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First Do No Harm: The DEA targets Physicians who treat their patients pain.

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There are many Doctors who label their patients unfairly, demean these patients and degrade them because they are victims of chronic life long pain.
This is archaic medicine and does more harm than one can imagine. Physicans are afraid to treat patients who are victims of pain. The DEA targets them and instills fear in how they choose to treat their patients and what they prescribe. More and more, Doctors are refusing to treat their patients who have chronic pain. Patients are far too often considered "Malingering" or "Doctor Shopping".

Doctors far too often refuse to even communicate with these sufferers and label them as a LTDU ( Long Term Drug User) This is unfair, harmful medicine, and and causes llife long damage, both physically and mentally. It has effects on family, friends, co-workers and often causes the sufferer to withdraw from society. Through no fault of the patient, they withdraw from daily activities with their spouses, family and friends.

Much like the Abortion issue, you force these victims of pain into back door alleyways, store front pain clinics and worse. They receive no counseling on how to take their medication and often don't know what they are taking. Like in the past, by treating victims of pain this way, you force them into seeking help and relief outside of the Law. It is one issue to target illegal clinics but another issue entirely to target Physicians who should be allowed and should be treating their patients who have pain. Instead, Physicians are forced, out of fear of prescribing pain medication, to send their patients off to some "Unknown" pain clinic where they suffer yet more humiliating labels and discrimination. Pharmacists often feel the need to "interfere" and embarass the patient when they pick up their medications. They are treated like second or third class human beings.

Why is it that Doctors are no longer treating the 'Whole Patient?" Not addressing the underlying causes of chronic pain? There are many instances when there is NO clear cause for pain but that is not to say it doesn't exist. Pain receptors malfunction. Injuries can cause pain years later.
Elderly patients who suffer every remaining day of their lives are told by their Doctors' that "They are concerned about a possible addiction". What happened to the quality of their life? Their right to live their life to live without debilitating pain? Their only option may be to consider suicide?
The damage caused is a horror. Elderly commit suicide rather than live with this pain.
Physicians are taught (since the very beginning of medical school) that any patient requesting pain medication is to be Scrutinized" and to be "Wary" of them especially if they tell you they can't take anti-inflammatory drugs, that is a sure "SIGN" of addiction.
I was told this by my own Doctor. "What to watch out for when a patient requests help with their pain." They actually have a class for new Doctors on how NOT to treat patients.

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5 hours ago
Someone from Westchester, IL writes:
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This has gone too far. Pain management doctors cutting the medication of chronic pain suffered for no reason. I have never asked to increase doses. I have never f ailed random drug tests. I cannot take NSAIDS due to kidney issue. Pain doctor cuts meds to a dose that doesn't help the pain and offers no alternatives. I am not a risk of turning to heroin or illegal drugs, yet I am the one who now suffers very unfair. The government needs to let doctors do their jobs.
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16 hours ago
Jeffrey K. from Houghton Lake, MI writes:
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Family doctors are not qualified to deal with long term chronic pain patients and so all the DEA had to do was to instruct family doctors to send these patients to a pain clinic or a pain doctor, the professionals. While a little inconvenient, I understand the epidemic. They went too far when they tied the professionals hands in treating their chronic pain patients.
22 hours ago
Someone from New Ulm, TX writes:
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This is hurting millions of honest sick americans. The dea should never be allowed pain meds since they dislike them so much. People in pain shouldnt suffer because a few abuse something.
1 day ago
MIKE K. writes:
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MY DATE OF INJURY 7-3-1997, I HAVE HAD 9 OPERATIONS SINCE THEN. RECENTLY MOVED TO FLA. FROM CA. WHERE I WAS BEING PRESCRIBED 23 100 MCG FETYNAL PATCHES A MONTH.THIS ALLOWED ME TO FUNCTION WITH MY FAMILY AND SOCIETY.SINCE COMING TO FLA. NO DR WILL GIVE ME WHAT I NEED. THEY ARE GIVING ME 50 % OF WHAT I NEED i,i HAVE BEEN IN BED SINCE MOVING HERE. I WANT MY LIFE BACK. THESE DR HAVE NO RIGHT TREATING ME THE WAY THEY DO.I CANT LIVE LIKE THIS MUCH LONGER.,I HAVE SUFFERED FOR 20 YEARS AND I AM 52 NOW. I JUST NEED A DR WHO WILL HELP[ CONTRO;L MY PAIN.....PAIN MANAGEMENT IS A TOTLA JOKE FOR THESES DR.TITLE...
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Nicolle L. from Myrtle Beach, SC writes:
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Treat me like a drug seeker, I have used opiates for 10 plus years responsibly for chronic pain.
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