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MaddMatt
5/17/2019 08:05 EST

Hello in Brazil!

I am a retired man (63 yrs old/young?) looking to escape a bad & growing worse situation in the U.S. Our government has decided they know more about good healthcare than the Doctors that practice medicine. (absolutely incredible!) After being in the care of a Pain Management Specialist for over 23+ years (the same Doctor; mind you); being prescribed Morphine Sulfate Extended release (MS Contin) along with Morphine Sulfate Instant release (MSIR) for breakthrough pain, successfully & without problems: now I am being looked at as if I have a drug problem and I am an addict..What the !?!? I am trying to find a Central American country that does not interfere with their Medical Doctor's ability to treat their patients or their pharmacies ability to provide medicine to people according to the Doctor's prescription.
Can anyone in Brazil let me know what the attitudes of their Doctors & pharmacies are, about the prescribing of Opioids and the availability of such? Any suggestions about this subject will be really appreciated as will being pointed in another direction.
Anyone at all! Please.
Thank You & Regards,
MaddMatt

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DeLeoterio
5/17/2019 08:26 EST

> I am trying to find a Central American country

Brazil is a South America country and, about your medical needs, go look for somewhere else.

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MaddMatt
5/18/2019 13:40 EST

DeLeoterio,
I'm sorry, you are right about Brazil being a South American Country. I made a mistake. Why do you state for me to look somewhere else? I am simply asking for some information about a health issue. Or does that offend you in some manner? Or are you implying that anyone who is being treated by a Doctor with Opioids is somehow a person mixed up in drugs and shady deals?
Let me know your opinion.
Thanks,
MaddMatt

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mchrismsw
5/18/2019 16:37 EST

Maybe off topic so please forgive.
There is a opiod crisis in the West. Opiods are highly addictive, in addition they destroy vital organs like the kidney and liver.

Doctors freely prescribe Opiods because big pharma incentivises it. The research is clear on how harmful they are and how their are alternative avenues to go down for pain management.

Be safe and careful my friend.

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mchrismsw
5/19/2019 01:24 EST

Hi Matt,

FYI,
Mexico is a very good spot to retire to. Liberal pharmacy policies, I can go to Costco and buy human growth hormone. Low cost of living, excellent and affordable health care. Millions of seniors have already moved their.

Check it out, there's a lot a great you tube videos out there my friend.

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CrazyWorldTraveller
5/23/2019 17:44 EST

MATT .... plz excuse that ignorant response. It's not typical of anyone here in Brasil.
I am an American living in the south of Brasil, lived here off and on since 2001.
I have found many DR's here trained and interned in the US.
While I have never needed that type of pain medicine, Brasilians have all the same illnesses as in the US so I don't see a problem. Brasil is an 8+ hour flight- expensive too.
You can arrive and stay 90 days then go to the Federal Police (immigration) and extend another 90 days. IF you get into a relationship with a local you can claim that to the PF and most likely stay indefinately.
South of RIO to Argentina is the best place to live here. I prefer the state of Santa Catarina. VERY CHEAP with dollars too- right now 4 reais to 1 dollar. I can rent a furnished 1br apto, go out to eat once a week and live on $450 a month.
I call it here - 'A European vacation on a budget'.
Alternatively, I know nothing about living in Mexico but hear good things; lot closer to the US, am sure it's cheap too. I just prefer Portuguese/European culture to anything Spanish, but that's me.
Have you looked into Canada ??
Hope that helps.

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MaddMatt
5/26/2019 20:55 EST

Mchrismsw,

Thanks for responding to my post. I received a post from an individual on the Mexico Forum and the information I got from them was not encouraging about being treated with opioids by a Medical professional in Mexico. He stated that the only way to get a treatment plan that included opioids was to go to an Anesthesiologist specifically licensed for Opioid prescribing & then take the Rx to a specially licensed pharmacy for dispensing of the pain med. He went into further detail about the difficulty of the Dr agreeing to the treatment plan & the difficulty of the pharmacy dispensing the med. Lastly for me not to expect a prescription to cover more than 2 to 4 weeks at a time. Then the process begins again.
Now, the above may have been an individual trying to dissuade me from pursuing Mexico as an answer to my predicament but I have no reason to not believe them. It is no skin off of their nose. Is it?

So at present (until I get more complete information) I do not believe Mexico is a possible answer to my dilemma. Breaks my heart as I have always had a dream of "going native" in Mexico. ;)

Later Mchrismsw,
Regards,
MaddMatt

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