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

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As a chronic pain sufferer we shouldn't have to worry about receiving pain relief and that means opioid pain medications! We didn't choose the health issues, and its already hard enough. When I hear the debate and problems occurring with physicians reach to prescribe it worries me. We need to have the right to take what controls our pain.
This is insane. Prime that are in chronic pain and Dr knows what's best and they want to limit us vs the Dr advice. The people turning to heroin are the ones that were buying off streets and taking and abusing opiates when they didn't need them just recreational?!! This is gonna push pain patients to turn to something to get their pain under control if government takes them away. This is the most insane thing I've heard!! They aren't drs. They are suppose to be making our economy better and worry about thongs like flints water per say. Let the Dr s do their job!!!!!!!
After a 27 year career of helping people who were sick or injured, I became disabled from a fall. I've had one failed spine surgery and cannot get a revision due to "its too risky" I am in chronic pain in my back and peripheral neuropathy to both my legs. I have a spinal cord stimulator implant and I am on a few medications including a pain reliever. With all that I have I still get a lot of breakthrough pain. There are days when it's damp, cold or raining that I truly suffer! I try to sleep on those days because sleep is usually my only relief. On a good day with my stim and medication I can walk a little and do some light chores. If I lost my pain medication I would not be able to function. This started in 2012....I have gone through physical therapy, I have tried numerous OTC pain relief all to no avail! Pain is very stressful both physically and mentally. I sincerely hope that those of us that suffer with chronic pain are considered. Please don't mix a heroin epidemic with opiate pain medication because there is a huge difference!
I hope None of you have to watch a Loved one in pain, when they are refused pain medication! If this was an animal in pain, refused pain relief, America would be outraged! Please be as humane to patients in pain!
You fail to realize that there ARE some conditions and diseases like mine, Chronic Pancreatitis, that have NO other option for pain relief, is incurable, and causes SUCH severe organ pain, that if not treated, death can and does occur. If not as a direct death from sheer pain and shock, then quite often from that incredibly intense pain causing sudden sharp rises in blood pressure SO high, death occurs from heart failure and/or massive stroke. WHAT do you say to these families of lost loved ones? That this will cure the Heroin epidemic? No, it won't. Because the reason for this new epidemic is YOU! Patients are now faced with only these options. TRY to live for as long as possible with the pain, allow diseases to run their course and die in an excruciatingly agonizing, often long and drawn out death, or turn to the streets and as a last dratic resort to try and stay alive, Heroin! So WHO caused this epidemic? YOU did, and the sad thing is, you KNOW it. Meanwhile when you're comfortable and pain free in your bed tonight with your loved one, out here, someone died tonight because of what you have done. A mother is crying over her child's body. A father lost all reason to live. Sleep well. God never forgets!
chronic pain has many roots,not all is same for everyone.....these people need pain relief,period!Lets let the docs decide whats best for patients without fearing for their litigation rights.
My dad had chronic pain from diabetes attributed to exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. I watched him eat healthy and manage his diabetes for decades but once the pain got to be too much the VA doctors said they would not give him anything as they said it was 'attention seeking'. He died in 2012 in great pain because the doctors were so scared of what 'may' happen that patients suffer. After watching my father go through that I had a great animosity toward the medical community.
I have suffered chronic pain for over 15yrs. In the beginning I had no issue getting medications that let me live a full life, I went from couch ridden to joining a roller derby team! These past 2yrs or so have changed all that. I find it hard to even find relief from severe pain if I have to go to an EMERGENCY room! Every Dr walks on eggshells now, they sadly don't think of quality of life for their patient first, they think "could I be writing too many prescriptions as a whole?" , "could I be investigated..or lose my license?". It's SAD in what is supposed to be the most free of all countries, Drs are dictated by law, not their own oath.
I have Fibromyalgia, and there isn't one Reumatologist from Bellingham to Seattle who will see a new Fibromyalgia patient.
Though I was diagnosed years ago, I am back to the pain and all that goes with Fibro., Interstitial cystitis, and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. I am very sensitive to medications and the ones prescribed for Fibro cause super bad side effects on me, and did you know most of them are addictive also.
I would like the option of being able to use opioid pain medications when I have these bad flair ups. What happened to "My body, my right?" There's been allot of advancements from gay rights to sex changes, to abortion under this slogan while the government takes away the rights of law abiding citizens who are in pain.
MY CHRONIC PAIN WARRIORS - GO TO THIS LINK AND VOTE! It's pertaining to the INHUMANE guidelines by the CDC

