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I am tired of being compared to celebrities who overdose and die. They are in completely different world than all the rest of us. They have unlimited amounts of money so when they're out of their meds they buy more on the street. Not fair. This is a violation of my rights to be refused when I follow doctors orders and I understand, like with any thing else, taking meds carries a risk. Stop harassing us and for God's sake, and treat our pain for those who need it.
I'm 43 years old already have had 3 failed back surgeries. I don't smoke or drink and have been on pain medicine for 9 years. People think we like taking narcotics for the high. I live with pain 24/7 and now we are having to live with less pain medicine it's killing us. I never had thoughts of not living anymore because I believe people who take their own lives don't go to heaven. I want to live 30-40 more years but not in this much pain. I'm living in hell anyway. And the people who are doing this to us I pray you one day will feel what extreme pain feels like. This is wrong, inhuman.
Someone needs to do something to help chronic pain patients like myself. Do you hear me Congress? These lawmakers need to understand the pain we all have to endure. The laws that have been put in place are by all means made by people that do not have to endure serious pain. I will sign every petition that comes my way and so will my family and friends. At some point we will prevail and people will realize the truth.
I am 53 years old male, I have incurable ankylosing spondylitis and inoperable cervical spinal Stenosis among other problems. I have been on pain management for about seven years. Always played by the rules, always passed my UA's. I have never ran out early, never claimed anybody stolen my meds. I am a genuine chronic pain management patient that has no effective alternative treatment and will need my meds the rest of my life because there is no cure and surgery is not an option. I was on Hydrocodone 4- 5/325 per day for years, I told my doc they are almost non effective after so long as my tolerance grew. He switched me to 4-10/325 for a few more years and I was happy with what I was taking until I was getting concerned about the damage the acetaminophen was causing my liver and kidneys. I asked can you give me the Hydrocodone-10 with out the acetaminophen ? He then prescribed 4- Oxycodone per day and life was good! My doctor has retired and the clinic has hired two PA's that don't believe in pain meds. Since my appointment last month I had a followup scheduled with the only other doctor there that does pain management so I did not worry. The damn receptionist that scheduled that appointment called on Friday at 4:30 to tell me that this doctor can't see me because he is full up with PM patients and cant take on any more. I only have enough meds to last a couple more days. I find it hard to believe they can stop a patients meds abruptly like that and not give me time to find another doctor which I know is going to be extremely difficult. These stupid doctors don't realize that they are the ones creating the drug problem in the streets. When you cut somebody off what is their alternative? They can turn to Heroin (which a lot of patients do because it's cheaper and that is all they can afford) Or they become a costumer to someone selling their pills on the street Or they commit suicide because they are in so much pain that the quality of life they had on the meds has been taken from them. Doctors are the ones that are responsible for much of the problems.
PAIN PATIENTS LIVES MATTER
Obama forces his insurance on us if we have no insurance we get penalized. We can't use it Obama care won't pay for medications and no doctors take it. Obama care sucks !
As my fellow chronic intractable pain warrior put it F**** YOU! I AM DONE LIVING A LIFE OF SHEER HELL BECAUSE OF YOU CORRUPT LAWMAKERS!! YOUR ACTIONS HAVE TAKEN MY QUALITY OF LIFE AWAY! LEGITIMATE PAIN PTS ARE COMMITTING SUICIDE AS WELL AS GOOD DOCTORS WHO THE DEA CONTINUES THEIR ATTACKS ON..INSTILLING FEAR IN ALL DRS ACROSS THIS ONCE GREAT NATION, DRS ARE DISCHARGING CHRONIC PAIN PTS EVERY DAY IN FEAR TO EVEN HELP US WITH THE MEDICATIONS WE REQUIRE TO HAVE SOME SEMBLANCE OF A LIFE, THESE ARE NOT STREET DRUGS, THEY ARE MEDICINE FOR THOSE SUFFERING IN UNBEARABLE PAIN. I CANNOT F***** WALK BECAUSE OF YOUR ACTIONS AND LIES, YOUR PROPAGANDA HORSESHIT YOUR FEEDING THE PUBLIC, MY DR IS TO F***** AFRAID TO PUT ME ON THE MEDS I REQUIRE AS A LIFE NECCESSITY , SO I SIT HERE IN F***** AGONY, THINKING IF I JUST TAKE ALL OF WHATS LEFT OF MY AMATRIPILINE MAYBE IF GO TO SLEEP AND NEVER WAKE UP..BUT I LOOK AT MY TEENAGE SON WHOSE DAD DONT GIVE TWO SHITS ABOUT HIM, AND I SOME HOW HAVE TO FIND THE STRENGTH TO MAKE IT THRU THIS DAY.MY SON IS WATCHING HIS MOM GO THRU SEVERE WITHDRAWAL, IN SEVERE PAIN, VOMITING AND SHITTING SO MUCH I CAN BARELY TAKE CARE OF MYSELF. AND I HAVE NOONE TO CARE FOR ME. WILL ONE OF YOU CORRUPT *******S CARE TO COME WIPE MY ASS. I CANT SEEM TO LUFT MY ARMS ANYMORE, THE VOMIT ON THE FLOOR IS WAITING FOR YOU TOO. WHY AM I BEING FORCED TO LIVE LIKE THIS!!!!! I CANNOT ****ING WALK, DO YOU F***KERS HEAR ME!?!? YOU F**KING TOOK MY QUALITY OF LIFE. YOU HAVENT SAVED ONE F*** KING ADDICT WITH YOUR BARBARIC AND INHUMANE RESTRICITIONS!! NOT ONE!! BUT YOU SURE AS HELL ARE INFLICTING PAIN, HARM AND SUFFERING ONTO LEGITIMATE PAIN PTS WHO FOLLOW YOUR F****ING RULES, WHO YOU ARE TREATING LIKE WE ARE ADDICTS , AS IF THE PAIN WE ENDURE IS IN OUR HEAD AND FEEDING THE PUBLIC WITH LIES. ITS TIME YOU ALL F*** ING FEEL WHAT I FEEL EVERY DAM DAY OF MY LIFE !! I'LL NEED YOUR PERMISSION OF COURSE TO BEAT THE HELL OUT OF YOUR BACK, TO SEND ELECTRIC SHOCKS DOWN YOUR LEGS, HAMMER YOUR KNEES AND PUT YOUR SPINE IN A VICEGRIP. JUST A START IF WHAT I ENDURE DAILY. UP FOR THE CHALLENGE SCUMBAGS!?!? YOUR FAMILIES WILL WATCH YOUR BODY BREAK DOWN, WILL WATCH YOU SUFFER SO BAD YOU WILL WISH YOU WERE DEAD!! WHERES THE F****KING DAM HELP FOR LEGIT PAIN PTS WHO HAVE YEARS OF MEDICAL RECORDS, YEARS OF ALL KINDS OF TREATMENTS, YEARS OF TRYING EVERY NON OPIOD MEDICATION, YEARS OF FAILED SURGERIES, YEARS OF BEING TREATED LIKE SHIT, NEGLECTED, ABUSED, DEGRADED AND Discriminated AGAINST. EXACTLY, THERE IS NO HELP FOR PAIN PTS, BUT THERE SURE AS HELL IS HELP FOR THE F***KING ADDICTS EVERYWHERE YOU TURN, YOU CORRUPT *******S EVEN GIVE CLEAN NEEDLES AND SAFE PLACES FOR JUNKIES TO GO TO SHOOT THEIR F****KING HEROIN UP!!! YOU F***KERS NEED TO FIX THIS MESS YOU CREATED WITH YOUR PROPAGANDA ********, YOU ALL NEED TO GET THE F***K OUT OF OUR HEALTHCARE, WORRY ABOUT YOUR OWN DAM LIFE. YOU DO NOT KNOW ME, YOU HAVE NOT SEEN MY MEDICAL RECORDS, OR THE PAINFUL HELL I EXIST IN. DENYING LEGITIMATE
You don't give the public all the facts ! You do not tell the public of how many have turned to alcohol , attempted suicide , suicide , deadly street drugs . Even Doctors are committing suicide from this , at least the ones you have not arrested . Many have gone to physiatrist because they our going nuts from pain . Your actions , have made a sloppy crime seen of destruction because you deny medical intervention for pain . Was this intentional ? You are above the law because you make the law , just so you get a vote ? Insult to injury , you make us have mandatory health care insurance ? YOU FORCE US TO HAVE INSURANCE WE CANT USE ?Then you have sent me a reply as how you made it so people in need of pain management can get the treatment ? Just another lie . You spread propaganda with the use of celebrities and waste tons of tax dollars ( our money ) to do harm . This is why , You shall not get my vote . This is why , I ask you all to step down from your office . I do not know how you unhuman people sleep at night . Disgrace !
