I’ve found that clinics like this are world-famous mainly due to past professionalism, but they’ve now turned into shills for all kinds of “integrative” and “alternative” treatments. (See Mainstream Medicine Smitten by Hocus-Pocus.) They don’t seem to believe that chronic pain requires any medical, scientifically proven, treatment at all.
On Oct. 20th,2017 the Centers for Comprehensive Pain Care/Dr. Jerome Yokiel was shut down with zero notice to patients.
Every single Cleveland Clinic Dr refused to help those who had been on pain meds for a decade or more.
As soon as they heard who our Dr was,every single one of Dr. Yokiels patients was told they didn’t need pain meds.
The Dr. who runs Cleveland Clinic’s pain management at Euclid hospital denied every one of Dr. Yokiel’s patients any help at all. Their position was and is-“no one dies from opiate withdrawls”.
I know for a fact-because I was his patient myself-that Dr. Yokiel obtained my medical records, ordered new MRI, and documented the multiple reasons that long term opiate pain meds were the only way to control my chronic pain. He did the same for every patient.
I went to a Cleveland Clinic ER when I was about 70 hours into withdrawls-I wussed out and couldn’t take the pain any longer.
That was a bad idea-I got maybe 8 hours of relief,then the withdrawls came back even worse.
lied and claimed I was getting prescritptions from multiple Dr’s.
Ohio has a statewide computer database that tracks every prescription for controlled substances-(OARRS)-for the entire 11 1/2 years I was a pain mgt patient-every prescription came from Dr. Yokiels office-with the exception of post surgical meds which Dr Yokiel was aware of and agreed was the proper med to add to what I was already taking,and one prescription for an acute injury from falling on ice-which was also written with prior approval from Dr. Yokiel’s office.
The whole point of the pain mgt contract and the urine tests is to weed out the drug seekers-it works I saw a whole lot of people get kicked out of the pain mgt program over the years. I never had a bad urine test over those 11+ years.
Thousands of us were just cut off of meds we had been on for over a decade-because we had documented medical reasons to be put on long term opiate pain meds- with no notice,no warning
I’m 99% sure the DEA shut the practice down using the sleazy policy they enacted to lower the number of prescriptions written for pain meds.
Every pain mgt Dr writes 2 meds for patients,one time release,the other instant release to take in between the time release med,when pain “breaks through”.
The DEA decided that docs writing prescriptions for opiates for breakthrough pain was how they were going to shut down Dr’s prescribing pain meds-assholes.
DEA claims that by writing prescriptions for opiates for “breakthrough pain” pain mgt Dr’s were prescribing the meds for “off label” use. WTF?
This is our government at work-people overdosing and dying from heroin and fentanyl-but hey,we’re taking pain meds away from those who actually need them,so we are fighting the overhyped by the media”opioid epidemic”
It’s none of the fucking DEA’s business what a Dr. prescribes for his or her patients-as long as the Dr documents the reason-the DEA needs to stay the fuck out of people’s health care.