http://www.usmedicine.com/opinion/do-proposed-national-guidelines-on-opioid-prescriptions-give-enough-consideration-to-chronic-pain-patients/
Everything Howell N Jersey said is true. Here in this area a man who had cancer and could have been treated with good outcome because it was in the early stages. His doc said he was fine. Half year later he was told he had cancer. And he had a short time to live. I knew he had some form of cancer but the doc says go home your fine. They told him he had cancer only when it was to late to treat him. He himself did not understand why the doc was not interested in the bruising on the skin, the constant coughing and loss of weight. He was my brother. I am sure the med records will not show any of the systems that was with him. If you have an emergency in this area and you need help and it requires pain meds...forget it. In fact when calling offices and you mention the word pain, they want nothing to do with you. My mother had broken her hip and it took a 5 or so days before i found a doctor that would treat the pain. And she did suffer. The first 3 or 4 doctors i took her to gave her sugar pills that were supposed to be vicoden. Even looks and id the same. This non treatment seems to be the retired, disabled and so on. The working ones seems to get treated from what i have understood, at least in this area. Myself they still refuse to treat. Not unless i take there poisons that they swear that works. New Jersey, i know where coming from. Sorry to hear another falling into grips of this living nightmare that seems to go unobserved. As for what kind of human being can do these things with full intent on harm w/o treatment.....I can only speculate. From what i have been told it will get worse if you can imagine that. My brother was a retired air force and mother is spouse of retired army. And played by the rules. Makes no worldly since
Everything Howell N Jersey said is true. Here in this area a man who had cancer and could have been treated with good outcome because it was in the early stages. His doc said he was fine. Half year later he was told he had cancer. And he had a short time to live. I knew he had some form of cancer but the doc says go home your fine. They told him he had cancer only when it was to late to treat him. He himself did not understand why the doc was not interested in the bruising on the skin, the constant coughing and loss of weight. He was my brother. I am sure the med records will not show any of the systems that was with him. If you have an emergency in this area and you need help and it requires pain meds...forget it. In fact when calling offices and you mention the word pain, they want nothing to do with you. My mother had broken her hip and it took a 5 or so days before i found a doctor that would treat the pain. And she did suffer. The first 3 or 4 doctors i took her to gave her sugar pills that were supposed to be vicoden. Even looks and id the same. This non treatment seems to be the retired, disabled and so on. The working ones seems to get treated from what i have understood, at least in this area. Myself they still refuse to treat. Not unless i take there poisons that they swear that works. New Jersey, i know where coming from. Sorry to hear another falling into grips of this living nightmare that seems to go unobserved. As for what kind of human being can do these things with full intent on harm w/o treatment.....I can only speculate. From what i have been told it will get worse if you can imagine that.
How do you murderers in congress justify the INTENTIONAL ABUSE, NEGLECT, MISTREATMENT AND DISCRIMINATION against LEGITIMATE CHRONIC INTRACTABLE PAIN SUFFERERS!? Here's a start: You have the CDC use FALSE data when recording the overdose deathrate, DOUBLING AND TRIPLING one persons death (CDC admits to this) , You have the CDC lump anyone and everyone with opiods in their system as a prescription pill death, If death was due to heroin, You have the CDC list it as a prescription pill death, if alcohol played a role, you tell the CDC to look the other way, If the drugs were obtained ILLEGALLY from the streets, you have the CDC list it as a prescription pill death (alot easier for you to go after our doctors right) If there were illicit street drugs involved, you tell the CDC to list it as prescription pill death, If the patient committed suicide DUE TO INADEQUATE PAIN RELIEF, you have the CDC list it as a prescription pill death. You are all CRIMINALS! There is no prescription pill epidemic. Had those deaths been properly recorded, our doctors would not be to blame. YOU ALL ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HEROIN EPIDEMIC. How about the horrific mistreatment one receives going to an ER Here are just a few examples:
“My sister had Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS/RSD), went to 3 different hospitals was treated the same way. Finally she got a doctor that did his job, only to find out she had stage 4 cancer. She died less than 2 months from the time she got diagnosed,” wrote Melissa.
“My 13 year old daughter went in with chest pain and they told me she was having an anxiety attack. They did nothing. Two days later we found out from the children's hospital that she had a hole in her heart and could have died. ER doctors are the absolute dumbest, cruelest people I have ever met,” said Shannon.
“I used to work in an ER. Patient came in with tremors, talked of pain. She was quickly diagnosed as a pregnant drug addict who received no care and was sent home,” wrote another reader anonymously. “Two days later her husband brought her back demanding treatment. Doctor wanted to put her into rehab when she went into labor along with seizures. It wasn't drugs it was meningitis. She and the baby BOTH died.” You are all MURDERERS! I dont need to send examples of the discrimination and negkect we are receiving from doctors and pharmacists, its all on this petition. THIS IS CRUEL, BARBARIC, INHUMANE AND TORTURE WHAT YOU ARE DOING. I hope you all will endure horrific pain, pain so bad you will wish you were dead
If this law passes, it will make those of us that are in a great deal of pain much harder to get the relief we need to live a somewhat normal life. This makes me incredibly angry! I have Multiple Sclerosis and I'm in severe pain every day of my life! Some days I can't even function. Some days all I do is cry it hurts so bad. There's got to be a better solution to target the junkies. Not the ones that are just trying to get some relief to live a normal life. I can guess that if this does pass, you'll have people now resorting to trying to get relief illegally due to what you've now done. And another hurdle we have to jump thru. This is insane. You will be making a huge mistake. Please don't pass this law! I'm begging you!!
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3882988/

