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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Unless you have experienced chronic pain for years, you have no idea what it does to a person. I used to keep my house clean, go to activities with my kids and have a normal life. Now all I can do is go to work at my desk job (which I am very fortunate to have) and come home. My house is always a mess and needs cleaned very badly. I cannot do what I need to do because I am exhausted from being in pain all the time. Medication allows people to get their lives back, but that doesn't seem to matter. Some conditions can only be treated with medication on a long term basis. That is just the way it is. Like it or not. I have tried physical therapy, epidurals, trigger point injections, the works. I still have pain that is only controlled by medications. People like me are treated like criminals because we need medication to function in our daily lives. It's sad that we are condemned to this existence of constant pain because of governmental policy. I have plenty of medical documentation to prove that I am in pain every day. Want to know why heroin use is skyrocketing? Because people will do anything to be out of pain. The lack of pain management is driving thousands of desperate people to try anything to stay out of pain.
i see a lot of comments from different states but not from New Jersey. I am one of these patients in need of these Meds for some sort or everyday life. They aren't sure I can even have kids because my fiancée is afraid my lower bad would give out I'm that close to being paralyzed. However not only am I ****ed over this bull******over pill mills but drs not taking my insurance put into effect by the government that no one takes. I was receiving tri care due to my parents and I was disabled before I was dropped which was the rules so I thought I have submitted everything I have to get it back to prove I need care but I still don't fit the bill which I think is bull because even the state doesn't think there is anything wrong with me I'm not saying it should be relaxed but certain information from other should be taken with a grain of salt because those are the ones milking the system ruining it for others who truly need it. I'm barely making it by as it is but also putting up my own money for my drs is getting so far from what it should be you got millionaires making decisions on capital hill which get the best care possible while even a military's family doesn't get the best care it should be reversed they defended YOUR country but they get a shake of the hand maybe a pension and a have a nice day I NEED this medication or I'm just a sloth on the couch no normal life for me thanks I do hope one day something better happens but with greedy suits on capital hill idk what good there is unless that first changes
This is absolutely ridiculous. I know (and am 1 of the people) who suffer from chronic pain which is a real every day struggle for us. Why are the DEA/Congress/State officials not going after the criminals instead of the patients that are in dire need of these medications to live a normal life is beyond disgusting. I have had l4 l5 disc surgery, have severe degenerative spinal disease, and barely get enough medication to get by being a stay at home mom of 2 toddlers. (A lot more difficult than you sexist pigs may think) You have no ****ing clue how much agony I am in at times. Especially when I have to go from pharmacy to pharmacy hoping they have my medication, but already knowing the answer. (I'm sorry we're out) Passing by parks on the way, wishing that I was there with my children having fun instead of looking for a god damn magical unicorn. I know other people with similar ailments that have the same issues every month. I have been to 12 different pharmacies in a single day that apparently have no stock of the Norco I am prescribed. It's not a large amount either. Also, these ever changing rules need to cease. Stick with a set of rules so you don't scare doctors, pharmacists, and demoralize people in legitimate pain. You are ruining people's quality of life every single day. So here's a big **** YOU to the DEA/Congress/State Officials that ruin our quality of lives and violate our privacy, as well as the Doctors all while trying to turn pharmacists into policemen. You people are ****ing uncompassionate retards that need to do real police work instead of ****ing everything up for good, tax paying citizens. You are all filthy animals that are doing more harm than good. Do your ****ing jobs instead of sitting behind a desk. We pay you... Remember that.
This is absolutely ridiculous. I know (and am 1 of the people) who suffer from chronic pain which is a real every day struggle for us. Why are the DEA/Congress/State officials not going after the criminals instead of the patients that are in dire need of these medications to live a normal life is beyond disgusting. I have had l4 l5 disc surgery, have severe degenerative spinal disease, and barely get enough medication to get by being a stay at home mom of 2 toddlers. (A lot more difficult than you sexist pigs may think) You have no ****ing clue how much agony I am in at times. Especially when I have to go from pharmacy to pharmacy hoping they have my medication, but already knowing the answer. (I'm sorry we're out) Passing by parks on the way, wishing that I was there with my children having fun instead of looking for a god damn magical unicorn. I know other people with similar ailments that have the same issues every month. I have been to 12 different pharmacies in a single day that apparently have no stock of the Norco I am prescribed. It's not a large amount either. Also, these ever changing rules need to cease. Stick with a set of rules so you don't scare doctors, pharmacists, and demoralize people in legitimate pain. You are ruining people's quality of life every single day. So here's a big **** YOU to the DEA/Congress/State Officials that ruin our quality of lives and violate our privacy, as well as the Doctors all while trying to turn pharmacists into policemen. You people are ****ing uncompassionate retards that need to do real police work instead of ****ing everything up for good, tax paying citizens. You are all filthy animals that are doing more harm than good. Do your ****ing jobs instead of sitting behind a desk. We pay you... Remember that.
