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

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I am a 39 year old female, who has been dealing with CHRONIC pain for about 8 yrs now. I was injured at work, lifting a patient from their wheelchair. The next morning I woke up, I couldn't move....the pain was excruciating, it took my breath away! I never knew pain like that before. I have had countless types of injections over the years and none have given me relief, longer than a month or two. I had multiple surgeries, all which have failed! I even had a screw fall out, from first fusion, after only two wks and it shifted all the hardware and caused severe muscle and nerve damage. The surgeon had to go back in, INVASIVELY, to repair the damage, remove the faulty hardware and replace it with new hardware. I haven't been the same since. I've been with my husband for 15 years and our entire married time together, I have been unable to work due to my chronic pain. I was with the same dr for 6 years and all of a sudden, the nurse practitioner I was dealing with, is gone and patients are being told, you have to wean on our terms, go to detox/rehab, or leave! Now I can't find a doctor that understands what I've been through, nor do they want to prescribe the medication! I have spent my entire summer miserable and in pain, trying to find a doctor that will help me! I never had an issue until now and now I look like a drug seeking addict, because I'm trying to find a compassionate doctor that isn't afraid to prescribe what I was on. So thank you, for making my life and other chronic pain patients lives, miserable hell!!! I need my meds to live a somewhat decent life and you have taken that away from me!!!!
I am a 39 year old female, who has been dealing with CHRONIC pain for about 8 yrs now. I was injured at work, lifting a patient from their wheelchair. The next morning I woke up, I couldn't move....the pain was excruciating, it took my breath away! I never knew pain like that before. I have had countless types of injections over the years and none have given me relief, longer than a month or two. I had multiple surgeries, all which have failed! I even had a screw fall out, from first fusion, after only two wks and it shifted all the hardware and caused severe muscle and nerve damage. The surgeon had to go back in, INVASIVELY, to repair the damage, remove the faulty hardware and replace it with new hardware. I haven't been the same since. I've been with my husband for 15 years and our entire married time together, I have been unable to work due to my chronic pain. I was with the same dr for 6 years and all of a sudden, the nurse practitioner I was dealing with, is gone and patients are being told, you have to wean on our terms, go to detox/rehab, or leave! Now I can't find a doctor that understands what I've been through, nor do they want to prescribe the medication! I have spent my entire summer miserable and in pain, trying to find a doctor that will help me! I never had an issue until now and now I look like a drug seeking addict, because I'm trying to find a compassionate doctor that isn't afraid to prescribe what I was on. So thank you, for making my life and other chronic pain patients lives, miserable hell!!! I need my meds to live a somewhat decent life and you have taken that away from me!!!!
I have been on the same pain medication at the same levels for more then 6 years. I have never abused, sold or gave my medication away. I have never run out of medication or ask to be seen before my appointment was due. I only take the minimal amount I need to get through the day & get some sleep at night. Before I started taking pain medication I missed a lot of time from work & family events because my back & neck hurt so bad. Now I have bad knees to deal with and for the last 2 months my doctor has cut my pain medication to less than half. As a result I've missed time from work after having perfect attendance because my pain is not being controlled anymore. I am lucky if I get 2 straight hours of sleep. I cry every morning when I get up to shower & I have been breaking down in tears at work from the pain. I don't think I truly realized how much my pain medication was helping me until they cut my medication to 1/2 the dose. I feel like I am going to be crippled with pain after I go to my next appointment & they cut it back even more. Life really sucks when you're in pain around the clock & you cannot get any relief from pain medication because the DEA thinks they are going to save a life by cutting my pain medication down to 2 tablets per day, when in fact they are taking my life away from me. I don't know how much longer I will be able to work in this excruciating pain. I had been living a fulfilling life working, enjoying my yard & garden. Babysitting my grandchildren & enjoying my family but with my pain level returning back to unbearable levels I'm going to be disabled most of the time which means no fulfilling life again. I beg you the DEA to please let my doctors who know me & my health issues to treat me as they have always done in the past. I am not a drug addict I am a person in debilitating pain that needs to be treated with assorted medications & one of them is a narcotic pain medication that works wonders for me. We have tried many many different medications before we found the one that actually took away a lot of my pain & made my life enjoyable again.
You are taking away our right to live life as a functioning person. You are stripping us of our quality of life. None of you care because you don't deal with our pain on a second, minute, hourly, daily rate. You need to be cracking down on drug dealers and let trained professional doctors do their job!! This world is nothing but a dictatorship anymore and we live in no peace. Now even in the comfort of our own homes. I hope your happy with yourselves and I hope your lives become as miserable as you have made millions of Americans. Shame on you all in the government.
When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. This applies to doctors as well, politicans need to leave doctors to do what they where educated to do. So until our politician's can produce a degree in medicine perhaps they should stick to what they do best, screwing the American people.
Without her small but daily dose of pain medication my wife would be totally immobile, bedridden, and probably dead in two years. She's 44.