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Stop treating patients like drug addicts!!
I am fairly young (54). I suffer from chronic pain; I have two diseases. One disease is causing my connective tissue to turn to bone. There is no cure; I have suffered sometimes extreme pain from this disease for 10 years.

In an effort to have some quality of life from this disease, I have used narcotic medication for quite some time. This medication has enabled me to somewhat enjoy my life, to continue working full time, and to pay my taxes.

The second disease I have is a rare blood cancer called myelofibrosis. I have less than one year to live. I am in constant pain; the pain is simply terrible.

With the new laws in place, not only am I made to feel like a drug addict when I simply attempt to refill my prescriptions, but I now have to visit the doctor every 30 days; I have to get a paper prescription; I have to go to a pharmacy, who may or may not have this in stock.

Let me do some quick math for you. What used to take perhaps 15 minutes to get a renewal for my medication now takes 5 hours of my time.

Let's assume I have 8 months to live.

8 months. 5 hours per month. That's a week.

You have taken a week out of my 7 months with this.

Not to mention there are times when no pharmacies within a reasonable driving distance have it in stock, and I have to wait, in agony, for days.

Or when the pharmacy has 58 tablets, and my prescription is for 60 - they can't give me 58 tablets, and let me come back for the last 2. By law, the pharmacy has to give me 60 tablets. So I have to wait for the order to be filled.

With 7 months left to live, let's talk about travel: I'd like to see some of my "great" country. But I have to plan around my renewal dates. Because, by law, a prescription written in Ohio can't be filled in Pennsylvania, let alone in Utah. Oh, and even though this is the case, I can't ask for a special consideration because I will be out of town: those considerations only apply for international travel.

Lastly: what happens to me in say 6 months, when I can no longer function well enough to drive? How do I get my refills then?

