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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I've been blessed with a caring physician for the 20 years since being diagnosed with Polymyositis, Scleroderma, and Lupus-Mixed Connective Tissue Disease. The more Prednisone I took, the less the pain-BUT, Prednisone as caused Hypertension, Diabetes, severe Osteoporosis (I have had a fractured hip, pelvis, foot, leg, and numerous spinal fractures, all between age 55 and 65. So about 8 yrs ago my Rheumatologist weaned my Prednisone down to 4mg. That got me off insulin and blood pressure medication. To give pain relief I was given low dose ocycontin. As a RESPONSIBLE, CONTROLLING, woman, as well as a RN, I have NEVER allowed myself to be controlled by ANY substance. I knew to take a "vacation" from the meds- and be in bed the entire time. Now the CDC and the Federal government wants to take away my quality of life!
Torture is a crime , by not allowing doctors to treat pain is torture at your hands . This is the biggest hate crime directed at disabled people in chronic pain . I no longer trust or respect doctors because of your actions. A person can only take so much torture before their brain breaks . Cannibis needs to be legalized because it is my doctor now . I will not take any more fda poisons this is my pain not yours .
Throat cancer patient and I also have venous ulcers on lower legs from blood insufficiency. The pharmacist called my doctor because I wanted to get my pain med filled 6 days early. I can't even eat because of the inoperable tumor in my throat. Now my doctor won't write me anything for pain. But they did give me a name of a pain Dr. I can't go to one Dr for this and another Dr for that. I just don't have the strength. Maybe the pharmacist should become a cop since he tried to be one. What can I do?
What can I do to join this fight for our right to medications that give us some kind of hope for a life without being stuck at home, in bed, in depression! I have been on pain meds for now 7 years! I am blessed to have my pain Doctor for now but when she is gone what will happen to me who can I see that will continue my scripts? Who will? Please let me know! We need to all stand up and get together and fight this so that patients do not have fear in losing their meds, fear of losing their doctors that help, fear of not having anyone help you when you lose your doctor and have no way to pick up your scripts and have to suffer tremendous withdrawals that can ultimately make you wanna kill yourself! How many patients have given up? All these people who suffer from pain and have fear in just getting their scripts to be able to live the remainder of their life pain free and not stuck at home in bed in depression and torture! They are making so many people live in so much pain in torturing pain! Why????? What can I do
To help pass a new law that protects all patients that legitimately take pain meds to be finally free and not fear for their life or have to suffer!
Anyone know what we can do? Are these petitions gonna help? Should we march in Washington like Martin Luther King did? Maybe it's time we all stand up and get this together and March for our right to be pain free and to have a new law that protects all doctors from freely helping legitimate patients their pain meds! My email is here if not here it is: Jenniferpyon@comcast.net. Anyone here know or have any ideas please email me and let me know how I can help in getting all of us! I am
Sick of reading so many peoples struggles to get pain free! All these other mothers with children that can't even spend time with them and just can't give their kids 100% cuz of pain and having their family see them suffer and wither away its just too much! All these men who fought for this country and risked their lives come back with pain and also can't find any doctor that can give them this pain relief! What about their sacrifice and life? Now they come back home to another war and another battle! Is this fair! No it's not it's gotta stop before we run out of all our doctors! Soon none will be around to help anyone! More and more will no longer see a pain patient! As soon as you call a pain hospital yeah they seem so sincere about accepting new patients but right when you tell them you need someone who can continue your pain management it's game over! Their voice immediately changes and guess what they say sorry they don't prescribe any pain meds! So
Why be called a pain Doctor or pain management so and so? If you can't even help a pain patient? What the heck is that? They are there to help us
To manage and live pain free but they can't or won't give you pain meds! What the heck is wrong with this picture! It's gotta stop and we need to
All get together and finally Push for a change so that we don't continue to hear about all these pain patients tell their stories of suffering and we can all write about how much better our life is pain free!