There MUST be a way to regulate medications while keeping them off the street, because that's what all this is REALLY about. It's the "new alcohol" a la prohibition and what crack cocaine was to the 80's. If politicians aren't charging forward with their heads up their rear ends because some statisticians release data about the drug of the moment, they get bored.

I understand that prescription drug abuse has reached levels referred to in some states as "epidemic"; I know it kills many people every year. However, there are ways to keep it off the streets. Strictly regulated dosing schedules, smaller and more requent refill requirements, physician and/or pharmacy-directed pill counts, etc..

It must be frustrating to have a painful condition for which there is little physical proof other than your own word; I thank the Lord my wife suffers from a series of carefully diagnosed and documented conditions.

Senators, Congresspersons, Your Honors and Esquires, Madam or Mister President, PLEASE CONSIDER REGULATIONS THAT WILL SAVE, rather than kill people like my wife. Do not frighten doctors into forfeiting licenses, changing specialties or turning away patients out of DEA scare tactics, including sanctions or even prison.

Please don't make hasty, panicked decisions in an overzealous attempt to bring one set of numbers down, as it will undoubtably drive another set of numbers up--suicides from those living with chronic, unmanaged pain.
I feel like the goverments against us what if their family walked a mile in my shoes I bet the tables would turn real quick in Ohio from max 80mg equivlant to morphine to 200mg federal law. That's a big part of heroin epidimic people are not getting enough meds and I'm talking the true chronic pain patients they end up on heroin because their pain is so bad and doctors take away their quality of life thank about it.. THANKS ALOT MIKE DEWINE U WONT GET MY VOTE U POS U SHOULD REAVALUATE YOUR FACTS.
I just spent the last 9 months, in constant horrific pain. My pain dr's office was an office targeted by the DEA, of course, nothing was found, he's very compliant, I bring my pill bottles to each appt., he counts them, I take a drug test about every 6 months & always fill at the same pharmacy. In December when the DEA started their investigation they put crazy guidelines on him concerning how many of certain meds he could prescribe. My dr sees the worst of the worst, and doesn't run when things get tough. The DEA was relentless, he had to quit prescribing pills that had worked perfectly for over 9 years...I do have 17 conditions, ALL generate pain! In short, I lost so much weight I became unrecognizable, the hospital in LA knew me by name I had so many stays & they scrambled to get my pain under some kind of control. I also was put on over 20 different meds, some with horrific side effects, loss of vision, more nerve damage, suicidal thought daily ( was seriously considering "Compassionate Care" & my husband tearfully agreed. Yesterday, I was able to get a scrip for the meds that work for me, and let me make this very, very clear; I've never, ever been "high" from my meds, I was literally screaming, crying, writhing in pain as I waited for that scrip. I was begging my husband to kill me, begging! THE most important POINT to be made is this: Let's say I was a puppy. Most would say a human life is more valuable than an animal, but for arguments sake, let's say we're equal. Like I said I have a lot of pain generators, the worst being CRPS (higher pain than a limb amputation, childbirth), spinal stenosis (sacral to cervical discs leaking/bulging), migraines, neuropathy & arthritis. Just these eat me alive daily. Back to the puppy dog, if you were at the vets, and you seen someone repeatedly pull the dogs legs as if to pull them off and the dog was whimpering & crying in pain how long would you let it go on? I know if I seen someone do it once I'd make sure they quit and if it was repeated? OMG! PETA would be there, they'd have a vet immediately get that pup a tranquilizer, something for pain, there's no way in Hell that animal would suffer! AND if that vet said, "Gee, this looks like not only were this pups legs pulled, but someone kicked the ribs and a couple are broken. I know this pup is real hurt, but I don't deal with difficult cases. Your pup will just need to suffer, it'd make the news!!! But every stinking day, this is happening to good, honest pain patients who have followed every crazy rule that's come down the pike. We're an easy target, were weak, sick and now our government is killing us off. It is absolutely nauseating! God help us & I pray we can stay alive and away from that filthy heroin until the DEA can pull their head out of their butt, or until it hits one of their spouses or children!
I am a former Hospice RN who also has a child in recovery from a heroin addiction so I certainly have seen both sides firsthand. It is imperative that patients with chronic pain and on Hospice care for end of life receive the pain melds they need to live their lives. When properly prescribed, used, AND monitored, I have seen patients live longer with far better quality of life through the use of narcotics. Physicians with experience in pain management and Hospice should be able to treat these patients as they deem appropriate for quality of life.
Dr. Pilgram has literally phisically and emotionally saved my life. I have Trigeminal Neuralgia. With the most pain I've ever experienced. I wouldn't be alive if it weren't for him. It's not just me, it's everyone who loves me and is in my life. I will stand and support him at anytime, anywhere. He is one of the best, smartest doctor and person I've ever known and I come from a long line of family with medical degrees. He has been the only one who has helped me out. He I'd definetly one of the best, and I have loads of people who will stand fit him, including my father in law Dr John Zahniser who was a Neurosurgeon at St. Marks and University of Utah. We all stand up to support him.
