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

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Every word is true. DEA agent are NOT doctors nor our these shady politicians running this country! Our ancestors would be appalled. Focus on REAL issues like the Gov of Tx is! DEA breaks bread with Immigration so here's a thought? Leave the Harvard Grad MD's to treat as they choose, and utilize YOUR time rounding up those 800K illegal immigrants.. Or hmmm.. STOP ISIS! We are entitled to " our right to happiness "! I'm not a chronic pain suffer of years & years duration. I'm a descendant of Andrew Jackson & My best friend died while on duty 21 Feb 1991. He flew his Black Hawk into enemy territory to rescue a wounded soldier. To avoid enemy fire he had to remain at low altitudes which resulted in his only option of getting the chopper safely on the ground was his experience! He flew the Soldier back to med, sand storm blew in, lost communication with the ground , night vision useless. He crashed. He selflessly gave his life for YOUR freedom so why don't you disarm you need to be "in charge" & take care of issues that save lives! The chances that people in chronic pain will commit suicide, in my opinion would FAR out weigh overdoses! seriously?! WOULD you truly care anyway? If so and these people with titanium rods for spines and cadaver bones in their bodies, metal, ... oh speaking of metal, Go teach Biden about Guns. I enjoyed his advice that women didnt need a semi-automstic weapon that they should just go get a shot gun! CAN WE POSSIBLY LOOK ANY MORE "ARTILLARY CHALLENGED"? This is pathetic! Well go stop those Drs from helping people after you finish your chores ??
Dx: chronic pain from a pinched nerve INSIDE a vertebra surrouded by my brain stem, inaccessible and inoperable.
Rx: only gamma knife, available in the Far East, but not available in the U.S., and no insurance coverage outside U.S.. VA denies pain meds as of Feb., 2015. (They work poorly anyway.)

For all intents and purposes, my life ended 30 to 40 years ago, and I have been just waiting to die since the early 1960s, I AM NOT A SUICIDE RISK; because I am a Christian, I cannot commit murder against myself. But short of a miracle from the Lord, I see no way of escape, that I may be able to endure.
I have had a number of these experiences explained in this. It is a shame what is going on for those who truly require pain management that involve pain medication. It is absolutely necessary we all do something just like this. We must remain strong, keep pushing and help to make changes that are positive for pain patients and so that doctors can go back to being "doctors."
I have had a number of these experiences explained in this. It is a shame what is going on for those who truly require pain management that involve pain medication. It is absolutely necessary we all do something just like this. We must remain strong, keep pushing and help to make changes that are positive for pain patients and so that doctors can go back to being "doctors."
they found a tumor in my leg cvs pharmacy refuse's to file pain meds
I was in a terrible car accident crush both my legs. It is not right that I'm treated like a criminal just because I need chronic pain medicine to live somewhat normal life
I was in a terrible car accident crush both my legs. It is not right that I'm treated like a criminal just because I need chronic pain medicine to live somewhat normal life
I too had the surprise of my life when going to the doctor today. I was treated like a common drug addicted junkie having to submit to embarrassing tests, looking for items that are none of their business, enduring the hundreds of dollars of added expense that I now have to pay, not just one time but Iím being told on a regular basis, money I donít have. This is an absolute travesty propagated by DEA threats and government getting involved where they should not be involved.
I have RSD lost my primary doctor and am now being treated like a drug seeking junkie everywhere I go, what I have is more painful then cancer but that doesn't matter. There is very little that can be done for me and I can't afford the treatments that exist, I won't be able to function soon but hey at least the junkies will have their heroine,
Sadly life with a debilitating rare disease begins to become too much when you are denied the opportunity to even SEE a pain Managment physician... Why? With all the red tape and fear physicians have with the new laws to stop drug abuse, they deny the right to give an educated responsible person the chance of any quality of life. Unless I have cancer pain I just have to suffer. To deny a human the right to live without pain because of those that abuse it is a cruelty that no one should ever have to endure.
Prescription pain medication is expensive and they are not a substitute for a cure. They are only a temporary method for treatment. We are talking about Adults who have exhausted all other options and need medication to have some of the quality of life restored from the constant pain that they live in..
It is becoming more and more difficult to find a pharmacy and insurance company that will work with a patient without under minding the science and education that a doctor has!? Is this really legal?
I equate it to paying for a train ride but being made to get off at the next stop because I don't look like I should be on the train. it is prejudice.
People will abuse, but for the most part, that is the choice of the person receiving the medication and their medical doctor's judgment..
Is there dangers in this medication that are not made public because the greedy drug manufacturing companies don't want to lose profit by adding a disclaimer?
I feel this a way to get all pain management clients to go to a local methadone clinic for a more controlled substance.
And furthermore, How in the world can a pharmacist who distributes the medication, trump a medical doctor in what medicine, a paying patient is prescribed? Please tell me what my rights are as an adult who paid for insurance and a co pay for my doctor's visit and medication, to then be denied the care my doctor has ordered?