What can I do to join this fight for our right to medications that give us some kind of hope for a life without being stuck at home, in bed, in depression! I have been on pain meds for now 7 years! I am blessed to have my pain Doctor for now but when she is gone what will happen to me who can I see that will continue my scripts? Who will? Please let me know! We need to all stand up and get together and fight this so that patients do not have fear in losing their meds, fear of losing their doctors that help, fear of not having anyone help you when you lose your doctor and have no way to pick up your scripts and have to suffer tremendous withdrawals that can ultimately make you wanna kill yourself! How many patients have given up? All these people who suffer from pain and have fear in just getting their scripts to be able to live the remainder of their life pain free and not stuck at home in bed in depression and torture! They are making so many people live in so much pain in torturing pain! Why????? What can I do
To help pass a new law that protects all patients that legitimately take pain meds to be finally free and not fear for their life or have to suffer!
First of all I am tired of these beaurocrats & dr's labeling people because of what a few do. I have never Ben addicted to anything in my life & am tired of them labeling me as such. They should base my medical care on my history not the history of a few others out there. My history has nothing to do with theirs.
That being said I am sitting here and in the last 3 wks have been to 2 dr's. I am coughing (asthma variant cough) & have been for 3 going on 4 weeks. Anyone know the frustration of having a asthma cough day & night not being able to sleep for nights in end & breathe with every breath! I called & talked to the dr & was refused prescription cough syrup! I was given Tussen pearls which have absolutely no impact. I am taking them pretty much like candy & none work!
Anyone who knows about asthma knows it is a dangerous sickness that not given the right help or meds can lead to death & yet no one cares to give the correct meds to stop the cough because of being fearful. It comes pretty much down to this dr's made an oath to care for their patients to the best they can. I say "it is where the loyalty lies" & it is not with their patients. Give them one day in my shoes!
I have suffered chronic daily pain, in many areas, for most of my life. I am 29 years old, and just made myself "push through" the pain every day to work and graduate college, usually I would collapse from pain and exhaustion by the time I got home, and had to isolate myself most of the time. It got so bad that I could no longer do this, I left my job, moved in with my mom, and went on disability. I have absolutely no life at all, never leave my house except for doctors appts, can't even drive anymore. I can't get anyone to treat my pain at all tho. I have tried every alternative there is, suffered through awful side effects, researched as much as possible even though my pain is worsened by looking at my computer, and I'm still told I can't even have meds to treat my pain once a week. I was just hospitalized for another 4 day treatment for my pain which did nothing. I have tried every single thing available to me (literally dozens of meds and alternative treatments without the slightest relief), and the only thing that helps some is pain meds in the ER.

I honestly don't know what I'm going to do if something isn't changed soon. We as chronic pain patients need to be looked at as people, as individuals, who are suffering and just want some quality of life back. I have never abused drugs, always did everything just as the doctors told me to, always followed up with my doctor when I was told to, yet I can't get any help. I break down crying now when I talk to doctors because this is too much to keep suffering through. The pain prevents me from sleeping, but instead of treating this pain, I am put on high doses of various meds that just knock me out, but don't provide rest. I had a brief period of relief while on methadone, but I am now denied that medication even though it greatly improved 2 of my issues causing pain. I cry all the time out of pain and frustration, but am just stuck. There needs to be a better understanding of the severity of chronic pain, and the ways these patients can get real pain relief. It isn't fair to label everyone a drug addict. After various treatments and after surgery, when I was on pain meds, I never showed a single sign of addiction to the meds. Once I no longer needed them for that condition, I was off them and just fine. I just want my history to be looked at and acknowledged when discussing pain relief and when considering pain meds for that relief. I am just tired of being blamed for those few unethical doctors who prescribed pain meds to those who didn't need them, causing addiction problems. That is a real issue, but it shouldn't be blamed on my need for relief....
There is a huge difference between Dependency and Addiction !
