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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My son suffers from sickle cell disease he goes to howard hospital he is 19 now and on that 3north they don't treat them right and I need someone to talk to please
Just received and responded to canned emails from both Sen. Feinstein and Congressman Bera.
Both seem to miss the point in their form responses that sound like they came right off their web sites. Nice they could get back to me, us. I am tired of hearing that the 15,000 accidental OD's are responsible for being the tipping point. Again, those numbers don't accurately tell the story. Illegal drugs and alcohol more than likely played a large part--mixing of drugs--in the "accidental" OD of those 10-15,000 individuals. Not just pills. Nobody mentions the diversion, illegal diversion of thousands of pills every year. The DEA thinks that you and I, the ones in pain, are the ones diverting the pills, and not the criminals who rob the transports. The re-classification of HCP's to class II, along side cocaine, is the most ridiculous law to come out of the "tricky Dick" DEA. Talk about diversion in thinking and acting. They want to make public look like they are doing something about the problem of drugs in this country. Prohibition is not the answer!!!! Education and rehabilitation are the answers. Just not the answer the government wants to hear or plan for. Nope! Taking care of pain is not longer on the agenda. The government is the new MD and Rx. They don't have a license or experience to treat and have never cared for people in chronic pain. Nobody cares!!! Nobody Cares!!! Not the senator. Not the congressman. Not the president. Nobody with any power to change things gives a damn! they are all in it together. Save their chairs, seats, and positions of power, so back the legislation without thinking. That is the kind of thinking that brought us Prohibition, the rules on Sudafed(2006 which haven't changed meth use much at all---all tied to the Patriot act), The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the original war on drugs under tricky Dick....if any of you remember Dick Nixon, the father of the war on drugs. I am mad at the people who brought us here and the ones who have come between me and my physician-----senators, congressmen, the FDA, and the DEA.
After 2 failed back surgeries, I live in constant pain. Now I will suffer more, I work a full time job, I try to contribute to society. I take my medication and do not feel anything off of it, except pain relief. No high. I am being treated as a second class citizen because of our healthcare system and the oversight committee. I am seriously considering a lawsuit.
I have suffered from chronic pain after a work injury in 2009. Surgery only corrected half of it. I still have terrible nerve pain down my left hip and left leg. The pain med my doctor prescribes is what gets me through my work days. Without it I would have had to quit years ago and taken a lower paying job that would still cause me pain. I need to work, I am only 32. The medication I take has been demonized lately by the government but that is so unfair to chronic pain sufferers. I have never experienced any negative side effects while taking it. All it has ever brought me is relief. This year I have had to jump through rings of fire to get my prescription filled and can't have refills anymore so I have to see my doctor every 4 weeks. I can handle the increased doctor visits but I shouldn't be made to feel like a criminal for taking a pain medication that truly helps me and helps many others who suffer chronic pain on a daily basis.
I jumped through all the hoops, I took the pee test, and now my doctor said that the Norco did not show up in the test? What the hell? Clearly the lab made a mistake because I take 1 Norco 3 times a day, every day, for chronic pain. Why didn't it show up in their damn test? And that is reason to cut me off? The doctor looks at me like I'm a criminal. I'm cut off now, because their lab screwed up somehow? How am I going to get up at 4 am and function to get to work with the chronic pain that the medication helped me with? How can I continue to be a productive citizen? This is so wrong, on so many levels.
The VA caused a stroke for me while I was recovering from liver transplant.I have constant pain from the surgery scar and the stroke. I also slipped and broke my instep and knee and tore Acl on my stroke side, and middle finger on my good hand. The VA prescribed my pain medicine for 9 years and last year I got assigned a new doctor who without meeting me or examining me stated by cutter my meds in half. And down to zero. I protested in writing, requested a new doctor even wrote my medical director and patient advocate, both senators, nothing. No answer. I finally was forced to find a civilian pain specialist at a higher cost to be free of pain. This needs to end! I don't want pot or side-effect laden(gabapentin) which doesn't work and can caused suicidal or homicidal depression. All I did wrong was get sick!
