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August 12, 2012

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Hoping for doc’s quick return

I am writing a letter of support for Dr. Henry Davis. I have been a patient of Dr. Davis since 1998 when I started a long and painful journey with rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Davis and his staff have always shown a high level of expertise along with a lot of compassion, even when I wasn’t the easiest patient to deal with.

I am now disabled due to the arthritis and other medical problems, and have been unable to afford insurance. Dr. Davis has continued to see me and was able to procure my primary medication, which is extremely expensive, through a patient assistance program.  

Dr. Davis and Marty have worked with me to manage my illness and have taught me how to best manage my pain. They have also done testing and referred me to other treatments such as physical therapy when I needed it. Over the years he has suggested alternatives such as yoga, a swim program for people with arthritis, and even therapeutic massage.

Now, I will no longer have treatment for my pain. Even my own PCP of over 20 years will not see me unless I start over as a new patient. Of course, that would include a complete physical with whatever testing she feels I need. Did I mention that I don’t have insurance?

I have been weaning myself off the pain medications as I am sure no M.D. is just going to take me off the street and prescribe pain meds. I went to Hobby Lobby recently with my niece and her girls and here it is almost 7 in the morning and I am still awake. It’s hard to sleep when it feels like someone has slammed my hands in a car door while running over my feet at the same time, and those aren’t the only parts that hurt.

As you can imagine, my quality of life is going to be greatly impacted by the actions of the state attorney general, the Medical Licensing Board, and the other agencies involved. They say they are protecting the public, but who is going to protect me from them? What about the other physicians who were prescribing medications to the same patients? Are they being disciplined by the Medical Board?

I was horrified to read about the incredible waste of law enforcement that was used in raiding Dr. Davis’ office. Were guns really necessary? Were they afraid that his loyal patients with their crocked hands and feet were going to attack them with ours canes?

Yes, I’m sure he has provided a lot of pain medications to his patients over the years but his patients are in a lot pain. Maybe a few patients have misused their meds, but I bet there isn’t a doctor around that has not had a patient misuse their medications. Furthermore, that doesn’t mean that all of his patients should be penalized for it. I bet if all of his patient records were reviewed, the majority of his patients have not been overprescribed nor have they abused the meds. I would even bet a large number of his patients don’t take as much of the meds as they could.

We chronic pain patients can be very stubborn and we also don’t want to be so doped up that we can’t function. Nor do we want to risk not having a medication to turn to when a flare hits or our overall condition worsens and the pain medication is needed even more.

Dr. Davis, you have many, many, loyal patients. We have trusted you with our lives for many years and hope that you are vindicated and return to your practice soon.

— Sarah Lewis

Rosedale

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