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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In January 2014 I had to stop working as my pain level no longer allowed me to. I have a twisted scoliatic spine, 5 lumbar/thoracic disks, 2 large bone spurs, bilateral sciatica, spinal stenosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis etc., etc. Severe osteoporosis complicates it all.
I kept working pt through an AARP program in nonprofit and government until a car crash in 12/13 finished a partial rotator cuff tear, making it a complete one, tearing another and further injuring my spine. That was about the time Florida entered into the DEA'S "watchdog" system, which had every legitimate physician, patient and pharmacy scared to death of going to jail for exceeding their allotted amount by even one pill.
Until that time, I was able to work and to help and provide services to many in more pain than myself.
Now because of the fear, rising costs and limited availability, I usually drive up to 250 miles to fill just one of my two prescriptions every month, am treated like a drug dealer (at 65 old with white hair and walking with cuff crutches).
My Dr., bless him states that the USA is one of the rare 'Opioid Phobic nations' completely blinded by how many lives these medicines can prevent suffering and create a positive outlook for many individuals.
Thank you for your time. As a post script I would like to add that what our government has done is dramatically increase the sales and use of street drugs, especially heroin, which has climbed 13% since 2012 in my area. It is cheap, readily available and dangerously potent.
I stepped out of a moving car in Nov 2000 to get away from an abusive boyfriend. I had an open dislocation of my right ankle. Spent four days in hospital, and it was a yr 8 months for my stitches to heal. I have worn a wedge in my shoe because my foot doesn't go flat. I walk on the ball of my foot. After all these years I now have Lumbar spinal stenosis, 3 bulging discs, dehydrated discs, spurs, arthritis in lower back, slight scoliosis, sciatic nerve symptoms. Limited mobility rt ankle, severe chronic edema, chronic pain, post-traumatic generative osteoarthritis and bone spurs.
My foot swells every time I stand or walk. Tends to effect my activities. I take prescription anti-inflammatory and pain medicine. Between my back and my foot, its hard to do anything. I can't imagine not having any pain meds...
I suffer from debilitating migraines. When I was able to access pain medication as I needed it I was able to get by and miss work only occasionally. I've been told it's the pain medication that causes my migraines. Since they have just about "weened" me off my pain medication my migraines are worse than they have ever been. I am not able to take medication in the early stage of a migraine preventing it from progressing to a more severe migraine. Now they are lasting up to four and five days since I can't stop them at the first sign of pain. I am missing so much more work now than I ever have. I also have three kids that count on me and is is so hard to give them what they need with the level of pain that I am experiencing without my pain medication.
I start getting getting arthritis when I was 39 years old, that was 20 years ago. I have had 9 surgeries (Back, Hand, Wrist, Hip replacement & knee replacement). I can't have surgery on my feet, ankles, fingers ect. You get the picture, I hurt all over. I don't just want to stop living at age 59. All I want to do is go to work and take care of my family. Without my pain medication that will be impossible! NOW WHAT??
I have been in a few car crashes... And due to that and also a work issue where I was hurt and got both knees screwed up... My knees back neck shoulders are pretty much hell to deal with. And I have been on pain meds for 14 years and due to that... I am treated like a criminal. I am told they will not treat me.. I have been told they would ween me off meds.. I have been told that I don't have pain that my issues are because of the meds I am on. Seeing as I was on no pain meds for the first car wreck and for almost 6 months I could not walk and gained 50+ pounds.. Yea sure.. I don't need pain meds.. HA!.. Then I found a great doctor. Helped me out.. But he retired and now I am SOL... I have been going around looking for a doctor or pain management doctor to help me. But each time they say the same thing.. I will only give you half of what you take now.. So now my dose is at a 1/4th or less of what my doctor had me on.. And now I can't even get around again.. I can walk but I don't do much of it.. Everything hurts.. I have 2 kid's who I can't even spend much time with.. So they will grow up with a dad who just sits there.. I give them my full attention and talk to them and play with them sitting down and do everything I can to show them I love them.. But they don't understand.. They know daddy is in pain all the time and always hurts.. But it's not fair to them... They said.. But you use to do stuff with us.. Why can't you do stuff anymore.. The doctor helped you and you could do stuff. I told them that he retired and he does not work as a doctor anymore.. Because he is old.. So daddy can't find a doctor that is willing to help. Even with proof of the car wrecks and everything.. I still am labeled a criminal... And I am made to suffer.. My only way out is to kill my self.. I have been thinking of it a lot.. Just the thought of not hurting anymore sounds so good to me.... So I have 2 choices... Live my life in a crazy house locked away because I don't want to suffer and they treat me in house... Or I live out here in pain suffer and be called a criminal.... And live a life full of wishing to die and just end it all... I don't want to die.. But it just seems that's the only way out today in this world.. No one cares.. No one will do anything. There are only 4 pain places in my area.. And I found out that once you go to a pain management doctor.. Normal doctor's will not even write you a script... Sucks.. So 1 of the places are not accepting new patients.. One wanted to take me off my meds and stick pins in my skin to heal me.. wtf??.... The other one I am seeing now is the one who cut me down to less then 1/4th of what I was taking to function. And the last place that isn't an hour drive away.. Seeing as I can't drive because of the little I do take... I have no way to get to anywhere else.. So the last place I made an appointment for tomorrow.. But I heard they do the same thing as the rest.. So I know I will just be seen as a criminal just like eve