I've been treated like this since a year-and-a-half ago. My methadone started 10 years ago and was given to me for pain and to get off Vicodin and other opiates. Because of this DEA pressure I feel more lost than ever and of course for the first time in 10 years addiction has come to mind. I too have been through enough to some pain clinic where they don't respond to you at all. And made to feel like I'm a drug addict. The rate of tapering is a mess and well outside the CDC guidelines. Which are indeed only guidelines not law. This has to change. There is no compassion left in doctors insurance companies or the DEA. We need to start a class action suit against the government the Physicians and the insurance companies.
As a chronic pain patient, the way we are treated is demeaning. I did not ask for pain to take over my life. This is not how I envisioned my life in my 40s. I cannot find a doctor who will help control my pain. I now have high blood pressure that is hard to control, due to inadequate pain management. I struggle to work 6 hours a day. My family suffers, as I am in bed the minute I get home. I do not socialize, attend family events, or travel. I exist, in pain. I would not wish this on anyone. The government should not dictate my medical care. My doctors should not be afraid to treat me, for fear of reprucussions. Please allow us to live our lives with dignity and hope for our futures!
As a chronic pain patient, the way we are treated is demeaning. I did not ask for pain to take over my life. This is not how I envisioned my life in my 40s. I cannot find a doctor who will help control my pain. I now have high blood pressure that is hard to control, due to inadequate pain management. I struggle to work 6 hours a day. My family suffers, as I am in bed the minute I get home. I do not socialize, attend family events, or travel. I exist, in pain. I would not wish this on anyone. The government should not dictate my medical care. My doctors should not be afraid to treat me, for fear of reprucussions. Please allow us to live our lives with dignity and hope for our futures!
@ Robert R do not you understand that for some very many there is no magical "cure"? We are the broken who have in past endured all the shots and gadgets. We have no recourse but pain medication! We are the legitimate chronic pain suffering patients left with no quality of life. There are so many doctors whom are tired of running scared. The GOVERNMENT needs to step back and let our doctors do their job!
I am a disabled patient who has been mistreated from Dr to Dr and false notes had been notated in my record , I have hardware in my neck n back from four fusions due to being struck from behind while sitting at a stop light on 3 separate occasions. Clearly not at fault for my disability.
The government has no business in the doctor's office.
So many of us just want to keep some kind of quality of life . All the attention is on the abusers, what about the people that need this just to do daily basic living?
I am 45 yr old female that has as of 2wks ago had 3 surgeries on my cervical spine. It has been fused from base of my skull to just between my shoulder blades. Hosp didn't have problem controlling pain, but now that I am out surgeon can only give min. pain meds, then will send me back to family doc who also can't do much and will have to send me somewhere else. In the meantime I may have to just lay in bed and cry from pain til that next appt. My life from here on out will be ruled by pain. Can't pick my head up off my pillow without the meds, can't hold my head up for more than 4 hrs without laying down and more meds, bedtime is torture if can't take meds. I have 6 mo old grandson that I can't enjoy like most people. Just because I have to have these meds just to have a semblance of a notice doesn't make me an addict. I don't dr shop. People in my position should not have our lives ruined or cut short because our trained drs can't treat us! That's what our drs went thru yrs and yrs of school for. And they promise Do No Harm but can no long hold that promise. Pharmacist are just as bad. People in my position and worse are being harmed as well as our families who take care of is. DEA needs to back off these drs trying to help legitimate patients!
Im 24 years old, with my whole life ahead of me. Its sad that I don't see a life past 25 or 26 because I can't get the medication I need. I'm treated like a drug addicted criminal. Who wouldn't "seek out" LEGAL medication that you know will help you?! I have no interest in, nor have I ever touched heroin. My pain comes from my job, a job I can't quit or will be homeless. A job I have to do in pain constantly now...so my choice is either get on heroin and be able to work and function normally without pain, but nod off all day and risk overdose because who knows what that crap is cut with...oh and risk arrest and prison as well. Or my other choice is suicide because I can't live in pain. Really? Those are my two choices in this country in 2016? I've tried to do everything legally, but am still treated like a drug addict. Thought it was because of my age, but I see that people even triple my age cant get their meds to function. PLEASE CHANGE THIS ASAP. PEOPLE NEED THEIR MEDS TO LIVE. The heroin deaths will keep rising because people are forced to switch or suffer. Help!!!
YOU GUYS NEED TO STEP BACK AND LET THESE MD S DO THEIR JOBS. THEY ARE THE TAUGHT EXPERTS ON WHATEVER THE SUBJECT IS.
THIS IS A HUGE POLITICAL BUNCH OF BS AND YOU ARE THE CAUSE OF IT.