What about petitions against CVS & Walgreens who won't fill our prescription when we finally get done jumping through the hoops with doctors? What is wrong with this society, have we completely lost our sense of compassion?! My poor elderly neighbor can't even walk & yet she's treated horribly by both CVS and Walgreens both. This is unbelievable! Seriously?! Since when do we punish the innocent because of the crimes of a few? The state of affairs, at least in Florida, is disgusting & I'm ashamed to call myself an American when it comes to this.
Since 1999 , I 've been suffering from Rheumetoid Arthritis,, 16 years of fighting I just want my doctors plural to be able to do what is less convient for insurance companies, pharamacies and government!!!!!!! Let senior citizens know what's best and do not restrict my medical doctors
you have made a lot of people suffer who have chronic pain. I cannot believe that the ignorance you people in Congress and the president have you have made in Florida the worst things get worse. there's been a lot of drug abuse in Florida with young children and vice versa. the people with the health issues that have pain can't get their medication witness this. the people who are drug dealers with all the cash seem to walk into the pharmacies with their money and walk out with their pain medication I have seen this time and time again I have insurance they won't refuse your insurance that should be against the law dumbasses your dumb if you even believe in him.like I said you've hurt the people that are suffering and you put more cash and the drug dealers pocket how come you do not see this you're hurting people who are in pain and I'm sorry this is not right you are not God quit trying to plug it up there and do it right cuz you're not you're making it worse down in Florida the drug dealers are getting the drugs not the people who are in pain with insurance they go on with cash they pay with cash I don't have that kind of money and you know what the pills that you're trying to control only cost 50 cents the pharmacies are now a new drugcharge more money than the pharmacy cuz they got the cash to go in and get it I've seen it and I'm disgusted I'm in pain and I got to go from pharmacy the pharmacy well I put a stop to that cuz i brains you people need to use your brains because you the drug dealers to get the medication not to people who need it and it disgusts me your decisions about just about everything disgust me you need to start working party with party instead of party against party and start thinking about Americans instead of yourself I'm totally disgusted with you people are there in Congress and the President and Vice President of India you need to work together to make America strong
I suffer from several auto immune diseases,as well as degenerative spinal disease. I have been in pain management for over a decade. Living in Florida at times i would have to go to as many as 30 pharmacies to find my medication. I was not taking near what others i know took. Because of the stress involved and the chance of not finding it at all. I ended up getting an internal mrphine pump, which has been nothing but problems and gives very little pain relief. My life is difficult enough trying to do the simplest tasks. Nobdy should have to feel like a criminal to Try to have some sort of pain relief.
I have been diagnosed with spinsl stenosis and many bulging discs that my drs have deemed petmanent. Surgeries can cause these problems to get severely worse or even paralysis. I am limited to my work abilities and employers frown on this making it extremely hard to find work. I cannot go a dingle day painless and my life has become hard to where even walking a few minutes causes pain. Taking my pain meds away will not solve the problem. I take as directed by my dr and do not abuse what is given. I cannot deal with pain daily and pain management only helps some. It does not take care of the problem. I do not want to go without something that is making my daily routines bearable. If Congress continues to deny people like me the pain medicines I need, I fear what my outcome will be. I have a family that needs me. I am only 51 years old and taking away something as much as pain meds could cause me to give up . Please, help us that need this help. If my dr didn't know I needed them, he would not have perscribed them.
It hurts to see the one you love thinking about killing themselves to stop the horrendous pain they go thru every day. Something has got to be done to STOP this insanity. Quality of life should be the first priority of every human being..but unfortunately the DEA are not human and now I'm wondering about everyone else in the government who is ALLOWING this atrocity to happen. So very sad.
We have to come together. Twitter,Instagram,youtube,tumblr,etc social media. We must stop the DEA and our state goverments.to the federal. Lawyer up everybody this is our life we must defend.