This post is written by myself and does not at this time represent the views of FibroAction. It is something that I personally feel very strongly about so I have reposted here from Andover Fibromyalgia & M.E Chatterbook Group HealthUnlocked site;
You may or may not be aware of the recently introduced government policy called Reducing Drugs & Misuse and Dependence.
This policy has been introduced and from my understanding it is trying to reduce the misuse of prescription drugs. The policy is trying to address the problems of people who may be addicted or may be abusing prescription medication for the euphoric feeling they experience, well this is my personal interpretation of this policy
However , due to the stigma associated with Fibromyalgia, the psychosomatic interpretation by some in the medical profession and the fact we are living with an invisible illness I feel many people living with Fibro are assumed to be misusing medication. This is a judgement based on assumption and in my personal opinion quite simply it is wrong !
I feel strongly that people living with Chronic Pain for whatever reason Fibro, Arthritis etc should not be made to reduce medications that they need to control their pain. Many rely on this relief to enable them to maintain a state of optimum health to be able to struggle to achieve normal activities of daily living that healthy people do everyday without even thinking about it.
We need our pain relief to maintain a life that is as 'normal' as possible. We should not be made to reduce our medication solely because of this policy
Therefore, I have made an e-petition that highlights this injustice as we have basic Human Rights to be pain free and Doctors have a Duty of Care to ensure we are as pain free as possible.
Apologies for the long post but I feel very strongly that medications should not be reduced or taken away from those it genuine need. If you feel the same please sign the e-petition, spread the word , share and ask people to sign too !
Many Thanks for reading, here is the link to the e-petition.
Here is the link to the policy
Many Thanks for reading