WAY BACK YOU GUYS SAID " YOU ARE NOT TREATING YOUR PTS. APPROPRIATELY FOR PAIN". SO THEY INCREASED THEIR TREATMENTS. NOW " YOU GUYS ARE OVER PRESCRIBING YOUR PTS" STOP IT! YES THERE ARE THE "PILL DRS" AND THERE ALWAYS HAVE BEEN AND WILL BE, SECONDARY TO THE ALMIGHTY $, BUT THE 99% LEFT ARE DOING WHAT THEY ARE HIGHLY TRAINED AND LICENSED BY YOU TO DO. YOU ARE WRECKING MOSTLY THE PEOPLE THAT ARE SUPPOSEDLY BEING HELPED....THE PT (AND DRS') LIVES. I JUST HOPE, THAT WHEN I COME UPON YOU OR A LOVED ONE THAT HAS BEEN A PT IN NEED OF LIFE SAVING INTERVENTION, I RECOGNIZE YOU AND TREAT YOU ACCORDING TO YOUR DICTATION. YOU /THEY WILL SUFFER BECAUSE OF IT. PAIN MANAGEMENT IS A VERY DIFFICULT PROBLEM. MOST DOCS HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE TO TREAT APPROPRIATELY. LET THE DOCS DO THEIR JOBS.
YOU ARE GOING TO FIND THAT THESE SPECIAL DOCTORS ARE TREATING PTS WITH HUGE MULTIPLE, SOMETIMES TERMINAL PROBLEMS. THESE ARE PTS THAT NO OTHER MDS WILL TOUCH THAT ARE AT THE VERY LEAST GROSSLY TIME CONSUMING, THAT NO ONE ELSE WILL TOUCH. IF YOU TAKE THIS PIECE OF THE PUZZLE OUT OF THE MIX, YOU ARE LITERALLY GOING TO KILL PEOPLE!
I AM NOT GOING TO NAME NAMES, BUT THERE IS ONE MD IN SLC, UT THAT YOU, I KNOW, ARE HANGING OUT TO DRY AND JUST TRYING TO MAKE "AN EXAMPLE " OF. ALL YOU ARE DOING IS RUINING A DRS LIFE AND SEVERAL THOUSANDS" OF PTS ALONG WITH HIS. I FIND IT VERY HARD NOT TO SIDE WITH THE GREAT DOCTOR.
PLEASE DO NOT GET CAUGHT UP IN THIS POLITICAL HARASSMENT. ASK HIM TO BE APART OF YOUR DESIGN. ASK HIM FOR HIS HELP VIA HIS 30+ YEARS OF SEVERAL BOARD CERTIFICATIONS HAVE GIVEN HIM. ASK HIM TO HELP YOU GET THE JOB DONE AND DONE RIGHT. IT IS KINDA LIKE GUN CONTROL, THE HUGE MAJORITY KNOW WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO DO IT.
PROMISE ME THAT YOU WILL LET THESE GUYS DO WHAT THEY ARE HIGHLY TRAINED TO DO...THAT IS CARE FOR THE PATIENT APPROPRIATELY. I KNOW, THAT IF YOU TRUELY DELVED INTO HIS CASE, YOU WOULD FIND, HE IS A VERY SMART, TALENTED, EXPERIENCED DOCTOR. YOU ARE MAKING IT VERY HARD TO TURN OUT UP AND COMING TALENT WHEN YOU ARE TREATING THE CURE WITH SUCH DISRESPECT.
I have suffered with cluster headaches for 27 years. I've tried every kind of "migraine" medication.
Approximately 15 years ago I finally found a kind, caring doctor that changed my life. I went from 3-4 headaches, 16+ hours, a DAY of excruciating pain (to the point of being unable to sit still, talk or breathe) to now having 1-4 headaches per week. I am not, nor have I ever, abused any of my meds. Previous to the physician I currently see, I saw a highly recommended neurologists that put me on fentanyl patches. And every 2 weeks he would have me bring in all of the patches I had left from my 4 week supply to "trade" for a higher dose. I was so trusting that I didn't even realize what he was doing, let alone how illegal it was, until I found myself in the ER SO sick from withdrawal. I did not know what exactly this medication was, or why I was taking it. I always wondered why the pharmacist was so kind and treated me with such sympathy. (This was long before we had the internet.) I was immediately admitted to the rehabilitation part of the hospital. The doctors had no idea what or how to help me. This medication is primarily used for terminal cancer and other terminal conditions. I was told that people don't stop using this, they generally pass away while using it. It was horrible. It took months to recover fully. After that incident I was sent to a pain clinic, then my insurance changed, and that was when I found my current doctor. This incredibly knowledgeable doctor is right now undergoing a hearing to have his medical licence and controlled substance licence revoked by DOPL. It's a travesty. It's a witch hunt, and if the state succeeds, it will destroy the lives of hundreds of people including (and especially) this amazing doctor that is loved and supported by his very grateful patients! He is honestly the most caring, compassionate, thorough doctor I've ever had the privilege of knowing. This kind of practice of taking licenses from good doctors, and making all doctors terrified of treating people the way that they should, the very thing they went to so many years of med school for, must not be allowed to continue. My doctor has made certain all of his pain patients have naloxone in our medicine cabinets, just in case. He has also made it possible for ANYONE to walk into several pharmacies across the valley and buy it without a prescription. He has done more than most to ensure the safety of his patients as well as people he's never met. The DEA needs to seriously rethink this crusade to prevent well intentioned doctors from doing what they are licensed to do. I believe there will be a staggering increase in suicides. I think most chronic pain patients have considered it at least once. The DEA must know that pain and depression are processed by the same receptors in the brain, which is why they go hand in hand.
