First Do No Harm: The DEA targets Physicians who treat their patients pain.

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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.
I AM NOT A DRUG ADDICT OR DEALER. I SUFFER WITH CHRONIC PAIN YET TREATED LIKE A STREET JUNKIE!
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.
I have several debilitating chronic pain issues. I had the most wonderful doctor team where I previously lived, but due to a serious family issue, I had to move back to my home state. I had been to the point I was able to function fairly well, with my flare-ups only occurring after too much exertion. Now I live in pure agony 24/7 due to the doctors where I live refusing to adhere to my treatment plan and not giving me the pain meds I so desperately need. I cannot sleep, walk, sit, stand or anything without having agonizing pain. I also have degenerative nerve disease and feel as if I am constantly being electrocuted throughout my body. I have a son with autism that needs me to help him with his needs and I am so incredibly afraid that he will have to live with his father if I can't get the help I need. That would be devastating not only for me, but for my son. His father knows nothing about autism or my son's particular needs. Please, please stop this pressure on physicians so the suffering will end. I personally know of 2 people that took their lives due to their pain. I won't think of doing that, but as I sit here in tears due to the pain, I can understand why they did. My heart goes out to each and every one of you that has to live as I do. Thank you to the wonderful family members that support us.
I am the wife of a chronic pain sufferer. It is absolutely devastating to watch my husband suffer 24 hours a day because of lack of proper pain relief. Pain management doctors treat him like a criminal for asking for more pain relief. He has tried alternative treatments to no avail. It is absolutely inhumane. PAIN KILLS. It kills the will to live. Pain so bad, death seems like a blessing. We are heartbroken at the system. It feels so hopeless and dreadful. Please help us. Words cannot convey the suffering.
This war on prescribed narcotics will not ever effect those peoples with power and influence petitions sadly will do no good as he wealthy will allways get a free pass just as they do with dui blind eye will be turned.
Please do not make chronic pain sufferers be treated like junkies. When it helps me get up in the morning and be a productive person...I never take what I not prescribed or more of it. Please allow Doctors to decide on a case by case basis.
Jobs, jobs, jobs--citizens such as me have our ability to work taken away. Many are forced to apply for disability due to pain. If you don't care aboit people's quality of life, you all say you car about jobs. My life and career are gone because doctors do not want to treat the disease I have
. I am left to prey for death. The goons at the DEA are taking lives, not saving them.
I have a debilitating and painful disease. Due to the DEA, doctors refuse to treat me. My primissing career and life are gone as I am left to prey for death. The DEA goons are the killers.
Please remember to vote out your states attorney if they are the ones in bed with the DEA. Unless one of these people have a family member suffering from a chronic illness, they will continue to put another notch on their belt. The DEA has been granted absolute power. They do things as they have always done. Why should they bother using a sniper when they can throw a grenade and intimidate. They could care less about the many great physicians getting hit by their shrapnel and leaving well established honest practices. Not to mention all of pain patients struggling daily and committing suicide. This is ALL about VOTES and nothing about saving lives. Change your votes, get your story in the media and let the public know what is being allowed to occur to you and your physician under the guise of saving lives.
I am being treated for chronic pain caused by a rare spinal disease called Transverse Myelitis for which there is no cure so you learn to live with it.
If I know I will need to walk for any distance on a given day I will deny myself some of the relief I get from medication for a couple of days to save it for the event.
Living with this painful disease is misery that could be a lot less so if Doctors were allowed to treat patients as they see warranted.
Let the Doctors treat us so we can live a comfortable life.
As a very compliant chronic pain patient, I am neither an abuser or a seller but I am treated like one or worse yet...like a potential one. I do not have an addictive brain and fall outside any risk categories.

My latest doctor closed his office in Indianapolkis because he wasn't making any money and told his patients he would see them in his base office....a sixty mile round trip for me. With one family car and a very tight budget, that wouldn't work for me. So, I let the office know I would be needing to go elsewhere and that I may need to see them once more if the new office couldn't get me in before my meds ran out. I told the doctor what I was doing and he made no comment to me about it. So, I set another appointment and signed a sheet to send my records to the new office. (The new office does not make appointments until they get my records).
I was also told by the office I would be called if I needed to see him in his base office instead of his satellite closing office. I show up for the appointment and no one is there. I call their office and ask why no one was there. Apparently, because I sent a records release, they cancelled my appointment. Their reason....you signed a records release so we can't see you again. That would "appear" to be doctor shopping. I asked how it could be doctor shopping if they closed the office I go to and I have given them the name of the new clinic. Bottom line...I run out of my medications in two weeks and have yet to be contacted by the new office for an appointment.

The doctors are so afraid to practice, they are punishing the compliant patients along the way. This office could easily document why I was there and where I was going but that's just not good enough. So...I will suffer and they don't care. It's cover your butt and to hell with these people.
I am NOT a criminal! I'm sick of being treated like I broke the law..I'm just in pain.
