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 work for a 92 year old woman who has been suffering with extreme arthritic shoulder pain (bone on bone) for half a decade now. She has tried everything; gone to multiple Drs trying various treatments & useless medications; wasting thousands upon thousands of $ only to find it all hopeless. It seems the medical professionals are all too afraid to adequately treat her pain with narcotics. I find it reprehensible that despite availability of pain medications doctors are unwilling (& unable for fear of government retribution) to actually utilize them when obviously needed. What the hell are doctors for if they are not allowed to make professional judgments based on the needs of their patients?!?! They not only have a professional duty but a moral one as well to treat patients with the best available resources and with dignity & compassion. Government needs to let medical providers do just that- provide quality medical care whatever that may be!!!
This is exactly how I am being treated. Not only do they treat me badly to my face. I am finding that they call the police after I pick up my paper prescription. As if I was doing something wrong. I cannot believe this is happening to me. So I called to make an appointment to wean me off. I need the medicine but I don't need unwarranted trouble.
8 years ago at the age of 34 i was suffering from severe neck pain that interferred with daily activities even sleeping at night was hard to do. Finally unable to stand the pain i went to a colluage of my pcp who was on vacation, he ordered an mri which found i had cervical degenerative disc disease with 2 hernitated discs with out narrowing. He referred me to a pain clinic which all they wanted to do was an epidural and i wanted a less evasive procedure first, so ended up not going back. The pain did subside a bit and became more tolerable. But then i would start to have what i call flare ups which the pain was really intense. I went back to my pcp and when i told him what was going on he started getting really nasty with me and asking me who authorized all this and who told me i had all this when i told him he told me there was nothing wrong with me it was just arthritis and that i shouldn't be in pain told me to go home and take ibuprophen which doesn't always help and i have never asked for any pain medication. It continues to get worse, every doctor i have been to has treated me the same way. Now i have 3 herniated discs and an ER doctor did a catscan that showed the disc space is narrowing and was told that i needed to get another mri and get treated as soon as possible when i went for my followup with my pcp she asked me where i got this information i told her it was in my report she read it and sain i guess it does but what she said after shocked me, she told me it was nothing more than osteoporosis go home take vitamin d and exercise. And i still can't get no treatment for this. I suffer daily and don't even want to leave my house anymore. Who wants to see a doctor who treats you like an idiot and disrespects you everytime you go?! Now i sit and worry if i'm going to be paralyzed or lose control of my bowls and bladder. And i'm only 41 years old my future seems bleak.
8 years ago at the age of 34 i was suffering from severe neck pain that interferred with daily activities even sleeping at night was hard to do. Finally unable to stand the pain i went to a colluage of my pcp who was on vacation, he ordered an mri which found i had cervical degenerative disc disease with 2 hernitated discs with out narrowing. He referred me to a pain clinic which all they wanted to do was an epidural and i wanted a less evasive procedure first, so ended up not going back. The pain did subside a bit and became more tolerable. But then i would start to have what i call flare ups which the pain was really intense. I went back to my pcp and when i told him what was going on he started getting really nasty with me and asking me who authorized all this and who told me i had all this when i told him he told me there was nothing wrong with me it was just arthritis and that i shouldn't be in pain told me to go home and take ibuprophen which doesn't always help and i have never asked for any pain medication. It continues to get worse, every doctor i have been to has treated me the same way. Now i have 3 herniated discs and the disc space is narrowing and i still can't get no treatment for this. I suffer daily and don't even want to leave my house anymore. Who wants to see a doctor who treats you like an idiot and disrespects you everytime you go?!
My poor husband is in extreme pain everyday. He has had four back surgeries and no relief. His doctor has stopped treating him. A recent MRI has shown that he still has a herniated disc and a shattered disc. He has a large amount of scar tissue that is touching a nerve. The Dr. has tried shots that hAve done nothing but give him more pain. He has depression due to his pain. He is only 32. We have 4 small children. I wish the doctors would treat him for his pain. The medicine is the only thing that use to help him get through the day. I see him in pain and in tears everyday. My children don't have the happy active father they once had. He can't even work. He served hid country for 7 years. Being in the army is what lead to his injuries in the first place. Please allow Doctor's to help with the pain.
I hate going to the pharmacy! I've never ever been a criminal but I'm treated like one every time I need to refill my pain medicines.I'm one of the "lucky" ones,so far, but that could change abruptly. I still get the medicine I need but I worry all the time that I'll be dropped like a hot rock by my pain doctor. Junkies will find drugs or steal them anytime. We are not the problem. The DEA needs to be reigned in. They are targeting the wrong group! I had brain surgery several years ago and was okay for a couple of years,but then the aneurysm ripped open again and now I have a coil hanging out of the neck that doctors can't fix and it's too deep inside my brain to clip without killing me.The only alternative for me,without access to narcotics is a well placed bullet. That should never be my only option but thanks to out of control government it's the only option worth exploring while I am still able to help myself.
What follows is a letter explaining my desperate situation that I wrote to my state's chapter of the American Medical Association as a last ditch effort to maintain my quality of life.
Dear Board Member of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama;

