Have you been affected by the new pill bill?
Posted in the Campbellsville Forum
#1 Nov 2, 2012
How many of you have been affected by Kentucky's new pill bill? Do you have chronic pain and can no longer get a prescription for your pain medicine? Below is the story of one Kentucky woman going through this right now. Please email or comment here if you are going through this or send us your story. [email protected] om
I am 43 years old, and am physically disabled due to work injuries and car accidents. I have had a total of 27 surgeries over 18 years, 7 of which were on my back. I have arachnoiditis, fibromyalgia, and avascular necrosis. I have open angle glaucoma also. You might want to look up these diseases so that you are familiar with the severity of the pain that I am in on a daily basis. I also have a quite extensive allergy list which includes: fioricet, hydrocodone, morphine, neosporin, red dye, shellfish, lidocaine, celestone, radiographic dye, plastic tape, latex, bacitracin, skelaxin, tylox, steroids, darvocet, advil, tegaderm, mobic, decadron, celebrex, ultram, talwin, cobalt, tincture of benzoin, nickel, and vancomycin. I have been under chronic pain management for several years, and receiving a prescription for 10 Demerol pills per month. At my recent pain management doctorís appointment I was told that physicians were no longer permitted to write prescriptions for schedule II narcotic medications. This includes Demerol, which is the only pain medication that the doctors have found that I can take. Every other one that they have tried, I have been allergic to. My pain specialist told me about this, and then wrote me a prescription for a medication as needed for pain. Later that day I found out that the medication was a psychiatric medication, and I never got it filled. He told me not to start using it until after my honeymoon. I have been without pain medication for weeks now. I went to the local emergency room last night because the pain was so unbearable. I was told by the attending physician that the new legislations were true and that he also was not allowed to write the Demerol or other schedule II narcotic prescriptions. I asked my pain management physician and the ER physician what people like me, with chronic pain and so many allergies are supposed to do? They both said that there was nothing they could do and I would have to deal with it the best I could. I have even had to drink a little wine one evening, in an attempt to ease the pain, and I am not a drinker. What is legislationís suggestion for dealing with the pain now that I and others in my situation cannot have any pain medication at all?
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