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I am sitting here at 4:30 am, up since 2 in excruciating pain! Pain that never goes away! With this colder weather now the pain is off the charts! I am sick of this inhumane mistreatment the chronic intractable pain sufferers are receiving!!! I went to my dr two days ago for my monthly visit. He makes me sick! He was once a compassionate man who showed empathy towards me, believed in me. For the past two months hes tried to make me feel like a piece of shit! He asked how im doing. on the correct mg that i fought to have him put me back on ( i should be on it every four hrs but hes since lowered it to every eightand im not making it) I told him how hard it was waiting eight hrs to take a pill. By the time im due im in agony. Then it take an hour for it to start working. NEVER brings my pain to a managed level because Im waiting to long to take it. Therefore, it is INEFFECTIVE! He tyrned to me and said " you looked fine coming out of the store the other day' So what?? I cant go to a store, something that needed to get done??? Am I being followed now?? Little did he know, no sooner I got home, I paid the price for leaving the house. The pain is relentless!! THE SUFFERING ARE HAVING THEIR RIGHTS STOMPED ON BY THE VERY ONES WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO ABIDE BY THE CONSTITUTION,! I then get a call from the White House in reference to an email I sent. An email that addressed the WAR ON LEGIT PATIENTS, THE DISCRIMINATION THE CHRONIC PAIN COMMUNITY IS RECEIVING!! The person who called me left a message pertaining to suicide, giving me an 800 hotline for help!!! WTF.?? I am NOT suicidal YET! But you idiots running this country are responsible for every suicide that is happening, the ones who were legit patients and no longer had access to the meds they needed to ease their suffering!!! The persons message said NOTHING about the REAL ISSUESI ADDRESSED IN MY EMAIL,!! If its a fight you idiots want, its a fight you will get. The chronic intractable pain community will ban together as one, stand up for our rights!! We have the right to have the meds we need to be ease our suffering! Who are any of you to tell me what does or doesn't work for my body!!

