Utah needs solutions to the silent epidemic of chronic pain

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  • redshirt007 tranquility base, 00
    Sept. 28, 2013 6:28 p.m.

    The doctor in my ward says he gets a lot of requests for pain medication. He thinks a lot of them are paying the rent by selling the pills but he can't prove it.

    I think there is certainly an epidemic of pain pill abuse, but then we've known that in the rest of the country for years.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 4:12 p.m.

    With all due respect for anyone who legitimately suffers chronic pain, my skepticism is well founded and not merely a lack of empathy for others so severe it calls my value as a citizen into question. That, in fact, is a blanket statement which cannot be backed up simply evaluating by any post made by anyone here. In any case, admittedly I do not know what a pain clinic offers that a normal family physician cannot, but I do know if you do an internet search for things like 'florida pain clinic arrests', you get an idea of what it is pain clinics can do for the needs of the community, and how someone may become skeptical of their motives whether or not that is the true intent of this specific clinic or not.

  • utah cornhusker NORFOLK, NE
    Sept. 27, 2013 1:24 p.m.

    Ive had alot of chronic pain due to degenrative discs in my back. Ive been to pain management Drs here and nothing seems to work. I have no choice, i have to work. And since Im so allergic to meds my Dr has to be real careful as to what to give. I had Dr smith as a Dr for years when i lived in utah and he knows his stuff.

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 9:37 a.m.

    I hope you never have a problem that involves Chronic pain. But when if and when you do, you will seek out those people who can help you. You would pay any price to get the pain to stop. Such a lack of empathy for others only shows that you are not a good citizen. Recognize the needs of your community. Don't make blanket statements about chronic pain users you cannot back up.

  • Sally15 Murray, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 9:00 a.m.

    While I believe there are some people who fit the description you gave, the vast majority of "chronic pain" sufferers are legit. My mother, in her mid 50's is one of these. She can barely walk, can't sit or stand for long periods (or even short periods) of time. She sleeps about an hour at a time. She has had more than a dozen MRI's and seen at least 2 dozen doctors. She can't lift her toddler grandkids and can't stand upright anymore. All of this has started and drastically increased over the "short" time of 4 years. I could go on.

    Her pain is very, very real. She goes to a "pain clinic" and doctors and is told the only thing they can do is give her more medication. I won't bother to mention the laws her company is breaking in working with her chronic pain.

    The hardest part of "chronic pain" is being told you are lying or just faking it for the drugs. I guarantee my mom, and so many others, are NOT lying and they are NOT faking it for drugs. They hurt. A lot. Something needs to be done.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 8:35 a.m.

    Is chronic pain a 'silent epidemic', or just the latest enabler to get people an easy back door access to the drugs big pharma pays a bundle to so called pain clinics to dole out?

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Sept. 27, 2013 5:25 a.m.

    Re: "Utah legislators and health policymakers should pursue comprehensive solutions to the epidemic of chronic pain . . . ."

    Nice info-mercial for your business, Doc.

    So, all Utah legislators need to do is "pursue comprehensive solutions" and then, Utahns will somehow magically have "access to the pain treatments that doctors think best for their patients," huh?

    Sounds so easy. And this won't cost us anything, huh?

    Or fatten up your wallet?