I had so so much more written... It was cut off. I haven't the spirit to retype it... It wasn't even close to detailing everything.. All the pain and misery and doctors. I just want to die. I don't feel I have anyone to help me or at least listen. The very people I used to trust, the doctors, the very ones that I unconditionally trusted, who are or at least were supposed to care for me don't. I'm in constant misery and pain since the two car wrecks missed fracture... No one will treat it. Because I'm young they feel I don't have pain or can somehow handle it, they disregard the me and the numerous tests accounting and proving the painful injuries still not healed after two and a half years. They now treat this as psychosamatic illness bc I have severe depression and anxiety.. Even though the wrecks and the pain and injuries and the drastic change in my young life are what caused it in the first place. They just don't care, they won't do any tests..they distrust the ones proving the unhealed and under in treated injuries and pain. They send me away in tears such a desolate hopelessness fear abject misery anti depressants and steroids. I can't do this anymore. Blow my brains out in Their parking lot, maybe then they'll believe me. The one pain doctor I had didn't take a proactive approach but we agreed to taking two pills a day.. Morning and night.. He changed it to four after two months.. I didn't ask or care I just followed the labeling.. The next appointment he said they made a mistake and trued to call me... No calls no messages to any if the 4 telephone numbers I gave them to reach me. He said he was just "helping" me out and said he'd no linger treat me. I lost it and cried and they said if I didn't leave they'd call the cops. What cruelty. Even with me asking up front I wanted everything done to treat things and all my doctors to work together and come up with a complete across the boars pla to get me well or at least have us all understand why so much pain and limited function.. I just wanted my life back. The pills made it more bearable. I should have been planning my wedding and going back to school, instead my youth has left me and I have finally turned my back on hope. Instead I just wish the wreck killed me. I guess I'll be where they think I belong rotting away in the ground. I just can't do this alone anymore. No more pain... Please no more. Wish you doctors cared enough to help and be proactive and understanding. Wish you would have cared.
I had so so much more written... It was cut off. I haven't the spirit to retype it... It wasn't even close to detailing everything.. All the pain and misery and doctors. I just want to die. I don't feel I have anyone to help me or at least listen. The very people I used to trust, the doctors, the very ones that I unconditionally trusted, who are or at least were supposed to care for me don't. I'm in constant misery and pain since the two car wrecks missed fracture... No one will treat it. Because I'm young they feel I don't have pain or can somehow handle it, they disregard the me and the numerous tests accounting and proving the painful injuries still not healed after two and a half years. They now treat this as psychosamatic illness bc I have severe depression and anxiety.. Even though the wrecks and the pain and injuries and the drastic change in my young life are what caused it in the first place. They just don't care, they won't do any tests..they distrust the ones proving the unhealed and under in treated injuries and pain. They send me away in tears such a desolate hopelessness fear abject misery anti depressants and steroids. I can't do this anymore. Blow my brains out in Their parking lot, maybe then they'll believe me. The one pain doctor I had didn't take a proactive approach but we agreed to taking two pills a day.. Morning and night.. He changed it to four after two months.. I didn't ask or care I just followed the labeling.. The next appointment he said they made a mistake and trued to call me... No calls no messages to any if the 4 telephone numbers I gave them to reach me. He said he was just "helping" me out and said he'd no linger treat me. I lost it and cried and they said if I didn't leave they'd call the cops. What cruelty. Even with me asking up front I wanted everything done to treat things and all my doctors to work together ans
This is disgusting and too many times are patients treated like scum bags just cause they haave pain! A good friend of mine died because his doctor cut him off from pain meds and he then got hooked on heroin.
