Petition to Kelly Alexander, Roy Cooper
Make medical marijuana legal in NC for chronically ill patients.
What brings me to petition legalizing medical marijuana would be more than just one reason. However, if I had to start with one, that would surely be getting my normal life back. I nor my family have been the same since my getting sick with Lyme Disease, debilitating migraines, CFS/ME, & then Fibromyalgia came on. These illnesses cause excruciating pain, not to mention all the intermittent pain of electric shock, pins/needles, burning in/out my back/shoulders. Lower/hip/sciatic/thoracic spine pain is constant. My legs/feet hurt, so heavy like sandbags, with wringing/twisting pressure on my arms. My chest is tender/sore and my ribs stay sore/tender with lymph nodes that are always swollen/tender. That isn't everything, but I'm getting away from the point. My children have grown up in an environment of watching their mom go through hell & they've suffered by missing out on the times we could've spent playing a game, going for a walk, or cooking my family a meal because the smell is too much & I can't stand up good . I've missed so many events that I know they really wanted me to be there for them. My husband & children have sacrificed so much. I used to sing, was an avid gardener, could make or do whatever, seamstress, poet/writer, artist, jewelry design, volunteer, and that was stripped from me slowly like a thief in the night. Medical marijuana would benefit me as well as other chronically ill patients to regain some aspect of a quality of life. I know personally that for me, I would much rather go with a natural plant than prescription drugs with fillers & binders in them. I feel deeply that it would help me get back on a path to healing and in hopes of healing others like me. Please consider all the lives at stake when making this decision because it really does matter. There are so many families just like mine counting on your help and your vote. Thank you for taking time to read about my struggles. I am ever so humbled.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Donald Trump
Make Sure That The 100 Million Americans In Chronic Pain Can Get Safe, Effective Care
Health insurance companies routinely pay for pharmaceutical and surgical treatment for pain patients, the most expensive and risky forms of care. Many who've tried these treatments are still in considerable pain. At the same time, people in pain are being denied insurance coverage for safer, more effective treatments including physical therapy, massage, chiropractic, biofeedback, acupuncture, marijuana, low level laser therapy, psychotherapy, nutritional and herbal interventions. We need a law that requires health insurance companies to cover all proven effective treatments for pain to the same degree that they cover pharmaceuticals and that requires physicians to be educated about these therapies. Please support a Pain Treatment Parity Act that requires health insurers to provide coverage for all proven effective pain treatments that is equivalent to coverage of pharmaceuticals with respect to treatment frequency, length of treatment, pre-authorization requirements, co-pays, deductibles, medical necessity reviews and any other requirements that determine access to and affordability of care. In addition, given that non-physician health care providers have not had increases in fees for more than 35 years, the Pain Treatment Parity Act should require that alternative pain treatment provider fees are increased on a par with past physician fee increases to insure continuing availability of these critical services. Note: More information on the need for this legislation and the evidence for the safety and effectiveness of nonpharmacological pain treatments can be found in The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments: The Best and Worst Strategies for Becoming Pain Free. Find out more at www.cindyperlin.com.
Petition to Donald Trump, Federal Drug Administration, U.S. Senate, Mike Pence, U.S. House of Representatives, Tom Wolf, Robert Casey, Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania State House, Justin Simmons
Stop Making Chronic Pain Patients Suffer
My name is Ashton Smith. I deal with chronic pain every single day of my life. Pain medication helps me live a semi normal life but the war on opioids has done nothing but harm people like me. The DEA has doctors afraid to prescribe anything for people in legitimate pain for fear of the DEA: who threaten their licenses. Everyone keeps asking for harder laws due to the heroin "epidemic" but this epidemic is caused by the harsh 2014 rescheduling of opioids. People in chronic pain are resorting to heroin or suicide because no one is treating their pain. Multiple studies have shown people with chronic pain rarely abuse their medication. We ask the DEA to think of us when you make it harder for us to function. Allow doctors to BE doctors & stop the war on chronic pain patients
Petition to United States Congress
Approve a special Schedule II Narcotic pain card for chronic pain sufferers.
