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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This is my worst nightmare. I can only think of two things that will happen 1. Most of us will take are life because we cannot take the pain. 2. Drug dealers will become more rich. This is not what most of us want, but will have no choice. I cannot believe the country that I loved so much and have a son who is serving his country is doing this to me his mother and all who are suffering. We wish we didn't have to take pain medicine but if I don't I cannot get out of bed. I have had 3 back surgeries and all has failed. I still have a broken screw in my spine. I will be turning 43 years old and to think I don't drink or smoke and will I be able to live 30-40 more years in pain. Only God knows. Don't do this to us good people.
After 15yrs. of living in chronic pain I want my life back before I get to old to have one. Chronic pain has ruined the quality of my life and relationships with friends and family.
Because Dr's chose to try other alternatives to treat my pain rather than treating my pain with what works it has caused so much loss of my life and life of those around me. chronic pain not only affects the individual but it also affects my family especially my children. I can not begin to tell the side effects that will and are happening to myself and my family because Dr's are not sticking to doing thier job morally or ethically. What happen to not letting people suffer while dieing?
I was born with club feet, defects in my spine, back and neck. Many surgeries and years of working on my feet, arthritis and now my famiky Dr says he's not allowed to prescribe me the pain meds that enable me to shop, garden, go on vacation and make Thanksgiving dinner for my family every year. I understand addiction, I've seen it in my family, but I shouldn't have to pay for it. I take the same amount, I take my random tests, use the one pharmacy, why am I being denied MY quality of life?
I think they, the government, wants us to go on and die. Get out of their way, off their medicare and social security. I'm withdrawing now. The pain and weakness are unbelievable. I went gym three times a week and now have to use walker. My future is clear, I have none. I'm only 65.
Untreated and undertreated pain is a huge problem. And it points to a larger underlying problem of lack of compassion.
On my last doctor visit, my doctor told me, that the degeneration of intervertebral disc of cervical region (DDD) Degenerative Disc Disease cervical, and chronic back pain due to disc degeneration, and chronic pain syndrome. Will only increase in severity as I age. And I'm 58. He has lowered my pain medication because the DEA told him to. Because patients in nursing homes could fall because of medications then he laughed and says, "You're not even in a nursing home". So why is the DEA making a disabeled veteran life so much more unbearable? Due no harm? More like Make more money for the DEA. And I've been on the same dosage for over a decade, and never asked for any increase of dosage. And in the past three months since he started this, I barely leave the house, I can't play with my grandkids like I used to, and they are always asking "what's wrong papa", and my sons say "PaPa's sore"