As being on the bad end of the stick with getting real treatable help and knowing if they do not treat my pain now it will become a bigger problem in the hear future. It has been documented if you choose to ignore pain or not treat the pain it will be worse for us in the long run. I myself am looking forward to a life of pain that is not on the pain scale, to which i just can do nothing but cry and just all of a sudden wake up a couple hours later wondering how i fell asleep or was it falling asleep. I need ot control the pain and it will always be a part of me. I have been hit by a doc for a time when I was not able to answer what he wanted and he said I was faking it. I had a severe issue with back pain dec 31 and within a month and a half i was told i was crazy for being semi comatose. I did look it up. I still to this day feel horrible for I was treated with abusive treatment over me having pain issues and what comes with the rest of my disease. Why can't we at least get the one thing we can get help with our pain given to us. I am not asking for me not to go through hoops, for we do all the time, I am asking for dignity from those who label people and pain is the worst thing to have for you will always be an addict. If I had cancer would it make it better for you. I have seen pain that reaches to the very inner being of my soul and it just crushes my muscles and other things which is the after affects of what pain does. I will say this bluntly, wanna get hit by a truck and survive with the pain you would get if you lived? how about this try taking a hammer and hitting your back a few times hard...my days are filled with when will this feeling come back. How will I explain it to them without crying or getting angry because pain is so bad it does that. Please for us and all of us who are sitting here telling you it is no fun. remember it could hit you and you are paving the way to a future where you will one day maybe be like us and of you are I give you less than a week before you say what can i have for the pain. Actually when you feel that type of pain you may not be able to think straight or get through your day. The bed will be your friend, along with warm baths to the point you cant stand it. I also have to sit up some time, I have to get groceries for the family, and yet you all speak about us being addicts. i use a rollater now. i cannot go without one. between the muscle spasms just started in my legs and lower half, and the nerve pain, and hte herniation sitting on my nerves be me and let me be you. Then i would not be here wondering how I can make it past the nest day or the next day. I think of suicide and it is because the pain is horrible and I feel like literal crap, when I have to decide what is better staying in bed or not doing the things I should or want to do because I cannot get the lifesaving meds for me. These are lifesaving for many. I am one of them. i have a better QOL (QUALITY OF LIFE IS WHAT IT MEANS) do you know wh
I think the law should be changed all the DEA has done is keep people that really needs medication from getting it They shouldvdo a little research I read a article on that said over dosages from pain medication has went down but never mentioned how many other over dosages from heroin , meth and how many other dangerous drugs have been invented since the change I don't CV think the DEA realizes that these true drug addicts are going to get their high regardless what they have to do I know I live in a rural area that you never heard of drugs like heroine ,meth, and flakka niw we here of over dosages everyday even several shooting over drugs usually heroine if they are not something done its not going to be safe for anyone now you hear on the news people waiting outside the drug store to rob people are of their medication or people breaking in on people to rob them they think have medicine These new laws have more than doubled the crime not to mention how many diseases they created I know hepatitis has had to tripled because of the needle use don't they know that a drug addict will get there fix no matter what they have to do why cant they make it legal like they due sinus medication that people could buy so many lortab 500 a month I'm sure that the crime rate and diseases would go down it would be hard for people to over dose on that lower dose of pain medicine but I think they know the crime would go down and they wouldn't have all that money coming in if something isn't done I don't see where they are going to put all the criminals you know if they would legalize lortab 500 it would solve so many problems the DEA has created everything the druggies arebusing are alot worse them a pain pill just because they made them harder to get the druggies CV are just going to get something else alot worse than what they were getting all the DEA done was make it harder for people that needs them unable to get them its awful that one have to punish because the DEA says they can't have the medicine they need
I think the law should be changed all the DEA has done is keep people that really needs medication from getting it They shouldvdo a little research I read a article on that said over dosages from pain medication has went down but never mentioned how many other over dosages from heroin , meth and how many other dangerous drugs have been invented since the change I don't CV think the DEA realizes that these true drug addicts are going to get their high regardless what they have to do I know I live in a rural area that you never heard of drugs like heroine ,meth, and flakka niw we here of over dosages everyday even several shooting over drugs usually heroine if they are not something done its not going to be safe for anyone now you hear on the news people waiting outside the drug store to rob people are of their medication or people breaking in on people to rob them they think have medicine These new laws have more than doubled the crime not to mention how many diseases they created I know hepatitis has had to tripled because of the needle use don't they know that a drug addict will get there fix no matter what they have to do why cant they make it legal like they due sinus medication that people could buy so many lortab 500 a month I'm sure that the crime rate and diseases would go down it would be hard for people to over dose on that lower dose of pain medicine but I think they know the crime would go down and they wouldn't have all that money coming in if something isn't done I don't see where they are going to put all the criminals you know if they would legalize lortab 500 it would solve so many problems the DEA has created everything the druggies arebusing are alot worse them a pain pill just because they made them harder to get the druggies CV are just going to get something else alot worse than what they were getting all the DEA done was make it harder for people that needs them unable to get them its awful that one have to punish because the DEA says they can't have the medicine they need