Writing Again

Just a heads up. I will be publishing articles here wherein I will be interviewing people with pain and pain care specialists. I expect to publish 2 monthly.

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Columnist at American News Report. Pain care activist. Poet, memoirist.
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7 Responses to Writing Again

  1. Richard Wheeler says:

    Looking forward to it.

  2. kimmeekmiller says:

    Great news! Glad to hear it, Mark!

  3. Sharon Larsen says:

    Thank you Mark!

  4. Betty Miliano says:

    Maine recently passed new opioid prescribing laws. I was injured by a hit and run driver walking to work in ’03. After many doctors, specialists, physical therapy, etc. My diagnosis was nerve damage, chronic intractable pain with mobility issues.I ended up with pain management and 4 years ago I found a caring, compassionate PCP that listened to me and my pain specialist. After some trial and error we found a combination of medications that gave me some of my life back. The new law said I had to be down to the morphine equivalent of 100 mgs per day by July 2017. I was using Extended release morphine 100 mgs twice a day and had up to 3 ten mg oxycodone (12 hour morphine only works for 8 hrs) and breakthrough. My first step down required a change to Opens / oxymorphone 30 mg (insurance issues).Apparently, I don’t metabolize this med and within 48 hours was in severe withdrawal. Was treated in the emergency room for a very near hypertensive crisis. The treatment was woefully Inadequate.My PCP was out of town. Even my rescue meds did nothing. I detoxed alone at hope sick, frightened and in pain. Pharmacy screwed up insurance problems .I went 9 days with no medication. Now, since I detoxed all the way down, I started taking extended release morphine 50 mgs, twice a day..When I had adequate medication, I was active and could do many things for myself, with a pain level of from a 4.5 to a 6.5 most days. Now, my level is 8 – 8.5 all the time..I can barely walk, need a walker instead of just a cane and need help showering, dressing, cooking..I have a very small, fixed income and am fast becoming a burden on my grown sons..I may have to move in with one of them..I don’t want to be a burden. My state government has no business practicing medicine. I never diverted a single pill. If I had known where to buy a boot leg narcotic while withdrawing, I might have done it These laws won’t get illegal pills and heroin off our streets, only punish people in pain.. These laws are going to turn law abiding citizens into criminals, heroin addicts, cheap pain relief ..People like me, crippled old widows… and some disabled veterans could be at risk. My doctor is afraid that many more patients may have an experience like mine..This law put me through a hell no one deserves… My life as I knew it, is over….Betty

    • Betty Miliano says:

      *Opana not open, auto correct

    • left0089 says:

      Betty, I’m so sorry to hear of your pain ordeal. It’s horrendous that people like us can be condemned to a life of misery. As you may know, I want to interview people like you to publish your story here and later in a book I’m working on. I offer and maintain complete anonymity unless otherwise requested. I look forward to hearing from you. I can share some ideas I have for you. Your pain and anger are palpable. Neither should be if the government stayed away from our medical care.


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