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Problems in Great Falls, MT

From: Neville - 1 year 36 weeks ago

The main hospital here had a great PA working at their Pain Clinic. Some patients had been seeing him for 10-15 years for their unrelenting chronic pain!
Recently he was let go for unspecified reasons & all of his patients are being treated like drug seeking addicts. Our pain meds have been, if not totally cut off, dropped 50-75% over a 2-4 week period. (These include both opioid & non-opioid medications like sleep & migraine meds.) They are saying it is because of the 'new' CDC rules & regulations.
This has affected almost 1000 patients in Central Montana!
We have started a small Facebook support group & are looking for other pain help, however it has been very difficult in our very rural area.
Any advice from others who may have been thru some thing like this would be very appreciated!!


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Hi Neville,

Thank you for reaching out to us. We are so sorry to hear what you, and many others, are going through (here is a survey of patients and healthcare professional's thoughts on the new guidelines, you are not alone: Here is our coverage of the changes, although you are likely familiar with the specifics: CDC Issues Final Guidelines for Opioid Prescribing: PPM Editorial Board Responds )

We are working hard to provide useful information and resources to our readers that are dealing with this type of fallout, so we appreciate so much that you took the time to explain your story. We are creating new material to address the predicament of responsible pain patients being denied their opioids.

We hope you continue to visit our site for information and our forum to update us on your situation and reach out to your peers. Never hesitate to let us know if there's any particular content you'd like to see on our site that would be useful to you. Also, if you or your Facebook group would like to reach out to us on Facebook, (@PracticalPainManagement), we'd love that. It's always helpful to know what our readers are discussing, and what would be most helpful to you.

Thanks again, Neville. Wishing you the best.

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Hi Neville,

We'd love to get in touch with you for a possible feature on Practical Pain Management's Smart Patients' Guide. Please email if you are interested.

Thank you!