I have also signed a contract naming which pharmacy that I will use, and it is MY NAME on the list of Class drugs which are recorded for monitoring purposes, and in the mean time I wait for the pharmacist to decide whether they will fill my prescription only with fear that I might not follow the instructions on the label or that they are being investigated by the government?
This must be against the law.? We are paying to be treated for pain, and a license specialist gives us a treatment plan, and none of that matters because of regulations? regardless of individual patient symptoms, if a medical doctor with all those years and costs for education and licensing are then refusing to give treatment because of a risk that an adult patient may become dependent on a medicine or take it without care, isn't that just a way to police the people that are being denied by their doctors, or and a pharmacist? How can these issues of treatment exist when patients are being refused the medicine that helps enable their lives to be better.
This is a form of Bullying. It is not a free country as stated in our constitution and it is taking citizens rights away and somewhere it must be against the law. I could be wrong because I am not a doctor or a lawyer. Just a patient in pain, and tired of being treated like I am a child that can't be trusted. I do not know the laws governing these policies, but I can't imagine that it is legal to deny a person medication that could put them at greater risk physically by forcing a person to go into withdrawal when a doctor or pharmacist c
I am one of the fortunate who has a pain management specialist who is smart and courageous. The doctor fully documented my need for narcotic pain medicine by having me write down my symptoms, attempting to use sterioids for pain before prescribing opioids. The result of the steroid trial was that I developed cardiac symptoms. I then was given Percocet. I am very careful to take these, putting 6 pills in a pillbox daily and no more, using Advil to also relieve pain as the Percocet is not enough.
I have had pharmacy techs give me dirty looks, tell me my prescription isn't ready, that my doctor didn't authorize it, basically treat me like an addict. I know I've developed a tolerance, but that's not addiction!! I've really learned to hate because of the way people have harassed me. My diagnosis is extensive osteoarthritis. I've had one hip replaced, in case proof is needed! ALL my joints hurt. Also have scoliosis.
The medications enable me to have a useful life, taking care of family and pursuing an ambition to be an artist.
One thing is, I am VERY persistent, articulate, a real New Yorker according to my husband, and don't take no for an answer. That contributes to the smooth path for medication I'm now on, for which I've had to fight like a demon! But, really, why should any patient have to raise Cain to obtain necessary and reasonable medication? It's unjust and ridiculous. I've read the stories herein and am heartbroken at the agony patients have to endure because of frightened medical personnel. The DEA has turned the medical community in to a police state by their draconian, rigid, cruel regulations.
These comments by pain patients should make it clear that their treatment MUST be changed out of common decency. Do no harm. Right now, you are really doing more harm than you can imagine!
i was now just refused from the Walgreens Pharmacy located on the corner of County Farm and Geneva Rd. In Winfield IL. 630-681-8482. Call them and complain about their discrimination towards us chronic pain sufferers. Discrimination against us disabled by pain. Every month I am forced to call around to 5 differenc Walgreens pharmacies to find 1 with my medicine in stock. I was told that since I am using a controlled substance pain medication oxycodone 15mg Thai they will not fill my medication unless I get a hand written letter from my pain specialist stating what is wrong with me physically and why I need the medication. Future more I have to have my pain doc write my diagnosis and diagnosis codes on each script and he also needs to write on the script that he is a pain specialist as if his credentials don't already state it. They said it is because it is a controlled substance but the are not forcing me to do this with my adderall scripts. Complete proof of discrimination against us disabled by pain. This has caused me sever suffering both financially, mentally and physically, multiple ER visits, depression, anxiety, embarrassment, and violated my HIPPA rights. I am forced now to show all my private medical issues with all the pharmacies techs, cashiers, and pharmacists by putting this on all my scripts. Someone please help me find an attorney who will challenge this discrimination and wrongful treatment towards me. At a minimum this is an infringement on my pursuit of happiness. Call me at 630-901-2337 or email jfanelli91@hotmail.com
I have adhesive arachnoiditis, spinal stenosis and herniated disks. I have been this way since 1995. I haven't died from pain medication that I have taken for the last 20 years. I went back to school and currently starting the masters program. I take medication to be able to sit up. I have had trouble finding pharmacy that will fill the my medications. What's it going to take, living in the bed the rest of my life to make them happy? I hate everyone who ever abused a pain pill just like you. Please think of what you are agreeing to and consider the unintended consequences before you need pain treatment yourself and there is none.
