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

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I hurt every day and have for years, I do not go to doctors as most will do nothing for the pain yet charge a arm and a leg. I try and work some but then the days I do not work I cannot move, I do not go out much as I pay for it later, I can not sit for any length of time so I avoid places where I have to sit. the DEA needs to let patients be treated with meds that help them period.
People who have no pain have no way to understand chronic pain. I have been on pain meds for several years and only take them when needed. My doctor knows my needs and addresses them. That's his job not the DEA..
No one should ever ever have to feel like a criminal in any sense of the word because they have a debilitating disorder that causes great pain and with some f us that is just one f many symptoms we have to deal with. The condition alone has wrecked our lives and then to add true insult to injury we as patients are treated as criminals when any number of things that are in NO way related to medication can cause addiction. It is not unfair it is inhuman and MUST!! STOP!!
Legitimate pain patients that can't get help seek out drug dealers. It's wrong to label people who suffer and creates more problems un society and desperation & depression.
Pain management is vital for many people to live a worthwhile life or at least be able to care for themselves!
I have herniated L 5 disc, sciatica from that, fibromyalgia . I am an RN and dont want to takenarcotic meds. I had a tens unit which helped vry much but I have a birthmark on my lower back where the electrodes must be placed and my skin breaks down, preventing its use. I have been taking tramadol for over 12 yrs. which allows me to work. I am still in pain every day. My primary doctor says the govt watches him prescribing it and wants me to go to a pain mgmt doctor. I have been trying for a week to find one. Many have left my state, the others are not accepting new patients. Our legitimate doctors are scared to give long time patients medications they need for documented medical problems. Peop l e are going to begin commiting suicide like in the days of Dr. Kervorkian.. That was the reason pain mgmt. as a specialty came into being. What is going to happen is anyones guess. Congress will have to rein in the DEA and set up guidelines, where doctors can be free to provide medical care to their patients.
I've watched my husband who was crippled in a fall off a roof putting up shingles and since 2004 has needed pain medication for the nerve pain in his legs and from a broken femur and torso. he was only 30 at the time and he was given adequate opiate pain-killing medication to take 3 times a day until 2012 when his regular pharmacy refused to fill an order for meds he'd taken for almost 10 years. He was taking 10mg/500mg hydrocodone/acetaminophen every 8 hours for which was increased as his pain increased from 5mg in 2003 to 10 mg in 2008 and he had been on it regularly and could function. The medication did not make him sleepy or dizzy because it was acting on REAL PAIN and there was no abuse of it. If he waited longer than 8 hours to take his meds the pain would become intolerable to the point that his legs cramped so badly he needed to go to the ER and got a shot of Dilaudid !2mg! to stop the pain! after that he stuck to his regimen like clockwork and didn't need any increase since 2008. He has suffered from ulcers due to stress so he can't take Aspirin, Motrin, or Aleve without GI bleeding. In 2013 his doctor told him that he was not able to give him prescriptions for pain anymore unless he visited a pain management doctor. My husband already saw a neurologist who validated that in 2008 the need for an increase in pain medication was needed, but the "pain doctor" said my husband needed to begin taking a prescription for Ibuprofen instead of his regular meds. His hydroconone was hard enough on his stomach that he had to take it with milk or food, but Motrin was out of the question. When my husband asked for his regular medication the doctor instead tried to get him to take shots of lidocaine instead. My husband agreed to the shots but insisted on his regular pain killers fearing another trip to the ER and feeling the same pain he had in his legs and torso. The pain "doctor" accused my husband of being an addict and loudly told him to get out of his office. My husband returned to his primary doctor and told him about the incident and was told that he should have taken the lidocaine shots and Motrin as he was told to do, knowing full well my husband could not take the Motrin with gastritis and GI ulcers. My husband left without pain meds. I drove him to the neurologist the next week and that was his last day of medication. The neurologist wrote the script after asking my husband to submit to a urine drug test which he did out of desperation. He went back to the Neurologist and was seen by another neurologist who worked with his neurologist who told him he needed to take Motrin. When my husband explained he could not he was told to take Extra Strength Tylenol and to go to pain management if he still needed THAT type of opiate pain killer because he was not able to write a script for that. My husband demanded to see his regular neurologist and was told by a secretary that his doctor was not there ALL that day, yet in passing the lounge for the fac
The DEA should never focus on a physician! Unless the agent has been trained (as a neurologist, orthopedic surgeon, anesthesiologist, or similar) how could he/she possibly assess the pain level of any particular patient or condition!