I am going to commit suicide. I am only 28 years old. I was involved in two high speed car accidents, neither of which I was a fault. The first I was t boned un my tiny 96 corolla by a speesing truck, my seatbelt didnt hold. I dont remeber the impact the duration or comming to a stop. I had no health insurance, the driver had no car insurance. The hospital sent me home diagnosed with a cervical sprain/strain unable to move my neck and in severe pain. I kept returning to the er amd they kept sending me away saying there was nothing wrong with me, not to mention I had no diagnose of concussion or indicator as to why I blacked out right before he hit me and stayed out until a man was pulling me onto a strecher, no explanation as to why I had no memory either. I struggled, fell into a deapairing depression, desolate and hopeless no one would help, listen, let alone care.I suffered headaches, double vision at times, inabilty to move neck much, and of course severe pain. I resolved as best I could to march on. After about 8 months the severest pain subsides witha return of nearly full motion. I still to this day experience neck pain and catching along with popping I never had before, an mri taken nearly two years after the accident showed bulging discs 4 5 & 6 with a reverse of the normal curvature.fir some reason the x rays taken the day of showed no indication of any damage worse than a strain/sprain. Well just around the time I was getting used to neck pain and discomfort in my every night and day I was a passenger in a head on collision, we were going 45ish the lady who smashed into us was around 50 or so. I remeber every second. The raising of my arm to tell my friend, I was obly able to utter a few incomprehensible mutters, he hit his breaks, but she still hits us full force. The impact was so hard, so violent, so irreversible, so incomprehensible, so shocking, and immediatly painful and life altering. I have suffered nightmares that have me relieving the physical impact and course of ear pounding adrenaline experienced in what had to be the longest few seconds/minutes ever experienced. I suppose that time actually stood still. After those few secminutes we scream help helllp help at the top of our lungs. Stunned and dazed I groan fear so palpable we tasted it. Are you okay? Are you okay? I dont know, my arm, i cant move my arm, its broken. The windshield is cracked and we cant see out just our blood on the airbags which i assume was from our noses or shallow scratches on our faces. I am beyond shocked. I am terrified we're bleeding to death into our stomaches... And then we see smoke coming from the glove box and we fear the car is about to blow up. I cant move, i physically cant move. Zach cant open either if our front doors and he climbs through the back and kicks the back door and people i assume lead him to the curb. A man appears in my window and says its okay the cars not going to blow up, that he was an off duty paramedic. I here other ga
Everybody is already stating how I feel! Without being overly redundant, I just want to live my life with some relief of pain! I am 45 years young and if I have to live the rest of my life without these painkillers, please just put a bullet to my head because I'm not living anyway!
Home of the brave and the land of the free....HA ..what a lying bunch of pigs. They spit on the Constitution every time they deny my right for the pursuit of happyness. No one can be happy writhing in pain and totally miserable every single day of their lives. You really think you are God who tells me what I can or can't do? Shame on all of you ,becausea percentage of people taking pain meds and OD ,compared to the percentage of people taking pain meds AND NOT OVERDOSING is far less. You know it ,I know it ,this is unconstitutional ,you know it...I also know it. Problem being we have a president who hates our Constitution...Do you..because you are taling our rights away to a happy pain free life.
If you or someone you know has not been impacted by these policies
yet, keep in mind, they or you could be at any time.
Physicians are targeting patients who have chronic pain or are disabled. In order to protect themselves from these policies doctors often require a narcotics contract so a sufferer can not go to another physician for meds even if they have surgery and require additional pain meds as a result. If a patient refuses to sign the contract they refuse to prescribe meds. When they sign the contract they have to agree to drug testing even if they do not agree with it or cannot afford the test. These policies have turned Doctor's into the Gestapo - policing people's lives and acting as Judge, Jury and Executioner. These policies need to be stopped!!! That is unless you want to see an exponential increase in the crime rate.
Forcing people with chronic pain and/or disabled people to seek other alternatives to pain management is in direct opposition to a doctor's hippocratic oath. Terminating meds due to refusing to sign a contract or drug testing is wrong. Drug tests are influenced by a lot of factors, medical conditions, over the counter medications, energy drinks, machine error, contamination by medical personnel, etc... These policies and contracts keep physicians from treating people who need to be treated. They are further deterring people who require ongoing medical care from going to the physician when they need to for fear of being treated as a third class citizen, being labeled an addict as a result of their pain medication dependency, or for fear of false positive or negative results and subsequent termination from medication and/or treatment.
The truth is chronic pain sufferers are addicts that were created as a result of unendurable pain. Chronic pain sufferers should not be labeled by these policies. Physicians should not be pressed by these policies and in turn feel as if they should treat chronic suffers as if every pain is a result of addiction and not their condition. If the policies take away the only way they can cope with their pain and have some sort of relief to improve their quality of life you in essence have left them no other alternative but to seek other ways to ease their suffering. This will have a cascading effect reaching far into the future and will impact communities, the patient and their entire families.
You aren't responsible for the inferior care, pain and suffering the low man on the totem pole will endure, or are you? Policies are not responsible for the problems that will arise, or are they?
If you or someone you know has not been impacted by these policies
yet, keep in mind, they or you could be at any time.
Physicians are targeting patients who have chronic pain or are disabled. In order to protect themselves from these policies doctors often require a narcotics contract so a sufferer can not go to another physician for meds even if they have surgery and require additional pain meds as a result. If a patient refuses to sign the contract they refuse to prescribe meds. When they sign the contract they have to agree to drug testing even if they do not agree with it or cannot afford the test. These policies have turned Doctor's into the Gestapo - policing people's lives and acting as Judge, Jury and Executioner. These policies need to be stopped!!! That is unless you want to see an exponential increase in the crime rate.
Forcing people with chronic pain and/or disabled people to seek other alternatives to pain management is in direct opposition to a doctor's hippocratic oath. Terminating meds due to refusing to sign a contract or drug testing is wrong. Drug tests are influenced by a lot of factors, medical conditions, over the counter medications, energy drinks, machine error, contamination by medical personnel, etc... These policies and contracts keep physicians from treating people who need to be treated. They are further deterring people who require ongoing medical care from going to the physician when they need to for fear of being treated as a third class citizen, being labeled an addict as a result of their pain medication dependency, or for fear of false positive or negative results and subsequent termination from medication and/or treatment.
