Palliative Care

Hello Luvs,

I wanted to share this very important piece of information from another of our leading advocate Physicians, Dr Thomas Kline MD ( on Twitter @ThomasKlineMD). He wrote this article explaining the palliative care “loophole” for getting chronic pain Patients proper care.

Since the 2016 CDC Guidelines have somehow become “law” and set into place in the USA: pain Patients have had a horrible time getting proper pain care. Dr Kline has said that in most all of the 50 states, palliative care patients are exempt from the horrible restrictions for opioid pain medication therapy. In his article posted below, there is a certificate that helps to exempt the chronic pain patients from these opioid treatment restrictions. Of course the form needs to be filled out and signed by a qualified Physician.

Palliative care is defined as: “an interdisciplinary approach to specialized medical and nursing care for people with life-limiting illnesses. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress, and mental stress at any stage of illness”. Wikipedia

Below, I have attached Dr Kline’s article with the palliative care form for you to take to your Dr/Drs.:

5 thoughts on “Palliative Care

  1. My 32 year old daughter who has been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease for 12 years and has been having several very painful issues in the past year has a palliative care referral and was accepted into the palliative care program at our local hospital but they, too, say that only cancer patients qualify for the exemption – She was most recently told that her limit for opioids is 80 MME’s per day. My poor daughter is suffering terribly but she is told by everyone, even her palliative care dr., that there is nothing they can do to better manage her pain as far as meds go. We live in Northern CA.


    1. Oh no! I’m sooo sorry! I can’t get into it here in My state either ! This is so awful! I’m so sorry! Keep reading because I post newest news on this subject as soon as it’s available..


  2. In my state of Oregon or at least in the county I live in, my pain specialists and primary care doctors tell me palliative care is for end of life care only. I was classified a palliative care patient according to my state accident insurance company until the 2014-16 CDC opioid guidelines changed that. My doctors have told me I am not exempt from the CDC opioid guidelines. I’m sure every state has their own rules/laws where comes to the CDC opioid guidelines and mostly every one of them may be different.

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