"Due process ensures the rights and equality of all citizens." and "a prohibition against vague laws" according to the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution. States, however, are writing discrimination and abuse into their "controlled substance" laws. Ohio is an example of this. The Ohio Revised Code allows for discrimination based upon conjecture, and a doctor needs only to use the word "discretion" to discriminate against a federally protected class of citizens, bypassing the Equality Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Here's an example:
A patient experiencing a serious, life threatening neurological emergency, due to a stroke or multiple sclerosis attack, can be labeled as having "aberrant" or "drug seeking" behavior, and a doctor can then use his or her "discretion" to discriminate for whatever his or her bias or prejudice may be, and deny medical treatment. Think this couldn't happen? It just did. To me.
Having had a stroke and TIA at the age of 37, I know the symptoms. Lethargy, slurring of words, weakness, loss of balance, and falling into walls. Typical junkie stumbling into the emergency department for a fix symptoms. Add multiple sclerosis diagnosed by two brain MRI scans. After experiencing severe head pain on numerous occasions, the most recent lasting two days, along with stroke and hypertensive crisis blood pressure levels, I finally called an ambulance to receive emergency treatment. The ambulance attendant and emergency room physician jokingly assumed this to be "drug seeking" behavior based upon their "discretion", and the doctor then proceeded lawfully and gleefully to verbally abuse, humiliate, and deny that an emergency was occurring.
This is the real crisis occurring across America and ignored by the Justice Department, Congress, and the President. They should, by emergency action, Federal legislation, and Executive Order, immediately stop the discrimination and abuse that the states are perpetuating against its weakest, most vulnerable citizens. But they won't. Due process and equality are inaccessible and not afforded to any patient whose illness, disability, or medical emergency includes the word "pain", regardless of how severe or life threatening it may be.
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It is way past time that chronic pain is treated like any other disease there is no cure for . People who have this kind of pain struggle to do the normal things that people without it can do with no fault at all . I have had Reflexive Sympathetic Dystrophy for 20 years now and it actually hurts to put on a pair of socks and sometimes even walking is to much .The only relief I get is from medications and elevating my feet when possible . I emailed President Obama not to long ago and his response was that he was trying to help researchers find a cure . What he didn't say was what a person with chronic pain is suppose to do in the mean time . When it comes to this life saving issue , no one is asking anyone who actually sufferers from chronic pain for their input nor are they including doctors who have treated and understand what chronic pain is and knows how to interpret what a patient is saying . As I've said chronic pain is a real pain (regardless if you can see it with the human eye or not ) and we deserve to be treated just like any other incurable disease . While I am sure we all would love nothing more than a cure ,until that time we deserve to be treated the same as anyone else .
Chronic pain is real and debilitating-To be stigmatized by the govt and everyone down to the local pharmacist is downright sinful-What happened to human compassion?Junkies will always find their drugs -but that is NOT a real to deny treatment to those whose lives depend on it!
I went to my Raytheon private practice doctor after spine surgery and when I told him I had continuous pain, he prescribed Oxycodone 160mg 2 times a day and 30 fast acting Oxycodone for brake through pain.
I asked my doctor if this was addictive?
My doctor said, it is NOT ADDICTIVE!
I had been addicted after coming back from Vietnam. It almost cost me a divorce.
Well, I found out the hard way, they are very addictive and I was forced by my wife to divorce her,
I lost my job, my career, my wife and kids, assets, my education meant nothing at this point.
I lost everything, so a drug sales man gets a commission for pushing drugs and telling lies.
I even lost my dog.
I'm 63 and may as well live under a bridge.
I had test tube babies with my wife and I was not allowed to see them. Not because of the medications, my sly X-wife.
Class action law suite should take place.
Do you know how many lives it destroyed?
Then after they stop you, cold turkey, I go through withdrawals. Help a veteran.