The truth is chronic pain sufferers are addicts that were created as a result of unendurable pain. Chronic pain sufferers should not be labeled by these policies. Physicians should not be pressed by these policies and in turn feel as if they should treat chronic suffers as if every pain is a result of addiction and not their condition. If the policies take away the only way they can cope with their pain and have some sort of relief to improve their quality of life you in essence have left them no other alternative but to seek other ways to ease their suffering. This will have a cascading effect reaching far into the future and will impact communities, the patient and their entire families.
You aren't responsible for the inferior care, pain and suffering the low man on the totem pole will endure, or are you? Policies are not responsible for the problems that will arise, or are they?
I am a 59year old woman and have been dealing with chronic pain for years now. I have tried suicide several times due to this. I can't get any help no listens and at this point I really fear that the society and county that I work for for thirty plus years don't give a******about the elderly we are a burden to them and the government so that just as soon we die and then so many things are solved. They don't have to give us our social secuity, medicaid ect. So they have said no more pian meds let them suffer and let them die and we don't have to give up our seats in the government and can keep eating our steaks. Well I hope they all choke on there next bite. They even cut my income after I pay out eighty percent of my income I have seventy dollars left to buy food for the month the government should be a shamed especially if you live in Texas,
I've been struggling with chronic pain for over 5 years. I have tried every medication under the sun for my pain, including medications that my doctor outright told me I should not take because it could cause my poor mental health to get even worse and this medicine is known to increase risk of suicide which due to already having depression for most of my life and the fact my pain is so bad sometimes suicide seems like a viable option for relief from my pain...I can't understand why my life was placed at risk for this new, under tested medication. I've suffered migraines, allergic reactions and still had no relief from my daily pain. My doctors all agree opiate medications have been helpful but my primary doctor wants my rheumatologist to prescribe my opiate meds, she wants pain management, pain management wants my primary to prescribe. All my doctors agree opiates have helped me but due to government's needless intervention on my medical care, none of the doctors want to the ones to prescribe them to me. I should note I've never abused drugs, illegal or prescribed, I take a very low dose, I've never failed a drug test or broke any components of a narcotics contract. Yet I suffer everyday due to the decisions of people who don't even hold a medical license over the opinions of my doctors who specialize in my disorder. I'd like these legislators and feds or whoever thinks they have a right to interfere with my life and right to proper medical treatment, to suffer with chronic pain for a month and I bet they would be begging for any help or be ready to commit suicide. I should also add that I'm 32, at the prime of my life and before this disability struck I was working 2 jobs, going to school full time while making the dean's list every semester and had my whole future ahead of me. Now I'm a louse on disability and rather than getting me to a functioning level, whether that be on opiates or whatever, so I can get off the government's tet and go back to work, instead I'm in constant pain everyday and being treated like a junkie. I hope all of those in government who like to think they're know my body and life better than me and my doctor, I hope one day you or a family member will suffer from chronic pain and you will be treated like a drug seeking junkie. I hope you have chronic pain so bad that you have to crawl to the toilet because your pain is so intense and I hope you experience the feelings of complete despair, hopelessness, suicide ideation me and countless others experience because of your lack of experience and expertise in chronic pain. And I wouldn't wish this pain or my life on my worst enemy, so I guess where you can see where I place these idiots on my list of people in this world.
I am treated as a drug fiend by my doctors. Drug testing and pill counts....my pain is not being properly addressed because the dea ties the hands of the doctor's with the power and knowledge to treat me. This has stop. I completely understand self medicating just to survive.
I've been unfairly moves from my home abused by my doctors pharmacies police neighbors family and am tired
Indy va social workers email mock suicide pictures of vets who can't get there meds.The cboc clinics around the state are not much better.Don't complain and make there day amusing .Just take the pain.If you complain your provider might flag or blacklist you.
This is usa ! Not nazi germany , red china , or communist russia. I suffer horrendous pain around the clock for so long , I will have to kill myself because the government dea , fda , & local health dept's & doctors will not prescribe narcotic pain meds I need to help me get out of bed , bathe ,& eat. They insist all alternative non- narcotic meds are best , but are absolutely ten - twenty times worst dangerous side effects to my body. Narcotics have long history of little side effects & safer than all other meds for pain that DO NOT WORK... govt lawmaker will answer to god for killing us with these bad meds , while safe narcotics are available. They should all be punished by our lord jesus for the suffering & killing the only lives we had. I am also very knowledgeable that when they ever experience this kind of tormented suffering they would finally understand how inhuman it is & plus dont worry because they will get massive amounts of narcotic meds when they need them... and still keep us regular , unimportant usa citezens suffering at the same time they are out of pain , happy & going on with happy life they deprive us of... I hate thepeople that did this to me , that has me lying in bed continuously in pain praying the lord to take me from this eternal hell of living in inhuman pain. PAIN PAIN PAIN SUICIDE PAIN. Thank you all fir doing this to my life. I never want to see or cause pain to any human , nor animal. But I orsy GOD to punish all of you with same pain you all have inflicted on so many millions of us legitimate horrific oain sufferers. Im alresdy in HELL. I PRAY TO SEE ALL IN HELL WITH ME !!!!!!!!!!!!! I will make stmt in front of white house I love , by protesting the inhumane treatment to me & millions of pain sufferes in usa , by setting myself on FIRE , to die out of my misery & pray a wake uo call to change draconious narcotic laws to help the millons of American pain patients from pain & suicide. Plus degradation of their rights & humanity to live without comtemplating how & when to kill themselves too! To also end their agonony of no life because of pain. Thank you my govt for killing me !!!