I have Lupus, spinal stenosis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and other issues. I am only 44 and live in a state of constant pain. I am a Registered Nurse but am unable to work due to my health issues and constant pain. I'm not an addict. I'm a healthcare provider. I deserve the same compassion I show to patients. It is almost impossible to obtain and keep a doctor that will prescribe what I've been on for years to just take the edge off my pain. I'm looked down on by my peers. Peers who swore an oath to alleviate suffering and do no harm. There my be problems with addicts taking my meds but that has nothing to do with me and I should not suffer because of it. How dare those with no medical knowledge make decisions that cause millions to suffer. I just want to live the best life I can while I can and you have no right to take that from me. Shame on you all.
Having had failed back surgery in 2005 (4 level fusion) due to a past injury compounded with degenerative spinal diseases; developing fybromyalgia post-op and with new neurological pain generating down my legs, I feel hopeless. Taking away my doctor's right to treat me with dignity with threats to take away his license hurls me down a rabbit hole that can only end in a nightmare. PLEASE consider those people who are responsibly meeting their needs to just try and live through another day with a bit of quality in their life.
As a chronic pain sufferer, (15 surgeries, neck, back, shoulder, knees, elbow), and more to come, I can no longer get my pain medication because the Doctors say they will be put under surveillance if they prescribe over a certain amount. All controlled by the government. Keep us in pain. There goes my part time job. Obamacare and the DEA are a disaster.
Active Duty and Combat Wounded Soldier - almost impossible to get medication in the military! Doctors are scared to treat patients now. Besides people who use the medication appropriate and need it to maintain a healthy life that would be not worth living if they had to live in pain - there are people who abuse the medication and because they cannot get it from the health care system they are putting money into the pockets of the large drug cartels.
How sad a world we have come to live in America! I am a 43 year old woman, wife, mother, daughter, granddaughter, grandma, niece and friend! How disgusting it is to be told OH YOU DON'T NEED THAT, let's try something else, like what no life, no quality of life, no family, no more me... Took me awhile to write my comment because I've been reading all the horrible, sad, Truthful stories from fellow pain patients, another thing for me is not just chronic pain from the auto accident that my mom and me were in back in 2001, its having debilitating anxiety AND FEAR of not having my anxiety meds and pain meds, never been a drug addict, followed ALL THE RULES, even took other prescriptions in to my once local doctors office and had them documented and destroyed so to show I was not just a DRUG SEEKER to get high, wow just to sit here today and wish I sure hadn't FOLLOWED THE RULES, might not be fearing this life altering fear that is happening, the loss of my medication, I'm scared, I'm in pain, I'm so sad and very very ANGRY that our government, CDC, FDA, DEA, PRESIDENT, CONGRESS, and DOCTORS WHO vowed to treat us just to be told SORRY, there's no evidence that chronic pain patients do well on the same pain medications we've all been on for many years...... How disgusting to witness it just a week ago by a Pain Doctor towards my son who is 22 with a brain injury and injured spine who is just starting his journey in to back pain, to have a doctor stick a 8" needle in his spine, say to him after my son asked for pain medication, well now WHATYA NEED THAT FOR?!! hmmmm idk you just stuck a 8" needle in his spine what the fudge do you think, then pats him on shoulder as my son sit in wheelchair for recovery from injection loses feeling in leg the dr then says NAH YOU DONT NEED PILLS your 22 and walks away!!!!! Disgusting disgusting disgusting..... I don't know but it really feels like were living in a communist country if this is how the CDC says it.... Well not sure if my story will matter or not, my mom is also a pain patient and it's totally disgusting to me to think what pain I caused us when we crashed 15 years ago that's the anxiety in me, I had the wheel when we had a blow out not her me, I lost control of vehicle and away we went rolled 3xs on a major hwy here in Missouri!!!! This is completely unacceptable and as God is our witness i pray for you BIG WIGS or higher ups I pray you never have pain or anxiety!! I pray that you never witness your child cry because there in pain oh wait you won't Because you have the means and capabilities to have SOME DOCTOR FRIEND OF YOURS get you what you will need, I guarantee that....
People in severe chronic pain are not drug addicts . Pain Clinics keep a close eye on refilling prescriptions . A lot of people can not take over the counter medicines because of other health problems. No one should be suffering . The congressmen need to start talking to people in chronic pain. Are voices need to be heard. Why is it that the American Pain association is not sticking up for us ? I called there and the lady was mad that I called
I am a 59yr, old daughter,wife,mom,sister,grandma,& greatgrandma,who has worked most of my life,my daughter & i were in a car accident in aug.2001,by the Grace of GOD he saved us, but we both broke our necks,& i had broken my lower back ,punctured my lung &we suffered other injuries,we both had surgeries,but they didnt help totaly help, we have been thru numerios shots,P.T. the whole gamit of treatments,we have both been on pain management meds, for at least 13yrs,we have never had an increase,we have signed contracts,did urine checks,never DR. shopped ,never called our same Drs.office, to say we dropped them down the sink.or that they were stolen.we have did all thats been asked of us! yet we recieved a letter from our drs.office saying that the Dr. was leaving ,but the 2 Nurse practioners will be there to help us with our other medical conditions,which we have several,but we would have to find someone else to deal with our pain management,Really!! we have tried other primary care off. & Pain management off, who have told us that there not taking any new patients, exspecially if were on pain meds.My husband even called the Administrater of the local hospital ,who manages the several clinics i am referring to. he told me he understood the problems we are facing ,& he would see what he could do, thats been a week ago Guess what No Returned Call YET! i have a 90 yr.old Mother who cracked her femur ,& I will not be able to help myolder sister take care of her any more because i will not be able to do squat,with in a few days so if our Goverment Officials give a dam about the Law Abiding Citizens ,who truly need these meds , to Please dont put every one in the same catagory as a drug addict ,i do know about the heroin epidemic ,but my Daughter & i arent 1of these , It is a shame when our DEA CDC are getting in my medicine cabinet, We the people does still mean something DOESNT IT?
Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