I asked the question in the doctors office with my wife as a witness. This should be what the DEA is looking at. Not Medical Marijuana. Thank you.
A hurting veteran. USA, USA, USA. Take care of your veterans and make this a Class Action Lawsuit. George B.
i've been having bad painful periods since puberty because i wanted to stop periods so doctors may think it's elective hysterectomy so i just want hysterectomy to get rid of the painful periods now. do not refuse any service to us!
600 Drs in Temple, Tx @ Baylor Scott&White and a cover crackdown on helping chronic pain patients, it's a violation of the Hippocratic Oath they take and of our basic human rights!!
600 Drs in Temple, Tx @ Baylor Scott&White and a cover crackdown on helping chronic pain patients, it's a violation of the Hippocratic Oath they take and of our basic human rights!!
This petition is 100 % correct ! The doctor's live in fear of the DEA. I live in fear of my doctor that he might stop prescribing to me based on possible lie's that I am a drug seeker. Some pain patient's, whom took opiod's for pain fell victim or their doctor. Their doctor sent them away and stopped prescribing them opiods. These pain patient's shortly after took their own life. That scare's me that I am at risk of suicide becuase I might not be able to cope with horrible pain if that were to happen to me. Second, I have Manic Depression so I would be double the risk of committing suicide. Brenda.
I went to a pain doc that had me on the pain patch and a pain pill, sorry don't recall the name, it was very strong. He also gave me clonapin and two antidepressants.My prescriptionfor one of my antidepressants ran out and I called his office repeatedly for 11 days to get him to write and other. He had told me I could never stop this med unless I did it gradually. The 11th day I went to his office and ask if the prescription. was ready. He came out and told me he would no longer be my doc because I had harrased the office by calling everyday for my meds. I was so sick at that point that I was throwing up every hour on the hour. I had never taken any of those kind of meds before, no pain, or antidepressants.I trusted the doc to "Do no harm", But he did. And later I found out he had done may folks this way. Dropped them with no warning of legitimate reason. I went to the hospital to get off all the drugs and it was the worst thing I ever experienced. I can't imagine hell being worse than detox. And if I could have found a doc to take me (I have medicare+fibro/chronic fatigue+ have shingles outbreaks every 5-8 weeks since I was 18yrs.old.),I would not have had to go through that hell. And it changed me. I can't explain how it changed me or why. But it did. I never feel like me, or truley happy or trusting anymore. Alsmost as if I am waiting for something terrible to happen, every minute of my life. No true peace, ever. And I blame the antidepressants for that.

And all I ever wanted then and now is for my pain to be better. I have had pain all my 63yrs. I am not "old", but this pain is. Now I take the weakest prescription pain med available because no one will give a,ything better. I also take 12-to. 20 ibuprofen a day. And this just barely gets me up and out of bed, not the house, the bed. I do have a good day once in a while for which I am truly grateful. But they are few and far apart.All because of pain and anxiety. Please will someone get this right and just help our pain. I have been through p.t.many times, have changed how I eat, have taken all the antidepressants on the market,(and they all make me sick) I have cooperated and done my part to get better. One month I went without my meds because I was taking my pills and the bottle fell off the sink into the commode. But I didnt call for more because I knew they wouldn't write more.. and I understand. .and got very sick. I don't want to take a dozen pills 4 times a day. I just want pain meds, because thats my problem, I am in pain. Every minute every day. And I don't mean minor pain, pain bad enough to stop me from having a life. And no one should have to live like this. Not when there is something to help.And seriously,,addiction is the least of my worries. Losing my family and life, now that is something to worry about. Ok thats all, I just thought I should say this , and I hope someone listens and does something about it.
Just isn't fair the way we the one's who need it, get the short end of the stick and get treated like a drug seeker. (So wrong)This need to be reviewed and STOP the madness, people will end up dead cause of this unfair, stupid rules in place. Punish the one's who deserve it, not the ones who are actually in need. WAKE UP AMERICA AND FIGHT BACK, THIS NEEDS TO BE STOPPED AND STOPPED "NOW"!
Planning suicide in the very near future.