My name is Dan, and I’m a registered nurse with over 10 years of critical care experience. Years ago, my wife developed an autoimmune disorder called RSD/CRPS. It is a debilitating 4-stage pain syndrome. After years of progressive pain treatment, only morphine can ease her horrible pain symptoms. But it’s hard to get the morphine she needs on a regular basis in part because of the national opiate. crisis. It’s something I understand and I have come up with a solution for people like my wife. Separating legitimate chronic pain patients from abusers of opiates is a vital step in giving pharmacies the legal protection they need to supply and fill Schedule II narcotic prescriptions with confidence. Authorizing a special Schedule II narcotic pain card for patients would help. The narcotic pain card would have 4 elements: It would be limited to patients suffering from all chronic, debilitating illness for example cancer, AIDS, RSD/CRPS, Multiple Sclerosis, Hospice/end of life and any other qualifying diagnosis. It would require approval via a board certified physician oncologist, hospice physician, pain anesthesiologist, etc. It would require supporting documentation of diagnosis, and insurance coverage. It would be issued through the states. High level-stage pain syndromes are physically, mentally, and emotionally debilitating to patients and the people who care about them. Each month shouldn’t bring a fresh struggle to source the pain medications that make life bearable for chronic pain sufferers. We can help ease patient suffering while safeguarding against prescription opioid abuse and death. Please sign and share the petition to tell Congress that chronic pain patients need safe, reliable access to Schedule II narcotics. We need a medically certified chronic pain card NOW.
Petition to Brenda Fitzgerald, Tom Price, Linda Rosenberg, Donald Trump
Stop punishing chronic pain patients for the opioid epidemic
With opioid overdoses in the news lately, I am scared. I am not alone. Groups such as "The Mighty.com" and Facebook groups such as "dear fibromyalgia", are filled with stories of people who are scared. For many of us, pain medicines keep us semi-active. We understand that complete pain relief isn't the goal, it's relieving enough so that we can have an improvement in quality of life. Imagine having the flu, with muscle aches and dizziness, and at the same time, your whole body is sunburned. Add random sharp pains (as if a tack or nail is being hammered into random parts of your body), muscle spasms, and feeling spiders on your skin (then scratch or swat that sunburn). Imagine that all of your senses are intensified. Imagine that your clothes are two sizes too small, and someone keeps moving the thermostat. This is my fibromyalgia. Sometimes the symptoms are less severe, and some days, I don't understand why my body doesn't shut down. Fibromyalgia also makes my other physical issues more painful. I can't remember the last time that I was comfortable, let alone without pain. I live in pain. Every day. I cannot take the non-opioid medications due to adverse reactions. I take oxycodone. I have taken Percocet, Vicodin, etc. off and on since 1997, daily since 2015. My doctors have seen me when I didn't have any meds for over a month (when I have moved). I have never had withdrawl symptoms, just pain. I have never misused, or shared, my medicine. This is the brutal, honest truth. If I were unable to have opoids, I would kill myself. I already have days where I can't imagine living the rest of my life...this is the best I am ever going to feel. I have two adult kids who are the reason for not taking my life on the days I don't want to be alive. I would like the officials who are making these decisions to get an adjoining hotel room with me for a week. I will stop taking my opoids. Maybe then, they will have some idea of the realities for those with daily chronic pain. Maybe they will spend some of the resources on finding a better way to control pain instead of taking away the only thing that provides relief. I take opoids so that I can go to church and my church groups, take walks and do my physical therapy, make healthy meals. Please break up the statistics to show how many deaths are caused by people without a prescription, people who bought their meds off of the street, how many kill themselves because the pain is too much, etc. Make decisions based on this information. Share this information with the public. Do the research. Find alternative forms of pain relief. Have insurance cover things such as massage therapy, chiropractors, accupuncture, vitamins, and other alternative forms of pain relief. There are ways for pharmaceutical companies to continue making money..they can do more research on vitamins, absorption, combinations, etc. Allow the vitamins to be sold by these companies with FDA oversight (guarantee the amount of the actual mineral or vitamin in the pills, let them compete to find the best absorption rate, etc.) Realize that the systems in place, when enforced, work. I go to a pain clinic. Once a month I am drug tested, and my pills are counted. I know that they can call me at any time for a random pill count. My doctor is trained to look for signs of overuse and addiction. Don't make me pay for others' misuse. You will see an increase in suicides. I guarantee it. ***UPDATE: Trumps Speech 10/26/2017 Wow, watching this speech, and am surprised by some of his plans. Spending money to find non-addictive pain relievers, fighting the illegal use and importation of drugs. Increasing access to treatment is great, if the addicts WANT treatment. Also, the Guardian angels, same as the treatment systems, However, companies limiting meds to 7 days? So does that mean I have to see my pain doctor once a week? Even if they will take the 30 day script, I will still have to get to the pharmacy weekly. I don't drive. Many of us don't. Spending money for commercials? That's just silly. Drug addicts don't care about commercials, or that they are funding the bad guys.