He said, “Go, and tell this people:
‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive;
Keep on looking, but do not understand.’

Render the hearts of this people insensitive,
Their ears dull,
And their eyes dim,
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
Hear with their ears,
Understand with their hearts,
And return and be healed.”

Then I said, “Lord, how long?” And He answered,
“Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant,
Houses are without people
And the land is utterly desolate,

The LORD has removed men far away,
And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.

Yet there will be a tenth portion in it,
And it will again be subject to burning,
Like a terebinth or an oak
Whose stump remains when it is felled.
The holy seed is its stump.”
FORCEDMANDATORY HEALTH CARE ! HEAR ME ! FORCED ! TO MAKE ONE SUFFER IN PAIN ? F YOU!
**** YOU !
COME ON YOU LIMP DICK ASSES ! EXPLAIN YOUR SELVES !
IRONS YOU BELONG IN IRONS ! IN JAIL FOR ABUSE ! BEHIND BARS ! LOCKED UP FOR EVERY LIFE LOST DUE TO PAIN ! NO FORGIVENESS , NO PAROL , BACK TO BACK SENTANCES FOR ALL WHO DIED AT YOUR HANDS FROM TORTURE ! NERVE DAMAGE !
FEEL MY PAIN ! I DARE YOU ! WAALK IN MY SHOES ! then only then you deny medical intervention you hear me ELECTED OFFICAILS ! mandatory health care ? UP YOURS ! NERVE DAMAGE !
THEN YOU CAN TELL ME OF HOW MANY LAW BREAKERS YOU HAVEW SAVED BECAUSE THEY ABUSE MEDICINES !
DO , LET ME BEAT ON YOUR BACK WITH A HAMMER ! LET ME HIT YOU OVER THE HEAD WITH A METAL PIPE ! LET ME HEAR YOUR SCREAMS THE SCREAMS YOU DO NOT HEAR FROM ME ! LET ME LAUGH AS YOU SUFFER iN PAIN ! COME ON LIVE LIKE US ! ITS A JOKE RIGHT ! MAKE YOUR LAWS ! BE ONE OF US ! JION IN ON THE FUN WE HAVE AS WE ARE BEING TORTURED AT YOUR HANDS !
YOU SCARED ? SHOULD BE ! TO DENY MEDICAL INTERVENTION WITH OUT A F' N LISCENSE assES !
YOU ALL SHOULD BE IN JAIL ! HEAR ME ? WHERE IS YOUR LISCNES TO PRACTICEW MEDICINE ? SHOW ME FUKERS ! CHANGE LAWS DONT CHANGE NERVE DAMAGE ! TORTURE !
ANSWER ME RETURDS ! **** YOU ! NERVE DAMAGE ! YOU NEED TO BE IN IRONS FOR PRACTICING MEDICINE WITHOUT A LICENSNE ! AN AMERICAN !
I have one question !? Why aren't you all in jail for practicing medicine without a license ?
Senator Booker, Senator Sweeney, Senator Menendez: I am a chronic intractable pain pt and have been on the SAME STABLE DOSE FOR EIGHT YEARS WITH SUCCESS. HOW DO YOU PEOPLE LIVE WITH YOURSELVES TAKING AWAY LIFESAVING PAIN MEDICATION FROM THOSE WHO TRULY NEED THESE MEDS FOR A QUALITY OF LIFE!?!?!? YOU HAVE ZERO RIGHT TO TELL ME WHAT'S GOOD FOR MY BODY, YOU HAVE ZERO RIGHT TO TELL ME HOW I SHOULD TREAT MY SEVERE DEBILITATING INCURABLE CONDITIONS!! GET OUT OF OUR HEALTHCARE! YOU DONT CARRY A MEDICAL LICENSE, HELL YOU DONT CARRY A PHARMACY LICENSE EITHER, BUT IN YOUR NARCISSISTIC MINDS YOU ALL FEEL YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS LEGITIMATE PAIN PTS MEDS AWAY AND WHY IS THAT!?!! $$$$$$
DO YOU THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE STUPID, THAT WE DONT SEE THE CORRUPTION GOING ON HERE!?!? THERE IS NO OPIOD EPIDEMIC AND YOU *******S KNOW IT TOO. I BET THERE IS A HUGE SPIKE IN SUBOXONE PRESCRIPTIONS NOW RIGHT!? AS YOU DENY THE CHRONICALLY ILL OUR LIFESAVING PAIN MEDICATION, FORCING US I TO WHAT COULD BECOME DEADLY WITHDRAWAL, FORCING US TO EITHER TURN TO THE STREETS FOR RELIEF, GO ON SUBOXONE, OR SUICIDE!!! IT IS QUITE CLEAR WHAT YOU ALL ARE DOING...THIS IS CRUEL, INHUMANE, BARBARIC, TORTURE AND IT IS GENOCIDE!!

