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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doctor,refusing to treat crontic pain.after i proved positive for cannabis ,dr.knew i had glycoma and had been using it for treatment also have chronic pain in lower back pain and he had been treating with hydrozone for 6yrs. dr.stoped treatment cold patinance have any rights.i am liveing a mizeryable life.please help.
I have had progressive MS for years and believe me it IS painful. I have lived on Vicodin for years. It is the only thing that allowed me to work everyday and not be in horrible pain, 24/7. , I had to change neurologist. because mine retired. I had to to a new one who was so scared she would not even mention narcotics, so I asked her what she gave her MS patients for pain she said MS patients did not have pain, just spasms as she stood there sweating and lying. Se told me to try advil, Was she kidding?
I have end stage DDD, 9 herniations, spinal cord compression, neuropathy, radiculopathy, failed back surgery syndrome, etc etc. Had to drop out of PM because not a single pharmacy in two huge counties would fill my scripts written by a practicing neurosurgeon in full compliance with the new drug laws. Fast forward to a recent ACDF surgery, had to FIGHT to get my "pharmacy" to to fill post-op pain meds, they did not want to fill them and I am talking basic 7.5 Loratab. It's a sad state of affairs right now, something needs to give. The DEA has gone too far, doctors can't do their jobs and anyone prescribing narcotic pain meds or filling narcotic pain meds live in fear of the powers that be.
I fell and broke both of my elbows and could not get medication for the pain. What will it take to put a stop to human life's being altered by pain for this to change.
I fell and broke both of my elbows and could not get medication for the pain. What will it take to put a stop to human life's being altered by pain for this to change.
I fell and broke both of my elbows and could not get medication for the pain. What will it take to put a stop to human life's being altered by pain for this to change.
Be fair to pain patients
I broke all 5 lumbar vertebrae, shattering 2, in a serious car wreck on March 20, 2010. I have been through PT, OT, injections, multiple surgeries, the list goes on. I have been in pain every single day for nearly 6 years. Prescription pain medication is the only thing that has made my pain level bearable. I want to be able to legally choose quality of life for myself and not have to be shamed every time I ask for pain medication or pick it up from a pharmacy. I need it to be more accessible. I need my doctor to be able to call prescriptions in, so I don't have to drive all over town in excruciating pain, or have my husband or family do the driving for me. Please stop limiting access to these necessary medications. I'm 35 years old. Please don't make me look forward to another 40 years of misery.
It is really selfish for anyone to play God with someone else's pain, especially when Pain Medicine is the only option.

1) Surgery is foolish. Surgeon can be great, but all bodies heal different. Within 3 years, the next disc up the back starts to go

2) Steroid Shot, just a Band Aid, with only a 1.5 year effect. And that is with multiple shots after the first 6 month shot

3) Pain meds. Been on same does of Vicodin for 12 years. It's the only thing that allows me to work and exercise, so that I can work part time.