Putting us to sleep would be more humane.

They gave up trying to fix all the damage I suffer from. They recommend psychological counseling to help me accept chronic 8 plus pain.

I have never been on anything stronger than tram Adil. But now tramadol is also reclassified as a narcotic.

Apparently, kids gain access to large quantities and use it to get high.

All of this is because White America is suddenly concerned that white kids are dying from heroin

What does that have to do with grandma's chronic pain.

My children have stopped calling me because they can't bear seeing me suffer with no end in sight.

I will die alone and in severe pain.
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We must get together and stand up for ourselves on this issue. Those of us truly suffering from chronic pain are being discriminated against because of actual drug abusers who will get their high no matter what the government says. I have another petition going right now aimed at the CDC and their new opiate guidelines. Please let's all get together and do something.
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So let me get this straight. I got to the doctor he screws up causes a spinal cord stroke and a spinal cord injury that leaves me in pain 24/7. I have been with the same management doctor for pain management for about five years now. four neck surgeries to stop the shooting pain down my arm. nothing works there is no other surgery that can be done I did have a life a job no criminal record No Jail time. You cant sue the doctor because you cant fine another doctor to say it was a mistake but its ok to screw someone life up accident or not for life and they have to live with pain every day. I cant walk very well. so what pain management i do get is going to be taken away due to no fault of my own what country is this? I get looked at as not a real person but some druggie TRUST ME IF I COULD DO IT WITHOUT THE DRUGS I WOULD. I have tried every day for two years to beat buck this physical therpy water therpy this dosent work like that the more i push the harder it pushes back at me. I dont take anymore then I need I never run out before I am due. I dont go from doctor to doctor. and you want me to take on more pain for someone who has broken the law stolen drugs to get high. Tell you what you find a way that I can have there body and I will get them off drugs and I wont have pain. Now you do that and I will take you up on your offer. Oh wait you cant do that. You dont trust the doctors to tell you have I have a condition that they know is terminal. if you cut my meds I will be doing what ever I can to get cancer so I can life because with out the meds I have no life thanks for signing my death warrant guys. I am even scared of putting my name on this for fear of getting on someones list how sad is that. I cant even be honest. How far have we slipped we are arguing about bring in other people and your going to fail the people you already have.
as of right now if the government are gonna tell me no more pain medications and a pain management clinic flat out told me we are not going to treat you basically saying F. U then i authorize any and all including me that needs pain medications if i have it i will help you if you help me
I am scheduled to have surgery in December to remove the cause of my pain (essure permanent birth control coils have migrated INTO my ovaries!!!!), yet my doctor refuses to treat my pain until then because "a month and a half is 'long term' and narcotics aren't meant for long term"... I was told to take tylenol for my sharp stabbing abdominal pain that drops me to my knees. How is this right?!?! Someone who is truly in pain and will be taking care of the problem can't get help but adicts can?!?!?!?! It is almost like they want us all to turn to the streets. I refuse to do so. I shouldn't feel like breaking the law is the only way I can be free of pain until my surgery. I should be able to get the proper treatment from my doctor.
Sad really- what about the doctor who goes to the bar on his day off to watch a football game only to leave drunk----difference? No one can judge another truthfully unless your wore their shoes.
Sad really- what about the doctor who goes to the bar on his day off to watch a football game only to leave drunk----difference? No one can judge another truthfully unless your wore their shoes.
Dea needs to be stopped. They are only making work for themselves. We don't need them. Libertarians have some good ideas. It is getting more difficult each get my meds. I'd like to see these guys go through the agony some of us go through on a daily basis. Most of us as a result of working our asses off over many years prior to laws protecting workers. Like many, I have MRI's supporting this, but some guy with 6 mo. Law enforcement training knows better than a physician with 8 yrs. training. The new rules cut back our medication by 25% in California. My pain hasn't decreased by 25%. If anything I need a little more. I realize there are people who get these meds and sell them. Patients like myself have never shared one pill.
Ca. has just instituted an assisted suistide law for the terminaly I'll. Are us pain patients going to be next? Not for me, the only unforgivable sin. So is black tar H from Mexico our only viable option? Not for me, just sayin.
Perhaps proof via MRI could be a prerequiste to pain medication.
These guys have to stopped immediately. They are tying the hands of doctors pharmacists and drug companies. They just keep chipping away.