Where will we draw the line?
The DEA is so far out of control and so unfair this is ridiiculas. Let the Doctors be Doctors and allow them to control what they havr gone to collage and learned most of their lives and let the treat their patients as they see fit. They are the professionals. LET THEM BE!. DEA needs to seek out the ones who has labeled the rest of us addicts. THIS is so out of control and needs immediate attention.
I'am a 65 year old disabled VN Vet 1969 to1971,stayed with US Army four years. After that I started my own business in construction industry. In 2002 while in a partnership and doing Roomaddition, Ground ups and many different types of.constructions I was hurt badly on the one of many jobs that I had to keep hands on to make sure job was correct! By 2005 work had became more than I could handle! While waiting in a tag along trailer myself my daughter and my wife,for three of us living in a very rough life with just us trying to get my daughter through school,which out help from any one and my injures waittiny forSSI and Miltary help affinally came to be in 2007. Still trying to keep going things really depend on me and I was in so much pain and followed Dr. Orders with meds to give me some life and still stay walking. Now 14yrs later I have to go though again the hole thing ,medically but with out any meds because the DEA has made things so bad that to find help for the pain is impossible . Except this time I may never get the help I need so bad!Something has do be done! We as the older of the people who have worked hard all our life's and for our country, NEED HELP! Please do the right thing for ill and older people of this great country!! Do not kick us to the curb ! Our life maters!
I have a friend who has fibromyalgia (and is in disability for decades because of this condition), arthritis and migraines. Two of her doctors are being actively hostile towards her, they are openly undereducated in medical terms (I am a specialist in medical literature and I hold a Ph.D. for that), they make false claims about addiction and the nature of chronic pain that should be investigated both by the medical state board and the police. Their behavior could be characterized as sadistic, as they refuse to medicate her for pain knowing she suffers from chronic pain illnesses. If something happens to her, I will personally sue them. I am keeping record of her visits.
To whom it may concern,
I Rudy am writing on behalf of my doctor, who right now is going to court to try and stop these government entities from taking his license to practice,in all 50 states.
I have been a patient in his office for over ten years, after going to pain clinics, physical therapy, chiropractors, neurologists, countless Doctors and having two surgeries, I can't even imagine what a devastating burden it would be to my life if I was no longer in my doctors care. I trust his judgement one hundred percent. He has helped me through some trials in my life where I wasn't sure if I could go on in the condition I was. Not only has he done wonders for me physically he has made me a better man, a better father and a functional member of society. My doctor has impacted my life in the most positive way, before his care there were weeks upon weeks when I would stay in bed unable to care for my own simple basic needs. I was a burden to everyone around me. Now I have become much more independent, I hope you will take this matter seriously as it essential to my well-being. I owe so much to my doctor. I know I will never find a physician that cares for me at the level he does. He is a intelligent, bright prestegeous Doctor, I believe his work should be awarded as I know he has worked in all fields of medicine including Emergency Room Head Physican. My doctor has saved many lives, I'm sure. He has been saving many lives for over 37 years. But my letter is to inform you that he saved MINE! He continues to do so everyday! Taking away his license would be a terrible injustice to myself and the many people who's quality of life is greatly improved because of his expertise and genuine care and concern for all of us, myself especially.
Thank You for your attention to this matter as it is of great importance.
Sincerely. R.Travis R.
I have chronic pain every day. I recently was diagnosed with Lupus. I have had pain since I was 15 when I injured my back. All the doctors I have gone to have said that there is nothing wrong with me I'm just seeking out pain medication. That is not the case. I have a doctor now that diagnosed me and is treating me. I haven't felt like this in years. I can actually function now and spend time outside my home. I had high blood pressure before I started seeing this doctor and now I don't. I have not had high blood pressure for a year Ina half.
