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I have a low pain tolerance and tend to me on the wimpy side. I'm having a TLIF at L4/L5 this coming Friday, July 20th.
I'm wondering if I should hold off until this gets restocked. Apparently, the DEA sets controls on the raw materials these drugs are made of, which happens to be the same as the drugs for the "opioid crisis". They thought by limiting the amount of raw materials used to make these drugs, fewer people would use them. The problem is cancer patients and burn patients aren't getting enough of them so I'm guessing surgery patients aren't getting them either. My friend's husband had a kidney stone 2 weeks ago and went to the E.R., they couldn't give him anything. I'm not talking outpatient, he was an inpatient. The DEA didn't think of that happening, imagine that. Meanwhile, the FDA has gotten involved because other sources of pain medication has been used ,such as ketamine, and there have been bad outcomes. I read this from some articles on-line. Chicago has been out of morphine for 7 months. Why is it that we can never reach a happy medium in this country? When something happens that people don't like, we go to the far end of the opposite direction. Limit the amount prescribed and monitor it but don't stop manufacturing it in case it is needed. What if we had some kind of crisis where a lot of people got injured in some kind of disaster? Are we going to make them all use bio-feedback?
Should I run for congress??