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

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I suffer from Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), which is a chronic Neurological syndrome. I suffer from SEVERE PAIN which manifests as an extreme burning all over my skin causing pain and extreme sensitivity to touch of bed sheets, clothing and especially touch from a Person. I am warm which causes sweating, and there are times when I have areas on my skin which are ice cold( these changes are caused by increases/ deceases of blood to the skin) as a result I have discoloration of my skin, swelling is another symptom, other symptoms include dry mouth and eyes, weakness of my extremities, I am unable to care for myself on a daily basis-

I'm in bed all day except when going to the Doctor... I need constant assistance which I obtain from my elderly Parents, I AM IN CONSTANT SEVERE PAIN as are others which are Diagnosed with this painful Syndrome. For the past several months, I have been to Physicians' which REFUSE to prescribe the pain Medication which I have been on since Diagnosed FIVE YEARS AGO.

I have been to 9 PHYSICIANS in ONE MONTH that refuse to prescribe the Medication in the State of NEW JERSEY. Imagine the pain I MUST DEAL WITH, WITHOUT ASSISTANCE from these Doctor. I have been told by one Practitioner, " the DEA is really coming down on Doctors in this State, I hope you have a plan B". Not even the ER Practitioner would help because of the laws in this State. These Physician's are aware of how painful this SYNDROME is and DISPITE THE OATH which Physician's must take "...DO NO HARM...", this is exactly what my Doctors and many other Doctors are doing.

The Pain that I deal with 24/7 is so terribly painful that many times I have thought that perhaps DEATH would be the only thing that would put an end to my pain and ONLY because Practitioners that could MAKE ME COMFORTABLE while suffer with this CHRONIC PAIN which there IS NOT A CURE FOR.

PLEASE DO NOT LET DEATH be the ONLY END to EVERYONE that is SUFFERING AS I. PLEASE change the LAW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
Three days in pain with infection of the arm and no pharmacy, went to 3 has Norco or has a good reason why they do not.. I understand the change to get the RX but what good is it once you get it?
I suffer from Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), which is a chronic Neurological syndrome. I suffer from SEVERE PAIN which manifests as an extreme burning all over my skin causing pain and extreme sensitivity to touch of bed sheets, clothing and especially touch from a Person. I am warm which causes sweating, and there are times when I have areas on my skin which are ice cold( these changes are caused by increases/ deceases of blood to the skin) as a result I have discoloration of my skin, swelling is another symptom, other symptoms include dry mouth and eyes, weakness of my extremities, I am unable to care for myself on a daily basis-

I'm in bed all day except when going to the Doctor... I need constant assistance which I obtain from my elderly Parents, I AM IN CONSTANT SEVERE PAIN as are others which are Diagnosed with this painful Syndrome. For the past several months, I have been to Physicians' which REFUSE to prescribe the pain Medication which I have been on since Diagnosed FIVE YEARS AGO.

I have been to 9 PHYSICIANS in ONE MONTH that refuse to prescribe the Medication in the State of NEW JERSEY. Imagine the pain I MUST DEAL WITH, WITHOUT ASSISTANCE from these Doctor. I have been told by one Practitioner, " the DEA is really coming down on Doctors in this State, I hope you have a plan B". Not even the ER Practitioner would help because of the laws in this State. These Physician's are aware of how painful this SYNDROME is and DISPITE THE OATH which Physician's must take "...DO NO HARM...", this is exactly what my Doctors and many other Doctors are doing.

The Pain that I deal with 24/7 is so terribly painful that many times I have thought that perhaps DEATH would be the only thing that would put an end to my pain and ONLY because Practitioners that could MAKE ME COMFORTABLE while suffer with this CHRONIC PAIN which there IS NOT A CURE FOR.

