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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There must be a way to screen those with real pain through MRI's and documentation and those with paper cut hurt so bad I need to get high.
I am a chronic pain patiant for the last 19 years due to damage from many hours of flying search and rescue for the Coast Guard "helicopter back" and arthritis .
Living with chronic pain is a daily event no one should have to suffer with, like I do. There are day's I can't lay my head on a pillow or when I am able too. Get out of bed the next morning.

I have pointed out that I don't call in early to get refills. I have even brought in my medicines with a couple extra's when it is time to renew to show I don't abuse my drugs. I was told that by doing that, I can't get a refill due to the fact I have to be completely out of them.

Yes, I know some people have abused the system in the past, however with the computer set up between pharmacies. This is no longer an issue. Sad, when you go to one and they say no, you have more than 2 controlled substances. Yet of my 3 one is for sleep and is not a narcotic. I stopped going to that pharmacy and I hear their are others.
As someone living with chronic pain for many years I see a horrifying trend of treating patients as addicts or even a convicts rather than an individuals who, through no fault of our own, lead lives of constant misery. We are not partying with these medications. They offer us a chance to live a more normal existence than we would without. We do not need to add the fear of not getting the proper medication to that misery. I recently told my pain management doctor that I needed to try something a bit stronger since I had been on the same amount for three years and I was told I was all ready abusing my medication and my medication was cut down as punishment. I felt like Oliver Twist asking for more gruel. It was sadistic and emotionally debilitating. I was then suffering from both pain and withdrawal symptoms. I was also told I should go on anti-depressants instead. This is a common response these days.
I have struggled with Multiple Sclerosis since 2002. The pain initially started in my feet and moved up. Now it consumes my entire body. I feel like I'm being dipped in molten lava up to my neck, while my muscles feel like they are being put through a meat grinder and my bones are going to shatter into a million fragments. I used to get out twice a week and was able to get around with a walker. Then you congressional *******s and the DEA decided to crack down on pain management dr's and mine was fired. I've been through 7 dr's just since last September 2014. Now, because of you people who don't have a clue what TRUE CHRONIC PAIN really is, I'm reduced to living out the remainder of my life in a wheelchair. I know of a few chronic pain sufferers who have taken their own lives just to be free of their pain. I don't blame them. In fact, I battle thoughts of doing the same myself every minute of every day. I can't live with this much pain. Our blood is on YOUR hands!!! Stop being so sanctimonious and holier-than-thou and leave our pain management dr's the hell alone! Our dr's know those of us True Sufferers from those that are just addicted to pain meds after a surgery or accident. I just hope than none of you at the DEA or in Congress ever become chronic pain sufferers....but then again, y'all would probably be able to get whatever you need to help with your chronic pain so y'all can have a good quality of life for the rest of your lives. You people make me sick!
It is unconscionable that Chronic Pain Patients with the documentation to support their pain complaints are being under-treated or not treated at all for the pain that is incapacitating and debilitating. It is not only a quality of life issue but one which has many Pain Patients contemplating suicide to stop the pain. This is absolutely horrendous when this is exactly the situation these Narcotic Drugs are meant to be used in. The government and medical community should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this situation to exist at all and the fact that it is ongoing is irresponsible and unnecessary. Treat our pain in appropriate dosages that take all the variables into account.
I'm writing you today because I am but one person who is dealing with severe pain on a daily basis.
Since the "sweep" that targeted dr.'s who over prescribed pain medication, people like me are living in hell!
Pain management dr.s wont take new patients, especially if you are on medicare/medicaid.
I am disabled and can't work. I'm 48 years old.
Since a car accident that left me unable to work ever again, I have bounced from one painkiller to the next.
I gain a tolerance to them.
I even tried the interthecal pain pump to help control my pain.
I have been through five pain pumps, and six surgeries for them. It was removed and a huge section of scar tissue now sits under my left ribcage, that feels like a knife stabbing me.
