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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For four months, I have suffered in terrible pain. I was in an automobile accident that was not my fault which resulted in a herniated disc in my lower back. I have constant pain in my lower back and down the back and sides of my left leg. I have been to a Pain Management that gave me nerve block shots that hurt me more than helped and sent me home with one 5mg perc a day, been to ER and Urgent Care 4 times and every doctor tells me they can't help me with my pain as "The Stat of Ohio has there hands tied". What can I do? I fear I may end up committing suicide if I am unable to find surgery or pain medicine soon. I can't continue to live like this in so much pain constantly.
I am 73 and suffer arthritis pain every day. I can't understand the reasoning behind making it so difficult for my doctor to just prescribe some simple pain medication. At my age, this will not get better, only worse. My doctor is sympathetic, yet the rules set down by the DEA would have me driving fifty miles every month to go to her office in order to refill a 30 day prescription. At my age, heading into winter, living in the rural foothills of the Cascade Mountains that will not be an option. She tells me that it's because "people" abuse the medication. People "abuse" alcohol as well, but they can buy that on every corner. All I can say is, thank God our state has legalized marihuana.
help someone' had a bad accident crushed L3
MRI show all that is wrong after repairs 6 years later they are cutting me off pain meds that work my pain is intense and real what can i do i want these lawmakers to live with half my pain help someone please im hurting need help tell me there is a way to get my pain meds
First off, my wife is suffering from stage 4 cancer. She is unable to work and the new laws set in place and demonizing of her pain meds is very hard to deal with. All you lawmakers who think you're so clever by signing the bill into effect I hope you all die slow painful deaths without aid of any pain meds. And **** the dea! Too scared to attack the drug cartels anymore? War on drugs is a waste of money and manpower.
My daughter suffers from Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) which leaves her pretty much unresponsive from the waist down. Because her spinal cord was crushed she lives with a great deal of pain both nerve and muscle. To begin with she would not be in this condition if when she first went to emergency she was treated for her symptoms instead of someone looking for pain medication. Instead she was left for 16 hours while the disc ruptured and crushed her spinal cord. This happened in 2006. She has been able to manage the pain up until this new legislation. Now she is looked at even more so as someone just wanting pills. Recently we moved to Ohio and she has had to find a new doctor. She was referred to a “pain management clinic”. She was sent away on the first visit because she did not as yet have an Ohio driver’s license. When we arrived the second time we saw that the facility itself was dirty with ripped furniture in the waiting room. She first was interrogated by a very uncaring woman. When we finally met with the “doctor” he looked at her as though she was just another addict wanting drugs. He went on and on about the new rules set down by the state of Ohio some of which I do not believe exist. He explained to her that he had to exhaust all other types of pain management before she could be given any narcotics. She told him that she had done all of that in Florida. He said that she should have brought her records with her and that he could do nothing until she did. She asked why she wasn't told that when she made the appointment. He said that was her responsibility to know that. Even then he would have to try all other treatments first which included a morphine pump and injections into the spine. Now there are two visits that are being billed to her insurance with absolutely no outcome. It is very evident that these clinics are there to make money by billing insurance for all of these experiments. I would like to see what they bill for a TENS unit, morphine pump, nerve blocker, nerve burn, or their many other experiments. Does this make sense that they would prescribe a morphine pump, she wants to be able to function not be a zombie. They do not want to prescribe pain pills because there is no money in it. They have turned this legislation into a money making machine at the expense of patients that need their help in maintaining some sort of normalness to their lives. I recall when my mother was on her deathbed and they would not give her narcotics to relieve the pain because she might become addicted, how insane is that. It is time you legislators take a good look at the results of this legislation and stop this madness. It is also time for doctors to stop looking at everyone that comes in with serious pain issues as though they are drug addicts.
I am young. I am disabled. I am in pain. I am an American. I deserve relief from my pain.
To the any person(s) concerned:

I believe millions of chronic pain patients would be willing to contribute, monetarily, what we could to retain a law firm to begin the process of a class action lawsuit against the DEA, FDA, HHS or the govt entity in charge of these people making these decisions that hinder the lives of millions upon millions of people. Come on, they only received 573 letters/comments and their decision was weighted by these few comments which, I believe, 57% were FOR the rescheduling; what is that less than 300 people's comments? And that was enough for them. What a JOKE; these folks are part of the US Govt. and that is SCARY.
