VA taking away opiates from veterans

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  • #58038

    TPC_Opa
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    I am curious if any other veteran has had opiates taken away from them. Were you tapered off or was it more drastic? If you have, what other treatment options are they offering you? I ask these questions because the VA will start my tapering off of morphine for the next 6 months. I saw my PCP last month and he didn’t have a clue as to what the VA will do for pain. I brought up the IMPACT program and he then remembered that he had undergone some training in that and had accupuncture done several times a week and it helped him with his back pain. But what they will do with me is still an unknown issue. I am planning on contacting the Patient Advocate to see if they can find out anything for me. I will write about my journey in hopes that some of my fellow vets will find something they can use that will help them out. Good luck.

    Semper Fi!

    TPC_Opa

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  • #107111

    tyron
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    Whow, nobody answer this. I know it’s been a year but have you found help? I am a disabled Veteran. VA has not helped me with my pain. I have to go outside to get pain management and medicine. I take Morphin & Oxycodone. I am not sure I would be alive without them. Dorn VA Medical center in SC don’t give out too many pain medications. Even if I have years of doctors and specialist notes. Let me know if you have found a better way to there hearts.

    I hope this website works better. To wait a year. Shame

  • #254082

    Kristy
    Participant

    I haven’t experienced this thankfully. It’s the General Practictioner’s I feel like I have to have a good relationship with as I have a pain specialist that justifies what level of medication I’m on. I have had one Dr day I won’t be prescribing these meds anymore just before my wedding and honeymoon. I was very anxious but luckily found a new GP but now he’s on medical leave and I’m looking for a Dr that is willing to prescribe the meds I need. I feel like I’m going around conducting interviews lol

  • #256537

    TPC_YaYa
    Moderator

    Kristy,

    Welcome to The Pain Community. We do wish it was under different circumstances. If we can help you in anyway please let us know.

    Take care,

    TPC Yaya
    TPC Community Moderator

    “The views or opinion(s) contained herein do not necessarily represent those of The Pain Community.”

  • #275560

    marinesgt
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    I am currently going through a local spine clinic and getting oxycodone rx’d to me. It saddens me that the suicide rate has climbed through the roof here in the state that I live in. So many veterans have been unable to gain relief from there pain and have decided to ” check out “. I can empathize with that so am glad that I have found some relief from the pain. All I can say is that my thoughts are with them and I hope that they can find some relief and not take their lives.

    Semper Fi!

    marinesgt

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