We live in a big lobby bribed government that supports the sell of deadly cigarrettes at every store along with alcohol that both cause more deaths & higher health cost, we allow women to have abortions saying it is a right to do what they want with their body, but the big pharmacutical lobby pays billions to get much more dangerous but profitable drugs to market. The bottom line of this entire issue is money & hydrocodone is generic meaning no large profits & it is the government that has proven they will sell the people poison if their pockets are lined by those pushing it. Cocaine & drugs are not legal because it is imported where the government spends billions per year to fight the drug war even on marijuana, but marijuana would get a lot of people on medicinal therapy costing profits & that it is money driving the war on hydrocodone that cost a generic price vs. a much more harmful less known about drug that TV ads are pumped out on that cost hundreds of dollars for 30 pills that a year later find out people have died or have life long damage from a patented drug. It is a large money wheel that the politicians don't work for the people they work for the lobby firms that pay them big bucks to herd people like cattle & control people. Who wrote Obama care...the big insurance companies that locked in a endless money supply guarantee that they lobbied our leaders paying them millions of dollars to pass Obama care & gain full control of the people's healthcare means full control of the people. Freedom is just an illusion for you really have no right what you can do or put in your body, because even if you do then you are not the victim the media under the government makes you out to be the criminal. It is a masterful plan that the people have sat back & allowed in handing over their freedoms while the puppet masters pushed the people to be wrapped up in video games, pop culture, & Hollywood so the people would not pay attention while those in power took away the people's voice & gained so much power to deem the individual powerless & we can write letters all day long, but it is those who the checks that are heard. The government does not care about your health because tobacco is proof, they care about control, power, & money & the drug companies, tobacco companies, & insurance companies along with the rest are in bed together writing big checks we see & giving bigger money in envelopes under the table we don't see. So hydrocodone is under attack not to protect anyone because over the counter medications have been proven to be more dangerous & abused, it is all about making bigger money & the people pay the price.
We live in a big lobby bribed government that supports the sell of deadly cigarrettes at every store along with alcohol that both cause more deaths & higher health cost, we allow women to have abortions saying it is a right to do what they want with their body, but the big pharmacutical lobby pays billions to get much more dangerous but profitable drugs to market. The bottom line of this entire issue is money & hydrocodone is generic meaning no large profits & it is the government that has proven they will sell the people poison if their pockets are lined by those pushing it. Cocaine & drugs are not legal because it is imported where the government spends billions per year to fight the drug war even on marijuana, but marijuana would get a lot of people on medicinal therapy costing profits & that it is money driving the war on hydrocodone that cost a generic price vs. a much more harmful less known about drug that TV ads are pumped out on that cost hundreds of dollars for 30 pills that a year later find out people have died or have life long damage from a patented drug. It is a large money wheel that the politicians don't work for the people they work for the lobby firms that pay them big bucks to herd people like cattle & control people. Who wrote Obama care...the big insurance companies that locked in a endless money supply guarantee that they lobbied our leaders paying them millions of dollars to pass Obama care & gain full control of the people's healthcare means full control of the people. Freedom is just an illusion for you really have no right what you can do or put in your body, because even if you do then you are not the victim the media under the government makes you out to be the criminal. It is a masterful plan that the people have sat back & allowed in handing over their freedoms while the puppet masters pushed the people to be wrapped up in video games, pop culture, & Hollywood so the people would not pay attention while those in power took away the people's voice & gained so much power to deem the individual powerless & we can write letters all day long, but it is those who the checks that are heard. The government does not care about your health because tobacco is proof, they care about control, power, & money & the drug companies, tobacco companies, & insurance companies along with the rest are in bed together writing big checks we see & giving bigger money in envelopes under the table we don't see. So hydrocodone is under attack not to protect anyone because over the counter medications have been proven to be more dangerous & abused, it is all about making bigger money & the people pay the price.
The current treatment of chronic pain patients is an atrocity and a human rights violation against the disabled. It is also a state sanctioned national disgrace. If the US government continues to perpetrate this cruelty, perhaps it is time for us to organize and file a complaint with the The United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
I bet if a DEA agent was in pain they would find help!! That also goes for doctors!!
As a chronic pain sufferer, myself, and Ambassador for US Pain Foundation. The lack of empathy from doctors toward patients whose lives have been shattered due to pain is SO INHUMANE, and leaves the patient so desperate that she will be forced to find relief either on the streets or in suicide. This not supposed to be "the American. This situation absolutely MUST BE CHANGED IMMEDIATELY.