I am a 56 year old woman who has had four back surgeries (three of them last year). I also suffer from chronic arthritis in my spine. It costs me a small fortune to visit a pain care doctor every month. They are considered a specialist.

I can totally understand why law abiding citizens would actually turn to street drugs.

If a licensed physician makes a decision to treat their patients with a specific drug I think the government needs to stay out of it. If there is a problem with the doctor go after them. Not the people who need the medication(s).

There is no "cure" for my pain. Physical therapy isn't an option for me either. (Not affordable for most people either. At $45 a session and two or three visits a week you could buy a small farm.)

There needs to be something in place for LEGITIMATE CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERERS.
I have done everything my pain management doctor has told me and I am still in pain. His comment was "Well I don't know what to tell you"!
I didn't ask for this pain and I am not a DRUG ADDICT. I just want my pain controlled. Because of these new laws more people are going to end up filing for disability because we are in too much pain to work.
Trying to get your prescription filled is worse than trying to find gas after a hurricane!
It is not fair that other who have real pain are being made to suffer because of a few that have abused pain medication.
The same story all of you have.. I can barley walk with out my pain meds but my pharmacy strait out told me they won't fill my script because of the dea.. Wtf am I supposed to do now. ?? I'm crippled up in the worst way.. !!!!
How would you like an ice pick shoved into your groin, or a propane torch burning the same area. Well that is the pain I feel every day since a botched ingroinial hernia operation damaged nerves inside my body. Without the pain pills I can't live, plain and simple. Does the DEA understand or even care, no, they've been fighting a losing battle on drugs for years. All the money they have wasted could have been put to good use, for research to help people like me who through no fault of there own are forced to take pain medication. You idiots are killing the messenger, as usual, providing new ways for the Mexican mofia to make money and kill thousands of more people. Leave me and my doctor alone or face the consequences. I have a constitutional right to the pursuit of happiness and without medication to ease my pain I will have no life at all.
I am a victim of the same exact stories I am petitioning for; it is as if the statements by "REAL PATIENTS" herein, just copied almost verbatim exactly what I am being exposed to. I fear that just "SCREAMING FOR HELP", in this forum, will cause the "forces that be" to target me even further, regardless of the fact that I am a patient with extensive, real, documented, verified, medical problems, & with no regard to my care, safety or the causation of increasing &/or adding to said medical conditions. This very writing should never even have a need to take place. Hospitals new H/C oath is this: DO NO HARM TO THIS FACILITY (or its affiliates), document only records that are in the interest of the "HOSPITALS BEST FINANCIAL INTEREST", even if that means lying or altering patients records intentionally; never interfere w/the "HOSPITALS BEST INTEREST IN MIND", always seek to destroy ANYTHING that is not in the BEST INTEREST OF THE HOSPITAL, beit perceived or intentional, Seek to DESTROY ANY PATIENTS integrity if beit by your preconceived notion or non factual circumstances ( even if said documented history is of our own creation, & contradicts our own medical findings or discoveries of any illnesses is of our own findings) if said patient is perceived to be a threat to THE INSTITUTION BY WHICH YOU ARE REQUESTING TO MAINTAIN YOUR LICENSURE, and ALWAYS MAINTAIN A CONSTANT THREAT to the patient by any means necessary, ( even after the patient is no longer under OUR CARE), in order to prevent any possibility of the patient holding US, YOUR LICENSURE, liable for any negative repercussions of our actions while patient was under our care, even "THROUGH", & until, the law exempts us from any "LIABILITY OF OUR ACTIONS", "THEN", as A PRESENTATION & HISTORICAL DISPLAY" (concealing self interest & for purposes of public show & CUSTOMS), we will now "TAKE WHAT IS PUBLICLY KNOWN as the HIPPOCRATIC OATH, First=TO DO NO HARM..