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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Being allergic to NSAIDS is a sure sign of addiction? People can be allergic to anything and allergies are more prevalent now than ever. Leaving thousands to suffer because someone somewhere without a medical license thinks they know better than a patients Doctor is insanity. I believe this is bureaucratic practicing without a license.
This has gone too far someone needs to help defend other pain patients who are not even able to stand up for themselves. This is supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave but, nobody gets a say in their own healthcare and everyone in the medical field is afraid to write prescriptions to chronic pain patients. How can anyone with chronic pain pursue a happy life with out effective relief. ice pack and advil....... get real.
It is EASY to distinguish between an addict and one who uses their pain medication as prescribed a LOOK at the patients History, then treat each patient with compassion and respect accordingly!
Unintentionally these new regulation are forcing people to suffer terribly.
I believe these new policies are forcing people to street drugs,which is the true problem in the first place.
Treat addition if it's an issue,dobt force harm on the elderly and chronically ill.
I have been in constant pain for over 15 yrs. I've had ulcers, so I am not to take most over the counter pain relief. Being addicted to a pain medicine that helped me would be like being addicted to food. At my age addiction is the least of my worries. I'm much more concerned if I will be able to cook, wash dishes, or vacuum on any given day. I would really like to start to functioning instead of being someone's burden.
I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia,and arthritis 20 years ago . It all started with a head on collision when I was 21. I am 51 now. I lived with pain most of my life until 7 years ago, pain was too much to bear. I do what my specialist tells me to do, nothing help. He put me on opioids 3 years ago. First I lived with a diagnosis which no one believed and now when it has its own ICD 10 code, you want to take away the only thing that keeps the edge off my pain?. I am a voter, and a tax payer. I am raising 2 children ( i hide my meds, so no one knows I take them). This is so no one takes my prescription pain meds. What you are forcing us to is life of pain, which I do not want to endure.
I am a 57 year old woman and have suffered with Multiple Sclerosis for over seven years now. The best way to describe my pain is to pour gasoline all over your skeletal bones and light them on fire! I started on a low dosage of pain medication due to the fact there is no cure for MS and I didn't want to build up a resistance to a pain medication to soon, the whole time thinking if it gets worse I can increase my pain medicine. Now that the Government has decided to let DEA act as our doctors I am without hope. DEA go out and deal with the drug dealers , go out and do your job but people suffering in need of pain medication from their Doctor is not your area. These Doctors have given much of their life to medical study to practice! It is simply the most ridiculous, dictated law the government has ever come up with! Because some other person either mentally distraught killed them self or a bad criminal apple in the bunch sold his medication I have to live in horrible pain for the rest of my life! So do I kill myself or become the criminal buying my pain medication off the street? All the people that passed this Dictative Judgemental Stupid Law .. I wish my affliction disease that I never would have wished on another soul .. I wish it on you!! I will be the 60 year old grandma you arrest and make the newspapers for drug dealing when I am caught buying them on the street!! I will be the citizen here no one cared about and have to leave the country for medication! Boy was I born in the wrong century , wish I could go buy a bottle of Laudanum from back in the western days!! Oh speaking of that Laudanum sold over the counter ... where were all the druggies then? This is all a bunch of BS and needs to be fixed or I might be one of the pain killer users that you do a study on in 10 years to see how many people decided suicide rather than live in pain! Opiants might cause constipation .. but the law allows 100 different drugs on commercials for heartburn or arthritis that has so many side effects even death, or a drug that 5 or 10 years later they are saying if you have taken this drug please call this lawyer! This better get fixed and fast before the citizens of this country gets fed up!
Suffering or pain should never be a option
Beaurocrats have no rights to tell Doctors how to do their jobs. All of Congress,Senators,Rep...etc. are all insured to the fullest with our Tax Dollars and yet want to regulate Our Country's patients pain meds? This must be stopped in it's tracks NOW!