The D,E.A. is murdering us chronic pain patients..Their propaganda machines,with headlines like,''handed out like candy,''pain patient filling scripts early,'' or 45 o.d. a day,,,or ,words like addiction,abuse,,ALL LIES,,used to push their propaganda to push a demonizing image of our MEDICINES,DOCTORS,AND us CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS,,here's the truth,,,first off,no-one can ever fill thier medicines early,,the insurance companies won't allow it,must be 27 days,,2nd 90% of those so-called O.D.'s are really SELF EUTHANIZATION,,SELF EUTHANIZATIONS,,,,,NOT,,,O.D's.... these poor souls were just told or dropped by their doctors ,thus no more medicine to help make their physical pain bareable,3rd,,no true chronic pain sufferer EVER GETS ADDICTED to any pill,EVER!!!IF CARROTS STOP PHYSICAL PAIN ,ID EAT CARROTS,,our MEDICINE stops or eases our physical pain,,,thats not an addiction its a NORMAL human REFLEX to want to stop physical pain,,A REFLEX,,NOT ADDICTION ,,IDIOTS!!!!!NO-ONE WILL STAND NEXT TO A HOT STOVE AND TOUCH THE BURNER,WHY,IT HURTS ,SO THEY PULL THERE HAND AWAY NATURAL,,ITS A REFLEX,NOT ADDICTION,,, I never realized how stupid &,ignorant this cookie cutter D.E.A. adminstratore Michele leonhart was,,seriously ,I always though everyone knew that forced human suffering,ie torture,,was not only against the law,,but INHUMANE!!,,,,and finally the word abuse,,,no data anywhere shows that ANY CHRONIC PAIN SUFFER EVER ABUSED ANY MEDICINE,,ANYWHERE,,NOTHING NO-WHERE SHOWS CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERES ABUSE ANY MEDICINE,, it simple is a lie like all the other propaganda,,,by taking away our medicines,the d.e.a. is literally killing us,,,,,ie Dick Trickle,,and thousands of others like him,choose death as the only means of stopping their physical pain,,when there are medicines,,not drugs,,,MEDICINES that help ease physical pain,,this forced torture by the d.e.a. warrants the A.C.L.U. to get involved and literally press charges against the d.e.a. for abuse of power,murder,pain and suffering,and torture,,,All we need is 1 smart Lawyer,money,ie,hint pharmaceutical company's,,, to sue these inhumane bastards,,and get real justice for all those who have choosed death,or self euthanization,ie,death,,as they only means to stop their physical pain,,,,hear that A.C.L.U,,,we need you,,,we need a great lawyer,,and the companies who supply this medicine,,we need some of our money back to defend ourself againt literal inhumane torture by our own government agency,,,please help us,,,,paita
I have come to believe that the DEA is deliberately creating an atmosphere of fear that drives pain control patients (& their families)-to desperation. Some will be driven to seek drugs from illegal sources.Then the DEA & associated law enforcement agencies can gleefully confiscate those citizen's assets . The suffering of chronic pain patients & their families means money in the bank for these cruel profiteers.Another pain control patient quite accurately called the DEA "a drug cartel".This is essentially the truth.Their profits are generated by drug activity,& result in the fear & intimidation of our citizens.Seems mighty close to how drug cartels operate! If our well being WAS their ultimate goal, drug dependancy would be decriminalized,& treated as the physiological issue it is.Portugal decriminalized drug use a decade ago.Treatment is now mandated instead of jail time.Big shocker-addiction levels dropped in Portugal! But then, the still controversial 1970's Rat Park study should have told authorities what the ultimate result of reducing a huge stressor in the lives of citizens would be-less misuse of psychoactive drugs! Heck, Prohibition taught us how ultimately useless banning psychoactive substances is! Our government KNOWS this; its just that they make more revenue from confiscating citizen's assets than they make from our taxes.Even worse, incarcerating citizens is big business in the USA.As long as there are profits to be gained from people's suffering, the DEA & their associated cronies will be right there, making life unbearable for folks they can torture with impunity.Why aren't they fighting meth labs, which can contaminate an entire neighborhood, instead of bullying law abiding pain control patients & their physicians? Guess its because meth heads usually have no assets worth confiscating (& are violent to boot!) MUCH easier to torture cancer patients,& the elderly! I am amazed that those who perpetuate these cowardly cruelities can sleep at night.One can only hope they all develop chronic pain conditions-and then can't fill THEIR prescriptions! Only then will they see the true brutality of their actions.
I am a (Victim) who survived a horrible horrible crime of having my neck throat sliced through my esophygus and one main artery also including sliced through tendons and nerves left hand.. with 4 buldging herniated discs .I chose pain management after I heard their radio commercial saying we are hear for your every need call us.I did all they requested. And my pain Medicine prescribed which was generic hydrocodone not the real pure Medicine . My physican who I trusted for my care refused to prescribe my pain Medicine and refused Mr treatment period and I didn't do anything wrong. No pain Medicine and I gotta fly 8000 miles for trial fought it
It is beyond ridiculous that a government agency, the DEA, is in control of patient's healthcare and have the authority to tell their doctors what they can and cannot do!!!! Alcohol is advertised all over the place and I dare say that nobody needs alcohol unless they are a full blown alcoholic but even so, they can get it if they have the money for it. It's a neverending subject about drunk drivers killing other people but even so, it is still legal! But they make ill people who have legitimate pain from past injuries, surgeries, CANCER, etc. and not even an oncologist in the city I live in will write a prescription for any kind of narcotic for anyone no matter what because they don't want to deal with the idiotic crap from the DEA!!! What???? I'm sick of it and the laws need to be changed and changed fast to make some kind of common sense!!!! These highly paid DEA agents, paid with our tax dollars, have done absolutely nothing to keep this country safe! Their so-called drug war has been a complete failure! It is high time that the laws were changed to reflect what everybody says today, including most of the authorities!!!!