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It is obscene that the government is putting the lives of the 5% who become addicted to opiates above the 95% who do not. I was recently diagnosed with degenerative disc disease with herniated and bulging cervical discs. Opiates are effective in lowering my pain. I should not have to jump through hoops to receive appropriate medical care. I certainly should not be threatened with having my opiod medication withheld if I refuse to take part in epidural steroid injections which have not been proven to be safe or effective. If my pain can be managed with a few pills a day why on earth would I risk being paralyzed, killed or put in even greater pain with arachnoiditis? I realize that the pain management doctors line their pockets with the money from these injections but surely it is unethical for them to withhold medication from patients for refusing to participate in shots with medication that has not been approved by the FDA for this procedure? It reeks of blackmail, doesn't it?
the dea has no right what so ever making medical decisions on what a doctor can a cannot write this makes me sick because fda pedal nsaids that is all doctors want to give because of the dea here were going to give a pill that will cause a heart attack or stroke it is also going to burn out the lining in your gut and intestines but no no on proper pain pills because you will get addicted or are a drug seeker every american citizen has the goddamned right not to hurt and these stupid nsaid should be made illegal this crap has killed more people than opiates ever has the dea has no right to make medical demands because they have no medical diploma they need to do there job keep the drugs away from or borders and drug dealers from getting rich because that is all that has happening every one has the right not to hurt and every one has the right to proper pain pills the only reason the dea is doing this is because the street price will go up ten fold the dealers will get richer which makes more money for the dea to confiscate our government has got way out of hand and way to big for damn pants we do not need a fbi dea cia hls atf and 30 other federal bureau task forces when they all do the same damn thing and could actually do there job instead of spending billions and wasting time trying to communicate with the 30 other task force this is stupid if whisky and tobacco are legal and nsaids are being prescribed like skittles we have the right to proper pain pills if s doctor cannot tell a junkie from a person in pain they do not need to be a doctor this addiction crap is getting way out of hand if a junkie goes to a doctor to get pills which is stupid because they can buy them easy with out wasting there time at a hospital they take an oath to do no harm but will send a sick drug addict the medical industry created out the door this is a slap in face of every citizen in america addict or not they so what the government is saying is that if i am in pain or i am hurt to not go see a doctor because doctor say right away are you trying to get pain pills we do not give those if a doctor does not give them then there must be some other place that does they must be legal to just buy then should i just look for any nasty house on the wrong side of town how many lives have the government killed because of this******some one going to a hospital and being treated like a criminal that has left because there were not being treated right went home and died because of this i think the government are the addicts they have become to addicted to the power and it needs to stop now the government and the federal task forces were not meant to take or make laws and choices on what a doctor can give or what a citizen can have they were meant to keep criminals smugglers dealers shut down not to pass laws that go against our rights this violates more than 1 this is considered cruel and unusual punishment the government does not own our bodies we can smoke and drink bu
I could tell you my very sad story of how I got to be where I am today, but suffice to say that would not change anything. I am where I am like so many others, simply because I am. I have a horrible life changing illness, non cancer related that has destroyed my body and the only way I have any way of living at all is through the pain medication that I was placed on after my severe injury.\r\n\r\nWhat happened to me is irreversible and will only continue to get worse and with it so will my pain and nothing I or anyone else does will change that. The only thing that can be done for me is for my doctors to continue to care of me as they have in the past with compassion as well as continue to prescribe the medications that keep me from taking my own life due to the severe pain I endure every moment of my life...\r\n\r\n For me this is not a situation of just controlling pain, this is one in which you are keeping me alive. Take the medication away and you are putting a bullet in my head, suicide by overdose is not what you should be concerned over. \r\n\r\nFor those of us facing our lives living this way, we do not want to face it scared of the hours, days, weeks and years of unending pain you want to inflict on us because of something that we did not cause ourselves. You are asking us to live a miserable life to make you happy and to make you feel better. Quite frankly I don\'t care how you feel, you are not there with me at three in the morning crying in pain, you are home in bed asleep.\r\n\r\nI\'m not alone... We are all the same here, desperate for someone to care about us, the patient, after all without us, there would be no you, the doctor.
I could tell you my very sad story of how I got to be where I am today, but suffice to say that would not change anything. I am where I am like so many others, simply because I am. I have a horrible life changing illness, non cancer related that has destroyed my body and the only way I have any way of living at all is through the pain medication that I was placed on after my severe injury.

What happened to me is irreversible and will only continue to get worse and with it so will my pain and nothing I or anyone else does will change that. The only thing that can be done for me is for my doctors to continue to care of me as they have in the past with compassion as well as continue to prescribe the medications that keep me from taking my own life due to the severe pain I endure every moment of my life...

For me this is not a situation of just controlling pain, this is one in which you are keeping me alive. Take the medication away and you are putting a bullet in my head, suicide by overdose is not what you should be concerned over.

For those of us facing our lives living this way, we do not want to face it scared of the hours, days, weeks and years of unending pain you want to inflict on us because of something that we did not cause ourselves. You are asking us to live a miserable life to make you happy and to make you feel better. Quite frankly I don't care how you feel, you are not there with me at three in the morning crying in pain, you are home in bed asleep.