I AM SICK AND TIRED OF PAYING THE VERY HIGH PRICE WITH MY HEALTH AND OVERALL WELL BEING BECAUSE OF THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO ABUSE AND THE CORRUPT GOVERNMENT/DEA FORCING ME TO EXIST IN A WORLD OF EXCRUCIATING PAIN!!! YOU ALL CAN F**** OFF! TIME TO VOTE THESE SCUMBAGS OUT!!! I PRAY YOU ALL WILL KNOW WHAT SEVERE DEBILITATING PAIN IS LIKE, I HOPE YOU ALL WILL BE DEGRADED, TREATED LIKE A F******JUNKIE AND CRIMINAL WHEN YOU CALL A DR FOR HELP, I HOPE KARMA GETS A HOLD OF ALL OF YOU AND U ARE FORCED INTO A WORLD OF DEBILITATING PAIN UNTIL YOU DIE!
Shame on the government for condemning people to lifelong pain. If you need any pain medicine, no matter what the strength or amount, you are now treated like a drug addict. And, doctors who do care, are afraid of the DEA. I personally think it's a way for drug companies to make more money with expensive, new drugs and injections.
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Sincerely,
Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.
If these medicines are dangerous as the government and the media says they are then we should start suing .Back in the 90s when these medicines came out we were told it was safe. No one in severe pain should suffer. I have been in pain for over 30yrs. I was only in college. I had major operation on my back. I have severe nerve damage in my legs. The medications and treatments help me get out of the house twice a week. The government needs to let pain doctors do their job and but out. The government needs to do something about all the mass shootings. Its okay for any one to have guns
If these medicines are dangerous as the government and the media says they are then we should start suing .Back in the 90s when these medicines came out we were told it was safe. No one in severe pain should suffer. I have been in pain for over 30yrs. I was only in college. I had major operation on my back. I have severe nerve damage in my legs. The medications and treatments help me get out of the house twice a week. The government needs to let pain doctors do their job and but out. The government needs to do something about all the mass shootings. Its okay for any one to have guns
Opiates are all that give me any quality of life right now and it is extremely hard to get a workable dosage here in Alabama. I have been on and off opiates for over 10 years and have found detox manageable. I am a 32-year-old woman: I should be able to make my own informed decisions about whether I want to deal with the possibility of addiction or not. Cigarettes are legal, alcohol - the only drug that can kill during detox - is legal, and marijuana is becoming legal more and more, so please stop this senseless war on the only thing that makes my life manageable.
I moved back to Ky after being in Texas for 5 years. I am shocked at my first Dr visit in KY. The total disrespect in his statements regarding treatment of cronic pain. He said, sorry you moved to the wrong state Ky does not have pain management and I can' t write you a prescription. He further made the statment it can take 4 months to get into a pain clinic and you will do without until then. I have never abused pain med and just last month had my Texas as Dr reduce my dosage..This should be illegal to degrade and disrespect other people and deny quality health care to patients. I want to know what I can do at the state level to make a difference in the way chronic pain is handeled.
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Charlene
Trying to help some, you are hurting so many. If your not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. I suffer everyday from pain, I'm just too sore and tired to care about you. Quality of life? There is NO quality of life when your in devastating pain, nothing matters. You force people to go to dangerous street drugs. Really?? I feel for the people who are addicted to these drugs but addiction is far from my major problem. Don't try to help me when you have no idea of the problems I face. Do you really think I'm worried about being "addicted" to pain meds when I can't live my live anyway? Do you not know what extreme pain is like 24/7? I think not. Please think of the real "true" pain patients.
GIVE ME A PHONY REPLY AS HOW PEOPLE ABUSE AND DIE ! IM ALIVE , IN PAIN , BEING TORTURED ! WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY FOR YOURSELF ?
Congressman Tim Murphy , WHY YOU NOT HERE TO WIPE MY*****? CLEAN MY HOUSE , TAKE OUT MY TRASH , COOK ME MEALS , THAT I USED TO BE ABLE TO DO WHILE MY PAIN WAS MANAGED !*****! UP , YOURS !
WHAT IS THERE TO REVEIW , YOU DENY MEDICAL INTERVENTION AS YOU FORCE ME TO HAVE MANDATORY HEALTH CARE ! WHATS TO FIGURE OUT ?
RESPOND TO ME NOW !!! THIS IS MY HEALTH LOSERS !!!
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NO DOCTOR ! FORCED TO SUFFER ! MANDATORY HEALTH , THEFT OF SERVICE CARE ! THINK IM GOING TO VOTE FOR YOU ? YOU ALL SICKIN ME ! YOU NEED TO BE IN JAIL . I SAID YOU NEED TO BE IN IRONS IN JAIL . DISGRACE !
I WILL NOT SIGN A CONTRACT TO HAVE PAIN MANAGED ! I WILL NOT PEE JUST FOR YOU LIKE A CIRCUS ANIMAL ! F - YOU . NERVE DAMAGE !
THIS IS A PROMISE . WHEN I FINALLY DIE , I SHALL NOT MOVE INTO THE LIGHT ! I WILL STAY , EARTH BOUND , FOR ETERNITY ! I WILL MAKE YOU FEEL MY AND OTHERS PAIN ! GENOCIDE , HOLOCUST , MANDATORY HEALTH CARE , FORCED TO SUFFER ! GOD , WILL HAVE MERCEY ON ME ! NOT YOU ! F- YOUR WAR ON DRUGS !
UP ! YOURS ! YOU KILLED MANY WITH ALCHOL PROHIBISION NOW THIS ? THE CIA DID EXPERIMENTS ON US ! NOW THIS ? UP YOURS ! AN AMERICAN WITH NERVE DAMAGE ! DO YOU HAVETRACK MAKS ASSES ?
WE WHERE PROMISED ! YOU CAN KEEP YOUR DOCTOR WILL NOT BE TURNED DOWN FOR A PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITION . F'N LIARS ! YOU NEED TO BE IN JAIL ! BLOOD IS ON YOUR HANDS , BLOOD IS ON YOUR HANDS ! WE ARE TOLD NOT TO DRINK , NOT TO DO STREET DRUGS ? YOU ARREST DOCTORS ? THIS IS GENOCIDE ! GOD , WILL NOT FORGIVE YOU , THIS IS A SIN AGAINST HIS PEOPLE .
You want to practice medicine ? Go to medical school ! Want to play with my life we have a problem . You have not examined me ? Have you ? YOU ALL NEED TO BE EVALUATED FOR A MENTAL ILLNESS ! YOU ARE MAD MEN AT THE WHEEL ! YOU ALL NEED TO STEP THE F - DOWN . DO YOU FEEL ME ?
Do I have cancer ? We will never know now will we ? I do know I have nerve damage . I am on SSDI I am supposed to be under a doctors care but I'm not . You force me , You force me , a UNITED STATES citizen to have mandatory health care as you deny management of my CHRONIC PAIN ! I shall not vote for any of you . You do not represent me . You would kill a law abiding citizen for a law breaker ? You disgust me . Obama said in his speech , You don't want to be ruled ? What a phony*****! WE are forced to suffer in pain , this is not our will but yours . There is a problem and it comes from you to micro manage others lives you do not live . So , I say this with no respect for any of you for you do not respect me or my health , UP YOURS !
Do I have cancer ? We will never know now will we ? I do know I have nerve damage . I am on SSDI I am supposed to be under a doctors care but I'm not . You force me , You force me , a UNITED STATES citizen to have mandatory health care as you deny management of my CHRONIC PAIN ! I shall not vote for any of you . You do not represent me . You would kill a law abiding citizen for a law breaker ? You disgust me . Obama said in his speech , You don't want to be ruled ? What a phony*****! WE are forced to suffer in pain , this is not our will but yours . There is a problem and it comes from you to micro manage others lives you do not live . So , I say this with no respect for any of you for you do not respect me or my health , UP YOURS !
Another day I sit bedridden due to the extreme pain I am in. Pain that was onced tolerable to live with when I was on the right doses of pain meds I was on for 8 years. The SAME STABLE DOSE EIGHT YEARS! In steps the corrupt government and thier sidekicks the DEA, CDC,FDA AND PROP AND the fear they have instilled in all our drs across the country, my STABLE DOSE FOR EIGHT YEARS WAS LOWERED TO INEFFECTIVE DOSES THAT LEAVE ME IN AGONY! I DID EVERYTHING I WAS TOLD TO DO BY THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY. WHEN MY BACK SURGERIES (plural) FAILED AND I WASNT THE WALKING SUCCESS STORY, MY SURGEON PUSHED ME OFF TO PAIN MANAGEMENT WANTED NOTHING TO DO WITH ME. Over the course of ten years I have tried all the alternative therapies MY BODY, NOT YOURS, NOT KOLODNYS, NOT HOURYS, NOT ANYONE OF YOU, MY BODY, COULD TAKE AND LEFT ME THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN DEBT. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME AN AUTOREPLY THANKING ME FOR MY CONCERNS AND HOW YOU WILL BRING UP THE HELL LEGITIMATE PAIN PTS HAVE BEEN PUT IN. YOU ARE ALL CORRUPT AND LIARS. I WONDER IF YOUR OWN MOTHER WAS SUFFERING FROM DEBILITATING INCURABLE CONDITIONS WOULD YOU ALLOW HER TO BE NEGLECTED, MISTREATED, DEGRADED AND DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BY THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY AND CORRUPT POLITICIANS WHO DONT KNOW A THING ABOUT WHAT EXISTING IN SEVERE PAIN IS LIKE!? WOULD YOU ALLOW THE DEA TO HAVE YOUR MOTHERS MEDS ABRUPLTY STOPPED, SENDING HER INTO SEVERE WITHDRAWAL!?!? WOULD YOU ALLOW YOUR OWN MOTHER TO SUFFER IN PAIN WHEN YOU KNOW DAM WELL THERE ARE MEDS THAT EASE THE PAIN!?!? OH SILLY ME, HOW COULD I OVERLOOK THE FACTS. YOU ALL HAVE YOUR PRIVATE DRS AND PHARMACIES IN YOUR BACK POCKETS, NONE OF YOU WILL BE FORCED INTO A WORLD OF PAIN AND SUFFERING, NONE OF YOU ARE DEGRADED OR DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, WE THE PEOPLE DEMAND YOUR MEDICAL AND PHARMACY RECORDS BE MADE PUBLIC. ID LIKE TO KNOW HOW MANY OF YOU ARE TAKING OPIODS FOR PAIN CONTROL OR YOUR LOVED ONES!! THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL YOU ARE ALL IN PERFECT HEALTH! THE CORRUPTION THAT RUNS THRU OUR GOVERNMENT, THE DEA, THE CDC, FDA, & PROP, IS SHAMEFUL!! HOW DO YOU PEOPLE LIVE WITH YOURSELVES KNOWING BECAUSE OF YOUR CRUEL,EVIL ACTIONS INNOCENT LAW ABIDING CHRONICALLY ILL CITIZENS ARE COMMITTING SUICIDE UNDER YOUR WATCH TO ESCAPE THE PAIN THEY HAVE BEEN FORCED TO ENDURE BY YOU MURDERERS. DENYING ACCESS TO LIFESAVING PAIN MEDICATION TO THE LEGITIMATE CHRONIC INTRACTABLE PAIN PTS IS TORTURE! TIME TO VOTE ALL YOU MURDERERS OUT!! TIME FOR ALL YOU CORRUPT PSYCHOS TO SEE WHAT LIFE IS LIKE ON OUR SIDE OF THE FENCE, THE SIDE THAT THE GOVERNMENT NEGLECTS 100 MILLION CHRONIC INTRACTABLE PAIN PTS!! YOU ALL ARE VIOLATING OUR RIGHTS TO TREAT OUR PAIN WITH WHATEVER WORKS. YOU ALL BETTER START BEGGING GOD FOR FORGIVENESS. INTENTIONALLY INFLICTING PAIN, HARM AND SUFFERING ONTO YOUR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS!! YOU ALL ARE NOT INVINCIBLE AND KARMA WILL CATCH UP WITH YOU!
My name is Michele Hoffman.