What a rat race. It's as if legit pain patients have no rights to relief anymore.
Denying pain relief for true documented pain conditions is the same as taking away a diabetics insulin. Makes zero sense and it's a crime against my rights for pain control and or management.
I am speaking up for my rights as a chronic pain sufferer. I have had 3 spine fusions which the last one left me with a whole in my spinal cord and I had to have my spinal cord untethering to keep me out of a wheel chair, but I will suffer with pain for the rest of my life and I'm only 54. I suffer every day with pain in my cervical and lumbar area's which can only be managed with pain medications and no further surgeries can be done in my case. If I were denied pain medication I would not be able to function in my daily life to take care of my own self. I am over whelmed at the thought that our government has the power over my life in such a way as to deny my use of pain medications without a real alternative other than unmanageable pain. All the men and women who have dedicated their lives to developing medications that can reduce and relieve pain will have been for not. To knowing deprive those of us who suffer every day of our lives would be cruel and unusual punishment. If the powers that be are going this direction then stop all medications of any kind. But make sure you legalize assistant suicide because the demand for that service will increase at an alarming rate.
I have sense this DEA information tactic more so than anything.I also noticed that the forms you are forced to sign also forfeit any and all rights to privacy as well as Dr. Client privacy. THIS "forced" METHOD SHOULD IN ITSELF BEING COERCERSION SHOULD BE ILLEGAL AND UNCONSTITUTIONALLY INVALID FOR USE TO ENACT REGULATIONS OR LAWS
DO NOT BUY HEALTH INS FROM GEISINGER HEALTH INS. MEDICARE D .DO NOT USE GEISINGER INSURANCE COME RENEWAL TIME. THEIR BOARD OF DIRECTORS MAKE THE DECISIONS ON YOUR MEDS, NOT YOUR DOCTOR. Its discrimination again the ill, it's wrong, Geisinger Insurance ignores what Dr.s write on the Rx and will not pay for your med's. If the Drs. prescribes 40 tabs their rules are only 30 tabs, you can appeal etc. but most cases you will not win the appeal, they have no compassion whatsoever for the patient in pain. At this point you must go to the Dr. again to write another Rx or pay for it yourself, they don't care if you need to drive 100 miles to your pain clinic. With some pain meds, they state their board of directors make these decisions %^&!, they will not cover a 10mg dose but will pay for the 20 mg dose? this sounds like an shady agreement with a drug company.
We are paying for these Dr. visits, driving 100's of miles round trip paying for gas, paying for the drug tests, the Rx, they all have a nice game going playing on the ill making millions of dollars while the ill are suffering, this is barbaric, how can this be happening? Of course these board of directors no doubt have their own personal doctor who will personally visit their home, give them their pain medication (probably whatever they want) and they don't give a damn about the chronic ill patient, it's all money to them
These board of directors make these decisions and they have never met you, they just decline paying for their share of the meds. This is wrong, corporations have ruined our country.
I have been suffering from debilitating, chronic pain for many years. Every doctor that I have seen has told me that I NEED pain management. Finally, when I have borrowed enough money to see a pain management dr and made the excruciating hour long drive, I was seen by a 20 year old nurse practitioner. She treated me like I was a nuisance and would not even read the carefully written out notes that I had prepared. Despite the fact that I have scans showing extensive damage, she latched onto the idea that ALL of my pain was due to nerve compression and prescribed 2 percocets aday and some awful medication called gapabentin. Three hours after my initial dose of gapabentin,I literally became paralyzed. I could not voluntarily move my body. I could not scream. I could not call for help. At the same time, my left arm began waving uncontrollably and my eyeballs started rapiy rolling up and down back and forth and all around in my head. I heard bizarre sounds. I was TERRIFIED. I DONT KNOW how long this went on for until I finally lost consciousness, but I wome up alive. Thank god. I was still ,AM still, in pain. I cried all day. I called the pharmacist, who told me that I had an allergic reaction and not to take this or any other medications in that class. Ever. I then callef the drs office, and spoke with rheir answering service. This was nearly a week ago.I still have yet to hear back from them. In addition to my usual pain,my head has been throbbing and I have had sore eyeballs and left arm. My daily allowance of the two percocets provide me with a mild amount of relief. Of course, they only last for a few hours, so the rest of my days and nights are spent in agonizing pain. All because some nurse just out of school is afraid I may get high off of pain meds that actually work. Interestingly enough, opiod pain medications are among the safest , cheapest and most effective medications on the market. These dangerous replacements ,such as gapabentin, have FAR more side effe ts and cost way more than traditional pain medication. The argument that treat ing pain causes addicts and puts "drugs" ,on the streets is preposterous. And its dangerous. How many people have to suffer before this insane witch hunt is called to a screeching halt?