Most of my life starting at the high school level I learned how to weld welding was a big part of my career during this time the type of work causes damage to your body because it is hard labor manual labor I forced to do early retirement do to a knee surgery. the doctor said due to my work I would have to have a knee replacement sooner than necessary so his recommendation was not to go back to work to retire I take pain medication to help that need but it also helps with other medical problems that they have like my back neck shoulder wrist this law has affected my quality of life I can't sleep have to wake up and go sit in the recliner try to fall asleep then I have to take antidepressants I'm limited to just sitting in a chair all day with a heating pad or something like that with the medication I'm able to live a somewhat normal life it's not a cure but it does help me with my day-to-day life I feel that it's my right to choose what I should take as a pain medication along with my Dr the government shouldn't have the right to restrict my care because of other people being a drug addict this law does nothing but harm people like me who is on disability that require these medications that's to go to the doctor to get a hand-written prescription then go to the drugstore and Wait to get it filled. say for instance you run out there's no refills when they have to go back to the doctor spend money go back to the drugstore it's just repeat it's it's just a silly method when you used to could just go to the doctor get the prescription have refills if you needed them you would call in and get the refills now and in my area you run out of the pain medication it could be 30 days or longer before you get seen by a physician so during that time you just suffer and set around and a recliner and have no quality of life this law does nothing for people with disabilities or anybody that has pain or daily pain this affects so many people with chronic illnesses it's unreal I just don't understand how the government could restrict something for medical purposes praying for people who really truly need this type of medication
I was diagnosed with Sciatic Nerve a few years ago was put on some pain medication or wrong with having some injections the injections work very well however during flare-ups I need the pain medication that the new law restricts in the beginning and I was able to get a hundred and eighty Days by which is 90 days I didn't have to use 4/9 days Supply that would last week sometimes even six months and all depend on if my flare up I could take it at my own discretion now with the new laws it's in place if I don't have the prescription I've come totally disabled I'm not able to do things simple tasks around your home vacuuming cleaning or anything I am permanently disabled from this condition to no longer work and so if I don't have the medication and I'm having a flare up I call my doctor sometimes it can be up to 30 days before I can go see the doctor so during that time I'll just suffer this law affects people with chronic illnesses it's an unfair law 2 people who have chronic illnesses that take pain medications at their discretion and written by the doctor as prescribed I ask that this law be redone we looked at because it affects my life and my quality of life take antidepressants medications help you sleep and accept your it's a very horrible life living that the fact that someone else is controlling what you want do with your body and what medications you can take and what you can take the salon needs to go it should be my right and my doctor's right to choose the treatment and the type of pain medications I need to take
I've suffered with chronic back pain for 20 years. I was given an epidural with my 1st born & after, was made to walk to the bathroom too soon, pulling tendons & ligaments in my neck & back. Plus, another epidural & 4 car crashes (none my fault). These doctors make me feel like I'm asking for heroin!! I understand having restrictions but not the alienation.
In pain daily an what helps me to get up an move a little I have to go through hell to get oh an the only thing I take is 7.5 loratab, iam tired of pain management try to turn me into addict. It's a dam shame my primary can't do his job.
I am sitting here crying in pain - just had major surgery but docs would not give pain meds because I get chronic opiod treatment which by the way has been reduced so that my pain has not been controlled prior to surgery,. Docs think they have to follow CDC guidelines regardless of tolerance or pain level of individual pain patient
I agree with all comments made. I am a caregiver and know very well what people are saying.
I suffer from seven bulging discs in my back along with two crushed discs, a twisted and curved spine that has flattened my spinal cord in two places. Since my diagnosis every doctor I have seen has treated me more like a criminal than a patient because I require pain relief. This country has lost it's ever loving mind. I hope the ones who have instilled these travesties' upon the weak and wounded never have to suffer from chronic pain because they may have to put up with their own nonsense. " I can only hope that will be their just reward.
In process of a lawsuit filed under disability act. Get lawyers make consults keep all your records safe. Keep all posted on my progress. You are all in my prayers and I support Robert that the time has arrived to stop the government from imposing any further harm to responsible pain patients
I am a 59 year old male born with medullary sponge kidneys. I have suffered my entire life with this disease having well over 300 surgeries and or procedures over the past 30 years. I did not need continuing pain medication until 8 years ago. I never had an increase in my medication in 8 years always on a dose 3 times per day. My doctor recently lost his license and I have been without pain medication for over a year now. I have never been in pain management just my PCP and my nephrologist. My nephrologist is scared to death to prescribe opoids. I guess it's back to living in the hospital. I will now have to go to the er almost daily. I will apply for SS and welfare because I can no longer work or even function in this daily hell. The government is hurting themselves and driving up the health insurance costs instead of paying for a prescription once a month they can now pay all of the above said. I will not give to the cartels nor will I commit suicide like so many others. What is wrong with the USA? It's time to unite and make a movement and get our lives back
The criminal element in government wants to underprescribe patients so that they will turn to heroin and illegal drugs!
I have suffered 4 strokes, due to the DEA. Drs are afraid if losing their license, if they properly treat their patients. Then I was billed 135. 00 for a drug test.!! I have severe pain, ex rays to prove it and yet. Get the DEA out of our Healthcare. They are causing more harm, than good. Oour Government can't afford to continue, this needles witch hunt.