I am writing to you today regarding your your position about the myths of the opiate/heroin epidemic.

#1 In 2014 show 32,675 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2014 (NTSB report), yet the CDC "claims" that there were a total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States. What the CDC doesn't tell you is, that only 5500 are opiate related overdoses and there there was 10,574 heroin overdoses. (CDC press releases)

2. CDC and the creators of these bills claim that the opioid overdose and death is the #1 preventable death in the US, yet on the CDC website Opioid deaths do not rate in the top 15 of preventable deaths. (Cdc statistics of Mortality 2014)
 

#3 There are 100 Million Chronic Pain Patients in the US. It is one of the most under treated conditions in the US. 40 million of these patients are currently denied treatment or have lost their drs and/or medications since the CDC guidelines were released in 3/2016.
There is a stigma attached to having chronic pain (thanks in part to the biased main stream media reports encourage by the CDC, DEA & FDA). We are now ALL considered addicts. For those of us lucky enough to have kept our medication or other treatments, we are treated with pee tests, contracts, and adverse & judental "counseling"  aka discrimination by pharmacists.

#4 Pain is not a one size fits all treatment. We have all tried other various treatments besides medications, such as Physical Therapy, Aqua Therapy, Homeopathic remedies, Acupuncture, Chiropractic Care, KT Tape, Pain Stimulators, Tens Units, Exercise, Deep Brain Therapy, Surgery, Massage Therapy, Various OTC rubs & creams, Cognative Therapy, and Medication (Both OTC & Prescription).  What works for one person may not work for another.