Or should I take the same view all of the legislators take, and just keep driving, and if I happen to get in a traffic accident, hey, I drive a big truck: I'll probably be ok, the other person? Who cares, it's not me.
I've been suffering low back pain for about 9 years. I fell down a flight of stairs covered in ice and snow. The Doctors I've seen say I need a two level spinal fusion but two of them are telling me that there is a better chance of me being worse off than I am now. I've talked with several people that have had this same fusion done and they tell me don't do it cause the pain is worse after.
I've had had several injections and the nerve ends burnt, I've had manipulation and nothing has helped except pain medication.
When seeing all of these doctors, they were telling me I was on to much pain medication. After 4 doctors tell me this I went to my prescribing Doctor and told him to start backing me off of the pain medication. Once I got down to where I couldn't deal with the pain, he kept me at that dosage and I dealt with it. Now I go in to see him and he is cutting my medication even farther, knowing I'm not abusing pain medication he tells me he has to cut me back.
I don't leave my house cause of my pain level, I don't hang out with friends cause they always want to go out and do things that I'm unable to do, and that was before my doctor cut my pain medication back this last time. This is not right to be treated like this. I asked what I'm supposed to do and my doctor told me to go to pain management. I told him it didn't work last time. So he told me to write a letter to my congressman and walked out like he didn't care.
Some how this has got to change , chronic pain sufferers should not have to be kept in pain cause there are people out there that want to abuse drugs. If someone is in enough pain for long enough that will make them go out and buy pain medication off the streets, which is dangerous, expensive and something I just don't think we should have to even think about, but you're forcing people into considering doing just that out of desperation. Use your head and do the right thing.
Give our doctors the chance to treat their patients any way they see fit, without facing charges.
14 years of chronic lower back pain from a work related injury. Now I have to beg my doctor for one codeine per day, which doesn't really help much. I am forced by the government to have health insurance, but I can not get the help that I need from any doctor I see. When I go to the doctor and say that my main complaint is chronic pain I am given a plethora of anti-inflammatories and anti- depressants THAT DO NOT HELP PAIN and also cause many unpleasant side effects. Codeine should be an over the counter product as it is in other countries. By restricting pain medications to the patients who really need it you are only making things worse. I would rather have an "addiction" to pain medications then to spend the rest of my life in pain; not able to work, not able to go out with friends, not able to keep up my house etc… What happened to a patients "quality of life" being an important consideration. I don't think that anyone who does not have chronic lifelong pain can even begin to understand what it is like. You have no right to judge me or to take the only thing that helps me away.
If I did not have help with pain medication, I would be unable to live a normal productive lifestyle. I would be ABSOLUTLY UNABLE to perform normal every tasks to which people take for granted........ I would be stuck in bed unable to hardly move....!!!!!!!! Been there prior to being put on Vicodin. Please please don't take away OUR Life and Freedom.!!!!!!!!!!! We did not have a fair chance at birth. This genetic inherited disease is horrible.At least I can be some what productive and enjoy my life a lot more then when I was on Ibprophen which does extremely minimal for Ehlers Danlos Chronic Pain.This Connective Tissue Disorder is unbearably painful All Life Long .We have No Cure for our disease. Let us be !!!!! Please and don't judge if your not living with E.D.S!!!!!!!!!!!
The DEA needs to do their job and get off the doctors back and pay more attention to the streets. This is unfair to patients and doctors. It's out of control what the DEA HAS DONE. PEOPLE NEED LEGITIMATE HELP IN PAIN MANAGEMENT FOR THEIR CONDITIONS THAT HAVE NO CURE. The DEA is overstepping their boundaries it is not fair and it needs to stop. People need help. This is not helping anyone it's hurting people.
