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 guess suicide is my next option
Good lord, I can't believe what an Orwellian society were are becoming. I'm prescribed schedule 5 Wellbutrin, and what amounts to less than 1 Xanax daily. Recently went to Colorado, enjoyed some LEGAL weed. Upon my return, my doctor made me come in for a prescription refill at 90 days. He gave me a urine test. Came up positive. No shit, I smoked it legally. I even told them it would come up positive. Hide nothing. Now I being told I can't be prescribed Wellbutrin for severe depression unless I take a urine test MONTHLY. ********. I'm so sick of special interest groups and their endless games in search of revenue streams. The solution is to move marijuana off the Schedule 1, and make it legal. When an upstanding, contributing member of society is FORCED to take urine tests, but welfare recipients aren't, there is a major problem. This is far from the land of the free.
I suffer from PPS (Post Polio Symdrom) which can be very painful at times with arthritis and muscle spasms, which comes and goes at it's discretion. Polio has also left me being over sensitive to pain, which is also common in PPS survivors. A few years ago a doctor refused me more pain medication because I didn't take it "ALL the TIME" ...... I only took it when I was in pain! My current doctor (trying to avoid the "Gestoppo" interfering in his practice) doesn't give me anything stronger than prescription aleeve. When I'm in pain I just sit in my wheelchair or stay in bed and "vegetate", I can't even take a shower. When I'm not hurting my spirits are upbeat and I bake, clean my house and even weed-eat. PLEASE don't throw all patients into one group ...... some deal with excruciating pain on a daily basis. And please get the "Big Brother Monkey" off the backs of our nations doctors.
I am a chronic pain patient with RA, OA & FIBRO. Due to the new laws I can not get pain meds to manage my pain at all. I am a single mother & my quality of life sucks! I am fighting for disability which will only help with some of the financial burden if I am granted it. I feel like it's not fair to my son that he is having to grow up so fast just to help do things he shouldn't have to do. You can say all you want about what it's going to do for him & his character all you want, I don't care. What I do care about is that he get to be a kid while it's time for him to be a kid. I don't want him growing up too fast & becoming resentful as an adult that his childhood was robbed because his only parent couldn't take him to his sports games, or chaperone feildtrips. He is quietly suffering as well.
Wonder why they are getting all shook up?.
i just had a 3 level cervical neck fusion surgery after leaving the hospital i could Not get any pain relief for 2 weeks until after my family doc got back from vacation.who handles pain being disabled has made sure i can not get continued care when certain meds are not working.
They are not HUMAN ! Respectfully Ny. Check out the demonic statue to replace the 10 commandmants in okc ok. They are not with any soul of this planet.
I suffer from osteoarthritis in both knees, have had a partial knee replacement with a total of 5 knee surgeries in the past 10 years. I'm in constant pain but can't even get tramadol prescribed. My ortho is insisting on an injection that is very expensive and requires insurance preauthorization and will only buy me a few months (the procedure only has a 50% success rate). In the meantime and/or for breakthrough pain I can get nothing.
I suffer from osteoarthritis in both knees, have had a partial knee replacement with a total of 5 knee surgeries in the past 10 years. I'm in constant pain but can't even get tramadol prescribed. My ortho is insisting on an injection that is very expensive and requires insurance preauthorization and will only buy me a few months (the procedure only has a 50% success rate). In the meantime and/or for breakthrough pain I can get nothing.
According to international human rights law, countries have to provide pain treatment medications as part of their core obligations under the right to health; failure to take reasonable steps to ensure that people who suffer pain have access to adequate pain treatment may result in the violation of the obligation to protect against cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
Over 4 decades I am a chronic pain patient/disabled due to multiple injuries/surgeries. Social Security Disability deemed me 100% disabled with permanent, constant, chronic muscle, nerve and joint pain; I have not known a day free of pain. I have had the best doctors, treated with all forms of pain management; but I cannot live without legitimately prescribed medications, opiates, in order get some quality of life. More recently, my legitimate Controlled C-II prescriptions are being denied by my pharmacy of 20+ years, same doctor, with my conditions becoming more severe and painful. The DOJ/DEA and other agencies’ Prescription Drug Diversion has unjustly caused me undue pain and suffering, anxiety and fear of not having my justified need for C-II Schedule Narcotics” (there are no other options left). In over 40 years, I have undergone every form of pain management available. I do not object or disagree that the illegal activities regarding drugs is AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN an issue and after the last 11 years, they are still “chasing” the criminals who will always manage to find ways to get their drugs. I DO OBJECT AND DISAGREE with my government’s tortious interference with my well-being and health when I am unable to get prescribed medication, and I DO OBJECT to being included, viewed & treated like a “criminal” guilty of abuse & addiction; I’m an innocent American that never broke any drug laws, being severely punished because I'm denied medications with legitimate prescriptions and suffer unnecessarily because of these actions by the government agencies, the pharmacies who now discriminate and say "we don't have any", ignore my medical and prescription history and forced to live in pain like a criminal.

My doctors and medical history speak for me and what treatment I need. Pharmacies are in the business to provide medications legally prescribed. Our government, State and Federal agencies, should have some duty to NOT interfere with my pain management and include me with any group that are using or selling drugs illegally.