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Chronic Pain Patients Rally, Say They Are Being Punished By New Opioid Guidelines

Saturday 20 October 2018


From US newspaper the Springfield News-Leader:


Kim Patty
Kim Patty holds a sign near the intersection of
National Avenue and Primrose Street
during a rally
outside of Cox South Hospital on Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2018.
Chronic pain patients held the rally because they say
they are being punished by recent CDC guidelines
that discourage doctors from writing
prescriptions for pain medication.
(Photo: Andrew Jansen/News-Leader)

Chronic pain patients rally, say they are being punished by new opioid guidelines

By Jackie Rehwald, Springfield News-Leader
September 18, 2018
© 2018 Springfield News-Leader

Despite the 90-degree-plus temperatures, Cheryl Ostrander stood on the corner of National Avenue and Primrose Street for two hours Tuesday afternoon.

Her sweaty pink t-shirt said: "Yes, they are fake. The real ones tried to kill me."

She carried a sign that read: "Don't punish pain. I'm not a criminal."

Ostrander was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and has had two mastectomies and several reconstruction surgeries. She's had a total knee replacement and two spinal fusion surgeries. And she's been diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

"I am struggling really hard just to stay here," she said. "I am in pain just like every day of my life."

"I'm a mess," Ostrander said. "But I don't deserve to be treated like a criminal to get my pain medication."



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