Addiction can and will happen. The answer to this problem is to destigmatize addiction and provide easy to access programs. Addictions can be horrible on the individuals, the families and communities. However, many people who never take a prescription narcotic end up with addiction issues.

I believe the DEA should focus on the tunnels that bring drugs across the border from Mexico everyday. Or perhaps the people without medical degree. Or better still perhaps not the patients with legitimate needs for pain medication. Because the result of today's strategy is only resulting in fearful doctors who do not treat chronic pain patients with the appropriate level of care.

And the illegal drug trade goes on everyday... unlicensed, uneducated, and untaxed. For the DEA to focus anywhere but within this demographic is ridiculous.
I don't think its fair that those of us that have chronic pain should be without or medicines. Taking those away may harm all of us then do good. Many of us would be in the ER and no one will be able to help us because its a chronic pain issue. I think the whole government needs to relook at things before making it into a law or anything else they are trying to do. I am a suffer from chronic pain and its not easy living with this everyday and wonder how long the pain will last will I be able to get up in the morning and be a productive citizen not if they take away pain meds. None of us would be happy if you choose to follow this regulation. Please look out for the citezens with chronic pain.
The DEA keeps justifying it's existence by waging war on the powerless chronic pain patient. I have chronic abdominal pain from Crohn's disease. I was forced to seek out a Suboxone clinic after my doctor would no longer prescribe opioids. Now I exist on a combination of Subutex and Tramadol. That's all I can get. Together they work to make the pain level bearable. But now my Tramadol script I fear will be cut. My PCP had no problem prescribing 240 50 mg tablets per month. But now since the new law has scheduled Tramadol, I know trouble is coming. Who creates these new barriers ? Certainly no one who has had real pain for any length of time. I read that only 3 people out of 100,000 have trouble with tramadol every year. (overdose and addiction) Is that reason enough to make life more difficult for the 99,997 people who use the drug properly ? Since when does a tiny minority dictate policy to the majority ? I know it's the norm for pain politics, but this has to change. My story is minor compared to what many of you are going through. Therefore I wish every one of you, less pain and Doctors who will live up to the Hippocratic Oath and treat the needs of the patient. I also hope and pray the DEA will be dismantled. They serve no useful purpose. They only cause misery for pain patients, their families, doctors, and pharmacies. The legal system has no right to dictate and interfere with medical policy.
The DEA needs to focus more on drug dealers than those of us that live with chronic pain daily!! If they walked a day in my shoes they would definitely would have a different view on this!!
So now I'm a criminal because I have chronic pain? This is just great.
You mother ****ers!!! How dare you bully physicians who are only trying to help ppl with REAL chronic pain issues. You have NO RIGHT to dictate how a physicians treat their patients. I suffer every single day from your bullying & it's not at all fair or just. The Constitution states that you do not have the right to dictate what a person puts in their own body. I have a very limited quality of life because of you ****s, & I'm sick of it! We are not criminals or animals. We are human beings who suffer every single day because of your ********! Stay the hell out of people's life, & allow us to be treated as human beings who deserve to live pain free.
Not everyone who takes pain medication does so out of addiction or to get high. I have suffered from spinal cord damage (which shows up on every MRI I have ) for the past 9 years which causes unbearable burning pain in my hands, neck and upper back, as well as weakness. I was afraid of getting dependent on pain medication not afraid of addiction as I actually hate the hazy feeling it causes but physical dependency which I have never experienced. The result, I have spent most of my days lying on the sofa watching TV. I thought I was doing well by making 30 pain pills last 6 months taking them only when I literally could not take it anymore. I had tried anti-seizure medications which are often prescribed for chronic nerve pain but found I couldn't think at all, my husband thought I was getting Alzheimers because I repeatedly asked the same questions all day long, day after day. I had anaphylaxis (life threatening allergic reaction) to an non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication and was told to never take any related medications again even aspirin. So opiate pain medicationss were my only choice which as I said I thought I was doing my self a favor by only occasionally taking one. Well I caused myself far more damage than the pain medication ever would have. Because my life was so sedentary, spending most of the time lying on the sofa, over the past 9 years I gained over 60 pounds and now find myself with wide spread vascular disease, very high cholesterol, high blood pressure, severe swelling of hands and feet,and shortness of breath, I am out of breath just going the few feet from the living room to the bathroom. Now what am I supposed to do, exercise? The severe pain and cardiovascular symptoms now make that impossible. Think twice before you try and scare a person with true, provable pain into not taking narcotics for severe pain even when other methods have failed. I have no doubt that my life expectancy has been shortened by living with poorly controlled pain, not to mention that I have not been able to enjoy my life these past years.