Yet our government has completely mislead the Obama Administration, Congress, and the American public. Chronic pain patients rights for compassionate & adequate care have and continue to be attacked by the CDC for the use and/or denial of life changing medications. We are being told that, even though a specific treatment that works for us, we must limit that therapy to 3 days with a maximum of 12 weeks.
The thing about Chronic Pain is that it isn't a condition anyone would choose. We wouldn't wish it on our worst enemy. The majority of us have suffered some trauma, accident, or other underlying cause that has resulted in Chronic Pain. We have went from active and productive members of society to that of someone who cannot shower, get out of bed, do basic cleaning (wash the dishes, fold the laundry etc), go to visit family & friends, attend our children's school activities or go to a family reunion, go to work each day, ride in a car more than 10-15 minutes, or shop for groceries at the store. Opiate medication for some allow some of these things to be restored to our lives. So instead of a life of misery, loneliness, pain, and depression; we are able to contribute somewha
Another day I sit bedridden due to the extreme pain I am in. Pain that was onced tolerable to live with when I was on the right doses of pain meds I was on for 8 years. The SAME STABLE DOSE EIGHT YEARS! In steps the corrupt government and thier sidekicks the DEA, CDC,FDA AND PROP AND the fear they have instilled in all our drs across the country, my STABLE DOSE FOR EIGHT YEARS WAS LOWERED TO INEFFECTIVE DOSES THAT LEAVE ME IN AGONY! I DID EVERYTHING I WAS TOLD TO DO BY THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY. WHEN MY BACK SURGERIES (plural) FAILED AND I WASNT THE WALKING SUCCESS STORY, MY SURGEON PUSHED ME OFF TO PAIN MANAGEMENT WANTED NOTHING TO DO WITH ME. Over the course of ten years I have tried all the alternative therapies MY BODY, NOT YOURS, NOT KOLODNYS, NOT HOURYS, NOT ANYONE OF YOU, MY BODY, COULD TAKE AND LEFT ME THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN DEBT. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME AN AUTOREPLY THANKING ME FOR MY CONCERNS AND HOW YOU WILL BRING UP THE HELL LEGITIMATE PAIN PTS HAVE BEEN PUT IN. YOU ARE ALL CORRUPT AND LIARS. I WONDER IF YOUR OWN MOTHER WAS SUFFERING FROM DEBILITATING INCURABLE CONDITIONS WOULD YOU ALLOW HER TO BE NEGLECTED, MISTREATED, DEGRADED AND DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BY THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY AND CORRUPT POLITICIANS WHO DONT KNOW A THING ABOUT WHAT EXISTING IN SEVERE PAIN IS LIKE!? WOULD YOU ALLOW THE DEA TO HAVE YOUR MOTHERS MEDS ABRUPLTY STOPPED, SENDING HER INTO SEVERE WITHDRAWAL!?!? WOULD YOU ALLOW YOUR OWN MOTHER TO SUFFER IN PAIN WHEN YOU KNOW DAM WELL THERE ARE MEDS THAT EASE THE PAIN!?!? OH SILLY ME, HOW COULD I OVERLOOK THE FACTS. YOU ALL HAVE YOUR PRIVATE DRS AND PHARMACIES IN YOUR BACK POCKETS, NONE OF YOU WILL BE FORCED INTO A WORLD OF PAIN AND SUFFERING, NONE OF YOU ARE DEGRADED OR DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, WE THE PEOPLE DEMAND YOUR MEDICAL AND PHARMACY RECORDS BE MADE PUBLIC. ID LIKE TO KNOW HOW MANY OF YOU ARE TAKING OPIODS FOR PAIN CONTROL OR YOUR LOVED ONES!! THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL YOU ARE ALL IN PERFECT HEALTH! THE CORRUPTION THAT RUNS THRU OUR GOVERNMENT, THE DEA, THE CDC, FDA, & PROP, IS SHAMEFUL!! HOW DO YOU PEOPLE LIVE WITH YOURSELVES KNOWING BECAUSE OF YOUR CRUEL,EVIL ACTIONS INNOCENT LAW ABIDING CHRONICALLY ILL CITIZENS ARE COMMITTING SUICIDE UNDER YOUR WATCH TO ESCAPE THE PAIN THEY HAVE BEEN FORCED TO ENDURE BY YOU MURDERERS. DENYING ACCESS TO LIFESAVING PAIN MEDICATION TO THE LEGITIMATE CHRONIC INTRACTABLE PAIN PTS IS TORTURE! TIME TO VOTE ALL YOU MURDERERS OUT!! TIME FOR ALL YOU CORRUPT PSYCHOS TO SEE WHAT LIFE IS LIKE ON OUR SIDE OF THE FENCE, THE SIDE THAT THE GOVERNMENT NEGLECTS 100 MILLION CHRONIC INTRACTABLE PAIN PTS!! YOU ALL ARE VIOLATING OUR RIGHTS TO TREAT OUR PAIN WITH WHATEVER WORKS. YOU ALL BETTER START BEGGING GOD FOR FORGIVENESS. INTENTIONALLY INFLICTING PAIN, HARM AND SUFFERING ONTO YOUR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS!! YOU ALL ARE NOT INVINCIBLE AND KARMA WILL CATCH UP WITH YOU!!!
Another day I sit bedridden due to the extreme pain I am in. Pain that was onced tolerable to live with when I was on the right doses of pain meds I was on for 8 years. The SAME STABLE DOSE EIGHT YEARS! In steps the corrupt government and thier sidekicks the DEA, CDC,FDA AND PROP AND the fear they have instilled in all our drs across the country, my STABLE DOSE FOR EIGHT YEARS WAS LOWERED TO INEFFECTIVE DOSES THAT LEAVE ME IN AGONY! I DID EVERYTHING I WAS TOLD TO DO BY THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY. WHEN MY BACK SURGERIES (plural) FAILED AND I WASNT THE WALKING SUCCESS STORY, MY SURGEON PUSHED ME OFF TO PAIN MANAGEMENT WANTED NOTHING TO DO WITH ME. Over the course of ten years I have tried all the alternative therapies MY BODY, NOT YOURS, NOT KOLODNYS, NOT HOURYS, NOT ANYONE OF YOU, MY BODY, COULD TAKE AND LEFT ME THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN DEBT. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME AN AUTOREPLY THANKING ME FOR MY CONCERNS AND HOW YOU WILL BRING UP THE HELL LEGITIMATE PAIN PTS HAVE BEEN PUT IN. YOU ARE ALL CORRUPT AND LIARS. I WONDER IF YOUR OWN MOTHER WAS SUFFERING FROM DEBILITATING INCURABLE CONDITIONS WOULD YOU ALLOW HER TO BE NEGLECTED, MISTREATED, DEGRADED AND DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BY THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY AND CORRUPT POLITICIANS WHO DONT KNOW A THING ABOUT WHAT EXISTING IN SEVERE PAIN IS LIKE!? WOULD YOU ALLOW THE DEA TO HAVE YOUR MOTHERS MEDS ABRUPLTY STOPPED, SENDING HER INTO SEVERE WITHDRAWAL!?!? WOULD YOU ALLOW YOUR OWN MOTHER TO SUFFER IN PAIN WHEN YOU KNOW DAM WELL THERE ARE MEDS THAT EASE THE PAIN!?!? OH SILLY ME, HOW COULD I OVERLOOK THE FACTS. YOU ALL HAVE YOUR PRIVATE DRS AND PHARMACIES IN YOUR BACK POCKETS, NONE OF YOU WILL BE FORCED INTO A WORLD OF PAIN AND SUFFERING, NONE OF YOU ARE DEGRADED OR DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, WE THE PEOPLE DEMAND YOUR MEDICAL AND PHARMACY RECORDS BE MADE PUBLIC. ID LIKE TO KNOW HOW MANY OF YOU ARE TAKING OPIODS FOR PAIN CONTROL OR YOUR LOVED ONES!! THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL YOU ARE ALL IN PERFECT HEALTH! THE CORRUPTION THAT RUNS THRU OUR GOVERNMENT, THE DEA, THE CDC, FDA, & PROP, IS SHAMEFUL!! HOW DO YOU PEOPLE LIVE WITH YOURSELVES KNOWING BECAUSE OF YOUR CRUEL,EVIL ACTIONS INNOCENT LAW ABIDING CHRONICALLY ILL CITIZENS ARE COMMITTING SUICIDE UNDER YOUR WATCH TO ESCAPE THE PAIN THEY HAVE BEEN FORCED TO ENDURE BY YOU MURDERERS. DENYING ACCESS TO LIFESAVING PAIN MEDICATION TO THE LEGITIMATE CHRONIC INTRACTABLE PAIN PTS IS TORTURE! TIME TO VOTE ALL YOU MURDERERS OUT!! TIME FOR ALL YOU CORRUPT PSYCHOS TO SEE WHAT LIFE IS LIKE ON OUR SIDE OF THE FENCE, THE SIDE THAT THE GOVERNMENT NEGLECTS 100 MILLION CHRONIC INTRACTABLE PAIN PTS!! YOU ALL ARE VIOLATING OUR RIGHTS TO TREAT OUR PAIN WITH WHATEVER WORKS. YOU ALL BETTER START BEGGING GOD FOR FORGIVENESS. INTENTIONALLY INFLICTING PAIN, HARM AND SUFFERING ONTO YOUR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS!! YOU ALL ARE NOT INVINCIBLE AND KARMA WILL CATCH UP WITH YOU!!!
Due to the new guidelines and regulations and the scare doctors feel of treating any one with pain medications, the doctor systems in this area have decided they will not under any circumstances continue to treat anyone with chronic pain. They just say - you will have to find someone else. However, in a small town where I live, all of the doctors work under the same University system for a radius of 45 miles. Too far for any outside doctor to properly monitor so they too refuse to take on the pain management. So my 32 year old son who has been treated for his intractable pain will not longer be able to be treated. He has never failed a monitoring test or taken medication other than how it was prescribed. He works for a chiropractor and has a very pleasant personality and is well liked and thought of. This will change when he is no longer treated. He will go backward to when his pain first began when he was not being properly treated. Before the doctors finally realized his pain was intractable, he was home bound and walked with a cane when he did leave the house. Please be more careful to those you listen to when legislating laws. Some people have a very different agenda and truth gets twisted. This will not help the drug epidemic, but it will negatively impact many lives who relay on opiods for quality of life.
I dont know what life is without pain. I dont know life outside my bed. I dont have a life. I watch my childrens pain because im miserable and cant be fixed. Since doctors cant be doctors and patients have no dignity because our chronic pain doctors in Alabama are forced to do harm because you the government seems to know whats best, you will not have a living breathing voting citizen anymore. I will find a dignified way to end my miserable pain inflicted life. Since you know better for me than my doctor does I can only pray karma hits you right back.And someway you come to know my side of the fight. Im looking for a dr kavrochian now instead of relief or a cure.
I've had 4 lower back surgeries since 2002, I was told in 2007 that because of sever nerve damage and scare tissue I could not have any more surgeries. That I would suffer from chronic back pain the rest of my life, and would be on pain meds the rest of my life. The Docs. finally found what worked for me my quality of life was good my pain was tolerable. Now they are taking me off the meds my pain is intolerable and I'm in bed most days. No more family functions or nothing. Without family & friends what else have you got?
I'm so sick and tired of being sick and tired. The quality of my life due to severe pain is being bedridden, unable to enjoy life thinking of suicide 24 hrs a day. What happened to the Hippocratic Oath doctors take? Unless the govt has a medical degree, they do not know what patients need. Why are you punishing patients who need pain relief?
Never did anything wrong. on 160 mg methadone for 15 yrs. for severe pain documented pain. was told today I would not be receiving anymore scripts from her. Basically treated as a drug addict and told to goto detox. heartless calous treatment. New laws passed by stupidest governor on union Lepage. Moron. Anyway now I can work or move much basically bed ridden waiting for stroke to occur as I have no choice but to sit hete and detox alone . Methadone is by far the worst drug to come off of and Im sure Ill stroke out or heart will give in first due to severe agony. Funny they gave me these drugs then without snd concern of my well neing they just dont want to deal with me.
Never did anything wrong. on 160 mg methadone for 15 yrs. for severe pain documented pain. was told today I would not be receiving anymore scripts from her. Basically treated as a drug addict and told to goto detox. heartless calous treatment. New laws passed by stupidest governor on union Lepage. Moron. Anyway now I can work or move much basically bed ridden waiting for stroke to occur as I have no choice but to sit hete and detox alone . Methadone is by far the worst drug to come off of and Im sure Ill stroke out or heart will give in first due to severe agony. Funny they gave me these drugs then without snd concern of my well neing they just dont want to deal with me.
I CAD,MI,HLD,CVA,D DMII,diabetic neuropathy,cold,chronic pain,chronic nausea,3 heart attacks, 2 stokes,depression,anxiety,panic attacks,I have had a double buy pass in 2001 I hop you can help me