Petition to Phil Bryant, Thad Cochran, U.S. Senate, United States Supreme Court, President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives
DISABILITY for Vets who's disability is on the compassionate allowance list
Veterans that have been diagnosed with a disease or illness that is on the compassionate allowance list for disability should receive compensation no matter the applicants age especially if was determined by their DR. that the disease or illness was service connected. I was diagnosed with a rare incurable lung disease call constrictive Bronchiolitis which I acquired while overseas. I live with 24/7 excruciating chest pain. Chronic fatigue , shortness of breath, dyspnea with any activity even just breathing is a challenge. No medications help with pain. I had to have a medical device implanted to help ease the pain. It's still there just a little relief thou. But now with the device in it limits me more on what i can do. My Dr said there is no cure, and will get worse. I had to quit my job because the the pain was too unbearable. Then I find out I can't file unemployment because of the disability. So I filed with disability. I was told even though my health problems were quite restrictive. That I can still work. Later I found out it's because of my age. If u always hurt, u can't stand for long, cant lift, bend, twist, walk, have chronic fatigue can't drive or be around any industrial machinery because they emit an electromagnetic field which can cause damage to the installed device What other kind of job is there. So please help me fight to help vets like myself receive the compensation for the disease illness or injury that was acquired while serving our country. The Social Security Administration should approve these claims. No matter the applicants age. God bless and Thank you.
Petition to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Donald Trump, Janet Woodcock, M.D., Cory Booker, FOX News, ABC, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, John Hickenlooper, Nikki Haley, United States Supreme Court, Barack Obama, Tommy Chong, Lady Gaga
Demand that Fibromyalgia sufferers get the Pain Management we require!
Fibromyalgia may affect someone very close to you and you may not even be aware of it. This chronic pain lasts all day long, some minutes worse than the last. You never know when you may "flare up" (a flare up is a pain so intense and widespread that you become immobile until it passes, shoulders tense, extreme tenderness and pain from your collar bone to the thighs and calves and even your heels, it comes with blinding headaches and inability to move your neck). Since there is not much written or documented regarding this illness we don't have a cure, don't know the root cause, and there is not an effective treatment plan. Many doctors will not even attempt to treat a Fibromyalgia patient because of the unknowns and lack of options. Well, us Fibromyalgia sufferers have figured much of it out on our own by forming online groups and sharing personal experiences. We don't want to be put on nerve blockers and anti depressants that cause more side effects than actual treatment. Anti depressants effect how 1 in 4 fibromyalgia patients receive pain and even when it works for those rare few it comes with a backlash of side effects from depression (which they didn't have prior), to extreme fatigue, shakes, paranoia, and much more. Eventually, it stops working for those rare few that it initially seemed to helped and they are stuck withdrawing from pills they should not have been on in the first place. As a busy wife, mother of 4, with a full time career I do no have the luxury of waiting it out until the doctors figure something out for me. I don't want to become immobile and disabled because they refuse to give us the pain management we deserve, the pain management my family deserves. Many of us end up severely depressed because of the extreme pain we have difficulty accepting and lack of help we receive. The first step to Fibromyalgia is acceptance. You have to accept that the life you lived is over and you will have to live a new life with limitation's on stress and activity. I was an avid hiker in my previous "well" life and a spontaneous 5 mile hike on a Saturday was common for my husband and I. Now, my hips feel like they are grinding and about to pop out of socket after a mild 10 minute walk. The grieving process was intense and the more I cried and resented my new life the more painful my body ached and the less mobile I became. Now that I have accepted a new lifestyle of lessened activity combined with minimal stress with a combination of pain medication for flare up control and cannabis oil/thc for daily sustainability, the pain, although still constant, is more frequently a level 5/6 rather than 7/8 and