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 would like to say as a chronic pain patient with 4 bulging disk in my back and and 2 disk's have 2 degenerative disk's in my lower back and 2 bulging in my neck with bone spurs. And I can't get the pain meds I need anymore so that leaves me with no life but lots of pain and it's not far that people with ligitment pain with mri's can't get there pain meds and now they have the drug mortering system it should make things easyer buy the DAMN DEA needs to but out of this so people with legitimate pain can live a some what decent life. The dea needs to deal with real drug dealers and leave us alone but it to bad they have bullied all the pharmacy's but it needs to be fixed soon and people need to do a class action lawsuit to tell DEA.
Make the decision for yourselves and your health, not mine or others.
Ive been strong most of my life.Worked since i was 13yrs old. College educated. I became ill when i was workin.Rheomtoid,Diabetes, degenerative disc, ended up getting fired for calling in sick.I applied for SS and i retired. I was put on many steriods and pain pills. It helped my life tremendously.I could walk again and be with my children n grandchildren.I had a life and i was happy. Now I got cut off my pain medicines.Its been 7 Months now and no doctor will even give me Tylenol or ibuprofen!I'm back in isolation in bed. I can walk or do normal stuff like hold a coffe cup.Type hurts my fingers. I'm treated like my pain is a lie. even though I've been diagnosed . I want to die or hope to die to end this excruciating pain.
Im a 55 yr.old conic pain patient.I've had ,9 (nine) total hip replacement s!
I was ran over @ 15 yrs of age.
We don't choose this type of life.
We just try to make the best of it. The label we receive at times are not
Fair.just like the label we reciprocate ya'll with! We're not the bad guys. Just
the hurt one's.
The medication that I was taking is suddenly unavailable to me,it was cut in half.I was on same dose for twelve to fifteen years.
I have had four major spine surgeries and I cannot stand or walk/failed surgeries over 40 years.i was an athlete,no drugs and my spine is destroyed.
My wife and son have abandoned me.So I live alone in a condo with my dog and pay people to grocery shop,walk my dog.
I was a successful investment broker and near Olympic type boxer,weightlifter,a Horatio Alger story.
Without 3-5 pills a day taken away in an America that I do not recognize.
If my beloved Father were here he would tell you...."Danny does not care for any pills."
This is ridiculous that the DEA has control, I agree it is none of their business and for when I go in to talk to the doctor and be labeled behind my back, PLEASE You try going through the pain as much as I put up with it, what happened to doctors treating patients right! This right here isn't, like I always say I have a lot more better things to do in my day then to go see the doctor, if you think if something that I already have like ibuprofen, Morton worked for me I sure in the hell wouldn't go see the doctor! I know my body, I know how much pain i can handle, but when I go in to go get help and finally now from a surgeon agrees with me, i understand that their are people out there too look out for, but if you had to go through the pain I deal with everyday you would agree with me that it affects the daily activity's and that label would change, just know that most people including me out there shouldn't have to have labels be put on us. It's not right, we never asked to have back problems, or knee pains that will affect most of us for the rest of our life. We need a change specially for the ones who suffer Real joint, knee ect... Pains. I don't ever encourage pain medicine use or any other medicines but now that I experience it, I know how it feels to suffer from knee pain and have the same go on with my other knee and have to live with that for the rest of my life.
I've had three back surgery's and the pain before during and for a time after, the pain was unbearable. If these people want to put pressure of doctors who help chronic pain patients, I pray to God that they have to endure the same pain but with nothing to control the pain. Let them see what's going on. You can't play God and expect that what you put out won't come back around.
Im am a nurse in california. I am appalled at the DEA and am super mad that they have any rights to your medical records at your own dr office and pharmacy. Pain is the 5th vital sign. It is none of there business what u take or why you take whatever you have been prescribed. Americans must stand up and fight for their right to pain control. Thwy are not professionals in the healthcare field and as such should have no say or access to your records. If you are in pain you deserve relief and if your doctor is trained to control your pain then thats his job. This must come to an end. Frustrated and mad. Where is our privacy
Doctors who ignore or turn their backs on patients with chronic pain, push us into an unbearable corner. I have personal experience of being turned away and made to feel like a drug seeker as opposed to a patient seeking pain relief! It drives the patient deeper into depression. I've isolated myself all summer. My house, family,friends, finances & marriage are falling apart. I was successful in my career prior to my back injury. I never did drugs before in my life until my failed back surgery. I was prescribed better pain medications when I only had 1 bulged disc. After surgery, I leaked CSF fluid for 24 days before the surgeon agreed to schedule an MRI. Every call I made to him complaining of the typical spinal headache and increased pain, made me feel like a drug seeker. Since the botched surgery, I now have 3 herniated discs, one of which is broken and pinching L5 sI nerve. I feel like my chart is flagged that I am nothing but a drug seeker. My surgeon, family doctor and physical therapist all feel I need pain management doctor. My pm doctor told me I need to learn how to deal with my pain and move on with my life. So, I lay in my bed and cry. I can see why people turn to drug dealers on the street. And...I'm close to calling my ex-brother in law and asking HIM for help. Atleast I know I wont be turned away.
This country is not about freedoms it is about small but powerful elitists who think they can decide what is best for us we are able to and should be allowed to go to a dr and not have to beg for pain medications if there is documented proof and evidence just remember the universe will decide the fate of egotistical cowardly individuals.
I was told in 1994 I had severe scoliosis & sciatica & after a # of years chronic lumbar sacro with osteoarthritis I'm not an addict so I'm rarely proscribed any pain pills or take any pain pills ever I took 1 whole or 1/2 nor co for 2 weeks cause now I have AS spondylitis & Dr. says I he can't give me pain pills cause their addicting .The pain is unbearable mostly at night .I know my symptoms cause me to think of surgery now often.I think cause my body can't deliver nutrients it needs so I'm going bald now .