The author of this article clearly understands the gravity of this deplorable situation that chronic pain patients are experiencing on a daily basis. Myself and others have been scorned by medical staff both in clinics, urgent care facilities, and emergency rooms throughout the United States. The DEA has targeted the wrong population. As taxpayers, we are essentially paying their salary and funding their witch hunt

Presently, the situation is grave. Withdrawal is not only dangerous, it can be deadly. Every individual has the right to life. What we have been given is a life sentence of uncontrollable pain, loss of family support, and sadly for others dying alone.
The author of this article clearly understands the gravity of this deplorable situation that chronic pain patients are experiencing on a daily basis. Myself and others have been scorned by medical staff both in clinics, urgent care facilities, and emergency rooms throughout the United States. The DEA has targeted the wrong population. As taxpayers, we are essentially paying their salary and funding their witch hunt

Presently, the situation is grave. Withdrawal is not only dangerous, it can be deadly. Every individual has the right to life. What we have been given is a life sentence of uncontrollable pain, loss of family support, and sadly for others dying alone.
It's ********, the Government wants to get control how the Doctors are doing their jobs! Why the hell aren't the Doctors Fighting this CRAP if it's such a big deal!! They obviously don't give a******either.
Have suffered with chronic pain for the last 10+ years. Had a drug program that was working for me. Did not eliminate all the pain but the pain was tolerable and I could function. Now the DEA has made it so difficult for me to get the drugs I need. Doctors are afraid of losing their licenses that they will just tell you too bad can't help you. I go to a pain clinic but now they are also falling under the DEA's cuts. I wish these people who are supposed to be watching out for us would have to suffer the pain I do. I guarantee that things would change. When did we become so uncaring in the country that we let people suffer to the point of just wanting to kill themselves to end the pain. This needs to stop!! I am sorry that there are those that abuse these drugs. Those people will abuse something, I guarantee. So, I must pay the price for those who just want to get high. Shame on you DEA
I would like to say as a chronic pain patient with 4 bulging disk in my back and and 2 disk's have 2 degenerative disk's in my lower back and 2 bulging in my neck with bone spurs. And I can't get the pain meds I need anymore so that leaves me with no life but lots of pain and it's not far that people with ligitment pain with mri's can't get there pain meds and now they have the drug mortering system it should make things easyer buy the DAMN DEA needs to but out of this so people with legitimate pain can live a some what decent life. The dea needs to deal with real drug dealers and leave us alone but it to bad they have bullied all the pharmacy's but it needs to be fixed soon and people need to do a class action lawsuit to tell DEA.
Make the decision for yourselves and your health, not mine or others.
Ive been strong most of my life.Worked since i was 13yrs old. College educated. I became ill when i was workin.Rheomtoid,Diabetes, degenerative disc, ended up getting fired for calling in sick.I applied for SS and i retired. I was put on many steriods and pain pills. It helped my life tremendously.I could walk again and be with my children n grandchildren.I had a life and i was happy. Now I got cut off my pain medicines.Its been 7 Months now and no doctor will even give me Tylenol or ibuprofen!I'm back in isolation in bed. I can walk or do normal stuff like hold a coffe cup.Type hurts my fingers. I'm treated like my pain is a lie. even though I've been diagnosed . I want to die or hope to die to end this excruciating pain.
Im a 55 yr.old conic pain patient.I've had ,9 (nine) total hip replacement s!
I was ran over @ 15 yrs of age.
We don't choose this type of life.