I have suffered 4 strokes, due to the DEA. Drs are afraid if losing their license, if they properly treat their patients. Then I was billed 135. 00 for a drug test.!! I have severe pain, ex rays to prove it and yet. Get the DEA out of our Healthcare. They are causing more harm, than good. Oour Government can't afford to continue, this needles witch hunt.
Born with cerebral palsy, I've had surgeries over my 43 years. Cerebral Palsy doesn't worsen. However there is effects from having C.P. like my back and hip have extreme pain now that I have reached this age. The pain is effecting my "normal" everyday life. I am on disability. this new law that prohibits me from simply causes more harm. I have to pay more co-pays and the doctors then pay for the medications. EVERY 30 days. I do not take the like having to take any medication, However in this Opioid medications makes my life better or "normal" if it wasn't for the medication all I have if to lay in bed and do nothing at all. I do not have to take the medications daily only during what I call "flare ups" during this time I am either suck without the medications because I can not afford going to the doctors and making a decision if I should take the medication and lay in bed and do nothing. I understand the risk of taking the medications. Thus it is why I only take it during my needs, Please allow my doctors and make the decision of my life and health care. Its my life. NOT yours
I am a victim of this witch hunt.
This is a huge injustice! I am mortified reading some of your comments! And our VETERANS? Being further included in this inhumane manner! Just WOW! The government has induced irresponsible guidelines that have become LAW! Pain patients suffer enough on a daily basis but now the government has crossed the line treating our veterans in this manner! Shame shame shame. Let's vote the bums OUT! We need to regain our rights!
i have spine damage from a car wreck. i am 62 years old and am a responsible person. i have been on hydrocodone for nearly 20 years. i take it as needed, everyday is different. i have multiple MRIs to back it up. but my doctor retired, now with these new laws, i cannot find a doctor in my town to prescribe my pain medication. i have a disabled son to care for and i have to be able to function . i cannot lay in bed all day in pain. i do not have insurance because my only income is social security, so i cannot go to those special pain management clinics that only see people with insurance and cost an unbelievable amount of money just to walk in the door. these medications give me my ability to function as a useful person and to not have to suffer. you people just do not get it. you are punishing the elderly, chronically ill and disabled--legitimate pain sufferers, not the drug addicts looking to get high. these pills do not make me high, they make me function. the only thing these new stricter laws will do is to drive honest and desperate sick people to have to resort to illegal means to relieve their pain, and i guarantee that will be the case if there are no longer any doctors who will help. it will be a booming business for the illegal drug dealers now! i know because i will now have to become one of these desperate people.
It's terrible having Chronic pain. I suffer everyday and can't function. Sometimes I hurt so bad I can't get out of bed. I ache like I have a toothache in my body. I have to push myself to do anything and can't complete whatever it is that I started. I hate feeling this way!
You deny pain management so Americans die off your street drugs , I call this murder !

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Since my Doctor said My pain medicine had to be reduced, I have lost my Jobe as a Manager at a large furniture warehouse in Salt Lake City. I can no longer support myself and lost my income of $20.00 dollars an hour. and can not stand on my feet for more than 20 minutes at a time. I have a Peripheral Neuropathy for 20 plus years, and am in constant pain, I have no quality of life or will to live since the took the majority of my pain medicine away. Please Help, I Beg of You!!!!
Addition to my last comment, for the ignorant the senerio I discribed in a previous post is called Dioclelian's, I think if the masses had any idea how often big brother uses it there would be rioting in the street, but that's must what the evil of this country do, and they have a strangle hold on public office like you could not imagine.
I've been taking a low level opiate for chronic pain for over 10 years. It has worked wonders for me being able to function in daily life. Now my doctor says she won't prescribe it for me or anyone else anymore. Doesn't give a reason, just suddenly decided she will no longer prescribe pain medication to ANY of her patients. I do not understand why I have to go back to living the painful existence I had before I was prescribed this medication. Nothing else helps me live a normal life. This kind of treatment seems totally barbaric to me. Why does our government want to force all of these people with legitimate chronic pain to live a life of suffering? It is completely inhumane!