PLEASE DO NOT LET DEATH be the ONLY END to EVERYONE that is SUFFERING AS I. PLEASE change the LAW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
I was injured back in 2010 fighting a house fire when I went in to save a dog. I saved the dog but couldn't save myself whole roof collapsed on me and pinning me under 4 ft. Of rubble now I have a bad neck and back for saving this families loved one and I end up suffering at doctors now cause they accused me of dr. Shopping the dr a pain specialist tried to force me in saying I'm addicted to pain medication I was only taking ultram 50MG 4 times daily yes I would go to hospital cause pain was unbearable. I was told to go to hospital if after hours in a emergency what was I suppose to do if my meds wasn't helping shoot herion snort cocane no I try to do the right thing with a paper trail and I get in trouble for making it known these new laws make it hard on everybody with chronic issues let them take medications to ease the pain instead of finding alternate sources it's no longer land of the free it's land of thousands of laws protecting laws thinking there helping people when all reality they are harming families and lives that deal with this day in night non stop. If they want to force pain surgery on me I deny I no first hand back and neck surgery is only 30 % successful let us be mostly pain free instead of a botched up peace of hamburger with pain still change the law
the Street drug pushers are the only ones benefiting from DEA and their policies.I thought we pay the DEA to stop crime not make it more profitable for cartels and street thugs trust me it is a hayday for illegal drug pushers
if my pain medications stop, I'll move to a state that legalizes marijuana. That is the ONLY drug that reduces my pain to zero
The added stress of worrying about whether you can get your pain medications every month is nothing short of cruel. Many of us have followed all the laws, but we are treated like criminals because we take pain medication. We should not be made to suffer simply because there are people who choose to abuse the medication that allows true pain patients to simply live their daily lives. I take only long acting medication and no one even has a clue that I use the medication unless I tell them. Let doctors be doctors and stop using regulation and intimidation to make legitimate doctors afraid to prescribe medication that they believe is the best choice for the patient.
I've had a liver transplant and then a stroke caused by a medical error. I cannot take otc pain medicines for my chronic pain. Everything was fine until 2013 when the VA suddenly cut me off my pain medicine. They said they had to because of death and FDA pressure. I went to a private pain specialist who treated me shabbily. Now I'm weaning myself of my medicine and suffering a huge loss of quality of daily life and feeling abandoned by the medical community. Sometimes suicidal or wanting to "strike back" at my "tormentors" a lousy way to live. I can buy buy alcohol or tobacco, but not opioid pain relief. I am a veteran.
Use of the term"addiction" is a judgement of the patient. There is international debate about this very matter. "Am I addicted to psych meds (SSRI's etc), because when I stop taking them I don't feel normal or well? " "No" they reply, " you are demonstrating Medication Cessation Syndrome" or some such nonsense. They will say anything to dismiss or belittle the debate on legitimate use of pain medication, if you can get them to stay with you long enough to have this discussion.
Vote you out Gov Scott and Pam Bondi FL corrupt money sucking pigs.
Chronic pain from multiple conditions including degenerative disk and joint disease for 30 years and counting…one bone on bone and joint replaced. More in the future I am sure… as the cushioning materials continues to evaporate away. Herniated disk with sciatica. Systemic disease causing pain all throughout. Botched pelvic implant creating massive scar tissue and nerve damage. Neurological pain with it's horrible burning. I am a 56-year-old diabetic with a history of specialists and tests and procedures and surgeries for these awful conditions. And two years ago, was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. The average life expectancy for this fatal and relentless disease is 2-5 years from diagnosis. So far.. I am holding my own. But since there is no cure other than a lung transplant, it is progressive and always fatal… and this ALSO causes muscle and joint pain. But whether I have another year. or two… or even more… I am fated to suffer the rest of my life in pain and quality of life will completely disappear. Because last week my pain specialist of nearly five years, whom I saw regularly and had a good relationship with, just dumped me. He had been