We just try to make the best of it. The label we receive at times are not
Fair.just like the label we reciprocate ya'll with! We're not the bad guys. Just
the hurt one's.
The medication that I was taking is suddenly unavailable to me,it was cut in half.I was on same dose for twelve to fifteen years.
I have had four major spine surgeries and I cannot stand or walk/failed surgeries over 40 years.i was an athlete,no drugs and my spine is destroyed.
My wife and son have abandoned me.So I live alone in a condo with my dog and pay people to grocery shop,walk my dog.
I was a successful investment broker and near Olympic type boxer,weightlifter,a Horatio Alger story.
Without 3-5 pills a day taken away in an America that I do not recognize.
If my beloved Father were here he would tell you...."Danny does not care for any pills."
This is ridiculous that the DEA has control, I agree it is none of their business and for when I go in to talk to the doctor and be labeled behind my back, PLEASE You try going through the pain as much as I put up with it, what happened to doctors treating patients right! This right here isn't, like I always say I have a lot more better things to do in my day then to go see the doctor, if you think if something that I already have like ibuprofen, Morton worked for me I sure in the hell wouldn't go see the doctor! I know my body, I know how much pain i can handle, but when I go in to go get help and finally now from a surgeon agrees with me, i understand that their are people out there too look out for, but if you had to go through the pain I deal with everyday you would agree with me that it affects the daily activity's and that label would change, just know that most people including me out there shouldn't have to have labels be put on us. It's not right, we never asked to have back problems, or knee pains that will affect most of us for the rest of our life. We need a change specially for the ones who suffer Real joint, knee ect... Pains. I don't ever encourage pain medicine use or any other medicines but now that I experience it, I know how it feels to suffer from knee pain and have the same go on with my other knee and have to live with that for the rest of my life.
I've had three back surgery's and the pain before during and for a time after, the pain was unbearable. If these people want to put pressure of doctors who help chronic pain patients, I pray to God that they have to endure the same pain but with nothing to control the pain. Let them see what's going on. You can't play God and expect that what you put out won't come back around.
Im am a nurse in california. I am appalled at the DEA and am super mad that they have any rights to your medical records at your own dr office and pharmacy. Pain is the 5th vital sign. It is none of there business what u take or why you take whatever you have been prescribed. Americans must stand up and fight for their right to pain control. Thwy are not professionals in the healthcare field and as such should have no say or access to your records. If you are in pain you deserve relief and if your doctor is trained to control your pain then thats his job. This must come to an end. Frustrated and mad. Where is our privacy
Doctors who ignore or turn their backs on patients with chronic pain, push us into an unbearable corner. I have personal experience of being turned away and made to feel like a drug seeker as opposed to a patient seeking pain relief! It drives the patient deeper into depression. I've isolated myself all summer. My house, family,friends, finances & marriage are falling apart. I was successful in my career prior to my back injury. I never did drugs before in my life until my failed back surgery. I was prescribed better pain medications when I only had 1 bulged disc. After surgery, I leaked CSF fluid for 24 days before the surgeon agreed to schedule an MRI. Every call I made to him complaining of the typical spinal headache and increased pain, made me feel like a drug seeker. Since the botched surgery, I now have 3 herniated discs, one of which is broken and pinching L5 sI nerve. I feel like my chart is flagged that I am nothing but a drug seeker. My surgeon, family doctor and physical therapist all feel I need pain management doctor. My pm doctor told me I need to learn how to deal with my pain and move on with my life. So, I lay in my bed and cry. I can see why people turn to drug dealers on the street. And...I'm close to calling my ex-brother in law and asking HIM for help. Atleast I know I wont be turned away.
This country is not about freedoms it is about small but powerful elitists who think they can decide what is best for us we are able to and should be allowed to go to a dr and not have to beg for pain medications if there is documented proof and evidence just remember the universe will decide the fate of egotistical cowardly individuals.
I was told in 1994 I had severe scoliosis & sciatica & after a # of years chronic lumbar sacro with osteoarthritis I'm not an addict so I'm rarely proscribed any pain pills or take any pain pills ever I took 1 whole or 1/2 nor co for 2 weeks cause now I have AS spondylitis & Dr. says I he can't give me pain pills cause their addicting .The pain is unbearable mostly at night .I know my symptoms cause me to think of surgery now often.I think cause my body can't deliver nutrients it needs so I'm going bald now .