I have been in chronic pain for 16 yrs. I took NSAIDS till I had VIOX mess me up from ever taking any of those meds again. I was swollen all over my body runny eyes & nose all the time, then found out it caused stroke even death. So now I can't take NSAIDS. I swell up after about three days to point can hardly wear my shoes. So I'm on opiates to control my pain. I admit I've had it pretty good thru the years...then that scam called a pain clinic is insisted upon or I can't get relief. I go & they want me to take shots that don't last & for every day that I got any benefit I suffer with tears & rocking wanting a way out...So we're don't want nerves burned ( after all they do grow back & I've not heard any good report from anyone had it done), their shots don't work, & I can only take opiates & it has been various levels of problems. They range from pharmacies not wanting to keep my med on hand & fill my script in timely manner to now Dr wanting play games to see if I'm a addict, & reducing the amount that works to sub control of pain cause they have a fancy new word. Then return me to a previous level that with break thru pain med makes my life ok but this time treats me like criminal only allows me base med, screw me if need break thru med. Here I was thinking I had a care plan between to opiates that I switch between so get pain coverage...But I was mistaken I have was told also that it was DEA & legislature plus facility policy that this change was to happen. That was crap because unless something besides hydrocodone has been ruled on I'm not affected by that change cause not on it!! DEA chilling of Drs/ clinics/pharmacies/manufactures hurts the chronic pain person. They are going to be people who abuse drugs...They are people who abuse potato chips...I'm in chronic pain, this most likely the rest of my life unless an operation relieves it, which no promises there, & I have genetic markers that my body process opiates at a faster rate that normal...I am so screwed if that can't get it together somewhere so I can get what I need to make life tolerable...not pain free, cause there is none of that...just so I don't mind getting up out of bed to live the best life I can. Not a wonderful but the best I can. I need my meds!!!! Oh and as a side note what the problem with a freaking 70 or 80 year old getting addicted...They take a pain pill for pain, they are already scared & conscientious about addition do they barely take out unless need it...give the elderly their meds!!x
in July 2006 I underwent my first of three back surgeries due to a misdiagnosis for five years. Little did I know that my life was going to change so drastically and at the age of 42 I would be on disability permanently. Every day functions that some people take for granted such as taking a shower, actually getting dressed and sometimes being able to get yourself out of bed Are now luxuries instead of normalcy. In the beginning I was given pain medication that allowed me to function without suffering now I have to time when I need a refill on the only strong medication that I'm on for pain, Vicodin and hope that it's not needed while my doctor is on vacation. It's not that I had a free refill privilege prior as she would rarely give me more than one refill at a time but now I have to physically call the office and wait for the request to get to her desk then arrange for the script to be picked up that is not always a timely nor proceeds. My dr kept track of every refill request prior to changes to begin with. I currently take tramadol daily sometimes up to three times a day on a bad day that in itself does not always knock the pain that I deal with, if I need a Vicodin I have to not take a tramadol for six hours to do so. I have seen friends of mine in worse shape than I am who rely on a daily dose of a controlled prescription painkiller have to go without because the local pharmacy does not carry it on hand or does not have enough to fill a script. Doctors are getting away from prescribing pain pills because of the laws and the changes that have been made and in return those like me who suffer daily cannot get the help we so desperately need. On a good day the pain might be a level 3 on a bad day it's off the charts, imagine trying to walk, hold a pen or even pet an animal and have it feel like a hot poker piercing your skin and running itself down your nerves even that doesn't describe a bad day. I'm 50 years old now A grandmother, wife and mother who has had to miss out on various events because of the pain. I don't know how people who do not experience this kind of life can sit in judgment to make decisions that will affect us and our ability to enjoy what life we can. I wish for one day each person involved in the decision-making on prescription drugs and so forth could live the life we do. It's hard having other people who do not understand how we feel or what we go through look at us as if we are drug addicts. I can remember a time if I needed to go to the emergency room I was given shot for my pain now they are so conscious of what they give you and after having a staph infection last fall I was given 10 yes 10 Percocets on a script the reason because they were afraid I would become addicted to it. Just because our lives are controlled by pain due to various reasons doesn't mean that we should not be treated as humans, dr. shouldn't be afraid to treat their patients that are there to help their patients. It's sad to say that I honestly
I was injured during a surgery when I was almost dropped. The doctor and nurses didn't remember anything happening. Came out of knee surgery with fractured rib, pleural effusion and back injury. And I'm an RN. Nothing was done for me by the hospital. I am now a chronic pain patient and on disability. That's bad enough. But now because I need pain meds, I'm considered an addict by some doctors. Please stop the insanity and allow me to get the pain medication that allows me to get through my days. Stop shutting down pain clinics and punishing the few doctors that are willing to help.
