M.E. patients need relief from the pain they suffer 24/7. What happens when they run out of their medication, and go to the ER? Normally, they would be treated like a drug addict who is looking for more drugs.
Controlled substances must be prescribed for 30 days, with 2 refills. Original prescriptions must be picked up at the doctor’s office and then hand delivered to the pharmacy. This puts a great hardship on the patient, especially when that patient has to travel many miles to see the doctor every 3 months, and the patient is disabled by the disease and/or other physical disabilities.
Chronic pain and opioid use is a fact of life with patients who suffer from different chronic illnesses; such as MS, Fibromyalgia, etc.
The video below discusses this topic in detail. A good listen.
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It is becoming more and more evident that there are so many more individuals than ever thought, who have the debilitating chronic illness, ME. Since last year, the number of assumed cases of ME has gone from 1 million to up to 4 million in the U.S., and from 17 million up to 20 million worldwide!
Here is a young medical student, at Stanford University, named Ryan Prior, relating in a short dialogue, his own experience with ME.
Although he is supposed to be “recovered,” Ryan mentions the daily medications he is still taking and gives himself weekly injections and there is also a monthly IV that he gets.
So, his “recovery” really means that, as of now, he is better able to lead a more “normal” life, but with medical support.
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Tagged chronic illness, ME, ME/CFS, medical student, medication, myalgic encephalomyelitis