I am requesting your assistance as a last resort for the severe difficulties I am having locating a physician to manage the medication I have taken for many years. These medications have allowed me to live independently and have a good quality of life. I’ve been a patient of a responsible and knowledgeable physician since February 2007, but he changed the scope of his practice this with very short notice and has not been able to help me find another physician to maintain my current, successful program.I have always been conflicted about using opioids due to the values instilled in me as a child. For example, after bilateral derotational osteotomies at age 13 that resulted in MRSA osteomyelitis and wound complications, I received only ibuprofen and a few doses of ketorolac. I’m not a person who simply cannot tolerate pain. I have Primary Generalized Dystonia of non-DYT1/DYT2 origin. Multiple blood relatives including my father have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. I have tried many therapies over the past 15 years. An intrathecal baclofen pump inserted at the age of 18 caused complications leading to an atonic bladder, chronic CSF leak, neuropathic pain, and actual spasticity, and plantar flexion. Medication trials have included: baclofen, tizanidine, dantrolene, trihexyphenidyl, benzotropine, levodopa, pramipexole, ropinirole, botulinum toxins A and B, and tetrabenzine via compassionate use protocol. Most were helpful to some degree during sustained trials on high doses. However, many had side effects that were intolerable, including elevated liver enzymes and orthostatic hypotension.

After taking opioids for years, I was opioid-free by choice in the six months preceeding my appointment with my most recent physician. I was in the worst shape of my entire life – reliant on a power wheelchair, losing weight rapidly, with severe rigidity and intermittent episodes of myoclonus, unable to sit without support, with clenched fingers that rendered my hands useless. The comparison in my quality of life with and without opioids made one thing very clear. Although prescribed for pain, the opioids – by whatever mechanism – had a primary and significant effect on my dystonia.

Within an hour of resuming OxyContin I experienced a noticeable improvement. Over the years, my dose has increased back to my prior levels. Each increase has produced sustained, visible improvement in my dystonia and quality of life without intolerable side effects. I understand my dosing regimen (high dose oxycodone and fentanyl) makes me an “outlier” in the scheme of medical board recommendations. I am no longer a prisoner in my own home. I started coaching youth sports for inner-city children
This is inhumane!!! I am a chronic pain patient and I now no longer have a pain management doctor nor any medication as of next week due to failure to take drug tests for proving whether or not I am taking my meds when in all actuality I did take the tests not once, but TWICE!!!!As I am 100% permanently and totally disabled, am in a wheelchair or bed-bound would someone let me know what I should do short of sucking a pistol????? In my opinion the DEA has WAY OVERSTEPPED ITS MANDATE (whatever that is) and is targeting pain patients in order to justify its existence especially since medical marijuana is about to be legalized nationwide - maybe not right this second but in the next year or so. DEA is a menace, a health hazard of the worst kind (think atomic waste) and should be immediately dismantled and every one of its agents or members or whatever they choose to call themselves should be arrested and shipped to Syria or somewhere similar maybe even to ISIS where they would fit more appropriately what with their barbaric inhumane and unconscionable treatment of patients.
I'm in terrible pain and I cant get enough pain medication from my doctor to take it away, my doctor says he's afraid of the government. STOP THE DEA!
I want the government to leave my doctor ALONE and let him treat my pain!!!
I've been stuck in pain for a lifetime but the past 4 years have been horrific. Doctors just tell me to take ibuprofen and I have horrible stomach issues now from the NSAIDs. I'm ready to kill myself as I hurt so bad I cannot get out of bed or take care of my young kids. My endometriosis doesn't respond to the treatments offered. There is a pill out there that could help me get through my day however doctors leave me in pain 1000 times worse than labor. Please fix this.
Doctor has had me come in for a pill count, there were no problems of course but embarrassing to even be asked to do it. Pharmacist looks at me like I'm a drug addict every time I fill my pain med for chronic lower back sciatic nerve pain. This particular pharmacy will not fill narcotic meds until the 30th day even though doctor has authorized 29 day refill written on the script. I didn't even realize it was day 29 I could have waited until day 30 I had meds left but the pharmacist makes a smart loud comment in front of everyone in the store that "you are actually one day early for refill but I will fill it this time but you need to make sure you wait 30 days next time"! He said it in a smart condescending manner and made me feel like I was a criminal or drug addict! I am tired of going through things like this just to fill a script for a pain med. These laws have doctors and pharmacists running scared and a lot are refusing to even prescribe pain meds for people who really need them! These laws are.doing nothing but keeping legitimate people who need pain meds from getting them. It is doing nothing to curb the drug addict....he's just going to move to heroin or meth or something else....use some common sense and ease these rules doctors and pharmacies need to follow for heaven's sake!!!