my flare ups are fewer at 10-14 days per month rather than 20-25 days. When you live in chronic pain you start to see people and life in a much different light. You begin to empathize in a much deeper way. I recognize other pain sufferers by how they move and look around the room before adjusting their body or squinting from light sensitivity. It's a world I was very blind to previously and has made me realize how LOUD we have to be to make our painful world know to the "well" community because we need your help too. The flare ups are still here, so what do we do when we feel the more intense pain coming? That is when we must rely on pain killers (hydrocodene 5mg as needed) for emerging pain at minimum. If you get ahead of the flare up early enough you have a greater chance of preventing a full blown flare that will leave you in immense, immobile, pain. If you don't, you can at least keep the edge off until that unbearable, immobilizing, tear draining pain, decides to pass. During one of my first flare ups I was in such intense pain that my wrists became limp on their own and I was unable to turn my shower knob. I broke down crying on the floor desperately seeking my old self would return and pick me up to tell me this is just a terrible nightmare. That never happened. Instead, I took a pain pill, got a hot heating pad, lifted my legs, sprayed on some magnesium oil, and let the tides pass. Eventually, the flare passed and I was tricked into thinking I could be somewhat the old Johana, but I was wrong, and a few flare ups later I learned that my super active and constant moving life was over and I'd have to find a new way of living to get my daily tasks accomplished. A way of living that would contain all day pain, weakness, headache's, and body stiffness. Don't lay down too long with fibromyalgia because you will experience the sort of stiffness you had no idea even existed (tin man from Wizard of Oz comes to mind quite literally). So here I am, telling the world my story, because I have spoken to thousands of fibro warriors that suffer the same daily war I struggle with. Its quite a war on my body but was even more so on my mind in the very beginning. Now that my mind has adjusted, I am here to DEMAND better pain management from the medical community. We are being let down by our doctors who are too afraid to treat us because its not "an official form of treatment". Says who, the guy behind the keyboard whose wrists feel just fine when he types? Because mine are about to fall off from typing this up, and just last year I could write you a 20 page paper in less than 2 hours. Life has changed and the medical community needs to recognize that as well. We need your help to get pain management. No, we will not accept anti depressants and nerve blockers as the medical communities safest and most profitable way out! They don't work! Give me daily cannabis oil with a small amount of thc combined with AT LEAST 10 days of hydrocodone. I say 10 ten days, because the cannabis oil may likely control our flare ups at least 2 out of 3 days if taken properly. Unfortunately, without a root cause or cure the flair ups are inevitable and they are too painful to function under. It should be considered a criminal act that doctors allow us to suffer knowing the all over body pain we are forced to manage through, criminal! The main reason they refuse to give pain medicine is because of the opioid crisis. My answer to that is limit us to a set number of days relief with pain meds that, as adults, we can take and control on "as needed" basis. We learn to live with pain and we accept it so we are not requesting pain meds all day, every day. It is impossible to become addicted at 10 days a month and at the very least we have earned the right to be responsible for our own painful emerging pain and flare ups. We are adults and we are in pain! We DEMAND pain relief through a the following at a minimum mix of: thc/cannabis oil for daily sustainability and 10 days worth of pain pills for controlled flare up management. We REFUSE to sit around in pain, becoming disabled one by one, and being fed with ineffective treatments. If anyone understands PAIN it's a fibromyalgia patient! Please note that this request is "at minimum" since most doctors don't even offer flare up maintenance with pain pills at all for us suffering in tremendous pain. Once a minimum is established on a national level individual dosing should be discussed between patient and doctor, on an individual level, since each person is experiencing different levels of pain. I ask you to stand by us by signing and sharing this petition so that it gets the attention of people who can make it happen. We need it here and we need it now. https://www.facebook.com/fibrotraveler/
