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 / by Dr Margaret Aranda /

We are in rebellious times for prescription pain drugs.

~Dr Margaret Aranda

Major issues surrounding pain drugs include patient deaths,

physician abuse, patient addiction,

polypharmacy, side effects and more.

Bottom line for the Rebel Patient*:


“I need to live a life with chronic pain.”


“I want Quality of Life.”

~Dr Margaret Aranda / Twitter @TheRebelPatient

The RebelPatient℠ has a mind of her own. She is not afraid to educate herself on her own rare or invisible illness.

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Perhaps it was something like this depiction of fatal overdoses

in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties

over a 7-year period

(i.e., 2002 – 2009ţ)

that spurred Washington, D.C. on to

“legislate physician’s opioid prescription therapy.”


Image 1. Fatal overdoses in America due to Three Narcotics and Diazepam.

ţ = authors state that not all data was compiled for Washington county

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Perhaps it is all too easy to blame doctors, especially bad ones, for overprescribing narcotics and yes, some do it to make money selling on the black market. Unconscionable.

Check out the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) website for all pertinent pain pill events.

Just one story is of a May 11, 2016 federal grand jury indictment of Dr. Robert Rand (and eight more) and his Rand Family Care in Reno, Nevada for “felony drug conspiracy.”  U.S. Attorney General Daniel G. Bogden replaced the prior criminal complaint to prosecute the defendants on felony charges, saying,

We are using all legal tools at our disposal to discover, disrupt and dismantle illegal traffic in pharmaceutical controlled substances.” “We are making significant progress in Nevada, and have disrupted a number of so-called pill mills. Our efforts in this area continue, and I am optimistic that we can reverse the alarming upward trend of illegal trafficking of prescription drugs.

Is it the disruptive, rogue doctors who are to blame for our governments current upset of the narcotic cart?  Many think that the government is interrupting patient treatment, diminishing quality of life and


(trying and judging)

the physician:patient relationship itself

thereby usurping its authority.

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The reality for the RebelPatient™ is this:

Patients in pain need opioids for pain control.

~Dr Margaret Aranda

Who is the RebelPatient?

She knows her stuff.

She suffers.

She is strong.

She doesn’t want anyone to walk on her.


Follow her on Twitter @TheRebelPatient
Twitter Tag @TheRebelPatient if you have a story about her. Or him. Of course.

One of the most common invisible illnesses associated with disabling pain is that of fibromyalgia. Here’s what Stacy Hall, fibromyalgia awareness proponent has to say on her popular blog, Fibromadness.org:



Tens of millions suffer from more ‘common’ etiologies of pain:

  • chronic back pain (one of the most common sources of pain in America)
  • migraine
  • injury to tissue or bone from car accidents or trauma
  • postoperative pain from surgery
  • bowel syndromes
  • and more

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It’s National Dysautonomia Month and some with Autonomic Nervous System disorders also have a traumatic brain injury or an insidious event that left them ill and in chronic pain.


At first, the word, ‘chronic’ becomes idealized but after a decade of chronic illness, many really just want to ‘do away’ with that word

so it doesn’t define them.

~Dr Margaret Aranda


Already, there are patient reports of insufferable deaths at the hands of opioid withdrawal by insurance companies or by financial constraints making Quality of Life (QoL) so poor that spouses are holding themselves back from helping their mates commit suicide. This is a real issue for many who are distraught and bitter, scared and unsettled about their future with a pain-filled entity called an:


A life with such poor QoL that the patient begs for a merciful end of life.

On October 22, 2016, the #RallyAgainstPain is set to voice avid opinion against what the government is doing to curtail opioid deaths and abuse. There is much backdrop in this story, too much to place here in one article so please stay tuned for more.

We Are Poised To:

  • Speak LIVE during this event
  • Host Twitter Moments: #RallyAgainstPain from @TheRebelPatient

What You Can Do:

  • Follow Dr Margaret Aranda @TheRebelPatient
  • Gather your friends on Twitter to do Re-Tweets and read posted articles
  • Increase awareness of pain legislation issues with health care providers, caregivers, family and friends
  • Be positive and hopeful that tomorrow will be brighter
  • Stay encouraging and smiling, too
  • Be assured that there are many looking out for you!
  • Check the Resources below and Google Search your diagnosis or problems if needed
  • #RallyAgainstPain and #pain


Dr Margaret Aranda highly recommends you establish a relationship with Stanford’s Med-X Program that has an avid and rich history in giving you permission to be:

A RebelPatient

(They’ve been doing this for years now, before the term “RebelPatient” was trademarked by Dr Margaret Aranda)



What is Fibromyalgia? by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Fibromyalgia: In Depth by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Fibromyalgia News Today

Fibromyalgia may be helped by Mindfulness in Female Patients

Stanford’s Medicine-X Blog

Steps to Healthier Living Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

Stanford’s Reference Articles on the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program