I just wouldn't not where to start or who to contact, but I would contribute as I believe many would also. Just a thought.
End the pain for the people that need there pain killers. Make stricter laws against abusers ,dealers not the rest of us. Reschedule hydrocodone back to a 3. It works for so many of us. Quit being cruel to all of us honest Americans that need this to live a good life.
it is in- humane that legitimate pain patients have to suffer be cause the sea can't come up with an effective way to continue their war on drugs. Actually I won't be surprised to find special interest groups behind this. This problem needs to be dealt with without causing needless suffering.
My back pain is so debilitating that with out pain meds I remain in bed unable to participate in any physical activities and de conditioning of my entire body occurs. I need help to get past the pain of a failed back surgery complicated by psoriatic arthritis. I have started to be active with the help of low dose methadone and even with it I have to stop and rest lying down frequently
This is purely a witch hunt. 4 back surgerys for me, my doctors office today basically told us who were going there just for pain meds that we were all done there because there not a pain management office, thank GOD the doctor has another office that does and he is taking us with him. It will be 60 miles farther, another undue stress on my back. Without meds, i wont be able to do the small home business i started since i cannot work a actual outside job any longer. The lovely DEA will take my income, and probably my life. I cannot live in that pain, i have no insurance, i did win lifetime medical benifits from AAA auto in a lawsuit, and this wonderful Govenor of Michigan snyder "the deeck" made a fantastic law that even if you win lifetime benifits in court, within a few months the insurance company or work comp company can send you to THERE scamming paid doctors, and say your fine, then cut your benifits off. Here in Michigan the ONLY no fault auto state left we pay the highest auto premiums because of these lifetime medical benifits, and now 98% of the people getting them are being cut off. You cant appeal, you have to start ALL over suing them and no lawyer will pony up $10,000 for a jury trial. So, between that, and the absolute witch hunt of people in chronic pain, here in Michigan, we are really screwed.
So, everyone, it has to be class action time, we HAVE to do something. This is discrimination of people in chronic pain. I don't give a DAMN when i am told "but there is so much abuse of these drugs" i tell those people i dont give a Sh**t about them, i only care about us legitimate people, and there is a HUGE amount of us, and we MUST do something NOW. Everyone, call this LAWYER, Geoffrey Fieger in Soutfield mi, i am calling him tomorrow, i am going to try and convince him into taking us on, he is famous and notorious for going after big companys, why not the DEA? So, join me, i am going to do something about this, today was the first day of my decision. To hell with the DEA and there discrimination! I want to live my life in a tolerable way! Contact Info. Fieger Law; 19390 W 10 Mile Rd; Southfield, MI 48075; Phone: (248) 355-5555
This is purely a witch hunt. 4 back surgerys for me, my doctors office today basically told us who were going there just for pain meds that we were all done there because there not a pain management office, thank GOD the doctor has another office that does and he is taking us with him. It will be 60 miles farther, another undue stress on my back. Without meds, i wont be able to do the small home business i started since i cannot work a actual outside job any longer. The lovely DEA will take my income, and probably my life. I cannot live in that pain, i have no insurance, i did win lifetime medical benifits from AAA auto in a lawsuit, and this wonderful Govenor of Michigan snyder "the deeck" made a fantastic law that even if you win lifetime benifits in court, within a few months the insurance company or work comp company can send you to THERE scamming paid doctors, and say your fine, then cut your benifits off. Here in Michigan the ONLY no fault auto state left we pay the highest auto premiums because of these lifetime medical benifits, and now 98% of the people getting them are being cut off. You cant appeal, you have to start ALL over suing them and no lawyer will pony up $10,000 for a jury trial. So, between that, and the absolute witch hunt of people in chronic pain, here in Michigan, we are really screwed.
So, everyone, it has to be class action time, we HAVE to do something. This is discrimination of people in chronic pain. I don't give a DAMN when i am told "but there is so much abuse of these drugs" i tell those people i dont give a Sh**t about them, i only care about us legitimate people, and there is a HUGE amount of us, and we MUST do something NOW. Everyone, call this LAWYER, Geoffrey Fieger in Soutfield mi, i am calling him tomorrow, i am going to try and convince him into taking us on, he is famous and notorious for going after big companys, why not the DEA? So, join me, i am going to do something about this, today was the first day of my decision. To hell with the DEA and there discrimination! I want to live my life in a tolerable way!