There are no words available from yours truly to describe this DEA situation.
America is no longer a free country.
With pain meds,I could walk short distances,without the dose I was taking I am housebound,worthless.
Tried to relocate to Arizona and it is even worse.
Why not arrest and imprison people who steal meds.become high,resell them and so forth.
However,treat persons who are in genuine chronic debilitating 24/7 hell.
Here in California we have a law in effect since 1997 which was authored by Sen Leroy Greene and it is a total ball faced lie and a steaming crock of S*&T that they (your Doctor) has to stop giving you your pain meds OR that you MUST come into his or her office every 30 days to be able to refil your pain meds. It's a total lie and yet they keep telling this crap to their patients while others just act like they don't know what's going on and oh yeah we need you to come in cause of the "New DEA" regulations" which is a lie! They are lying to us, the DEA does NOT say to let us who suffer chronic pain to suffer or that we should pay more to get our meds every single month, that is a lie. These Doctors are making a judgement and instead of working with you they try to act like they are on your side but they are forced into it by the "booggyman" these DEA agents and its a crock of shit! Stop listening to them and leave them! You don't have to and nor should you trust a doctor who is willing to lie to your face. Just stop it! If you live in California please learn your rights and read: http://www.anapsid.org/cnd/pain/calpainlaws.html. The DEA put out a statement even saying that this isn't true cause it's not, it just means your doctor decided that you are wrong for using your meds, and notice that they don't even try to get you "help" for this at all? It's because they decided to take this action because they are being judgemental as a person and have made a decision. I had asked a Doctor who told me that " you need to learn to get used to the pain" to then refer me to a pain management Doctor and she flat out refused. The law clearly states that she has to refer me to a PMD (Pain Management Doctor) and she didn't so she is nixed and I will never see her dumb*****again. Stand up for yourselves and god bless you all. I will post the actual law in a diff post.
I don't need to tell anyone what my need for pain meds are but I can tell you one thing for sure: as a conservative, I believe Big Gov't needs to stay out of most aspects of our private lives, that includes insurance and what medications our doctors feel we should be taking. If my doctor diagnoses me with something, I believe he/she has the right to prescribe a medication to aid in my quality of life, too! DEA stay out of our doctor/patient relationships! I hope you all one day get to deal with CHRONIC PAIN and see that physical therapy doesn't always work!!!
I would like to put each agent in my body for three days. I think they would quit their job running cry to mommy, or commit suicide!!.this article really hit home, as I am in the process of finding a physician and was treated like a drug addict piece of dirt even though I have verified patholog, M.R.I.'s,, scan, and bloodtest.I suffer from degenerated joint disease, degenerative disc disease, rheumatoid arthritis and disc that are pinching nerve on is that need to fixed, but due to my cardiac status, and get that heart failure leaky valves and I cannot get any cardiac clearance to fix any but no cardiac clearance. That's just to name a few, those aren't all of my entire diagnoses... My husband own insurance had me investigated and paid for an independent examination, the doctor they picked sent them back a six page letter pretty much telling them in a nutshell to go screw themselves, " this many amnomalities is overwhelming to say the least, and the proof is in the pudding. She should remain on the pain medicine she is on." Now? Suicide is looking better and better!
I would like to put each agent in my body for three days. I think they would quit their job running cry to mommy, or commit suicide!!.this article really hit home, as I am in the process of finding a physician and was treated like a drug addict piece of dirt even though I have verified patholog, M.R.I.'s,, scan, and bloodtest.I suffer from degenerated joint disease, degenerative disc disease, rheumatoid arthritis and disc that are pinching nerve on is that need to fixed, but due to my cardiac status, and get that heart failure leaky valves and I cannot get any cardiac clearance to fix any but no cardiac clearance. That's just to name a few, those aren't all of my entire diagnoses... My husband own insurance had me investigated and paid for an independent examination, the doctor they picked sent them back a six page letter pretty much telling them in a nutshell to go screw themselves, " this many amnomalities is overwhelming to say the least, and the proof is in the pudding. She should remain on the pain medicine she is on." Now? Suicide is looking better and better!