OK a quick back story for me is as follows. At 11 years old i was given 4 hydrocodone 10/500 a day for a severe shoulder condition involving instability and multiple dislocations and separations a month. Flash forward to me turning 18, my primary doctor did a physical with urine testing and sure enough my liver sustained severe damage from all the acetaminophen. I was switched to roxicodone which is solely instant release oxycodone 5mg 4 a day. Within 4 months i was on 4 30mg tablets because of a back surgery i went through. My issue here is separation of powers, the federal government and state government. DEA will always be a federal agency so they invade the states in an effort to waste billions of dollars. There are plenty of drug seekers i have always been a huge advocate of databases along with regular urine toxicology tests and pill counts. With those rules you will be able to get your medication and doctors will be able to weed out the bad apples. Doctors are scared because they risk everything even writing a few control 2 drugs for pain management. The drug enforcement agency should be bringing down giant pill mills for example search Doctor Gosy buffalo NY, they just raided his office here in my hometown for what i believe to be a evidence gathering expedition to present to a grand jury so they can bring indictment's down on him. Good luck to those who need treatment.
I got hit by a car and partially run over on 9-13-2012... just over 2 years ago. I've had 5 surgeries, and the most recent one left me in MORE pain than before the surgery. I am in chronic pain every single day of my life. I'm only in my 30s, and facing a life like this is more than depressing. But at least I have pain medication that keeps me from being completely bedridden. If I did not have it, I would certainly be on suicide watch. I never asked for this pain, it's from an accident. I don't smoke or drink, and I'm not overweight, and even if I was a heavy smoker who drank and weighed 300 lbs, it would still be cruel NOT to treat my pain. I did everything "right" (so-called), everything parents raise their children to do. I was an honor student, got a good job in a high-demand field, etc., and now I'm being treated like a potential drug addict because of something that happened to me 2 years ago that was not my fault.

Please know that people like me have an *excruciating* existence... literally. Intimidating doctors into not treating our pain is immoral. We need to be given the benefit of the doubt. Please have some compassion. Our lives are already hard enough.
My boyfriend was delivered with broken legs thanks to an abusive father. Twelve years ago he had a motorcycle wreck that put the throttle threw his eye socket doing a lot of damage to his body. He never took more than Aleve for the next five years. Now he can barely get out of bed. There isn't a dr. In this area that will prescribe anything cause they're scared of the dea. It is horrible to watch the one you love in so much pain. There has to be something that can be done for the pros in chronic pain..They deserve help..desperate in mississippi.
I have a back issue, bulging disk, shrapnel in my foot, TMJ, bad knees. The FAMILY need to mind their business and worry about what's truly in the vaccines they pretty much force our kids to get. This is complete garbage. They just need to focus on the laws that are already on the books.
I am a sufferer of chronic pain due to back conditions caused by a car wreck and spine did orders. Due to laws by the dea in place pharmacist overstep their boundaries when a pain doctor is prescribing pain medication. People that have legit pain should be able to get their pain medication to help them function and live a pain free life. Not every patient in pain management is a abuser of their medication.
As if things werent impossible enough?? I've been suffering with unbearable life altering chronic back and leg pain for the past 13yrs. I've suffered through 3 lumbar surgeries having worked the first 7yrs as a single mother raising 2 babies before having to go on disability which I NEVER thought I would ever have to do. I started working at age 15yrs old and was extremely active. I now suffer from nerve,muscle tissue and disc damage as a direct result of doctors misdiagnosing and reluctance to appropriately treat me which is exactly what this topic addresses. I continue this fight and suffer to this very day.
I have experienced the humiliation - went without pain medication - Pain is individual, so should treatment be between dr & patient. I hope everyone behind this "new" law someday have to experience chronic pain, Knowing that there is help & that they are not deemed worth of getting it.
Approaching 70 with chronic back issues, I am still able to function semi-normally and remain rational with low dosage 5/325 hydrocodone. Not exactly the heavy stuff. Moving this to Schedule 2 is ridiculous and will probably deter my long time physician from continuing my minimal prescription. More alcohol might be a solution?? Bye Bye Liver. A "free" country??