DO NOT punish the honest truly ill patient because there are many that ARE drug seekers, that is what in inept lawmaker would do; one would expect a more intelligent lawmaker from our government.....
To whom it may concern:
I am a lucky person I guess, from reading some of the articles on this topic. I have a wonderful Pain Management Physician, however my problem lies when needing to have those prescriptions that my Pain Management doctor has deemed as an appropriate prognosis for my several conditions. Pharmacies that I take these legit scripts to refuse to fill them. (I went to 57 different pharmacies & not one would even give me a straight answer! They just treated me like a drug attic & were extremely rude. Mind you I require the use of a prescription back brace, knee braces & a cane.) I then found out that my insurance had a mail order option & that they were located in AZ. Now, as of the 21st of November 2014 even the mail order pharmacies will not fill my scripts anymore, which mind you was my only resort. (They went as far as arguing with my Pain Management Physician instructing him on the proper way & best ways of how to treat me. (So you have a Pharmacist telling a Pain Management doctor how to do their job.) Mind you this mail order pharmacy has never met me, do not know what my conditions entail nor are they aware of my patient history!)
I truly need help! Even my Pain Management doctor has no inclination on how to remedy this issue. So all I can do is try to get partials of 30 pills or less filled at local pharmacies. Then have to go back to my Pain Management doctor every week to get another partial. ($130 a week after the initial appointment, because my insurance only covers one medication management appointment per month.)
Please help!
Sincerely,
J. Shipman
It's amazing to me how stupid our government officials and lawmakers really are? Alcohol is legal, there are no restrictions as to how much one can purchase, which makes extremely accessible. There are commercials and billboards on every corner encouraging people to drink, party and be cool doing so! Well I've seen quit a few alcoholics in my lifetime and there anything but cool! More people are killed by drunk drivers every year. Yet Noone ever puts regulations on it? How many times do you hear about innocent life's being destroyed or carelessly killed by a drunk driver? How many times do you hear of a chronic pain sufferer taking their 3 or 4 norco/day go out and murder an innocent family while getting behind the wheel of a car drunk?...it's common sense people. Let's do some test on a drunk and someone taking their prescribed narcotics. Which one is the most competent? No contest...Game over!
I have symptomatic Tarlov Cyst Disease my pain levels are all over the place daiIy. I get denied my anti inflammatory drugs and pain patches all the time. Its like pulling teeth ...it shouldnt be so hard. NO ONE likes to be in pain !
My father has spinal stenosis and has had chronic pain in his neck and lower back for over 20 years, he has tried going through the pain management clinics and they want to put him on more dangerous narcotics such as morphine and oxycotin than the current pain medicine his regular doctor prescribes for him who knows him and his history. why are we making it so difficult for the people that really need this help to get it. why should they jump through hoops because the DEA and government in general feel the need to control EVERYTHING!! On top of that insurance doesn't always pay for all the drug tests that the pain clinics require and he can't afford that being on a fixed income!
My father has spinal stenosis and has had chronic pain in his neck and lower back for over 20 years, he has tried going through the pain management clinics and they want to put him on more dangerous narcotics such as morphine and oxycotin than the current pain medicine his regular doctor prescribes for him who knows him and his history. why are we making it so difficult for the people that really need this help to get it. why should they jump through hoops because the DEA and government in general feel the need to control EVERYTHING!! On top of that insurance doesn't always pay for all the drug tests that the pain clinics require and he can't afford that being on a fixed income!
I live in chronic pain and have for 39 years. Many times there is no choice other than opiate pain relievers.
Im a 43 year old suffering with multiple herniated disc also have fibromyalgia, my pain is 9 out of 10 every day. I get 3 vicodin 7.50 a day,
My Dr. already threatening not to give it to me any more.
If the DEA is so concerned about addiction they can go get them on the street there are plenty of them, NOT in a doctor office.Is not fair how they treat us and here we are struggling to be alive and been a strong so we dont commit suicide. Painkillers for someone who is in pain is like a blood pressure medicine for someone with that condition. I so Wish We could all get together and go to the White House or the DEA and do something about it. they don't let people die in pain but yeah they let people live in pain. is that fair? I wonder every day if we as patient have any rights
I don't care what the DEA says they are responsible for people like myself who really need their pain pills. My dr told me today that her office will no longer being prescribing pain meds. It's a pain with all the hoops they have to go through and all the regulations. So now I have no way of getting my pain meds. Tell me how fair is this to us. Once again the government screws us again. When you are like me have multiple conditions and left to suffer in pain that is not exceptable. Someone needs to grip on what's going on here!
I have had many tumors removed and 23 surgeries since I was 8 years old due to a disease. I have been able to live my life through medications and other treatments but I am tired of the labeling. The laws and policies are not helping addiction, rather making it worse for those abusing the system as well as people like myself and millions of others who require medications to live a decent life.