I am a chronic pain patient, I have chronic pain daily and it is terrible that we r treated like criminals. Even though I have never ever broken my pain contract, my doctor is leaving the practice do to the way they treat him and us as pain patience. Why should we be treated like absolute drug addicts when I have complied with everything I was suppose to, now I'm suppose to suffer with chronic pain because some looser sold there pills and someone overdosed! They are causing a bigger epedimic than they have ever seen, it is going to drive more drugs underground. Idiots, blooming idiots
We had a solution in medication and treatment. We are now prevented from attaining a known solution.
If being deprived a proven treatment, that without it will knowlingly cause pain and suffering isn't Harm, then I don't know what is.
Maybe working with us rather than against us is a starting point to a real solution and a perception change that is drastically needed for a real resolution.
I've lived with severe chronic pain for twenty years and can't get relief, something has to give!
I'm convinced the DEA was carrying out orders from the White House, I think the governments actions are an attempt to make Obamacare solvent, after all if a patient cannot get their medications from their doctor what's the point of going? People will have insurance but they will get no relief from their pain, then the president can say "see how well Obamacare works". I'm keeping a close eye on who is helping us and who is not and I'm not the only one.
Please have mercy! Please help us! This is a horror. Rare disorders are not a character flaw but a genetic "flaw". The person in pain could be YOU doctor.
As soon as you go to a new doctor because your doctor retired, the new one starts the judgment process all over again. The fact of the matter is when you take the medicine that you need you are always being assessed. I have been a chronic pain patient for so many years now. The sad truth is that the judgment process never goes away. People seem to always believe that you are a nut and a drug addict period !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I got hit by a drunk drive 20 yrs ago. I now have CRPS, a incurable disease that gets worse each year. My doctor was so perfect for the last 9 years, giving me just enough pain med to help. Now he's demanding to have it taken away for no apparent reason. When I ask him he says the meds don't do any good? All of a sudden after 9 years they don't do any good? I recently got laid off so now I need to be extra energetic, aware, ready to learn ne technologies, etc.; but of course, w/o these meds I feel like an old rusty tin man that can't move hardly at all due to the pain. So onw I can't work thanks to this situation, and will probably loose my home, end up on the streets and die a lonely death. All becuase someone somewhere says my prior 9 years of pain relief must have been a hallucination because pain meds don't work for me all of a sudden! THSI IS INSANE, CZRUEL, LIFE THREATENING, etc. It really is! I've been praying and praying, there's nothing else I can do. NO ONE WILL HELP ME. I'm doomed thanks to the DEA, PHARMACY and Health insurance company. Don't Kill me like this, please!
Imagine breaking both of your arms, being in unbearable pain, then going to the ER only to have the doctor treat you like a faker or criminal and give you NO treatment.
I contemplate suicide almost every day. If not for my God, I'd be dead already. Thank you, God....... but f*ck you, America.
Imagine breaking both of your arms, being in unbearable pain, then going to the ER only to have the doctor treat you like a faker or criminal and give you NO treatment.
I contemplate suicide almost every day. If not for my God, I'd be dead already. Thank you, God....... but **** you, America.
when I was 13 I fell in a barn and bent my back the wrong way and compressed my disk and over the years the wear in my back is causing my pain in 87 I blew out my dick had to have a operation now 61 and back still giving problems they said I had to go to a pain clinic / in other words the government just steped in between me and my docter another freedom down the drain no one has the right to come between me and my doctor we should all get togather and hire a lawyer and sue the government and them them this is America . we have a right to privacy
The Government needs to get out of the doctoring business. I was in the emergency room and when I asked a doctor for something for pain he quickly said "we don't do narcotics in this emergency room." Wow, they made me feel horrible to even ask for something for the pain. I was sort of hoping for a Vicodin but would have been happy with a Motrin 800. Instead they made me try some new pain medication which made me sick to my stomach. So now I'm a guinea pig for big medicine.
Having real pain and not getting adequate relief, when something exists that could help, is like being tortured. It's sadistic. Anyone could find themselves having chronic pain in the future--if people knew the possible torture in store, no one would walk around optimistic about life. Please do something.
