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    Question Chronic pain and new medication policies at the Veterans Adminstration health care

    Last week I saw our VAMC (Veterans Administration Medical Care hospital) "pain" specialist. Instead of getting someone well versed in pain management, I got someone who is anti pain meds/opiods! He gave me all these "stats" about how I will die sooner if I continue with the opiods, how I will have a stroke, have oxygen issues, or overdose and how anti seizure meds are better for pain.

    I've had chronic pain for over 40 years. I've been on opiods for about 20. I've had no issues with oxygen (98% or above). No issues with losing meds or misusing them. They don't control all my pain and I have less pain control then I had before they lowered me from Fentanyl150 mcg/mL to Fentanyl 75 mcg/mL. I was also getting Oxycontin for break through pain. I also use a tens unit, acupuncture (which isn't supposed to work if you're on opiods) and a minimum of 2 hours each day of yoga, stretches, pt, and meditation. He wants to switch me to Valproic Acid. I've tried anti-seizure meds before and had a psychotic break while on gabapentin (Neurontin). I never had any luck with pain control while using anti seizure meds.

    Already there are numerous articles about problems with these changes:

    Is this happening to anyone else? Any suggestions?
    Last edited by Moderator #7; 09-25-2017 at 04:34 PM. Reason: Although links aren't allowed until the 11th post, I am letting these stand because of their helpfulness.

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