Thank you for caring about people not becoming addicts. I underwent surgery and my doctors were afraid to give me pain meds due to be targeted. I don't like taking medication, but when I'm in pain, I hate that even more. I just want relief and if the insurance companies wouldn't give us a hard time about what surgery is necessary and how much pain you are in, the pain pill wouldn't have to be issued.
I just came from my pain dr, who I have been seeing for years now. I suffer from chronic pain due to several failed back surgeries, nerve damage, herniated discs in lower back and neck. I have been on 30mg of oxycodone since 2007, taken 4 times a day, oxycontin 60 mg every 12 hrs, lyrica, and zanaflex (which does nothing for pain). My Dr. comes into the room with a look of defeat today and tells me he can no longer give me the 30mg, the ONLY medicine that helps my pain and gives me a somewhat functioning life. He tells me it's out of his control and it's coming down from the American Board of Pain mgmt along with D.E.A. I immediately lost it, cried my eyes out. How dare the DEA or anyone else tell me what I can and can't have to treat my pain. They are not my doctor, have no f******* idea the amount of pain I live in without my meds. This is sooo WRONG to do to legit pain patients who just want some quality of life. My lower back has actually turned all discolored and black and blue. Part due to over usage of heating pad, and my dr thinks its to do with nerve damage. My life is no picnic. I am a single mom on perm. disability. What little life I have left I'd like to be able to function. While I'll agree with the fact that there are the pill pushers and abusers out there, because the DEA has lost control of their war on opiods, they chose to target the legit people who are suffering in pain everyday???!! Two words to the *******s who are targeting legit pain patients. F**** YOU! Karma will surely come your way and I hope you find yourself in so much pain you would rather die. What the hell do you think you are doing to patients who have been on opiods for years upon years and then you take it away???!! You leave us in so much pain we would rather end our lves. IF I get to that point, I am making sure my siblings know to sue the asses off of everyone of you who are targeting legit pain sufferers and who have compromised my health and well being to the point I no longer want to live. I asked my dr about medical pot, and of course since I'm not on my deathbed I dont qualify, another bunch of shit. Christie set the medical pot program up to fail in NJ, having the strictest guidelines in the country..He's on one big power trip, and is out of his mind when he said, and I quote " There just isn't a need for it here". There's a need for it as thousands of us suffer daily, but who can be bothered going thru the program when it's hasselfree and stressfree going to the streets. I've never wished bad on anyone, but now I do. I hope those of you making these so called rules will one day know what it's like to suffer in pain and can't get out of bed, or play with your child, or take a walk, or cook meals for your kid, You make me sick! SHAME THE HELL ON YOU FOR COMING AFTER THE LEGIT PAIN SUFFERERS. I've never failed a dam urine test, I do everything I'm supose to, and try and enjoy life the best I can. You are forcing me to now live in pain so b
I have been on the same medications for a10 years. I have been going to the same CVS pharmacy is Las Vegas for the past 4 years and have had my prescriptions filled by the same pharmacist for 9 months. Two weeks ago I went to the same pharmacy and pharmacist and was told she declined to fill my medications. Her first reason was stated she had 2 other customers who died of these drugs. The second reason was she considered in her professional opinion that they were a dangerous drug cocktail. I asked if she would call my doctor and if my doctor should call her. Which she declined. After several day to make a long story short contacting CVS corporate office several times since it escalated to where the pharmacist refused to fill my non-narcotic prescriptions which they told her she had to it escalated to where she set it up so when I picked up my non-narcotic prescription she had security escort me out of CVS under threat of arrest. During this I stated that I believe she is required to follow State and federal protocol for denying to fill prescriptions. I found Nevada law NAC 639.753 section (NRS 639.070) which she clearly violated each of the legal requirements she is required to take which she did non of them. I have also discovered this pharmacy was under DEA investigation supposedly and discovered when I had them print out my prescriptions for several years that there were a number of very strong narcotics that were listed under my name and a doctors name which I had never received nor did my doctor ever order these prescriptions. I am now following all the legal protocols and contacts for having this investigated. Any one who has been denied their prescriptions should immediately have the pharmacy print out a list of their prescriptions as far back as they can and then call your insurance company to provide you a list of all your prescriptions who had since you started taking them. This is first an over reach by the DEA and second their is a huge market for illegal drug sales which pharmacy personal can be tempted or persuaded to steal medications and bury the evidence in computer records of patient's. Be aware of this. Also these denials to people can cause death or suicide and force patients o become criminals being forced to buy their medications off the streets especially from illegal aliens and cartel controlled dealers, Do you think illegals and cartel are only trafficking heroine, crystal-meth and crack from Mexico. I think not. How many pills do you think can fit in a back pack or duffel bag across the border. The DEA needs to do their job of protecting American citizens rather that destroying the health, welfare and lives by forcing pharmacies to make decisions they are not qualified to do so. The DEA is killing the disabled and terminally ill people by their actions. We disabled people have value. We need more signatures and more people to contact their State pharmacy Board, American Disabilities Act representatives and Co
I suffer from two ruptured discs in my back and have had nothing but problems and headaches trying to manage my pain. I can't exactly medicate leaglly while at work but can with a pain medication. Nothing but hypocrites. My medical liscense comes from the same place as the docotrs licsense who won't prescribe pain meds bc the DEA says he can't. Also after asking for documentaion stating what he said I was no longer able to see him bc of "patient doctor relationship break down" what a joke. They can prescribe narcotics like heroin dealers bc the drug companies want their money every month from you when you go to pharmacy. They are not making any money off a person when they make there own. It all comes down to $$$$$$!