I have been up all night, no sleep at all as I am in SEVERE f****ing PAIN!! Was going to call 911 as I cannot walk. My health has deteriorated since my meds were lowered to something That DOES NOT TOUCH THE PAIN! You want a war, the pain warriors will give you one, THIS IS INHUMANE!! I am a mother of two kids, They are all I have, I can't even take care of them or enjoy any of the activities they are involved in as I am in DEBILITATING PAIN! Your pendulum has swung way to far. Doctors are treating us all like pill seeking junkies thanks to the DEA and the government stigmatizing us as such. PAIN IS F***ING REAL. PLEASE ALL OF YOU GET IN LINE, AS I TAKE A F***ING HAMMER TO YOUR KNEES AMD BACK. YOU WILL HAVE THE PLEASURE OF EXPERIENCING WHAT I AM FEELING RIGHT NOW, MAYBE YOU ALL ENJOY PAIN, BECAUSE YOU ALL SEEM TO BE ENJOYING INFLICTING IT ONTO ANOTHER HUMAN BEING!! FOR F*** SAKE YOU ARE KILLING US! We did not ask to have conditions there is NO CURE FOR and the medical community has not come up with cures, so you take away our ONLY LIFELINE TO A QUALITY OF LIFE!?!? WHO THE F*** DO YOU PEOPLE THINK YOU ARE!? YOU ARE NOT INVINCIBLE AND YOU WILL KNOW WHAT PAIN IS LIKE ONE DAY IF YOU DON'T ALREADY. I BET THERE ARE MANY OF YOU ON PAIN MEDICATIONS CUZ THERES NO WAY IN HELL YOU ALL ARE IN PERFECT HEALTH. WE THE PEOPLE OF THIS SO CALLED FREE COUNTRY DEMAND YOU MAKE YOUR MEDICAL AND PHARMACY RECORDS PUBLIC!! ITS ONLY FAIR SINCE YOU ALL ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR RECORDS, MAKING ALL THESE UNETHICAL LAWS THAT ARE DESTROYING HUMAN BEINGS, BUT YOU ALL DONT HAVE TO JUMP THRU HOOPS TO GET HELP RIGHT!? YOU ALL HAVE YOUR PRIVATE DOCTORS IN YOUR POCKETS, AS WELL AS THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES. YOU GOT EACH OTHERS BACKS AND YOU ARE NOT MADE TO FEEL SHAME, EMBARRASSMENT, YOU ALL DONT GET NEGLECTED, ABUSED, MISTREATED OR DISCRIMINATED AGAINST. Maybe Im better off being an addict and abuse whatever the hell I want, afterall the government gives out new needles to shoot the drug of choice up with, the government opens all the doors for treatments, hell those who CHOOSE to break the f***ing law and abuse drugs don't even get treated like a f***ing criminal anymore, Courtesy of our government they are put front amd center. It's the LAW ABIDING CITIZENS WHO FOLLOW ALL YOUR DAM UNETHICAL, INHUMANE LAWS, THAT DONT ABUSE THEIR MEDS, THAT DONT SELL THEIR MEDS, THAT DONT GET HIGH FROM THEIR MEDS, US LAW ABIDING CITIZENS OF THIS PATHETIC COUNTRY ARE THE ONES BEING TREATED LIKE A CRIMINAL. WE ARE SICK!! DO YOU THINK WE ENJOY THIS HELL!? AGAIN, GET IN LINE AS THE VICTIMS OF YOUR WAR ON DRUGS BEATS ALL OF YOU WITH A HAMMER SO YOU CAN FEEL WHAT WE ALL ARE ENDURING. IF YOUR EVEN BRAVE ENOUGH. VERY DOUBTFUL. WHY IS IT THAT WHEN WE DO SOMETHING CRIMINAL WE ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR OUR ACTIONS, BUT WHEN THE CDC R ANY OF YOU O SOMETHING CRIMINAL ITS SWEPT UNDER THE RUG!? WE THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY KNOW JUST HOW CORRUPT YOU ALL ARE, YOU GUYS DONT GO AFTER THE DRUG CARTEL, YOU STA
I just moved to West Virginia from Pennsylvania and I've had chronic pain for 8 years now. I have been on Tramadol for most of that time. My new Dr. here in West Virginia is so afraid to prescribe me my meds that she simply will not prescribe me ANYTHING for my chronic pain. This is RIDICULOUS, WHY SHOULD LEGITIMATE PAIN PATIENTS SUFFER FROM THE ACTIONS OF THE CRIMINALS WHO BUY AND SELL ON THE BLACK MARKET??? My quality of life is now horrible and I can barely do much of anything without my proper pain medication. This needs to end now, stop punishing the people that this medication is intended for!
I just moved to West Virginia from Pennsylvania and I've had chronic pain for 8 years now. I have been on Tramadol for most of that time. My new Dr. here in West Virginia is so afraid to prescribe me my meds that she simply will not prescribe me ANYTHING for my chronic pain. This is RIDICULOUS, WHY SHOULD LEGITIMATE PAIN PATIENTS SUFFER FROM THE ACTIONS OF THE CRIMINALS WHO BUY AND SELL ON THE BLACK MARKET??? My quality of life is now horrible and I can barely do much of anything without my proper pain medication. This needs to end now, stop punishing the people that this medication is intended for!
The Dr don't have any right to do this to patients who are in pain and been on something that works for pain and treat them like GARBAGE. AS MUCH AS I SEE CONGRESS NEEDS TO DO SOMETHING BEFORE THEY ALLOW THEM TO KILL US.
I just moved to Florida and I have been profiled from the started. I HAVE BEEN MADE TO FEEL DEGRATED, LIKEVA PILL HEAD. IVE ALWAYSVTAKEN MY PAIN MEDS AS PRESCRIBED AND HAVEVNEVER ABUSTED THEM. I HAVE LIVED IN MICHIGAN, WISCONSIN, TENNESSEE, AND FLORIDA. THEY ARE THE WORST.... I HAVE RECORDS AND STILL NOTHING. I HAVE MULTIFACETED PAIN ISSUES AND HAVE BEEN TREAT AWFUL... I HOPE THEY ALL HAVE TO DEAL W THE PAIN ME AND MY FELLOW PAIN WARRIORS DO. THEN THEY WILL KNOW. WONDER WHY STREET DRUGS ARE SUCH AN ISSUE... WONDER WHY SUICIDE RATES SO HIGH. I FEEL THIS IS A FORM OF RACISM. I AM BEING JUDGE BY ACTIONS OF OTHERS, BY SOCIETY'S PERCEPTION. NOT ON FACTS. WE NEED TO CHANGE THIS.