Petition to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Donald Trump, Food and Drug Administration, Mike Pence, Governor Eric Holcomb, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Pete Visclosky
Exclude Chronic Pain Patients From The Stronghold Of The CDC Guidelines
Everyone knows about the opioid crisis that currently exists in the United States. It is no secret that the government is cracking down on doctors who write prescriptions for pain medication for their patients if they do so without good cause. I don’t think that there is one single citizen who would disagree with the decision to tighten the guidelines for doctors who carelessly write prescriptions for pain medications that aren’t warranted. But when it comes down to a patient being diagnosed with a chronic illness, such as CRPS, Sarcoidosis, Osteoarthritis, Arachnoiditis, Lupus, or Fibromyalgia (just to name a few), I think it is reasonable to say that a doctor should be able to use their judgment, evaluate a patient for symptoms related to their illness, and prescribe medications accordingly, even if those medications are narcotics. We now live in a society where a drug addict can walk into a police station or hospital, say that they are an addict and that they want help, and they are given what? METHADONE! What is methadone?? It’s another drug! And after countless hours of research, I can’t find ANY evidence of how this has improved the opioid situation on the streets. However, you have people that hold jobs, pay bills, have been diagnosed with legitimate illnesses, and they can’t get the medications they need to control their pain because of the guidelines set forth by the CDC. There are so many possible solutions that may lead to progress on both ends of the spectrum, but nobody is putting forth any effort for the pain patients – they’re only looking at the death rate of the abusers who either use illegal drugs, or use synthetic or stolen medications to satisfy their habits. I suffer from two autoimmune diseases (and have to be tested for a third). The two confirmed diseases are tag teaming my joints, and making it very painful for me to function with any type of normality. It’s gotten to the point where I am in pain 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Where is my assistance? How am I supposed to pick myself up off the floor when my husband isn’t there to help me, because he works to support his family? Who is going to pay my bills when I have to miss work because I’m in such an incredible amount of pain that I can’t get out of my bed? What will happen when I reach a level where I will have to depend on medications to quell my pain? I’ll tell you exactly what is going to happen – I will not be able to get my medication because of irresponsible individuals who made the decision to pick up a needle and spoon, a straw, a joint, a pill, a handful of pills, or whatever their poison of CHOICE was. Where is this okay? Two words – it’s not. Where is it okay for insurance companies to deny testing for people that have obvious signs of illness? Where is it okay for a cancer patient to be denied his chemotherapy…or for a patient complaining of pain to be denied a simple MRI? And when they have to fight like hell to get the tests they so deserve to determine that they DO have an illness, where is it okay for them to be denied the medications they need to ease their pain? Where is it okay that our Veterans are being put in the same situation, after they incur injury or illness after they gave of themselves to protect our country and our freedom? Another two words – it’s not. How many people have been killed by drunk drivers, yet alcohol is still legal? Where is the difference?? According to the CDC and the FDA in a recently published article, the biggest culprits responsible for opioid-related overdoses and fatalities are listed as follows, in order of those that are mostly responsible: Heroin 8,412Cocaine 5,836Oxycodone 5,417Alprazolam 4,217Fentanyl 4,200Morphine 4,022Methamphetamine 3,728Methadone 3,495Hydrocodone 3,274Diazepam 1,729 Also, between the years of 2010 and 2014, 3/4 of the fatalities that involved oxycodone and hydrocodone involved other substances - aka MULTIPLE drugs, and 15% of those fatalities involved alcohol. Please – eliminate legitimately ill patients from the CDC guidelines – find a way to identify them as chronically ill patients, and start enforcing the laws for people who illegally abuse any type of drug, no matter the drug. To make people suffer for no other reason than another person’s irresponsible choices is just cruel and inhumane! There is a distinct difference between abuse, addiction, and dependency. And people who are truly ill DEPEND on their medications to live and function! For once in your lives, do the right thing and come up with a solution that will benefit everyone!