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    Posted: Feb/12/2018 at 3:45pm
It’s finally happened. In the state of Massachusetts, if you are prescribed opioids every month you will also be prescribed Narcan, the drug that saves someone who has overdosed. Now I truly feel like I’m being treated like a drug addict. Is it going to save me? No. I take the exact amount as prescribed so I will not overdose.
Five knee surgeries from 1970 to 2000. Knee replacement in 2000.Spinal stenosis surgery in May of 2002. Diagnosed with Pseudogout in 2005, effecting hands, knees, and shoulders. Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007. Retired early as a high school principal. Recently, have had trigger finger surgery on both hands as well as surgery for severe bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel disease.
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DDD C3-C6 with multiple osteophytes causing both moderate foraminal and canal stenosis and flattening and impinging on the spinal cord
Cervical Facet arthritis
Chronic Pain Syndrome
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Absolutely ridiculous. I’m not surprised anymore at anything these people—-whoever they are—-are thinking.

Dick, I am DONE feeling any kind of guilt or remorse for needing these drugs to help me get through the day and I’m still in a ridiculous amount of pain. I’m becoming increasingly depressed with my inability to do the same things that even a couple of years ago I could do. It’s hard enough to find the energy to get through the days and this crap that’s being thrown at us doesn’t make it any better. It’s just increasing the stress which leads to further pain and anxiety and depression.

But giving a person who’s been following Drs orders and has never shown any signs of abuse for years Narcan, is a slap in the face    

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