Seriously?? Is this your way of reducing the population of this so called "FREE country" we live in??? I can see the writing on the wall. Suicide after suicide!! People who suffer debilitating chronic pain are the VICTIMS here. Why are we the ones to pay the price of laying flat on our backs in bed all day and night, 24/7/365, no sleep, no ease of pain in sight, no work, no TAXES??? You JUDGE the wrong people here!! Go after the heroin addicts who buy so easily on the streets, the wacky weed, ecstacy and every other dang street drug out there, not LAW ABIDING CITIZENS who need this help. What?? You can't do your jobs so you take it out on real sufferers??? Leave all pain sufferers ALONE!! How dare you take away our only life line. My husband served this country for 32 years and this is the thanks we get???? First you take our healthcare and make us go on medicare at quadruple, actually much more than that, the cost and now this??? So sick and tired of being treated like a scoundrel when that is SO NOT THE CASE!!! What the hell happened to living in AMERICA, THE LAND OF THE "FREE???" Oh yeah, you STOLE OUR RIGHTS AWAY!! Please for the love of all things, rethink this stupid decision of yours. We are NOT bad people nor are we addicts. I truly take OFFENSE at that word, and I take OFFENSE of you THINKING we are when we are not!! Chronic Pain is REAL. Just wait till your day comes when you suffer the same fate as we do!!
Physicians should be free to treat pain without excessive government restrictions & fear of prosecution. Opiates are sometimes needed long term & at high doses to manage nonmalignant, chronic pain. It is wrong that pain victims are routinely denied treatment, when all else fails & opiates are last resort-but not even permitted. And, why? Physicians are terrified to treat intractable pain victims due to fear of the US government;MD's cannot prescribe according to PDR,trials & textbooks or may be prosecuted! Chronic pain victims are thus casualties in the war on drugs, treated like addicts instead of considered therapeutically dependent upon them, to have any quality of life, like a diabetic on insulin. Pain victims who could be managed with opiates, are instead ignored, forced into rehabilitation for "detox" when they instead need their medication doses increased or rotated, they are denied access to medicines like methadone or oxycontin or fentanyl for neuropathic pain, they are told opiates don't work for nerve pain" when that was disproven as myth since 2002 (studies are available on Pubmed & Medscape), they call pain doctors to learn not all even do "medication management " or any opiates or methadone & are not allowed to become a patient if they require opiates! You are preventing their care & causing great suffering. The war on drugs is forcing some to self-medicate, they may lose everything & die of overdoses or suicides BECAUSE their pain was not treated; then you use their deaths against them, to perpetuate this vicious cycle. Stop!! Please, stop treating pain victims like junkies, please stop treating their physicians like criminals & help them by allowing freedom to prescribe medications according to treating physician's judgement & create laws to protect doctors from wrongful lawsuit. If junkies trick an MD, hurt themselves- the addicts should pay the price without any recourse for themselves or family to sue & the physician should be protected by good Samaritan laws. Instead the innocent MD may have SWAT bust down door! Pain victims who can have decent quality of life on high dose opiates should be able to choose that risk & their MD should not have their career, money & freedom at risk for caring for them! But, they are so scared these MD's, who should have the choice to prescribe an opiate or at a dose YOU think is too high,instead are forced into pushing much riskier interventional procedures before the dose ceiling is even met, (which is SUPPOSED to be the dose that causes too many side effects versus benefits) or worse meds, like steroids. The government cannot limit meds or doses, as it must be on a case by case basis! Otherwise, we are no longer free. A chronic pain victim should not be forced to suffer, & only experience hurdles/impediments to care while physicians turn them away because of government interferences in the doctor patient relationship. This must change! Physicians are being forced to harm pain patients by denyin
The current anti pain patient climate has had catastrophic effects on chronic pain patients and their families. Pain patients are discriminated against by the CDC, DEA, FDA, doctors, pharmacies, and insurance companies. EVERYONE is against the chronic pain patient whose only 'offense' is using a medically formulated medication designed for pain patients and no one else. Others abuse and misuse them, but the innocent, legitimate pain patient PAYS THE PRICE.