acting very tense and strange over the last few months. Exceptionally crabby and unsympathetic and angry. I had no idea why, until now. All the nurse would say was "it isn't you, but the doctor is eliminating many patients and you will need to seek treatment elsewhere." I am assuming this includes anyone who requires more than the very minimum doses of medication. All patients being treated for severe chronic pain with no cure have to hit the highway. And I wasn't even close to what many people with my conditions take. No Oxycontin or Morphine or anything like that. Just Norco and a smaller script for Percocet when the pain hit level ten. Have developed a tolerance after no dosage change in five years and when I mentioned this…. that might have been the trigger? I don't know. But better to have something that works a little bit, than to have absolutely no relief at all. I can no longer take NSAIDs because I burned my stomach with them before finally admitting I needed something stronger. And allergic to gabapenten and lyrica so no help for nerve pain. But now… no help at all. So, I gathered records and went to another dr. who advertised online not just medication management, but promising non-narcotic alernative treatments that I was excited to try. Anything is worth a try when the pain gets so bad you want to run away, but there is nowhere to go. Trapped inside your own personal hell. But the minute he saw I had used narcotics, I was treated like an addict and he refused to take over my pain management. I have a strong suspicion searching elsewhere will have the same effect. Doctors are afraid. And patients who have chronic lifelong pain and have taken daily pain medication for years, suddenly find themselves, like me, facing horrible withdrawal symptoms.. not because we are addicts or junkies
Shattered my femur after falling off a ladder. Had surgery that put a rod and pins in my leg to fix the non-fixable broken bone. When the anesthesia wore off I went through the most unbearable pain I've ever had. They had me hooked up to an IV morphine pump but didn't give me enough morphine to have a therapeutic effect....it had no effect. Then a nurse from hell came in and said I had to stand on my leg, there is nothing wrong with my leg...the surgery fixed that and I should have no problem standing on it???? You gotta be shittin' me. I ran here out of my room and demanded to be transferred to another care facility which they did. Still never got enough meds to control the severe pain. I'm now scared. I'm almost 60 and live in fear of ever having to go to the hospital again.
I am reading all of these comments and it is like reliving the events of the past few months and especially the past week. My pain management doctor of over four years just abruptly had his assistant inform me he would no longer see me. I had already called another pain doctor, good thing.. I thought at the time. Until I got there are found he would not treat me either. I have multiple pain conditions producing pain of varying degrees and types from burning hot nerve pain, numbness and tingling, to the moderate, but annoying, distracting, unpredictable, confusing and maddening pain of fibromyalgia, to the moderate to severe pain caused by an allergic foreign body reaction to two defective polypropylene implants that have created an increasingly severe chronic autoimmune systemic disease process where my immune system, after trying to expel the implant and failing, began to destroy and erode the tissue around it and when that failed, became confused and began randomly attacking my own body… creating all sorts of health issues as well as pain. It took three surgeries to remove these implants which had melded with my own tissues, and wrapped around nerves, organs and arteries. The surgeons report BEFORE the last surgery indicated massive scarring throughout my entire pelvis, four separate areas of erosion, including two on my internal organs, and severe tissue damage to my urethra and other areas. That surgeon required over FIVE hours of pelvic dissection… chopping and cutting through my tissues, organs and nerves and ligaments to get the implants out because they had literally melded with my muscle and nerves…. so when the implants came out, so did huge chunks of me. And left me with even more massive amounts of scar tissue, nerve and organ damage, and chronic pain. Not to mention the degenerative disc disease causing pain throughout my entire spine with the worst of it being CONSTANT and severe lower back pain. Let't not forget the herniated disk that sends shooting pains through my hip and down my leg. The same hip that was damaged during the initial implant and has pinched and burned every since. created sharp pains that make me shout out, scream in shocked pain and unable to