I would like to put each agent in my body for three days. I think they would quit their job running cry to mommy, or commit suicide!!.this article really hit home, as I am in the process of finding a physician and was treated like a drug addict piece of dirt even though I have verified patholog, M.R.I.'s,, scan, and bloodtest.I suffer from degenerated joint disease, degenerative disc disease, rheumatoid arthritis and disc that are pinching nerve on is that need to fixed, but due to my cardiac status, and get that heart failure leaky valves and I cannot get any cardiac clearance to fix any but no cardiac clearance. That's just to name a few, those aren't all of my entire diagnoses... My husband own insurance had me investigated and paid for an independent examination, the doctor they picked sent them back a six page letter pretty much telling them in a nutshell to go screw themselves, " this many amnomalities is overwhelming to say the least, and the proof is in the pudding. She should remain on the pain medicine she is on." Now? Suicide is looking better and better!
I was in a car accident 8 yrs. ago and have 3 herniated disk in my back, and 4 yrs. and cromic neck pain. My Dr. says he can't give me anymore pain or muscle relaxers to help coop with the pain. I am 56 yrs old and don't need the government interfereing with my treatment. My father has cromic pain and can't sleep and is also unable to get sleeping pills or pain meds. This is ridiclous. We are not drug addicts, we have pain that is not being treated and don't know what to do.
I'm was disabled in-the-line-of-duty as a police officer. After having Thoracic surgery to repair my thoracic spine, I was given Morphine 15mg ER and 10mg Oxycodone. Yesterday I was informed that Oxycodone will no longer be prescribed due to DEA mandate. I know take 30mg ER Morphine that makes it impossible to function and lead a normal life. I have never done well on higher doses of morphine and now I'm left with no other obtion. The DEA should never be able to overrule my doctor. The government I faithfully served and gave my body for has now become my enemy!
I have had a horribly painful ruptured disk in my neck for 4 months now and my doctor refuses to give me anything at all for pain. Not even a non narcotic - saying that most people have no pain at all. I have degenerative disk disease and am used to being in pain but it gets worse every time and lasts longer every time I get a rupture. I guess these doctors feel being nonfunctional and suicidal is better than being functional and maybe becoming dependent. But somehow people not in real pain don't have any trouble getting them. It doesn't make any sense. My doctor acts like I'm asking for heroine when I tell her I can't take this too much longer.
I guess the "fear government" labels offered by my fellow citizens on the right now have a new listener.
I am in in consideration of becoming a former citizen of the US / it's not what I want but something's got to give. Ironic in my case I am the sole person who has integrity here /

considering a malpractice attorney / despite a lifelong distaste for our litigious culture.
I suffer from back pain. I was taking low dose OxyCodone of 5 mg 1 to 4 times a day. Thanks for the new rules I am no longer able to get my medication and am in constant pain and agony. I am getting other non medication treatments which are only partially helpful. One of my doctors told me my dosage was well below addiction level but thanks to the assumption of guilt I am not even trying to get the opiods. You have won I have lost and now I must suffer while you bask in the glory of my agony.
I suffer from back pain. I was taking low dose OxyCodone of 5 mg 1 to 4 times a day. Thanks for the new rules I am no longer able to get my medication and am in constant pain and agony. I am getting other non medication treatments which are only partially helpful. One of my doctors told me my dosage was well below addiction level but thanks to the assumption of guilt I am not even trying to get the opiods. You have won I have lost and now I must suffer while you bask in the glory of my agony.
I am being treated by a d.e.a. regulated facility in Pa. for multilevel cervical and lumbar disease. I receive my prescriptions by a practitioner duly liscenced by the D.e.a. I abide by all rules of my treatment facility to the letter and by signed contract yet when I take my prescriptions to the local pharmacies its always the same story. The d.e.a. has only allotted us so much of that medication and we don,t have any so then I must run all over until I am lucky enough to find it out of my area.
I honestly can hardly believe what is happening in theland of the free. DEa harassing physicians compassionate enough to treat pain. This must stop, too many people are suffering because of the DEA's Gestapo tactics!