I'm not alone... We are all the same here, desperate for someone to care about us, the patient, after all without us, there would be no you, the doctor.
I am 57 yrs old and have been in pain management for 5 yrs now. My doctors is now telling me due to new regulations he will have to cut my pain medication in half. Im going to go into withdraw and I have a heart condition that it may aggravate. Mabey im better off dead because ill no longer be able to move or get out of bed. Why are they doing this, is this the genocide that everyone is talking about. My doctor says he is very sorry he has to do this but he has no choice because I do not have cancer. If I knew someone that had cancer mabey somehow I could contract it from them so I will not have to go thru the horror I know that is coming. Cutting my pain meds may kill me, Can my wife and kids sue if it does ? Im afraid and don't know what to do. God help us all.
I am 57 yrs old and have been in pain management for 5 yrs now. My doctors is now telling me due to new regulations he will have to cut my pain medication in half. Im going to go into withdraw and I have a heart condition that it may aggravate. Mabey im better off dead because ill no longer be able to move or get out of bed. Why are they doing this, is this the genocide that everyone is talking about. My doctor says he is very sorry he has to do this but he has no choice because I do not have cancer. If I knew someone that had cancer mabey somehow I could contract it from them so I will not have to go thru the horror I know that is coming. Cutting my pain meds may kill me, Can my wife and kids sue if it does ? Im afraid and don't know what to do. God help us all.
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If you do not suffer on a daily basis, 24/7 from chronic pain of any kind then you have no right to tell me or my doctor what I need to use to reduce my pain in order to have some semblance of a life. Each person whose suffers from chronic pain is different and we all need different medications to help us. I really wonder how anyone one the DEA, CDC and Government think they know anything about any of us whose lives have been changed so drastically by chronic pain which none of us asked for and wants. Do you people honestly think we want to be on all these meds for the rest of our lives? NO WE DO NOT!!!! But we have no choice! Instead of wasting all the money on going after our doctors who are helping us, spend it on research to find cures for us and give us hope instead of the devastation you are putting on us.
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At the age of 52 I am a semi-invalid, due to a rapidly degenerative form of arthritis. I've been on many types of pain-control protocols, both opiod and non-opiod. But regardless of what I was prescribed, I used it as directed, and kept in close touch with my doctors regarding pain control, side-effects, etc. My great-grandfather, his son and grandson were all pharmacists and owned a family pharmacy for 80 years, so this knowledge was learned from little on up. I didn't ask for the medical conditions I've been living with, but I've dealt with them the best I can. And I frankly thank God for the opiods that relieved my pain, and actually let me resume activities that I had to stop due to the round-the-clock pain. A combination of upper-level anti-inflammatories and an opiod have kept me from becoming a shut-in. I can walk short distances before needing to sit down, get in and out of cars and chairs, and even receive hugs without the pain that would usually keep me in the house. Understand - I have pain, even with the medication. As time passes, I will have more, but with the medication, I can control it to a great extent. Now, I am sorry - and mystified - at the minority of people in our country who misuse, abuse and sell the prescription medication they obtain. But surely there must be a better way to enforce the laws they're breaking besides making those of us who need these medications feel - and are treated by the DEA, pharmacies and doctors - like criminals and junkies. Worse than having to make too few pills last a month because "the DEA will flag us if we prescribe too much/too early/too often" is the self-doubt and outright guilt I feel when nurses and pharmacy techs demand, "WHY are you out so early?" It's not because I'm misusing them. Its because my doctor has to carefully regulate the amount of medication I receive in a time period, or HE will face "flagging" by the DEA. So, enlighten me - How does persecuting the majority of people who use pain medication correctly and for legitimate medical conditions stop the minority of people who obtain them for abuse or resale? That minority will do anything to get those meds, and most of their methods are much easier for them than going through a doctor. I am asking that the DEA look into other options, ones that do not victimize patients who take these medications for relief, not kicks.
I just had my 36th birthday. I have always been an outgoing, driven, and ambitious, artist, model, musician, fashion designer and general maker of things. I also happen to have a degenerative spine, joint and skin condition that has left me unable to get out of bed to use the toilet. I am federally disabled from this condition. Having opiate pain relief (and trust me we tried EVERYTHING) was the only thing that brought some value and dignity back to my life. I am not able to run, or dance or walk up a flight of stairs, but I am able to have friends, paint, sew, go for short walks, even make and enjoy dinner with my partner. And the most important -I can use the restroom on my own. I have peed in every cup, never taken more than prescribed (in 10 years!), I don't drink alcohol, I've bled in every needle and jumped through every hoop just to have some semblance of dignity and value to my life, even in such a limited fashion. Now that the new laws and regulations are in place my partner, my first love since we were teenagers, has to change my diapers. He has to live a life of caring for a fully bed ridden disabled woman who daily asks him to end it for her. I urge you to do some research and see that for some young (voting) Americans opiate pain relief really is the best most humane option.
I have lived with chronic intractable pain for 16 years. Hell would be a walk in the park. The DEA has created the great medicine show for all of us living in Pain . They believe every one taking pain medication is a criminal. We can follow all the rules, but still they will not even imagine that there are people living in pain that use the medication as prescribed! For pain!

