I read both petitions. It always makes me mad when they say that they WILL prescribe to people with cancer pain, but NOT for people with incurable non-malignant pain.
Allow me to explain: I'm in the unfortunate predicament of dealing with BOTH cancer AND incurable non-malignant pain.
Truth be told, the cancer has never caused me a bit of pain, so a person CAN be dealing with cancer and not have pain. I suppose I'm lucky in that respect.
But my other illness falls under the catagory of "chronic incurable non-malignant pain". It is a SEVERE and DEBILITATING form of CONSTANT and SEVERE MIGRAINE. Very rare, but it DOES happen to an unfortunate few. WITHOUT my meds, the PAIN is absolutely EXCRUCIATING! I'm talking about a 10+! Thank God I finally found a good pain management doctor.
I feel that these lawmakers have NO IDEA which illnesses can cause excruciating pain. Sure, they see the word "cancer" and automatically think it's painful. It most definitely is for SOME people, but for others (like me) there isn't any pain.
I'm sure when these lawmakers look at a diagnosis of "migraine headache" they probably think it's some minor headache that can be managed with Excedrin! I've dealt with far too many DOCTORS who believe that! They are misinformed and uneducated.
I hate to see such ignorant and misinformed people trying to mess with our health care. I will sign the petition for CP patients' rights. I really hope it gets through to the numbskulls who are trying to take away chronic pain patients' medicine. Without my meds, I wouldn't have a life. I'd be ready to kill myself, I'd be crying and screaming---you get the idea.