Indie Pharmacies an Endangered Species…The only kind who understands and cares

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I am on a tear to save independent pharmacies being driven out of business. If you read my stuff, you know I have bipolar/tardive/borderline diabetic side effects. When I got tardive my publix of fifteen years bumped me off. My complications were too much for them. I found an indie which is why I wrote this story.

http://www.bphope.com/blog/bipolar-strong-my-pharmacist-has-my-back/

 

#OnePatientOneGoodPharmacist

 

Indie Pharmacies an Endangered Species…The only kind who understands and cares

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I am on a tear to save independent pharmacies being driven out of business. If you read my stuff, you know I have bipolar/tardive/borderline diabetic side effects. When I got tardive my publix of fifteen years bumped me off. My complications were too much for them. I found an indie which is why I wrote this story. Indies are being driven out of business. Conflict of interest/collusion between pharmacy benefit managers and the drugstores they own and government laws that benefit….well you get the picture.

One click is all I need to support this movement.

http://www.bphope.com/blog/bipolar-strong-my-pharmacist-has-my-back/

 

#OnePatientOneGoodPharmacist

 

Indie Pharmacies an Endangered Species…The only kind who understands and cares

horse

I am on a tear to save independent pharmacies being driven out of business. If you read my stuff, you know I have bipolar/tardive/borderline diabetic side effects. When I got tardive my publix of fifteen years bumped me off. My complications were too much for them. I found an indie which is why I wrote this story.

http://www.bphope.com/blog/bipolar-strong-my-pharmacist-has-my-back/

 

#OnePatientOneGoodPharmacist

 

Opiod Replacement Pain Medicines in Pipeline..?: Will we get ’em? Do they want us to get ‘well’?

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So much is being made on black marketed prescription drugs like oxy and ‘the box’ that you gotta wonder The FDA and DEA are at cross purposes because pain advocates are pushing back, assisted by big pharma. Why not, right? The CNN Story with Anderson Cooper distorted it further. So much confusion we’re not entitled to ‘straight dope’ on this issue. I recently learned IBUPROFEN and Tylenol, my first line “go tos” destroy a digestive enzyme, furthering the constipation problem I suffer with it. hey, someone’s gotta speak up.

So, here’s holistic hope to hold onto, sorta..this will be a pricey pharmaceutical too: Hot off Press this week-Duke University Study isolated pain receptors TRPV4 and TRPAI and have a way to activate them; releasing natural endocannibinoids (not endorphine..that was debunke4d ages ago) to secrete natural painkillers for our comfort.

Organic stuff, sad to say, like MS contin, which I took for sixteen years, are actually better for your overall systemic health than NSAIDs which harm the liver and destroy digestive enzymes. Whoops I’m repeating myself. I just wanted you to know the knews. \

And I have yet another natural way of dealing with chronic pain in this article. A click is all it takes to make my day. At least you aren’t making Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook richer. If you click this, you are helping me and my platform. Am I going about this the wrong way? I should be listening to your aches and pains and I promise to do more of that. It, too, is a natural painkiller, releasing a substance called Oxytocin, the ‘love’ hormone begotten of human interaction with those you care about even if you’re separated by miles and held together by broadband.

Here I am: http://www.bphope.com/blog/bipolar-mood-cycles-stop-fighting-and-win/

 

Third leading cause of adult death physician error

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A topic gets sensationalized, everyone jumps on it and we forget all else. Like my wisecrack about the airlines being like the drug companies. Right now, a hot topic is demonizing the use of opiates. Yet the third leading cause of death is doctor error …sometimes writing the wrong medication.

They are changing the name of my antidepressant, Brintellix to Trintellix because docs and pharmacists were getting Brintellix confused with something else….

Gosh, I had just gotten my pharmacist and my doctor accustomed to the original spelling. As if life wasn’t confusing enough. Instead of further restricting people’s access to pain medicine they should make those doctors slow down and take remedial medical courses after an incident of physician error, as I’ve suffered a few of those and walked away from a lucrative lawsuit. (See: Tardive Dyskinesia, Failed Foot Surgery)Photo of a photo

The Opiate discussion resumes…

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In order to swim without pain I wear this blue aqua jogger backwards as a back brace. When I turn my head to breathe, it holds my back still. About now all I can do is swim.

article in New York Times today about how in 2012, the AMA (American Medical Association) shut down a movement to make pain management training mandatory for doctors who write scrips for opiates. Why would they do that? To distance themselves from the problem and thus not be part of the solution?

I have a bad back. Once I had a failed foot surgery due to physician error. My feet had been broken and reset. I was able to work (and walk) for the three years we looked around to try to find out why my bones wouldn’t knit so they could remove the pins. How did I do it? Tylenol #4. Lots of it. When I finally healed, I got right off it. Hate the side effects.

These days, I’ve got a lot of low back herniations, annular tears and disc degeneration from professional sports and exercise bulimia. I’m in excruciating pain. I’ve had ten different types of ‘interventional’ injections to isolate the nerves that hurt and burn them up so they don’t feel until they grow back, which takes a year. Then you have to have your nerves burned all over again. We’ve never been able to have a ‘positive’ result. But we got close. I’d burn my nerves in a heartbeat not to take these meds and deal with the side effects. I use, not abuse. I take vacations to work down my tolerance. I told my doc I only take half of what he gives me and he said, ‘we’ll just keep things the way they are, the more changes, the more scrutiny.’ I was honest, that’s the main thing. And I’m waiting for the day Medicare covers the Coolief Procedure which now costs tens of thousands of dollars. It would help me. For a year. Then I’d have to do it again. I’m waiting. And waiting. And hoping CDC’s Dr Deb Houry, who thinks if we don’t have cancer that we should not have pain relief. In  Massachussets, you can only get a 7 day supply of pain meds. I hope I’m gone before these restrictions appear here in South Florida.