I'm going through everything in this article and this is true the way doctors treat you. I have fibromyalgia DJD,RA and I had at less 6 abdominal surgeries in pain all the time. I'm being blackball I've never had any other medication in my urine or seen any other Dr for pain medicine not only that i walked around with rotten hernia mesh abscess on my intestines for so long a part had to be removed and i also had sepsis and was treated like a drug seeker i live in Columbus Ohio and had the last two surgeries in NY after 1scan they know what was wrong compared to Ohio 10 scan they left me to die because i was on pain medicine.
After talking to some pharmacist.Iv found out there is no state law that says a person can't be on benzos and norco. My new Veterans provider called me at my home to tell me it was my pills or his license.Clearly he is being strong armed by someone.As I've never had a single problem with my meds. And they allow me to be mobile and have a life.The pain cinics in Terre Haute In. All have horrible reviews . Clearly this is not what doctor's who supported pain med scheduling. wanted however this is what its came to and even my doctor says I need the meds.Most doctor's don't like what's happening.They have no choice
After talking to some pharmacist.Iv found out there is no state law that says a person can't be on benzos and norco. My new Veterans provider called me at my home to tell me it was my pills or his license.Clearly he is being strong armed by someone.As I've never had a single problem with my meds. And they allow me to be mobile and have a life.The pain cinics in Terre Haute In. All have horrible reviews . Clearly this is not what doctor's who supported pain med scheduling. wanted however this is what its came to and even my doctor says I need the meds.Most doctor's don't like what's happening.They have no choice
It is a shame the way these pain clinics are allowed to treat paitients..my husband was a patient of a top notch clininc that was great and did tests,monitored health and took time to answer questions then about a year ago they started adding PA for more providers and non tests since and some of those sould have been every 3 months to monitor how meds were affecting his organs..The PAs got nonchallant about visits and went from where you used to have 19-15 min visit to 3 min maybe...the whole conversation would be hey how are you, meds doing okay? Well good no changes and we will send scripts out in a few minutes see you in 4 weeks.....and gone...literally all in one breath and if there were issues or queestions they'd hurry you up or act ****y even cut you off...husband fired them...got sick of it...
My Husband works very hard his knees are bone on bone doctor had to send him to pain management doctor in fear of what they can do to him this place is always standing room only nasty if you ask doctor to increase your pills they get smart with you and charge you every month to walk in they print out prescriptions he signs doesn't ask how you are doing nothing This has got to stop his primary doctor says he sorry nothing he can do about it
I am 22 years old i see a pian specialists every month and i have been hospitalized 4 times for pancreatitus and they can not figure out why, and i have i never have drank . There have been so many times where the drs dont want to give me medicine or want to cut my amount down because im 22 and i MUST be an addict. I only get prescrined tramadol and somtimes norco.
I'm sick of rude doctors with God complexes. I'm tired of people being treated like they should be lucky to have their doctor but the doctor takes for granted he's lucky the patient.
Been suffering from RA for 20 years. Have pain 24/7. Am 69 years old. Why would my government do this to me?
I have experienced this. I saw the same pain Dr. for 8 years. I had knee surgery go bad and i got blood in the knee. The surgeon wrote me a diff. pain killer. I never took a single one and gave it back. I was awake for 7 days straight in pain. My pain Dr. calls me and requests that i come in. When i show up, his PA tells me i sought pain meds from another Dr. and i was dropped. Really? Ofcourse, Dr. Cottingham only wanted to do injections. Thats where the real money is.
My wife suffers from permanent pain from adhesions from a botched operation. Her story is outlined below as Sheila T. from RI. Her situation is real and she has been on stable medication for many years. This new DEA intitiative is wrong! In the interest of saving drug abuse OD's we can't trade that for the wellbeing of legitimate pain sufferers, which is happening recently. "Do no harm" is in the hypocratic oath, and the DEA is forcing harm upon innocent pain suffers! Alleviate the pain before removing the Rx solution!
Veterans provider taking me off xanax 3mg a day cold turkey after eight years.And tapering me off of norco 40Mg a day in just 4 Weeks.I am a single parent funtioning fine.Now I worry about being able to parent or live.
This article made me cry because Ive been suffering with chronic back pain for 6 years now. Ive had a laminectomy in 09" and a 2disc replacement at L5/S1, spinal fusion with 39 staples!
That was in 2012...
Now I just found out I need 2 more discs replaced and my fusion failed, u can see the screws popping out of my bone... So now the doctor wants to go thru my hip and use bone to graft to my spine..
For years I had a doctor that would keep increasing my pain meds until one day I went to my apt and my doctor was out on an investigation for being considered a Narc doctor. .. from there i turned to the streets for help bcuz i tried pain management but i have to have another surgery and seven neuro surgeons have told me that ill always be in for yhe rest of my life.. The article is all too surreal because my chronic pain does make me contemplate suicide because no doctor Wil help me for pain...
All during this the disabled patients suffer like me..
My primary docor is now saying I may be referred to a pain clinic that is well known for atrosities toward people with pain. When will this stop. I am in my 60's and pain meds. are of help. I am not worried about addiction at this point. lol

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