Friday, February 26, 2010
Over the last few days I've been thinking about all of the movements across the United States. There's M.A.D.D, Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure,and more recent there is the Tea Party movement, and so many more grass roots are starting up all over America. These people,are no different than you or I, they are people with a desire to help make change, people willing to research, write letters, make phone calls, set up retreats, and conferences across the United States to educate their people and anyone else willing to listen to their cause. I've seen a lot of your posts on facebook, my space, my in box, other chronic pain web pages all have our stories posted on them telling anyone willing to take the time, of the horrible pain we each live with, how unfair the majority of us with chronic pain are treated by the medical professionals, friends, co-workers, and even our own family members.
Were no different than any of these/those organizations/movements, we just need to organize. We don't need to re-invite the wheel, we may need to fix a few spokes here and there! But its nothing we cannot handle and or do TOGETHER!
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There are 76 Million Americans that suffer with some form of chronic pain. What about the one's who are told everyone has a little pain, no pain no gain, its all in your head, and the other excuses we've all heard.
I saw this written not to long ago,
"If not us, then who? If not now, then when?
The time is now, will we be heard? It's up too us....
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I recently made a mistake that I’m sure everyone of us has done some time during our life. I had a doctor’s appointment for Feb. 16th, I made the mistake of switching the six and the nine, thinking my appointment was for the 19th. When I woke up on the 19th, I wanted to double check the appointment time and that is when I realized what I had done. I immediately called the doctors office to see if they could get me in. They could not as my doctor had gone out of town.
Well at one time in my life that would not have been no big deal, but I now suffer from a chronic pain condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) For this condition I take two kinds of opioid pain medications, these have to be written out each month with NO refills. So once a month my husband (John) drives me to my doctors appointments.
I know that missing a doctor’s appointment is very complicated for me. This was MY mistake and I accept that.
What I have a problem with is a local hospital here in my town. After four days of trying to deal with this by myself and my pour husband, along with the extreme pain, at 6:30 am am my husband was awaken because I was rolling on the floor crying and in a lot of pain. My husband drove me to the hospital, I was checked in right away!
The doctor came in, I explained the mistake that I had made. About my condition and what medications I’ve been taking for the last nine years, he said he was very sorry, but the hospital policy would not allow him to prescribe pain medications to me/chronic pain patients.
I know that this is because of the ones who take advantage of the system and doctor and hospital shop, and or buy them illegally. He went and called my doctors office, spoke with the nurse who confirmed that I was a patient there and that I had missed my appointment, and that the doctor was out of town. The doctor came back and told me he was going out on a limb, and he cold get into a lot of trouble, but he was prescribing me enough of the two medications I needed to get me by until March 1st, even though I told him I could not see my doctor until the 4th of March. He was very stern and said “I never want to see you here again in this situation.” If he would have looked at my records he would have seen the last time I had to go to the ER for out of control pain was over five years ago!
I do everything I possible can to avoid going to the hospital, or to a pharmacy because I hate being treated like I’m a criminal, a pill popper, a druggie.
I do everything I possible can to avoid going to the hospital, because I’m sick and tired of going there, or to a pharmacy and being treated like I’m a criminal, a pill popper, a druggie. Funny when a criminal is arrested for breaking the law he gets a court appointed attorney, and remains innocent until proven guilty. According to The Joint Commission, (JACHO) every patient has rights!
According to The Joint Commission, (Jacho) http://www.jointcommission.org/ every patient has rights!
· You have the right to be informed about the care you will receive.
You have the right to get information about your care in your language.
You have the right to make decisions about your care, including refusing care.
You have the right to know the names of the caregivers who treat you.
· You have the right to safe care.
· You have the right to have your pain treated.
· You have the right to know when something goes wrong with your care.
· You have the right to get an up-to-date list of all of your current medicines.
· You have the right to be listened to.
· You have the right to be treated with courtesy and respect.
What is your role in your health care?
· You should be active in your health care.
· You should ask questions.
· You should pay attention to the instructions given to you by your caregivers.
· Follow the instructions.
· You should share as much information as possible about your health with your caregivers.
· give them an up-to-date list of your medicines. And remind them about your allergies.
Do you have a complaint about the quality of care at a Joint Commission-accredited health care organization? The Joint Commission wants to know about it. Submit your complaint online or send it to us by mail, fax, or e-mail. Summarize the issues in one to two pages and include the name, street address, city, and state of the health care organization.
The Joint Commission encourages anyone who has concerns or complaints about the safety and quality of care to bring those concerns or complaints first to the attention of the health care organization’s leaders, which will often lead to more immediate resolution of the matter. Matters concerning billing, insurance, payment disputes, individual personnel or labor relations issues are not within The Joint Commission’s scope. Also, The Joint Commission does not review complaints of any kind in unaccredited organizations.
When submitting a complaint to The Joint Commission about an accredited organization, you may either provide your name and contact information or submit your complaint anonymously. Providing your name and contact information enables The Joint Commission to inform you about the actions taken in response to your complaint, and also to contact you should additional information be needed.
It is our policy to treat your name as confidential information and not to disclose it to any other party. However, it may be necessary to share the complaint with the subject organization in the course of a complaint investigation.
The Joint Commission policy forbids accredited organizations from taking retaliatory actions against employees for having reported quality of care concerns to The Joint Commission.