My quality of life diminishes, my dignity is stripped away a little more every day.

I am at a loss. The agency that was created to watch out for us wants us to crawl away and just die! That is how I feel. The war on Drugs has turned out to be a war on Americans people.We need to fix this travesty of justice and humanity.
I am a third generation of women with chronic pain in the sacrum. As a teenager my horse and I tumbled into a deep gulch. I was involved in two auto accidents where all autos were totaled. My pelvis was broken in two places, ribs torn from my sternum 3 times and I have also had four spinal surgeries. When I tell my doctor that I had to take my pain medication sooner than prescribed, though she had told me at my last appointment she was not worried at the amount I had taken, she became angry. Instead of finding out what was going on she accused me of "violating my contract". Every doctor I have encountered has been terrified of having his/her license revoked if the medications exceeded what the DEA had deemed correct. I know it's wrong to wish harm to other people, but at times I wish the people who make these regulations hurt as much as I do. I was referred to a pain clinic, but they refuse to return my calls when I tell them I am 80 years old and suffer constant spinal pain. I don't know what to do next.
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I was in a car accident in 2006, treated my two ruptured disks conservatively until March of 2008 when the pain was so great I gave in to surgery to fuse L4-L5 L5-S1. And after a year of healing the surgery failed, hence the need for long term pain management - I started my quest in Sarasota FL & had a great relationship with my Dr. However in 2013 we had to move to S.Cal. When I finally found a specialist he right away went into his speech of how I'm taking too many meds, so reluctantly I let him ween me of to about 1/3, now in 2015 we had to move to Oregon and the dr said in the very first visit how much medication i am on... WTF. 1st off the weather is so different here and I'm in a******ton more pain here and was asking for more meds when he wanted to cut all my meds in half... Please please please there has to be a better way - it horrifying enough to have to pee in a cup every 3 months, they see I never drive -my husband drives me everywhere. And then the crown jewel to take the dreaded trip the pharmacy - this I swear is worse than the DMV I kid you not and they know we are stuck because we have signed a contract to refill our Rx's by this pharmacy something has to change, pain relief is medicine - walk a day in our shoes 👠 I believe now we can walk together 👣 to fix this !!!
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I have lived in chronic pain for over 10 years and never have taken more meds than was given to me in a script. i think it is so wrong to classify people in chronic pain with people who are drug seekers to get high. that is like saying apples and oranges are the same. Is the DEA that stupid to say these kind of things and not fully looking into it before judging it the same.
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I've never has used drugs and suffers from degenerated arthritis and sometimes at the local hospital the ER doctors turns me away, why are the doctors are able to do this to a non-drug users ?
Hey Gary x, Do you know what planet your on?. Oh, forgive me, you are from the planet Malcom. Darryl k, Are you gay along with some of the others? Most MEN don't read womans mags. Walker p, Your spelling cannot be corrected due to your brain damage. Check in to the clinic. I will be a witness you as an idiot. Shane o, I would not trust the news from you if you were the last man on earth!. Rufus x..... Your just plain crazy dude! And the person that gave you that name. But we both know that's not your name don't we. And Dorian t. and the other idiots that have no school education , Show these pages to your doctors and you win a biga prize! You get to wear white suits for long, long time. Your welcome for the help.
We moved grandma 750 miles closer to help her stay independent. In doing so she had to quickly (under 30 days) find and get appointments with new doctors who are willing to prescribe her the pain medication that she needs to be able to do daily tasks such as taking care of herself. She has been handicapped and on pain medications for 40 years. Its been 6 months since her move and its still a 20 day at a time adventure including transporting a handicapped woman to the doctors office then to the pharmacy in person. The present doc will write a 20 day at a time prescription. We have tried appointments with 2 of the Cleveland Pain Clinics to no avail (rehab/OTC supplements like Cumin). We know that her condition cannot be improved but with pain medication she is able to be up out of bed and have some quality of life. With all the other medical issues typical of any senior especially a handicapped one not having your primary doctor be willing to prescribe long term pain management medication is quite scary.
We have got to stop this insanity right now before the DEA, CDC and AMA causes 100 million Americans to start using illegal drugs! It is clear to me that these doctors are misinformed of there boundaries about prescription medications. Everything that I have read coming from the CDC and PROP indicates that the intent is not to turn patients away but to use judgement. These doctors are lazy they don't want to do the required paperwork, UA testing and counseling required to allow pain patients to continue their medications. Why is it that these doctors can take you in the office, counsel you as a new pain patient and when you come back for a second appointment refuse to medicate you! Not only that they are forcing us to take spinal injections that are expensive, require us to take DNA testing or salvia testing. Not a problem with the test but the cost associated with it! Come on Washington is it going to take a class action law suit to stop this abuse? Or maybe you need suicide blood on your hands because a doctor has forced a patient into withdrawals? Are you going to pay attention when it's your own mother, sister, daughter or maybe yourself? There are a handful of people respectively speaking that are mis-using medications. I want the abuse that I have personally experienced to stop!
Free the chronic pain suffering citizens. We are those living in daily pain, living life barely at all. The times have gone backwards in recent years. We should be given back our rights as written in the constitution "to be free from pain and suffering." Instead, many of us struggle daily, doctors know that your pain is legitimate, but are too afraid of the DEA to provide the adequate pain relief...many of us turn to multiple resources, as a single doctor is not willing to provide enough pain relief. The pharmacist takes great delight in policing our usage...happy to cut your medicine off if they think you're "getting too much", a measure that only the individual pain sufferer can measure. We are human beings struggling, wanting to live life and be productive. But we are imprisoned in our homes and inside our own bodies, which have failed us. We contemplate suicide, sometimes become disparate, running to multiple doctors, begging for help. The greater our desperation, the greater chance we are to receive help. We are not criminals, not out to hurt anyone. We just want to live, free and productive, and can only do so if free from suffering.
I have had it with this system. I have chronic pancreatitus and they can not fix it and plus I'm among the 3% that they don't know why I have it. So the only answer for me to have a regularish kind of life is to be on pain meds. Now 10 years later I've dealt with people that have attitudes that I can't stand because they look at everyone as an addict no questions first. I've dealt with alot of different meds and alot of bad side effects ranging from constipation to withdrawal and depression and I must say they all suck and if I could get away with not taking these drugs I would but unfortunately I live in a state that thinks marijuana is not good for medicinal use. No one has ever overdosed on marijuana but tons of people are dieing from pain meds, and most of them are not the people who are chronic pain management patients so why are we getting screwed in this whole deal. They just came up on my last appt. and said that the family doctor I've been seeing for the past 5 years or so can no longer prescribe me pain meds and that I have to go to a pain management facility and so I started the whole process of doing that now and they're telling me that I'm probably gonna have to go through withdrawal because it may be some time before they can prescribe me any medication. I am so fed up with the whole process, I didn't ask to be sick and require the meds and if I could live with out them I would because I hate them, they help with pain but have they're own problems that they come with. All I can say is the system has failed the people.
I have been treated for over 4 years for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis and Degenerative Disc Disease. I have been doing everything I can to stay pain free. Some days are worse than others but when those bad days hit, they are horrible. I have been trough Physical therapy, injections, failed surgery, inversion therapy, and of course pain meds to help when it's all too much.