The goverment has caused an epidemic trying to stop another.. My life has halted into almost nothing. My sons suffer right along with me. Not learning and exercising as they should because mom, who used to work 60 or more hours a week is now stuck in bed. In agony. Doctors broke their mom and wont help.
I even died. Bled internally for 3 days with a collapsed lung. While in the hospital. Who do you call when your dying in the hospital? You to call nine-one-one? I tried it doesn't work. All because some nurse thought I was addicted to morphine. The button wasn't working because I was bleeding. BeforBeforehand stuck a chest tube in and I wwatced my blood cover the entire floor. They didn't fix the leak though so I ran out of blood eventually. I did wake up on life support thought I was in hell. Because a doctor who doesn't normally work there decided to rip my chest open anopen and revive me. Now I suffer from chronic pain every single day every single second and I can't get medicine because doctors get in trouble. What do I do? Goverment what do I do?
My 23 yr old daughter has been suffering with chrinic pain since childhood. She now has a long list of diagnoses following years of medical tests and several specialists appts to include migraines, ehlers-danlos syndrome hypermobility, fibromyalgia, IBS, etc. After her primary Doctor's recent move, she is struggling with any finding a Doctor who will continue the pain med regimen. Meanwhile, her body leaves her jobless and confined to the bed in pain. This is so unethical. The bad once again have ruuned it for the good. If pain meds were causing overdoses and now are not available for those in need, suicides will only replace the cause of death for this population.
Without my pain medicine i can not move. I suffer from RA and it does not get me high at all it helps me move and walk. And i believe taking pain meds away from the people who really need it is going to cause a lot of people to seek else where or commit suicide. We did not ask for this disease it chose us no one wants to walk around 24/7 365 day a year in pain. If i had a choose i would not want to take anything and have a pain free live.I have to take biologics and the side affects from them can kill you they can cause cancer along with many other side effects.Ra is no joke not only does it attacks the joints but also your organs as well but it normal effects your heart or lungs first. My Dad died at the age of 51 because the RA attacks his lungs, And you want to take what quality we have left by not giving something to help with the pain as Ra not just kills you but cripples you to the point you are bed ridden and are in a wheelchair. I do not think it is up to the government to decide what people get doctors should that is what they went to school for. And if you think stopping pain meds is going to make people stop over dosing
you are wrong. The drugs will always be on the streets. And people will turn to that and we all know that god only knows what is in the drugs off the streets. People like me go to our doctors to get the right medicine and not something of the street that will kill us. Wake up government you need to stop controlling the doctors. Start by controlling the drugs on the street first that is the major problem not the doctors or the people who suffer in unbearable pain every day 24/7. Enough is Enough with the government stepping in where they do not belong or understand some of the diesases out there and what is does to the human body not just physically but mentally also. Let the doctors decide what is right for there patients. The media should talk to some of the doctors and maybe people would understand. And the media should be exposing the drugs on the street and stop worrying about what doctors do. We live in a world where you are attacking the wrong people once again.
I am a chronic pain patient with a list of maladies. For the last 3 years my pain regimen has not changed. No increases, no decreases. Out of the blue the nurse said the doctor was reducing my pain meds. When I asked why, she said "with all that is going on in the media" not because it was no longer effective for me. When I asked to see the doctor, he came in and I had to remind him of my medical history and that I was not a candidate for stimulators and pumps. He too cited media hype and that I may get into a car accident. I am 50 and have not had a car accident. This is solely motivated by his desire to protect himself with no thought whatsoever to me, the patient. Why after 3 years? They also ask for my urine every time, even in interim appointments. In the last 30 days I gave 3 urine specimens. Who is paying for this and why? I am a disabled patient who also suffers from anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. I have recently tried to return to work, yet he was not swayed by the fact the reduction he made will make me feel more pain and physically bad. He did not even taper as you would one being taken off opioids. He refused to see me today and said that his was the plan. I have no idea what is going to happen next month. Detox? I am considering the alternative to living right now. It is just the bad. What a cruel world. What will my family do while I try to make it through life in pain and despair?
I am a chronic pain patient with a list of maladies. For the last 3 years my pain regimen has not changed. No increases, no decreases. Out of the blue the nurse said the doctor was reducing my pain meds. When I asked why, she said "with all that is going on in the media" not because it was no longer effective for me. When I asked to see the doctor, he came in and I had to remind him of my medical history and that I was not a candidate for stimulators and pumps. He too cited media hype and that I may get into a car accident. I am 50 and have not had a car accident. This is solely motivated by his desire to protect himself with no thought whatsoever to me, the patient. Why after 3 years? They also ask for my urine every time, even in interim appointments. In the last 30 days I gave 3 urine specimens. Who is paying for this and why? I am a disabled patient who also suffers from anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. I have recently tried to return to work, yet he was not swayed by the fact the reduction he made will make me feel more pain and physically bad. He did not even taper as you would one being taken off opioids. He refused to see me today and said that his was the plan. I have no idea what is going to happen next month. Detox? I am considering the alternative to living right now. It is just the bad. What a cruel world. What will my family do while I try to make it through life in pain and despair?
I am a young mother 29, my life is becoming miserable thanks to the new laws. I have endometriosis and pcos. I weigh 89 pounds I love my children but child birth was terrible on my body. My female internal organs where no longer where they should be it was constant pain I had everything removed except one ovary, it was done to control bleeding and infections. My vaginal wall prolapsed and I developed endometriosis on the scar tissue. Further surgeries will just make things worse I'll have more scar tissue, during the last surgery my bladder was bumped and my nerves quit working they are dead my bladder doesn't get the signals it needs so I have to use catheters even with all the new catheters it is extremely painful. I have epilepsy and I get chronic migraines from it. I have very bad GI problems I get sores in my throat, my lower back always hurts. I have a heart condition and I get low blood pressure my legs have nerve damage all night long they burn, ache, and tingle. I have osteoporosis a fall from a seizure or blood pressure attack causes pain for months. My knee is missing a lot of cartilage due to a car accident when I was 17. I know those that get addicted to pain meds from short term use abuse them and they are criminals not us. I was on a prescription for 3 months after my car wreck when I was 17, I quit them without a problem. I went through a lot before I would go on meds 1 yr ago I got down to 78 pounds I couldn't do anything but cry and throw up. I spent 3 days in the ICU when my electrolytes went crazy from being unable to eat or sleep. I shouldn't have to get a feeding tube when a pain pill can make the sores in my throat bearable. I quit cathing like I was supposed to I would only do it when my stomach swelled up to the point I couldn't wear clothes a painpill 30 minutes before makes it bearable. I shouldn't have to keep an indwelling catheter that can be pulled out during a seizure or playing with my children. My heart rate was staying so high from pain I was passing out I kept losing more and more weight which lead to osteoporosis. I'm allergic to NSAIDS. Shots didn't work for me I tried, also NSAIDS are not meant to be taken for a continuous amount of time and can cause bleeding. My heart rate is dangerously high already but it's hard to treat because the condition I have causes low blood pressure my heart rate was staying in the 160s due to pain. My heart problem is bad enough without being made worse by pain. I had no choice but to go to pain management my dr and several others told me it was the best option so I could function, sleep , eat, and be there for my kids if you can't sleep or eat you can't fight infection. My dr wanted to help but I was forced to go to pain management my husband has had to call in to work because we are always there so long he has the only income I can't legally drive due to epilepsy so when we're there for hrs he can't go to work. I missed one appointment I see 7 drs now because I have to go the
There IS a VERY BIG DIFFERENCE between patients who take opioid medicines respondibly in order to keep working & care for their families while keeping others at least somewhat comfortable from the agonizing pain that accompanies many many diseases as opposed to addicts who use these medications purely to get high! What so many in Government is failing to see is YOU ARE NOW CREATING TWO VERY REAL EPIDEMICS:
1. Chronic pain patients will start going to "the streets" out of sheer desperation to find relief for otherwise crippling, debilitating pain!
2. The patient's who will not consider illegal drugs as an option, will have two remaining choices for relief, alcohol or suicide!
Anyone who has not had to endure true, severe, constant, chronic pain simply cannot imagine this insurmountable challenge! Severe chronic pain is one of the most maddening things I have ever had the misfortune of experiencing. There is NO RELIEF...IT'S CONSTANTLY ATTACKING YOU, YOU CANNOT SLEEP, YOU CANNOT FUNCTION, IT SLOWLY CONTINUES BREAKING YOU DOWN BECAUSE IT NEVER GOES AWAY! ! I understand how it can "drive" patients to the heartbreaking decisions of suicide, drugs or alcohol. The Government has created a VERY DANGEROUS situation in taking available, proven, FDA cleared options away from patients & physicians! The stories are already starting to surface, like the Florida woman being dragged out of a ER in handcuffs accused of drug seeking only to drop dead in the parking lot! Two chronic pain patient bloggers that both suffered massive strokes & died because they had been abruptly and totally cut off of their life changing opioid medications! Unfortunately, these are only a fee of many heartbreaking stories. I truly can't even find an appropriate word/phrase to encompass what this is doing to the entire pain community and their families! I hope with all my heart that Officials & Government soon see that THIS IS NOT THE WAY to control illegal drugs, to help people with abuse issues or the chronic pain patients who really need these medications!!
I understand some people abuse the drug and take too much and their life is worse because of that. I understand that kids or others may steal perscriptions.