1st it is the DEA that controls and imports the herion into this country. 2nd by eliminating PM Dr.s they can increase there heroin customer base. 3rd since the American public is generally dumb and apathetic we half just given up our right to live happy free lives as our constitution character's. 4th this works out great for the new world order Zionist because elimination of the population 2/3rd' of it by there own admission is there grand plan, WAKE UP SLEEPING AMERICA ITS TIME TO TAKE OUR LAND .MASS BACK!!! And honor God as our forefathers did. K,
I think that this is going way to far. They don't need our medical records why? Someone please explain why exactly why they need our personal information. They are a disgrace to the United States of America. This use to be a free country not anymore. We are not free they are just a bunch of big headed bullies. They lie they entrap people set them up ruin their lives it's all for them to get off believe me they get off on what they do. Nurses who worked at Dr's offices have told me exactly how they act when they think a Dr has went Rouge. They DON'T NEED TO BE OR HAVE ACCESS TO MILLIONS OF MEDICAL RECORDS. THE ONLY PART THEY HAVE A CLUE ABOUT IS OPIOIDS THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT A FREAKING CODE MEANS. I HAVE ALSO BEEN TOLD WHILE THEY ARE RAIDING A DR'S OFFICE THEY TAKE THE MEDS IN FRONT OF THE NURSES AND PUT THEM IN THEIR MOUTHS AND SWALLOW THEM
FUNNY HOW THE DAUGHTER OF THE HEAD OF THIS AGENCY WAS DEALING ALL KINDS OF DRUGS NO JAIL TIME FOR HIS LITTLE GIRL THOUGH. THIS IS THE MOST DISHONEST AGENCY WE HAVE. DISGRACEFUL. DISGUSTING.
My doc of 30 something years retired and now I cannot find a doc to prescribe tramadol for me!! I have taken this for many years due to many problems the latest being nerve damage from chemo. I never hounded for more meds. I was content for the edge off the pain the trams gave me. Now I can't work and my life sucks! I don't want to buy off the street but I have been forced to. This is a sad state of affairs for a 55 yr. What does the gov expect patients to do when we r forced not to b patients but to b street addicts???? Y was it ok for me to take tramadol for 16 yrs and now it's not? If I was going to abuse drugs, trust me I would have before. But no, I worked with my doc and did my best. Now I can't even try to do my best cuz I can't afford whats sold on the street. And seriously? Heroin is cheaper and I truly understand y people start to buy that. Sad, sad state of affairs in the USA.
I am getting no pain meds at the moment . Thanks to my government controlling my Drs and not allowing them to do their job as a Dr with the meds my body could tolerate. I now have seratonin syndrome . I no longer trust the United States of Americas government or policy. I could have died. You are forcing us to inject non FDA approved steriods into our bodies. Bottle says not approved for spinal injections but a pt don't see that. Now I have osteoneurocrosis of the femoral head . Thank you CDC DEA. FDA....you are worse then Hitler and are causing a genocide for true pain patients people who are truly sick.
I am a Patient who's lived over 35 years with severe pain,,I've had to go to many Pharmacys to fill one pain med,,this is not as much the trauma I suffer as what I am dealing with now on a day to day basis ,,I will suffer with tremendous pain and still will not go to a Hospital even tho my Family begs me too,,I went when I was suffering with severe stomach pains and was treated so badly and with such humiliation that I will no longer go to any Clinic or Emergency room even tho it could lead to my death,, I was treated like a drug seeker before they the Doctors even knew weather I had a valid illness,,they with held any pain treatment at all,,they let me lay there for hours in such pain that I begged for death to take me,,I had my own pain Meds that I could have taken to relieve at least some of the horrendous pain I was suffering but was not allowed to,,yet they wouldn't help me with pain relief at all,, Come to find out I was suffering with a severe stomach blockage that did almost end my life,,Because of this experience with the Doctors and Hospital I will no longer go in for any life saving treatment because they treated me with disrespect, and they humiliated me and tortured me more than a Human Being should ever be ,,I am suffering daily as I post this letter now with such pain theat at times is so unbearable that I still wish death would take me before I'd put myself through that kind of humiliation for anything,,Thd Doctors and most Nurses are on such a power trip that they could care less if we're laying in a room in pain,, they treat us all as if we're drug seekers,, What a shame and travesty of justice this world has come to,along with the Hospitals and Clinics and a lot of the Doctors who now we cannot trust to treat us with any kind of compassion much less dignity ,,Going to a Hospital or Clinic here in America is worse than going to Natzi Germany with Hitler in charge,,
I am one of those unfortunate people that cannot take anti-inflammatory or Nsaids. Suffer from GI problems. Also suffered a heart attack in 2012. I hate having to take pills everyday of my life but without the pain medication I cannot live. I have tried on a number of occasions. My doctor tapered me down. But the lower dosage dropped I wasn't able to function the pain reminded me why I was on them. Always have thoughts of suicide in the back of my mind. But if I cannot get my pain medication I will have no choice either turn to street drug's or end my life. The answer would be to end my life. Chronic pain isn't something that anyone wants to deal with. You go to see the dentist and you let them know your under pain management they treat you like your a drug addict and will not give you anything for pain. But you didn't request anything from them for pain. A doctor here's the words Pain Management and they talk down to you and mistreat you. They think your doctor shopping or an drug addict. We are punished everyday by the pain coming from our bodies. I don't get high of my meds. I don't call in and say I lost my meds. I take them as directed and try to maintain the level of medication without reaching tolerance. Maybe they need to sit down and talk with the people themselves that have Chronic Pain. The pain is really not in our heads.

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