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I am truly grateful for this doctor this morning, and his willingness to treat me he did give me some medicine, I could have done with out the lecture but all in all I’m finally starting to feel better.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Image via WikipediaWell its Groundhogs day, and looks like we were suppose to have 6 more weeks of winter. I can not wait! I love spring and summer, for so many reasons. I love the flowers that grow, a warm sunny day, working in the yard-pulling weeds-planting-BBQ-family and friends! From the first frost in the fall to the last frost in the spring I look forward to warmer days. With warmer days and nights for me comes fewer pain flare ups, this is always a plus. The cold fall days and winter nights make for long painful days. The depression seems to be hanging over me like a thick London fog, at times leaving me feeling like there is never going to be another day, and sometimes wishing this was true. If living with this monster was not enough of a curse, then you have life to deal with! You know like the kids, a spouse, pets, bills, traffic, family, house work, your boss, - the kids, a spouse, pets, bills, traffic, family, house work, your boss, its like it never ends!!!
Today were visiting with two of our grandchildren Paige is 8, and Kaiden is 5, they are from Fort Collins CO. I can't believe how much they've grown! They will be here a few more days, seeing them and watching them makes me so happy!
I'm enjoying the facebook group page I started in December 2009, this morning I saw the group has grown to 200 members! I enjoy researching chronic pain stories, and treatments and then sharing them with the group. I enjoy reading how others deal with their day to day lives.
For me having my husband John with me or at least near me, during a flare or really any time is such a comfort, as a person who lives with daily pain, I am so thankful for John, and my children who are always there for me. I know life at times can be extremely difficult for John, when I'm not feeling well he tries so hard to take care of all my needs. All though like any couple there are those days when I would like to stuff him in a closet or something!!! But I still love him!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Below is the article I wanted to share, after living with RSD/CRPS now for almost 11 years, my husband John and I have had our share of problems, and have we've even discussed divorce a few times. Life with RSD is not easy for us with it, but I think we do need to try and remember to be more patient with those we love. I hope you enjoy this, for more information see their web site http://www.families-and-chronic-pain.com/index.html
Marriage issues are one of the most important issues for a couple dealing with chronic pain. Couples are together more and ‘my time’ and ‘my space’ is disrupted. You are used to things as they were and everything has changed.
The love is there, but the space is gone. You ultimately spend more time together now and with the chronic pain. It makes a significant change in the relationship that wasn’t there before.
Marriage issues arise in many different ways. I know every relationship is different but there are some factors that need to be considered.
Due to the chronic pain, the effect on your relationship will be due, to the intensity and frequency of the pain as well as the severity of the disability. For someone with the occasional migraine headache, the impact is minimal.
Those that sustain a severe injury and are in constant pain, this is different. Things are very different. They are unable to work, they feel like they have let their family down and the pain is a constant reminder. This can cause a significant change in your lifestyle.
Remember that, no two couples will cope with the same situation in the same way. Some will find it more than they can handle and question whether, they will be able to cope with the stress this will bring on them and the family. Others will take it all in stride and adjust to the changes with ease. It just depends on the couple.
Communication in marriage is so important for it’s survival. Without it , the silent treatment will occur and very little can be accomplished. An unhappy marriage is always fixable. You can get couples therapy, visiting with your clergy, individual therapy, bend a friends ear or just sit down and have a good cry.
Having a church family to depend on, also helps. Friends in a church family could be the ones that will help you the most. They are good listeners and will do anything to help. They will hold you when you cry and rejoice with you in times of victory.
TALK, TALK, TALK
Never, ever let communication be used as a weapon. Silence is not golden in this situation, unless divorce is the outlet you want to follow.
No one really has the right answers to marriage problems but, chronic pain will surely test the strength of a marriage.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Pain is the top reason people seek medical care in the Despite all we now know about pain, many people continue to suffer needlessly.
Wednesday August 12th, 2009
(NewsUSA) - That's because there can be "road blocks" to effective treatment. These can come from a variety of sources - including healthcare professionals and even patients themselves.
While controlling pain hasn't always been a medical priority, the healthcare industry has made great strides in recent years to address this - including the establishment of pain as the "the fifth vital sign." Nevertheless, people seeking treatment may still encounter healthcare professionals who do not take pain seriously, or who do not understand how to provide proper pain management. This can result in inadequate treatment.
"It's important that people with pain find a healthcare professional who understands their needs and is willing to work together to determine what treatment option works best," says Penney Cowan, founder of the American Chronic Pain Association. "With the right care and direction, you can live a full life."
One of the most challenging barriers to adequate pain relief also can come from the people with pain themselves. Some may resist taking pain relievers because of fears of side effects associated with strong prescription medications - it is important to discuss these concerns with a physician. Attitudes toward pain and suffering also may play a role. For instance, some people believe that "good patients" don't complain, or that pain is inevitable.
Individuals should remember that pain should not be brushed aside or ignored. Here are some steps people with pain can follow to overcome barriers to effective pain management:
* Don't suffer in silence: report your pain to your healthcare professional.
* Stay involved in your pain management plan: it may take a few adjustments before you are comfortable with your treatment.
* Educate yourself: you will better understand your pain and what can be done to relieve it.
* Learn how to better communicate with your healthcare professional: this may mean keeping a pain diary to illustrate the details of your pain - where it hurts, pain intensity, and what time of day it is worst.
* Don't settle for inadequate treatment: if your health care provider isn't successfully treating your pain, ask to be referred to a medical professional who can.
One of the resources available to those living with pain is www.partnersagainstpain.com. The site contains a wide array of information on various pain conditions, resources such as pain assessment and measurement tools, and links to pain education and advocacy groups.
Partners Against Pain is a national education program provided by Purdue Pharma L.P.