A nightmare for real people who are in chronic pain. I live in fear in the good olť USA! There is real problems that need addressed, common sense says this is nit the way. I would love to be part of a round table volunteer to assist in establishing real solutions to the real problems. My community does have enormous illegal drug usage problems and rehab shortages, but its not being solved by targeting me.
I have osteoarthritis combined with hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia. I would rather be playing with my granddaughter than worrying about if my pharmacist is suddenly going to say that my prescription can't be filled. When pharmacists and bureaucrats decide to "play doctor" it puts all of us at risk of no longer being able to receive the medical care we pay for. Let's face, drug addicts will find their pills somewhere no matter what we do. Why do all of us have to be punished for the sins of a few? Perhaps we are looking at this the wrong way: maybe we should be suing our pharmacists, the DEA, and our state representatives for practicing medicine without a license.
I have osteoarthritis combined with hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia. I would rather be playing with my granddaughter than worrying about if my pharmacist is suddenly going to say that my prescription can't be filled. When pharmacists and bureaucrats decide to "play doctor" it puts all of us at risk of no longer being able to receive the medical care we pay for. Let's face, drug addicts will find their pills somewhere no matter what we do. Why do all of us have to be punished for the sins of a few? Perhaps we are looking at this the wrong way: maybe we should be suing our pharmacists, the DEA, and our state representatives for practicing medicine without a license.
I've been in pain management for 24 years same pain clinic the whole time . Never had dirty urine . Pill count good .never ask fory meds early . I have my whole spine herniated discs ,stenosis at multi levels I had 2failed cervical fusions . Need another one . Had low back surgery need another one after 22 years it needs done again . They are cutting my pain meds down plus they took away my dilaudid . Which I need to wash my hair and shower. I use to get 3 100mg.of morphine a day now I get 210 mg. and 4 15mg. Oxycodone . Was told I had to go to family doctor to get somas they quit writing them . So I was lucky my family doctor writes them . They are the only muscle relaxer that helps my neck and doesn't make me tired . I don't feel high ony meds because I got them increased over 24 years that's why I can't have them cut down I need them increased I have a tolerance after 24 years . Please help us or tell me where to complain too.
Ever night I go to bed with a pain level 8...every night I go to bed with a pain level 8....I cry myself to sleep because I am in so much pain...I take my pain medicine as prescribed....I have had surgeries and so many injections I look like a pin cushion....I am desperate...71 years old and I have no life...no medical marijuana laws in this bible thumping state...My doctor of over 20 years is so afraid of the DEA that he can not sufficiently treat my excruciating pain....I have been to Pain clinics and no help there...if we had medical marijuana...I couldn't use that and the pain medicine because of the laws...I have an upstanding pillar of the community Dr. and I am a law abiding upstanding citizen...why can't I get the treatment I need....'cause the government has decided we are no better than an addict on the streets....I am not an addict....I use for pain....all my records of 20 years reflect this...there are years and years of documentation....and still the government thinks they have a right to control my treatment...This needs to be changed for all of the poor people who have a life filled with pain.....Surely there could be something put in place...a way to sift through the street abusers vs. the legitimate truly ill sufferers
I want to add to the comments that I had already submitted: THE STEROID INJECTIONS THAT ARE DONE IN THE NAME OF PAIN MANAGEMENT MAY BE THE CAUSE OF ARACHNOIDITIS!!!!! DITTO SPINE SURGERY!!!!! READ UP ON ARACHNOIDITIS!!!!
I have Arachnoiditis which means the nerves in the spinal cord, actually the Cauda Equina, are clumping together and it causes me to be incontinent at bladder and stool along with severe pain especially in my legs. Also, since the damage seems to constantly be getting worse it has caused me to have problems with the regulation of body temperature; sadly this isn't even half of the problems that comes with the disease process they call Arachnoiditis.
I have three herniated disc in my lower back and am in need of spinal fusion. I am very sick of being under treated by my doctor because he is scared of being investigated by the state or DEA. There are around 100 million chronic pain sufferers in the United Sates right now and many of them go without treatment because of the current laws and health costs. We need to make our voices heard on this topic and bring some sanity back to this discussion.