I live in chronic pain, and have for almost a decade, I have never abused my opiate pain medication, and yet now I am being treated like an addict, because I need pain meds just to cope - hour by hour... How dare they, they do not live in this body, and they do not know how I feel.....I have the right to medical treatment, and I do not care if the doctors and politicians are uneasy about the amount I take, they have no right to make me suffer more pain then I already do, just because they do not like the medication....
This needs to be stopped and start helping the patients that suffer chronic pain all their lives! Doctors like to play God and have the patients suffer rather than help them come to some kind of solution . We have a RIGHT TO BE PAIN FREE! and have a somewhat normal life and to be able to cope day to day. Is this the stone age? I would love for some of these doctors to live just one week in the terrible agony we have to go through. I hope this passes and other get the help they need also. I suffer with chronic arthritis pain, deep bone pain!

Brandi
It's a travesty! As a disabled RN of 25 years, who has gone through the trends of medicine; I remember when we were taught that "pain is what the patient says it is"; complete with flyers in locker rooms etc....because it is a patient's right to have pain relief! I am one of those patients now. I have been insulted, accused, refused, embarrassed, and the condescending attitudes complete with facial smirks, eye rolling...makes my skin crawl! This is unacceptable! I had to fight for comfort meds for my dying 88 year old mother on hospice care last june! Every waiting room I am in the conversation is there. There are tears from pain; talk about ER visits where patients are told flat out they are drug seeking! I'm talking about 50 years old and up! Not excluding any age; as pain is debilitating! This is neglect, and abuse! And yes, these people don't function normally...it hurts too much. So they deteriorate, get pumped full of steroid shots, and lay and suffer! Just like everything else this country gets a hold of...they go too far, and leave out those the medicines benefit...using big Pharm influence (antidepressants for pain)...and media, Dr. Drew, Oz, etc...this is about as un american as it gets! I'm ashamed! I was a nurse...now my label is addict? drug-seeker? prescription pain medication abuser?...They get to choose. God put poppy seeds on this earth...just like white willow bark that aspirin comes from, and the fox glove plant which digitalis is made from...and on and on...pain is real! You bet these poor people are trying to find relief! Any congresspeople have a pain problem? Neuropathy? I'll bet so...I've been around this block...it's ugly and unfair...right now; I am flat on my back after having medial branch blocks today on my back...I'm 51 years old...but I've been injured and in pain, gone through 2 surgeries...and it's been four and a half years! My muscles have atrophied; I can't exercise because it hurts too much...This needs to stop! We are missing out on life.
It is impossible to get my prescriptions filled in Florida. Depression sets in due to the amount of pain I endure and the suicide thoughts begin. Please do something about our Florida problem. As elderly like I it is impossible for me to drive from pharmacy to pharmacy due to my pain. Please help us
I have had 5 back surgeries and I was diagnosed with chronic pain syndrome. I have been prescribed Hydrocodone 10 milligrams 180 quantity for over 5 years and I have been seeing my "new" doctor for almost 2 years and the first few months he was giving my 180 quantity and then 160 and then 140 and now 130 quantity. I am starting to suffer because the pain is starting to set in on the count that the meds wear off. The dr first said that the DEA is "cracking" down on med abusers. And then he said that he was being audited so then he brought my quantity down to 130. How is that my fault??? I need my 180 quantity back. I do not know what to do. And its funny that I only received 140 on the 14th of June but on the bottle it says to take 1 pill every 4 hours and that is what I am doing and I am about to run out. My next appointment is on the 14th of August. Can someone please give me some advice???
I do not have a primary Doctor yet due to not being able to afford one. However I believe it is unfair treatment of Doctors by the DEA. Advancements in medicine are meant to help the people and Doctors go through so many years of schooling to help patients to the best of their ability. They should not be restricted simply because someone can get dependent on something that works.
iVE BEEN SEIN THE SAME DOCTOR FOR 17 YARS , MY DOCTOR HAD LEFT AND HE TREATED MY BACK PAIN WELL . RECNLY MY DOCTOR HAS CHANGED AND I WAS TAKEN OFF ALL NY PRIMARY MEDICINE . NOW IVE BEEN IN ALOT OF PAIN & ITS ONLY BEEN A MONTH & 1/2 . I NEED HELP WITH THIS ISSUE REALLY BAD

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