move until the pain subsides. There is also degenerative joint disease… started way back in my 20's and I never even took an aspirin for it until it got so intense I couldn't stand it. The first time I took narcotics for it? When I had burned my stomach to bits from years of using ibuprofen, the pain continued to get worse as the disease progressed and had I no choice. It destroyed my thumb joint and that had to be removed because the cushioning between joints was literally eaten away and it was just bone rubbing on bone every time I used my hand. But even before replacing it, I had a cortisone shot which kept me going…. for a few years! Still no narcotics. But after a while that wore off or no longer was sufficient and they removed the CVC thumb joint, took some of my own
I am a 53 year old female. I am diabetic. I had a heart attack 2 years ago. I have been seeing the same orthopedic doctor for 6 years. One knee is bone on bone and they other the acl and meniscus tore and required surgery. I have constant bursitis in my shoulders and hips. Because of my heart condition I can not take NSAIDS due to my endless list of medications. The only thing that has made life bearable and allowed me with all this to keep working is Norco. With the recent re-classification of this medication, it has become a nightmare to get a prescription. I have to drive 80 miles round trip to get a prescription. I was told I was going to be taking off the only medication that has given me relief. So I guess I am supposed to live without pain relief and have no quality of life. Congress needs to fix this. I am not a drug addict, I do not doctor shop nor do I over indulge my medication for fun. Thank you for reading.
I am being victimized at this very moment.
After a horrible accident in 2010, I have had chronic pain, and according to my MRI,,,,It have been told it is an uncommon injury, in an area Doctors do not want to touch due to too many vital organs and such in that area,, I have had numerous injections that last 2-3weeks and the pain comes back. Pain Management Dr dropped me due to inability to afford insurance Obama care gave me an exemption number?? I have completely gone off of one medication (suffering horrible withdrawls), the pain is so bad I don't know where to turn. Carelink gave me a month of insurance and said they would review my eligibility . Been to the Dr, said couldn't see me until my Pain management Dr sent my chart.she assured me that when it came in,to come in and she would get me in ASAP. I did so..she said she couldn't see me for 4 more day's . I was so worn out and in so much pain the office manager said he would put me in with another Dr. In the same office (I was relieved , I figured she could discuss my situation with my Dr.), INSTEAD the other Doctor accused me of "Dr. Hopping"!?!? I asked her if she could send me for a MRI, She said no. I seriously don't know where to turn Quality of life is almost non existent . I try to care for my elderly parents (mother 85, Father 88). They have been Amazing).
I can not get any help or benefits without a note from my Doctor, but as of March 4, I will be without any Carelink , and they cannot interview me until March 15, with No Guarantee. Something has to give here. Prayers can only help me so much. Thank You for your time.
Once you've seen your doctor for pain and they stop treating you, you can't get treated anywhere else. I have been made to feel like a criminal, I feel that my life is not worth living and I hate them for not giving me a chance to have some semblance of a normal life. Not adequately treating pain should be a crime. No wonder it's called the suicide disease. And normal law abiding citizens have to consider illegal means to control their pain.
I currently have no pain to deal with, but cancer is waiting for me (family history), also heart, also pancreas… Freedom from pain should be a legal part of medical treatment, in a civilized country.
I have been treated SUCCESSFULLY for over 15 years with Pain Meds for my Service Connected Disabilities, and now all of a sudden I'm being cutoff Cold Turkey. This is a Disgrace and I'm proud to sign this petition on behalf of myself and all my brothers and sisters who served and are still serving. CONGRESS - VETERANS NEED THEIR MEDICINES TO GET THROUGH DAILY LIFE!!!! WE ARE NOT ADDICTS!! WE ARE VETERANS WHO SERVED PROUDLY, AND NOW WE'RE BEING TREATED LIKE WE DID SOMETHING WRONG. WE ALL SIGNED THE INFAMOUS "PAIN MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT", AND THEREFORE WE AGREED TO LIVE UP TO IT ON OUR END. WHAT ABOUT ON THE DOCTOR'S SIDE? DO THEY JUST GET TO ARBITRARILY STOP PROVIDING US THE CARE WE WERE PROMISED BECAUSE THE DEA HAS NOTHING BETTER TO DO THESE DAYS THAN HARASS VA DOCTORS SO THEY STOP PRESCRIBING THE MEDS WE NEED??

