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 have had 5 back surgeries and I was diagnosed with chronic pain syndrome. I have been prescribed Hydrocodone 10 milligrams 180 quantity for over 5 years and I have been seeing my "new" doctor for almost 2 years and the first few months he was giving my 180 quantity and then 160 and then 140 and now 130 quantity. I am starting to suffer because the pain is starting to set in on the count that the meds wear off. The dr first said that the DEA is "cracking" down on med abusers. And then he said that he was being audited so then he brought my quantity down to 130. How is that my fault??? I need my 180 quantity back. I do not know what to do. And its funny that I only received 140 on the 14th of June but on the bottle it says to take 1 pill every 4 hours and that is what I am doing and I am about to run out. My next appointment is on the 14th of August. Can someone please give me some advice???
I do not have a primary Doctor yet due to not being able to afford one. However I believe it is unfair treatment of Doctors by the DEA. Advancements in medicine are meant to help the people and Doctors go through so many years of schooling to help patients to the best of their ability. They should not be restricted simply because someone can get dependent on something that works.
iVE BEEN SEIN THE SAME DOCTOR FOR 17 YARS , MY DOCTOR HAD LEFT AND HE TREATED MY BACK PAIN WELL . RECNLY MY DOCTOR HAS CHANGED AND I WAS TAKEN OFF ALL NY PRIMARY MEDICINE . NOW IVE BEEN IN ALOT OF PAIN & ITS ONLY BEEN A MONTH & 1/2 . I NEED HELP WITH THIS ISSUE REALLY BAD
Husband told by doctor that he has to suffer through the pain for the rest of his life and will not give pain medication to help him
Im a former ulcerative colitis patient who's first surgery was botched and wasn't discovered as cause for my abdominal pain until the second surgeon actually saw the errors first hand when he cut me open. Even after being found a legitimate chronic pain sufferer, instead of being glad to know and treat, drs seemingly where more reluctant to help me because i was right and they were wrong. Ive never shown anything but gratitude to any dr treating me and certainly didn't seek restitution for the incorrect surgery. But the ones who are paid and I must rely on to treat my pain now refuse due to my incorrect medical history and ongoing need for new drs. Im 36 and considered suicide, assisted living facilities, (nursing home), and wish the cancer im guaranteed to have due to radiation to my abdomen would hurry so I could have a few years with a little less agony perhaps. Treat me, the human in your office, for the issues perfectly obvious to all, not the person fabricated by incorrect medical records and grudge holding physicians that would rather tarnish someone s reputation than accept an incorrect diagnosis and face the truth after two years of insults and premature spreading of devastating rumors about my "Drug abuse" thanks.
KAISER is the DEVIL. I cannot believe they have taken away my meds after the last 4 years of giving me 3 30 mg. Morphine ER, & 1 or 2 10/325 oxycodone every 6 hours. I have debilitating pain from degenerative disc disease and sciatica, and fibromyalgia. I'm at a loss. What do I do now?
I was given pain meds for a 20 year old severe crush injury. I have 7 screws, 3 steel plates and a cadaver bone in my right foot with a lot of arthritis. My knee was replaced two years ago and I have bulging disks. I cannot take anti-inflamatories because my stomach bleeds fom 20 years of taking them. Now, at 57 years old, I can't have quality of life because doctors fear the DEA. It's a good thin I'm allowed anti-depressants because I don't want to live like this, constant pain like an abscess tooth in my foot. Just who are these idiots saving? Nobody, that's who. Kids who want to get high will find it somewhere. It's like gun control, the criminals don't obey those rules either. Other countries don't have these issues. Our country makes too much money with their puritanical laws and ideas. Money from courts, lawyers, fines, probation fees, so it's going to take we, the people, to change these laws. We need to take back our liberty before we forget what it was like.
I was given pain meds for a 20 year old severe crush injury. I have 7 screws, 3 steel plates and a cadaver bone in my right foot with a lot of arthritis. My knee was replaced two years ago and I have bulging disks. I cannot take anti-inflamatories because my stomach bleeds fom 20 years of taking them. Now, at 57 years old, I can't have quality of life because doctors fear the DEA. It's a good thin I'm allowed anti-depressants because I don't want to live like this, constant pain like an abscess tooth in my foot. Just who are these idiots saving? Nobody, that's who. Kids who want to get high will find it somewhere. It's like gun control, the criminals don't obey those rules either. Other countries don't have these issues. Our country makes too much money with their puritanical laws and ideas. Money from courts, lawyers, fines, probation fees, so it's going to take we, the people, to change these laws. We need to take back our liberty before we forget what it was like.
You just don't know
I'm in pain right now with fibromyalgia and peripheral neuropathy.and hep c

and in Iowa the doctor have weaken all the med i been on for 10 years,so I'm in pain 24/7,only We the people can

change this by voting.
Pain Patients are NOT criminals by operation of seeking,help for chronic pain. Doctors and patients should be FREE in USA to CHOOSE the modality they feel fits them without fear of reprisal or being labeled simply because they are prescribed or the prescriber of narcotic pain relief.
I vote and this issue is on the forefront of my concerns when selecting candidates.