I have been using Fentanyl Patches for over ten years. In that time I have never exceeded the dosage, nor has any else taken my patches.

So why am I punished because of what others do??? How am I punished? Kaiser has decided that it needs to cut down on pain meds. Because of this they won't increase my dosage. So while it helps, it could help more. How am I punished? I am in pain so I rarely go outside to drive someplace. Yet every month I must drive to the pharmacy to get this drug. Half the time I have to lay down in my car after I get there because of the pain. And don't forget you only get 30 days worth. So if you get distracted and are late a day, you suffer withdrawal. Or if a patch falls off, you suffer. I also have to visit the doctor more often just to tell him I am still in pain. More than ten years...

Wait there is more. Kaiser has decided not to trust patients, so now I have to take a urine test. Another trip out of the house. But the big problem happens when my test shows no Fentanyl. Keep in mind I have been on Fentanyl for over ten years, every single hour of the day. And now this test says I am not taking it. Doctor wants to test again. The test doesn't work, so why repeat it?!? Why? Because many doctors will stop prescribing it, since they think you are lying and you are not using the patches. So no more fentanyl, I end up in even more pain. I am already suicidal. In my case this is to fix a problem that doesn't exist.

BTW, do some research and you can find a lot of things that can go wrong with a Fentanyl test, like a cuttoff, using a cheap test, looking for opiods, looking for fentanyl instead of norfentanyl, and more. Yet my doctor is sure the test is right. Unless he is lying to me, I know 100% the test is wrong if it thinks I wasn't using Fentanyl.

This war on drugs has to stop. I could tell many more stories about how I am treated like a drug abuser first, and patient last. I don't abuse drugs, I don't even drink alcohol, not even coffee.

I don't think Congress understand the mental stress all this creates. This is like banning cars just to save some lives. I understand the risks. But it has been over ten years that I have been on Fentanyl, when will you cut me some slack?
My wife has fibromialga and needs pain meds to live. Now they are taking them away from her for no good reason. Let the doctors choose for themselves who gets them and who doesn't. Only worthless doctors would make the wrong decision.
My life is miserable due to the new med laws. I'm 29 I have 2 children if things get worse I'll quit taking my epilepsy meds, quit using my catheters, and quit taking my heart medication. I want to live I want to be here for my kids but if it means living in constant misery and humiliation and my kids watching me suffer, I'll go our now and spare my family. I never wanted to be on pain medication people that get addicted abuse their medications and use them as a scapegoat and our leaders and society are too stupid to see through it. There will always be drugs taking my medications away and shaming me will not stop criminals stop punishing us. I am allergic to NSAIDS and I have to straight cath, I had extreme complications from child birth, my cervix was removed because it was no longer inside of me. My vaginal wall then collapsed endometriosis attached to the scar tissue I only have one ovary left if it is removed I will have to go on hormones and my endometriosis will get even worse. I have migraines caused by epilepsy and neurological disease. I have severe IBS, Gerd, and relapsing colitisis. I get sores that extend through my throat. I have nerve damage in my legs and my pain got so bad I couldn't eat or sleep my catheters were so painful I wouldn't do them enough I lost 12 pounds in 2 weeks and stayed in the ICU several times. It finally became obvious that I had no option but to take pain pills and my dr was powerless to help me and I had to go to pain management. Almost everyone that works there treats you like a criminal one lady in the lab stopped me from bring my catheter in the bathroom and it was sealed and I had to give a urine sample it's bad enough that I'm forced to cath on a public restroom just give a urine sample when I have blood all the time and then I get the 3rd degree from an ignorant lab worker that didn't know what a catheter was. I went to the hospital for a tonic clonic seizure the dr didn't even do scans or anything he kept questioning me according to family who was present I can't remember things for hrs after a major seizure he thought I was abusing drugs. When we got my paperwork the blood he drew was only used to test me for cocaine and methamphetamines. I've never even smoked a cigarette I've never had a traffic ticket but because I took painpills I was targeted my medical work said I was confused and several other things but it wasn't noted as a,symptom of a major seizure it was because the dr put it down suspecting I was on drugs. Pain management won't take blood results from my dr or the hospital. So I was advised I didn't need to have any more blood drawn since I'm anemic and had been having to have multiple blood draws, I had just had everything checked and had to give blood again. This is going too far!!!! Drs are being arrested for helping us we're forced to go to counseling because somehow it might take the pain out of having to straight cath several times a day please dear officials let me straight cath
I have had three spine surgeries since 1996, one on my low back and the other two were on my cervical spine, the last one due to an accident that broke the existing hardware and fusions in my neck. Since then I have been in constant pain that is slowly deteriorating (6 years since last surgery). I am currently taking Percocet for the pain so I can get some relief to be able to focus on my work most days, but I still have to base what I do and when I do it because of the pain and everything takes me twice as long to accomplish because doctors/pain clinics don't want to prescribe extended release pain meds along with the faster acting meds for the break-through pain. All of this is due to the DEA and federal/state regulations that are a knee-jerk reaction to a small percentage of the people using and prescribing these meds either for profit or out of addiction with no real consideration to the people whos lives you are adversely affecting that just want to manage their pain so that they can actually live a life and not just be alive and in debilitating pain all day everyday.
Comment I sent to Senator Fred Upton 26 July 2016
I realize opioid use is an epidemic problem for many reasons. I do hope you will consider all aspects of what these drugs are doing for many of us who need them and use them properly for pain management. I know without my pain medication I couldn't function. I have days when the pain reaches a level that the medication has a difficult time reducing the pain.
So as you create legislation to curb the problem don't forget, many of us need and use the opioid properly. We submit to drug screening with our doctor and are held accountable for our medication with a signed contract with our pain management doctors. Please consider this as you work on this issue.
I live in major chronic pain and I need major pain meds, a lot of people are turning to alcohol and suicide and that is not right.
Thank you for taking the rights to get pain medication from primary care Dr thank you for forcing people to go to pain clinics! Kind of sucks when a family member of mine was doing good on pills n injections at primary care then forced to go to pain clinic cause Dr rights to care for people are taken away. But the pain clinic forces fentanyl n if you don't want to be on such harsh mess tuff crappie or your left to suffer. Push the fentanyl! Sad. Yet others are left to suffer in pain tuff to them :(
I was profiled at an ER by the triage nurse, and the pain was so excruciating, my blood pressure went through the roof and I had a stroke. My life will never be the same, and my heart became so bitter I couldn't move forward for so long. I was 5 classes away from my bachelor's degree, and now I'm on welfare, poor and miserable.
I have spinal stenosis and I have been taken off my pain medicine now since Jan. 2016. Everyday, I cry about three or four times a day due to my chronic pain. I don't know how much longer I can live this way. My doctor would not even prescribe me a muscle relaxer for my chronic muscle spasms. This has gone to far in my opinion. Something needs to be done to help chronic pain patients.
I believe it should be a crime to NOT treat a chronic pain patient, manipulate their medications, place false things in their medical file, etc. I have had chronic pain for 3 years and have been thru hell and back just because of the bad apples and I'm sick of it. I have to bare the cross everyday and my child has a front row seat and this is not how I envisioned my future as a parent and as a human being just because Doctors are unwilling to treat their patients because of bad apples. Something has to be done or else there will be a new statistic for chronic pain patients and that will be an increase in suicide which is already on the rise.

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