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Pain issue VA withdraws pain meds in Oklahoma due to opiod crisis

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For 20 years I've been taking pain meds for a surgery the VA performed in 1994 partial nephretomy kidney.
I've had nerve pain every since.   I just relocated to another state a year ago,  and the VA here refuse to continue to treatment me with pain meds.

I'm wondering how to handle this issue.   I've gone through the pain clinic in Los Angeles some years ago, was put on the meds for pain. Now this abrupt denial of treatment for something that is a result of surgery caused by the VA.

I have a 1151 issue that Berta and I discussed sometime ago.

The doctors prescribed the medication for pain in LA, it appears some of the meds were apparently at the new VA not supposed to be prescribed with the oxycodone like valium.  VA prescribed!
Now the local VA tells me I'm abusing medication by taking the medications as prescribed.  According to one of the surgeon recently told me I have nerve pain.  He also said, he cannot operate for pain, because you only get pain with additional surgery. 

One thing I know about pain is, it can drive you crazy if it not managed.   The Ibuprofen, muscle relaxing drug, and other meds do not address my pain issue.

They tell me at my age 70 the pain medication does more harm if I continue to take it.  My take on that is, quality of life is more important to me than quantity.

I'm wondering if I can file against the VA in this matter or sue.  Or should I move back to LA. 

Need some input!

Theo
 

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They are doing that all over.  My advice..wean yourself off the Vicodin or whichever pain med it is, by gradually reducing it until it gets to zero.  You know, if you are taking 4 a day, then take 3 a day, 2 a day, then one, then a half, then none.  Or, save the meds you do have for when the pain is severe.  

There is a "sweet spot" in the middle.  In other words, many years ago they really did not have a way to treat pain.  Now they have many ways to do it.  So dont try to eliminate all pain, just take the edge off very severe pain.  

You will be glad you did.  A lot of pain meds are worse than the pain they try to eliminate.  

A certain amount of pain is "unavoidable" no matter what you do.  Medicine can not make our lives pain free.  It is unrealistic to think that is possible.  

Like yourself, I have pain and was previously prescribed Vicodin.  Now, I take zero vicodin, and am better off. 

Vicodin is constipating.  I wont take it anymore.  

One thing that helps me:

For knee/joint pain, I use "Voltaren Gel"  Its a topical gel you rub on the painful area, and my doc has no problem prescribing it.  It gets rid of the pain faster than pills.  Voltaren is basically an nsaid that you rub on the affected joints.  Its non addictive and you can use it like about 4 times a day.  

 

 

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