I have been through hell and back. I have had way too many surgeries, from the brain, jaw, back, and many more.
Painkillers are a part of my life now. Limiting them is just cruel.
There are many who abused the patient/dr relationship, and the rest of us suffer.
Is there a way to be 100% sure that the person getting the prescription really needs it? I have no idea.
I do know that this intimidating dr.s and pharmacies is wrong.
I hope that you never have to deal with the pain that I deal with on a daily basis. Or need medication to control the pain.
I do hope that in the near future, this will ease up a bit, and allow primary care dr.s to prescribe opioids. They know their patients the best. They are more diligent, and can see the pill seekers from the cronic pain patients.
Thank you for your time.
On behalf of a good friend, myself, parents, & so many others please realize the importance of this petition so those if US suffering can ATTEMPT to live a more " pain managed controlled" life....if thst exists.
Cruel, cruel cruel to allow innocent people who is in chronic pain to suffer.
I have a pain management Doctor that is treating me like a street junkie. I have severe Disk Degenerative Disease 7 Herniated Disk, Spurs growing on every disk I have, One large spur growing on my tailbone large enough to be seen through my cloths people say I am growing tail. I have scoliosis, and many more that are on MRI's and Cat scans, but yet this Doctor is treating me like I am a junkie instead of trying to give me some quality of life pain free.
I have been suffering since 2010 with pain. I'm now 50 & told all the time by my Dr., "I'm too young to have so much pain". What does age have to do with having Arthritis and other medical conditions.? I have not had an increase in my medication in all those years. The Dr., Pharmacist and everyone in involved in getting the script to picking up the medication, Makes me feel like a drug 💊 addict. They all actually play 🎭 some kind of game each month. Loosing the prescription or Dr. Not calling it in & having to wait til Monday before I can get it.
After surviving Cervical Cancer at age 20. Now at age 43 and 4 auto accidents later starting at age 23 (none at fault for) I live with 5 cervical disc either fused/bulging/herniated causing severe pain down my neck shoulders, arms and upper back, 3 Lumbar Discs either collapsed/herniated/ bulged along with facet damage on two levels as well cause horrendous pain across my buttocks down my legs to my feet. I have lost most sensation in my feet due to nerve damage, I stepped on 3 nails in my yard and never felt it until I saw the blood on my kitchen tile floor, I get Charlie horses in my inner thighs and in the balls of my feet that hurt so bad all I can do is cry. I also have arthritis in both Knees causing me to fall into walls when they buckle on me.Severe TMJ syndrome which has caused me to lose my bottom teeth. Now that I was released from my doctor of 13yrs due to his fear of the D.E.A I was released as a patient and now live on 1/3 of my meds with my current doctor. because of this I can't live a life with equality and afraid now to even have surgery knowing I am going to suffer with more pain and no relief once I leave the hospital. I don't sleep more than 3 hours a night due to pain which now has caused seizure from sleep deprivation. In my 20yrs since my first accident causing my disability I consider suicide every day than continuing a life in pain without quality of life and relief.
I am fortunate enough to have a primary that is willing after years of treatment to give me low level pain meds. I'm 13 years in this diagnosis and I'm still struggling to work full time. I've lost 50% of my vision but I cannot afford another eye exam because I'm working and my insurance will not cover another. I work at a hospital caring hands on for patients using needles all day long. Pretty scarey huh? What other choices do I have in this economy? I'm just trying to get by like everyone else. I haven't had a vacation in years, no kids, no big dinners out. I'm struggling to the point of dangerous. Thank you for taking tax dollars out of my check before I get it and not giving any concern to how huge this problem is. I'm one of MANY. Think of that next time it's your health and they are using a needle on you.
Due to chronic nuerological conditions ( birth defects as well as IH and dysautonomia) I get treated like "genetic garbage" by my nuerologist and RUDE emails from my neurosurgeons nurse. something needs to be done about these uncaring doctors. it's not right people who suffer unfairly get treated like garbage or drug users.