Founder of Health Rising and Phoenix Rising
An online survey by the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association suggests that some people with FM using hydrocodone to control their pain are getting hit hard by rules designed to cut down on illegal or abusive use of the drug. They were finding it more difficult to get the drug, having to spend more money to get in and in many cases are not able to get it at all. About a quarter reported experienced suicidal thoughts around their reduced ability to get pain relief.
- Approximately two-thirds of survey responders reported inability to access hydrocodone-combination prescriptions. Patients prescribed the same medication at the same dose for many years reported that they were told their doctors would no longer prescribe hydrocodone medications for them.
- More than 15 percent of the responders reported negative impacts on doctor-patient relationships.
- Survey respondents cited higher expenses from more frequent doctor's visits, higher medication co-pays, greater transportation expenses for extra doctor's visits and travel to multiple pharmacies, and lost income related to inability to work due to pain.
- More than a quarter of respondents (27 percent) reported suicidal thoughts due to being denied their hydrocodone prescriptions.