& by secretive extension to this oath, you hereby agree that upon receipt of YOUR HOSPITAL LICENSE (granting you authority to access us,& our facilities & our space, & our equipment & our name, by which is normal & legal as an entity to hereby practice your chosen craft) The "DO NO HARM" SPECIFICALLY COMMANDS ALL OF THE AFOREMENTIONED.. It took tears to write this correctly, not just as a victim of my constant & overwhelming pain, but also that this is such a reality to not just myself but possibly millions of others that I hoped to speak on their behalf, that we are now LABELED as CRIMINALS, DRUG ADDICTS, LOWLIFES, 3rd class citizens of THESE GREAT UNITED STATES, undeserving the attention that is thrust upon us in such a negative light, that one often more everyday, that we would rather CHOOSE TO DIE than try to cope with the negative spotlight we find ourselves in, all to which all our crime is, & it is viewed upon as such, is the fact that we are physically &/or ( in most cases both) in chronic & extreme pain as a result of medical afflicti
I am a victim of the same exact stories I am petitioning for; it is as if the statements by "REAL PATIENTS" herein, just copied almost verbatim exactly what I am being exposed to. I fear that just "SCREAMING FOR HELP", in this forum, will cause the "forces that be" to target me even further, regardless of the fact that I am a patient with extensive, real, documented, verified, medical problems, & with no regard to my care, safety or the causation of increasing &/or adding to said medical conditions. This very writing should never even have a need to take place. Hospitals new H/C oath is this: DO NO HARM TO THIS FACILITY (or its affiliates), document only records that are in the interest of the "HOSPITALS BEST FINANCIAL INTEREST", even if that means lying or altering patients records intentionally; never interfere w/the "HOSPITALS BEST INTEREST IN MIND", always seek to destroy ANYTHING that is not in the BEST INTEREST OF THE HOSPITAL, beit perceived or intentional, Seek to DESTROY ANY PATIENTS integrity if beit by your preconceived notion or non factual circumstances ( even if said documented history is of our own creation, & contradicts our own medical findings or discoveries of any illnesses is of our own findings) if said patient is perceived to be a threat to THE INSTITUTION BY WHICH YOU ARE REQUESTING TO MAINTAIN YOUR LICENSURE, and ALWAYS MAINTAIN A CONSTANT THREAT to the patient by any means necessary, ( even after the patient is no longer under OUR CARE), in order to prevent any possibility of the patient holding US, YOUR LICENSURE, liable for any negative repercussions of our actions while patient was under our care, even "THROUGH", & until, the law exempts us from any "LIABILITY OF OUR ACTIONS", "THEN", as A PRESENTATION & HISTORICAL DISPLAY" (concealing self interest & for purposes of public show & CUSTOMS), we will now "TAKE WHAT IS PUBLICLY KNOWN as the HIPPOCRATIC OATH, First=TO DO NO HARM..& by secretive extension to this oath, you hereby agree that upon receipt of YOUR HOSPITAL LICENSE (granting you authority to access us,& our facilities & our space, & our equipment & our name, by which is normal & legal as an entity to hereby practice your chosen craft) The "DO NO HARM" SPECIFICALLY COMMANDS ALL OF THE AFOREMENTIONED.. It took tears to write this correctly, not just as a victim of my constant & overwhelming pain, but also that this is such a reality to not just myself but possibly millions of others that I hoped to speak on their behalf, that we are now LABELED as CRIMINALS, DRUG ADDICTS, LOWLIFES, 3rd class citizens of THESE GREAT UNITED STATES, undeserving the attention that is thrust upon us in such a negative light, that one often more everyday, that we would rather CHOOSE TO DIE than try to cope with the negative spotlight we find ourselves in, all to which all our crime is, & it is viewed upon as such, is the fact that we are physically &/or ( in most cases both) in chronic & extreme pain as a result of medical afflicti