on amending the Public Health Code, not the MMMA or attacking those recommending the medicine. Doing so would first allow and recognize the use of medical marijuana and protect recommending physicians, preventing physicians from shying away from medical marijuana for fear of prosecution. The issue of medical marijuana is a public health issue, not a public safety issue. In order for the MMMA to truly work as intended, and to give the voters of Michigan what they approved, the state needs to trust and rely on board-certified physicians, not politicians, to make proper decisions about the use and recommendation of medical marijuana. Share this: http://komornlaw.com/komornlawblog/attorney-general-files-charges-against-doctor-who-recommended-marijuana/
76 Percent of Doctors Would Approve Med Marijuana USA -- According to a survey in the New England Journal of Medicine, a majority of physicians would approve the use of medical marijuana. Doctors were given the hypothetical case of Marilyn, a 68-year-old woman with breast cancer which had spread to her lungs, chest and spine. When asked whether she should be prescribed marijuana to help ease her symptoms, a majority of respondents said yes. The survey included responses from 1,446 doctors from 72 different countries and 56 different states and provinces in North America. In addition, 118 doctors posted comments about their decision on the survey. Read More...
Interesting article of the outrageous cost of health care, and who is the Big Winner at the end of the day. Note: it is not the patients or the Doctors. 1. Routine Care, Unforgettable Bills When Sean Recchi, a 42-year-old from Lancaster, Ohio, was told last March that he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his wife Stephanie knew she had to get him to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Stephanie’s father had been treated there 10 years earlier, and she and her family credited the doctors and nurses at MD Anderson with extending his life by at least eight years. Because Stephanie and her husband had recently started their own small technology business, they were unable to buy comprehensive health insurance. For $469 a month, or about 20% of their income, they had been able to get only a policy that covered just $2,000 per day of any hospital costs. “We don’t take that kind of discount insurance,” said the woman at MD Anderson when Stephanie called to make an appointment for Sean. Stephanie was then told by a billing clerk that the estimated cost of Sean’s visit — just to be examined for six days so a treatment plan could be devised — would be $48,900, due in advance. Stephanie got her mother to write her a check. “You do anything you can in a situation like that,” she says. The Recchis flew to Houston, leaving Stephanie’s mother to care for their two teenage children. Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2013/02/20/bitter-pill-why-medical-bills-are-killing-us/#ixzz2Mg8L43Zq Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2013/02/20/bitter-pill-why-medical-bills-are-killing-us/#ixzz2Mg7npxn2