I just watched the meeting from Dec. 15th 2015 from congress and the CDC's INHUMANE guidelines. Sara from the CDC apparently coukd not be at that meeting to represent the CDC, but rather was there via phone. It was quite clear when the woman who represented chronic intractable pain sufferers and the hell we are being FORCED to exist in by the government, when it was her turn to speak and ask the CDC questions, the lady from the CDC avoided them all by saying she was late for a meeting and had to go. What an outrage! I also just came from IV therapy where I got to talking to a 79 yr old gentleman who has been thru hell, had multiple surgeries and is also a chronic intractable pain sufferer. He told me he was put on morphine extended release every 12 hours and that he was for ed to see a psychiatrist. That psychiatrist told him hes over medicated. What a dam sick joke! They want to take this mans only form of relief away. They, meaning the DEA and our government! Guess you all think hes some kind of dealer or addict. It broke my heart to see how your prohibition is affecting all walks of life! He goes to the VA for treatment. This man served our country for YOUR god dam freedom and you want to deny him pain medication!!! THIS NEEDS TO STOP NOW! Our doctors aren't the problem for your FAILED WAR ON DRUGS, YOU PEOPLE RUNNING THIS COUNTRY ARE!! YOU ARE TORTURING INNOCENT PEOPLE HERE. WE ARE NOT ADDICTS..I look forward to the day you all are made to feel shame, get degraded, exist in severe pain. I hope to god you all suffer miserably! Shame on all of you!
The trained doctor not Career Politicians should be in charge of these decisions. I am so sorry for all of the other pain suffers out there. We need to find a way to stop being treated like "drug addictcs" and get the help we deserve. Congress needs to realize that real drug addicts just save time, embarrassment, wrongful accusations and just buy the drugs on the street. What a joke
I went through 15 years of pain management with my neurologist we found what worked one Norco in the morning and I was able to function without searing pain. The Dr. retires and back to no doctor will treat chronic pain issues and they don't prescribe any pain killers. Yet, they will prescribe pills that are for people with seizures along with an NSAID. I don't have seizures I have pain!!!! My father was a physician and I do believe the doctors today must have a different hypocratic oath than the one my father took.
My mother has MS. Her doctor, recently, without telling her in advance, gave her less than half her monthly prescription of Tramadol. They said they want to wean her off this medication and try something new. What they don't understand is that this was already tried. Her primary care doctor is suddenly not allowed to prescribe pain medication. After over 40 years of having the same doctor, my mother was sent to a pain management clinic. The pain management clinic accused her of being an "addict" and released her as a patient with no further prescriptions. Her neurologist found her another pain management doctor who helped her but has moved away. So now she's back to the neurologists who wants to make her jump through all the hoops she went through with two other pain management clinics. It's humiliating and most of all, causing her great anxiety to know that the pain relief she needs may not be coming. I don't understand how they can do this to her. I am terrified that the day is coming when I can't manage her pain at home and the ER will do nothing. I'm sorry for people who have lost loved ones to overdoses but punishing my mother will not bring them back and she needs to live her life NOW.
I have suffered greatly because of neuropathy because being diabetic for 30 years, to the point I can't drive or sleep, or even walk most of the time. I was taking low dose norcos which my doctor had given me with lyrica which gave me a few hours out of everyday where I could "just be okay" the governments war on drugs has caused my doctor to close her practice for fear of prosecution, which has left me for 6 months with no help, I have been to several doctors with my charts and even to the emergency room and no place would give me anything to help manage my pain. The pain clinics are a joke because they are filled with addicts and sellers with no known illnesses or disease whatsoever, and those who have proof they have an illness or disease is told there is no room, or they will be put on a waiting list which is years and years. It's really inhuman, and I personally can't do it any longer... to be in constant pain, and there is no hope of getting help from any doctor because of this so called war on drugs. So soon I will absolutely take my life, who could live like this?
Millions of Americans are being tortured because they suffer with chronic pain. We are not addicts but in this losing war of drugs, the CDC's policies are making more heroin addicts who will no matter what look for away to get high. Our government is now supporting the drug cartels who will get them what they want. This is NOT the way to fight drugs. Did we learn nothing from Prohibition?