I've had my knees ware out to the point I need both knees replaced. Been on hydrocodone for about 6-7 years taking two a day a half at a time. I'm a auto body repairman they help me do my job. My doctor when I started with him was handing them out like candy to all who came. Took me almost two hours to see him now I'm always in and out no one there because of the law change. I have mri's class Rays done two specilest say I need knees. If I do it now they say I would have to change jobs because of the abuse on my body I can't stop and make the money I do now my doc wants me off the pain meds cause he's scared. People who have proof of pain should be able to get relief it's something that keeps us somewhat normal to make it through the day
This really hits home when someone you love, who has always been a hard worker and NEVER used drugs of any kind comes down with a debilitating disease, where the pain in almost unbearable and he's treated like a loser drug addict when he tries to get a prescription for meds that can at least give him a little quality to his life.
I have suffered for many years with pain and thus far am being treated for it. My physicians, however, is concerned about the way this country is going about dealing with both Doctors and patients.
Many Dr. Office's will not even write prescriptions for narcotics period the end! What kind of place is it that binds the hands of a Physicians from providing treatment of any ONE kind flat out? Drug addicts on the street will still get the drugs they are looking for and it is the average person that will be left at home in misery and contemplating suicide like one person I know already did, and others have considered.
So to the men and women of Congress, let the Doctor treat the patient, and you get on with actually doing something helpful for a change.
I am a 49 year old female and I had my first low back surgery when I was just 19 years old. I have since had 6 more back surgeries and a cervical fusion. I have severe degenerative disc disease, neuropathy in my left foot, severe scar tissue in lower back that is causing arthritis and several other back issues including 2 current herniated discs. I have been with pain management for a long time and along with SEVERAL procedures done on a regular basis, I.e., spinal injections, cervical injections, procedures to deaden the nerve, etc. I also take pain medication that helps me to continue with some quality of life. A year and a half ago my pain management Dr. Told me one day that he has to wean me off my pain meds just because he didn't like me on those meds anymore. So needless to say I went and found another Dr and explained my situation to her. I told her that I have to be on the pain meds to have any quality of life and to keep up with my 2 children. The new Dr agreed with me and said, "Some people just really need to be on pain meds."
Well, here I am just 1 year later and now after this Dr has done every possible procedure she could do on me and thousands of dollars later, she says that the DEA has her hands tied and she can no longer write my prescriptions for me and discharged me from the practice just like that! I have been so depressed and stressed out because now I have just a month to find a new Dr before my meds run out and I go I to major withdraws since I have been on the same meds for over 4 years. I have always used the same pharmacy, complied with all office rules, passed all UA's given and was just treated like a piece of trash off the street when she was done with me. I am just at a loss for words over how terrible these Dr.s can get away with treating patients who are truly in pain and need their medications. I am now in frantic mode trying to find a new Dr that will take me on before March 7 when my meds are due again.
I suffer chronic increasing pain. I am in Florida and cannot get pain medication. So I suffer every day, praying when I get home I can get my Rx. I have no quality of life, pain rules me, not drugs. My Rx. makes it possible to lead some
kind of life. Otherwise I am in constant pain and absolutely refused any pain meds. Feel like I am being punished.
The whole patient should absolutely be treated and the current restrictions and threat to Physicians to treat suffering patients is abusive, negligent, and detrimental to healthcare.
SEVERE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS AND DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE. HAVE TO TRAVEL 60 MILES EVERY MONTH JUST TO GET MY PRESCRIPTION...I AM OVER 65 YEARS OLD AND STILL WORKING FULLTIME
Life is not worth living anymore!
I have been in chronic pain for 10+ years and it has recently reached a point in which it is destroying my life, however none of the Dr's I have seen in the past 2 years will do anything at all to help control pain so I can have my life back. I already take NSAID's (most days more than any human should take on a hope and a prayer of relief), have done countless hours of physical therapy, have had surgery that only worsened the problem, and everything else. I know what works for me as it has worked numerous times short term and that is pain medication. It allows me to have my life back and a quality of life that is much better than I currently have due to chronic pain interfering with everything I do. Every Dr has tried to make it out as if it is in my head, I even had one call me an addict because of the medication my surgeon had me on AFTER surgery and during the 6mo after surgery in which I was suffering from complications FROM the surgery that required a second surgery to fix. Because of that and the fact that the surgeon wrote prescriptions for odd amounts to last odd numbers of days, sometimes a week, sometimes 3 weeks, sometimes 2 weeks, etc, I have been "red flagged" as I was told at an ER during a major flare up and because of that I'm classified as an addict by the state. THIS IS WRONG!! I never should have been classified as anything considering I had surgery and complications and now I'm suffering with increased pain due to a botched surgery a failed attempt to fix it and now I have developed severe anxiety that is also going untreated. Dr's are nothing but money grabbers now days that think anyone who says the word "pain" is automatically an addict or a criminal and that is WRONG!!

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