I understand we lose on average 22 veterans per day to suicide, which in itself is a problem that needs to be addressed, however, do you think that taking away the pain meds that we need to keep up with daily activities will truly "reduce" the suicide rate? I hate to say it, but in my humble opinion I think this will only make the rate go higher because VETS can't get the meds they need to stay out of pain.

I served proudly, but this new rule is a Disgrace to all VETS and those who are still serving.

PLEASE CHANGE THIS IMMEDIATELY!!!
Bad back pain, should have more options that living a miserable life...
It is actually easier for pain patients to go down the street and buy illegal drugs ( heroin) to get pain relief than it is to get prescription drugs from a doctor! This is the reason there is a heroin epidemic in this country! People arent using it to get high they are using it for pain relief!
Chronic pain is NOT a joke. I've suffered since an accident and had a wonderful and compassionate Dr, then the laws changed this past October. It's left a LOT of people without proper medical care. Chronic pain=depression=stress that runs your entire body down. It's so hard not to feel hopeless.
For pain patients the nightmare continues, when patients can get prescriptions they often can not get them filled. Stop treating pain patients their doctors and pharmacies like hard core criminals. The pain management business could care less about the patients and subject them to dangerous treatments and meds that have previously failed them. They force treatment or will withhold medication patients need to have a more normal life.
I agree DEA needs to get out of Drs business, DEA show me your medical degree or go blow, but I seriously think they want us to die off, I also dont understand why Drs arent standing up for this, your gonna get less patients & less money, in which youve come so accustomed to having & I hope those causing us with pain, trouble, get double the pain that I suffer with
Don't know what answer is. I have been un chronic pain for 5 years and every few months they question my pain. I'm tired of hurting everyday and I would end my life if I had balls due to the painhas eaten me up mentally and physically.every few months I have to fight for treatment and away am told sorry. Judgement will never change.
I WISH EVERY LAW MAKER AND THE PEOPLE WHO HELP THEM THE SAME FATE THEY HAVE INFLICTED ON, WE THE PEOPLE !!
I have been in pain for the last 20 years. I have been going to a pain clinic for about 19 years. Every time I see my doctor my blood pressure is way high because they threaten to lower my medication or stop giving them to me. I am also disabled and I would rather die then go threw the hell of no medication for my pain. Even with medication I am in a great deal of pain. I am tired of being treated like a drug addict and a criminal.

Please is there someone out there that can help people, like myself from being discriminated against. All we want is some quality of life?
Patient Privacy is being violated. This is not fiction, but fact. The DEA is not going to be my physician.
However, this seems to be becoming a fact. What will be next? I can't have sex with my wife because they re being INTRUSIVE and sex might become addictive?
Patient Privacy is being violated. This is not fiction, but fact. The DEA is not going to be my physician.
However, this seems to be becoming a fact. What will be next? I can't have sex with my wife because they re being INTRUSIVE and sex might become addictive?
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."
My pain is incapacitating.I was an accomplished adult parent wife herbalist and drug free.Now that I need pain meds I am demeaned abused threatened denied ridiculed left to suffer and treated with contempt.Ready to die.Is is better to commit suicide than to treat pain!? Guess that depends if you are the dr whorefuses meds or the person in agony. First do no harm?!?! Let me die as this world is too ugly for me.without help I choose death QUICKLY!!!
When The government gets into your medical. My Pain specialist had to cut daily meds back because he was told. I was very concerned if I could continue wking. I got online started research my condition worsted by government. 3 years working under chem trails I was on death bed. I did 5 day fast water lemon and nettle tea until black goo came out of body. I purchased rife devise sending body frequency, Dr beck device electric current cleanse blood. Essiac and pau d arco tea. No process foods nor GMO. 7 gr msm, pink salt and other minerals as our food no longer supplies them. 20 gr Astragalus over home made yogurt and other immune system stabilizers. Heated rock salt oven 350F put in towel 1 cap 100% Gum turpentine, pour on towel apply to painful areas moving when hot. makes it go away. Apply 50/50 olive oil/Neem to areas used. Now the daily meds get me by. Who knows the natural old remedies seem to work. the ruined people from the government including Tesala soon we wont be able to pay our electric bill, but Tesala create free energy. When they start getting into your business you need to look else were as they don't care. They create misery. Its up to you to fix you. My lateast find Deta Elis Electromagnetic Bioresonance Therapy Device Russia. Putin is curing the health problem no meds. I will be telling my Dr. DEA wants pain meds cut back here is the DR. aaaaaaaaaaaaaanswer. Deta Elis they have been using 20 years. Our government creates the medical problem now they want us to suffer more, no pain meds. WAKE UP!
I was on fentanyl patch and began to have an active life again until my doctor left her practice. None of the new doctors would prescribe this medication for me. I had to ween off. That was January. This is March 1st now. I been off the fentanyl since New Years and the pain is so horrific I no longer go out of my house. I will not be able to plant a garden this year and I will need to rehome my dogs because of pain, I just can't take care of them anymore. I stay on bed a lot. I try to sleep as much as possible now which isn't hard since I have a little narcolepsy I no longer control my naps and plan around activities and events since I'm in too much pain to do them anyway. During the past 3 years on fentanyl, I lost 20 pounds, I was active. I had some pain but not this bad. It was a great pain treatment that gave me life back. I have painful fatty tumors around the trunk of my body, degenerative disk disease and arthritis. I also have nerve pain from diabetes. My life was good while my pain was being managed but now, its just not worth the struggle its just too painful.
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 I’m being told on a regular basis, money I don’t 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

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