Physicians should be free to treat pain without excessive government restrictions & fear of prosecution. Opiates are sometimes needed long term & at high doses to manage nonmalignant, chronic pain. It is wrong that pain victims are routinely denied treatment, when all else fails & opiates are last resort-but not even permitted. And, why? Physicians are terrified to treat intractable pain victims due to fear of the US government;MD's cannot prescribe according to PDR,trials & textbooks or may be prosecuted! Chronic pain victims are thus casualties in the war on drugs, treated like addicts instead of considered therapeutically dependent upon them, to have any quality of life, like a diabetic on insulin. Pain victims who could be managed with opiates, are instead ignored, forced into rehabilitation for "detox" when they instead need their medication doses increased or rotated, they are denied access to medicines like methadone or oxycontin or fentanyl for neuropathic pain, they are told opiates don't work for nerve pain" when that was disproven as myth since 2002 (studies are available on Pubmed & Medscape), they call pain doctors to learn not all even do "medication management " or any opiates or methadone & are not allowed to become a patient if they require opiates! You are preventing their care & causing great suffering. The war on drugs is forcing some to self-medicate, they may lose everything & die of overdoses or suicides BECAUSE their pain was not treated; then you use their deaths against them, to perpetuate this vicious cycle. Stop!! Please, stop treating pain victims like junkies, please stop treating their physicians like criminals & help them by allowing freedom to prescribe medications according to treating physician's judgement & create laws to protect doctors from wrongful lawsuit. If junkies trick an MD, hurt themselves- the addicts should pay the price without any recourse for themselves or family to sue & the physician should be protected by good Samaritan laws. Instead the innocent MD may have SWAT bust down door! Pain victims who can have decent quality of life on high dose opiates should be able to choose that risk & their MD should not have their career, money & freedom at risk for caring for them! But, they are so scared these MD's, who should have the choice to prescribe an opiate or at a dose YOU think is too high,instead are forced into pushing much riskier interventional procedures before the dose ceiling is even met, (which is SUPPOSED to be the dose that causes too many side effects versus benefits) or worse meds, like steroids. The government cannot limit meds or doses, as it must be on a case by case basis! Otherwise, we are no longer free. A chronic pain victim should not be forced to suffer, & only experience hurdles/impediments to care while physicians turn them away because of government interferences in the doctor patient relationship. This must change! Physicians are being forced to harm pain patients by denyin
I find this witch hunt the governments way of bringing back prohibition. Enlighten me here, why is it that the FDA/Dr. Robert Califf was against the CDC's INHUMANE guidelines months ago, but now he did a total turnout as Obama promotes him to the Commissioner, and hes tooting his loud mouth in favor of these INHUMANE restrictions, even adding several of his own restrictions. It's evident what's going on here. Why is the CDC NOT being held accountable for using FALSE data when recording the overdose deathrate!? Those FALSIFIED statistics were made to fit the governments addiction driven agenda!! YOU ARE ALL IGNORING THE RIPPLE EFFECT YOU ARE CREATING BY STRIPPING LEGITIMATE PAIN PATIENTS OF OUR RIGHTS TO MEDICINE, TAKING OUR LIFE SAVING MEDICATIONS AWAY, CAUSING MANY TO ENDURE SEVERE PAIN, AND WITHDRAWAL. This is the governments plan all along..Those of us who have been on opiods for years will have to endure LIFE THREATENING WITHDRAWAL, some may seek help thru addiction doctors, NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE ADDICTS, LIKE GOVERNMENT WANTS THE COUNTRY TO BELIEVE, BUT BECAUSE THE WITHDRAWLS WILL PUSH THEM TO THE BREAKING POINT. EXISTING IN SEVERE, NE ER ENDING, DEBILITATING, CRIPPLING PAIN 24/7 AND HAVING HORRIBLE WITHDRAWAL ON TOP OF IT WILL PUSH INNOCENT LAW ABIDING CITIZENS TO TAKE THEIR LIVES OR TURN TO THE STREETS FOR RELIEF! THIS IS CRUEL, THIS IS BARBARIC, THIS IS INHUMANE AND IT IS TORTUROUS! TORTURE IS A CRIMINAL ACT OF VIOLENCE AND YOU ALL ARE BREAKING THE LAW!! YOU ARE VIOLATING OUR RIGHTS TO PRIVACY, VIOLATING THE HIPPA LAW, VIOLATING OUR RIGHTS TO MEDICINE, VIOLATING OUR RIGHTS TO TREAT OUR PAIN, VIOLATING OUR RIGHTS TO BE TREATED WITH RESPECT AND DIGNITY!! YOU ALL NEED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR YOUR CRIMINAL ACTIONS. DO YOU THINK JUST BECAUSE YOU SIT ON THE CONGRESS FLOOR YOU ARE ABOVE THE LAW!!?? IT WILL CATCH UP WITH ALL YOU. THE NEGLECT, ABUSE, MISTREATMENT, DEGRADING AND STIGMATIZING LEGITIMATE PATIENTS AS ADDICTS AND PILLSEEKERS AND JUNKIES, THIS DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LEGITIMATE PATIENTS DENYING US THE ONE OPTION THAT HELPS TO EASE OUR PAIN, HOW DO YOU ALL LIVE WITH YOURSELVES KNOWING YOU ARE FORCING INNOCENT PEOPLE WHO ARE DISABLED, OUR VETS, PEOPLE OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE WITH CONDITIONS THERE IS NO CURE FOR TO ENDURE TORTURE! SHAME THE HELL ON ALL OF YOU. I LOOK FORWARD O THE DAY EACH AND EVERY EVERY ONE OF YOU WILL KNOW WHAT ITS LIKE TO ENDURE THIS F***ING HELL!
This is clear-cut discrimination

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