I have run the course lately of having to have a Neurosurgeon, Ortho, Physical Therapist and Pain management physician to treat my back.
I have done what is asked of me and have no problem counting pills, urine tests, etc. (being made to feel like a criminal)..... I have no concerns because I am NOT abusing the system but it is getting to the point where I can not even get an appointment with a family physician because they are "scared" I may ask for pain meds!" Who am I to see when I am sick with the flu or Bronchitis?

All this is doing is driving good people nuts and leaving us with little options. You will likely find that death rates from suicide go up because of this. We are being turned away and denied the medication we rely on daily to help us get through work or life in general. You are going to drive good people to seek meds on the street (unregulated and illegal) because they can not get them or worse yet give up and kill ourselves because we can not take the pain. You need to wake up and realize the "war on drugs" has NEVER been successful and it NEVER will be! You are only hurting those of us who are NOT abusing the system.
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I was in two car accidents that messed up my back and now I live with several discs that are degenerated and bulging and pinching nerves. I have sciatica pain in my hips and down both legs. I have severe neck pain and have trouble turning my head in both directions. I have numb areas in my shoulders. My hips are hurting terribly. My knees are beginning to get bad. I have been on a cane for around 13 years. I am now getting feet issues. I have plantar fasciitis and have developed a bone spur on one foot and have walked on the ball of my foot for over a year.And my feet , yes both of them are numb. I fell out of my bed and hurt my shoulder and it is all messed up and in pain everyday on top of these other issues. I have fibromyalgia. I suffer from severe debilitating migraines that I have had since puberty. I have high blood pressure and diabetes. I have never taken any opioid pain medication. I have suffer for many years.I have lost all semblance of a normal life and all interaction with family and friends.I am an intelligent and artistic woman that loves life but I am depressed and don't know how much longer I can hang on without some relief from my PAIN.It is Horrible what you are doing to all of us and not even blinking an eye. Innocent people are losing years of their precious short lives due to your ignorance. I used to have a life that I enjoyed. I went places and had fun and I worked. Now I sit in a chair and lie in a bed and I am just 55 years old and this has been my life for the past 13 years.My Dr. just cites the laws and says she won't do anything for my pain except for Lyrica. I suffer several side effects from this drug but its all I have and i continue to take it. Maybe thats wrong but what else can I do. I try to take ibuprofen but it messes with my stomach..I have taken it for years..I probably have ulcers from taking so much of it. I am in agony and no one cares. I leave my Drs office often in tears. Don't you care what you are doing to the millions of us good people. I just know you wouldn't suffer like this if it was you..oh surely would not..Its unjust.I can't even shop hardly anymore for my own food or play with my grandchildren they way i want to.. It breaks my heart. I would be better off dead than to live life like this.I can't take it much longer. Hear our voices..Please!
To the *******s who continue to spam this petition, grow the **** up! Take your******elsewhere. Do you have any idea what your doing to the thousands upon thousands of legit patients who are being forced to live in excruciating pain??? Your bs posts are pathetic! Patricia, Imfest, Duncan, Darnell, Hailey, Camila, Cleveland, Joseph, Seth, Shawn, Robin, Clement, Floyd, Rocco,Rodney, Fernando, Dominic, and the rest of the idiots who are trying to disrupt a very important issue, get the hell off this sight. If you have nothing of value to contribute then please go elsewhere. Living in excruciating pain everyday is no joke. In fact people are KILLING themselves due to inadequate pain relief.
this may be you one day, Karmas a *****, and when she comes for you, you will beg god to take you as the pain is to much. SHAME ON YOU! Nothing better to do with your time? You find enjoyment in spamming an issue that may very well affect you or your loved ones, disgraceful! Get a life! If you think living in excruciating pain every day is something to joke about, let me go ake a baseball bat to your back a few hundred times, then lets see how funny it iS. Grow the hell up *******s!
I treated my chronic pain with ibuprofen and Tylenol till I was close to overdose levels of each and was not receiving any relief I am now finally going to a pain clinic and am at a point to where I am not hurting hardly at all except for when I wake up after sleeping over 12 hours straight which I can finally do with the assistance of my medication.
I have been in PM for almost 20 years now with spinal stenosis, failed surgery, arthritis, neuropathy, permanent nerve damage, etc....and it gets harder every year. I've seen kids who were prescribed 180-30 mg oxycodones per month with nothing wrong with them. I'm 57 and have to fight for the 60-40 mg oxycontins with nothing for break through pain. Every month I wonder if it'll be the last because the DEA is threatening everyone. It doesn't make sense. Do they seriously think that no one has pain other than terminal cancer patients? There are some days (cold, wet, windy mostly) that I can barely move. I have a home to take care of and a wife who does not deserve to live with a hopeless old man who is miserable all the time. My tolerance is not my fault. For 5-7 years I took one or less 5 mg Percocet a day. After a failed surgery and several years of damaging the nerves in my back my pain has increased tenfold and my tolerance to the pain meds has increased with it. I can't walk, sit or stand for more than 15-30 minutes at a time. I'm disabled now and there's nothing left for me but suicide or heroin. I won't take heroin because that will just make me more miserable. I am s pain sufferer. So sorry world! Have some compassion. I hurt no one. Why can't I have a little quality of life with what little bit is left?
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I am 47. I have chronic pain due to a car accident 11 years ago. For 3 years after tthaty I pretty much hoped to die due to the lousy help I got. Finally found a doc but it 300$ a month. Put me on Subuxone. Gave me my life back to.some degree. Got kicked out of that clinic because I could not come up with the money. Now my doc who I must pay 180$ a month to wants to taper me off because "pain medicine is for an acute injury or dying of cancer' Ummmm you knew I was a chronic pain sufferer. If I have to go without my.meds I will kill myself. I cannot and will not live like that again. Please someone do something to help us legit pain sufferers. I have C456 fused,DDD,fibromyalgia,sciatica and chronic migraines. Please please help
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So far, two visits down the road - one a consult with an assistant to the MD, and the second another test to see my "physical endurance, and flexibility" and not even met with the doctor yet. Notices all over the office of no pain medications dispense on first visits, or until after tests completed. Each now scheduled two weeks apart. My last prescription filled from original state doc was in first week of Sept. I have been using sparingly to last this long when it was meant to last for only one month. I am literally using my cane and dragging one leg behind me to make it to all these damn tests for three months now. I cannot get past all these arbitrary tests and half-bait lectures. The pain clinic has not slated me to even lay eyes on this doctor until the first week of Dec. I am at my end of the rope and nobody cares. I am looked at as a complaining nuisance and drug seeker. Damn right I am seeking drugs because I do not want to be in pain or prematurely wind up in a nursing home to have somebody care for me!! Damn it, they are stealing my dignity and my right to live my own life!
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