I myself and MANY others in my are (NC) are having almost a complete inablity to find doctors to treat us. My long time doctor and friend has left her clinic. She was the angel that allowed me to live at least some. She left and I went to pain clinic recommended by her office. I have been on most of my meds for going on 4 yrs. I have found a combination that works. I am 8 months post op from a four level spinal fusion and just had a myleogram that reveiled further buldging and deteriation. I took all my documents with me and thought all would be well. Not!! He said that he would not prescribe me the meds I have been taking for so long. He said they all can lead to respiratory depression and it was his license on the line. He did not care one way or the other. My best friend who is having the same surgery I just had has been told by her surgeon and about 4 doctors at various clinics at UNC they can't prescibe her any pain meds..surgery is the only way they can help...go home and take some motirn and tyenol. I am finding more and more letters from people on DS that "are at there end", thye can't take the pain. Why are doctors not helping us any more? I am talking about the ones that are in true pain who have the medical eveidence to back it up. What are we to do...how many suicides is it going to take to open their eyes. Where is our right to dignity and life?
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