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

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I've been hit by 2 different drunk drivers which messed up L4-L5,S1-S2,C5,severe headaches, had back surgery (made pain worse),now getting ready for double knee replacements, diagnosed with severe nerve damage in lower back and legs,constant muscle spasms which cause my legs to lock up with unbearable pain that makes me cry as a 46 year old man! My Doctor of 14 years is now afraid to prescribe the meds that at least gave me some relief by bringing pain level down from 10 to a5-6 on a good day! He's cut my meds so much now I only get 2-3hrs.of sleep a night and thats not 3 straight.I am missing out on life with my 3 grown children, granddaughter9, grandson 1 month! We (All Chronic Pain Sufferers )MUST organize and protest to the best of our abilities! THEN WE MUST FILE A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT! If you are willing to help please let me know. detluvr@hotmail.com or detluvr69@gmail.com. IF WE JOIN TOGETHER & FIGHT WE CAN AND WILL WIN OUR LIVES BACK AGAIN! TY, STEVEN W.
THESE NEW LAWS ARE OBSURED. SINCE MY PCP RETIRED I CANNOT GET MY PAIN TREATED & HAVE STOMACH BLEEDING FROM OTC MEDS. I KNOW OF 2 PEOPLE THAT GET & SELLS THEM, & 1 ADDICT THAT HAS NO PROBLEM GETTING THEM. THE TRUE ADDICTS STILL KNOW HOW TO GET THEM, BUT NOT THE PEOPLE THAT REALLY NEED THEM.
Without my pain medication I wouldn't be able to get out of bed, let alone get through the day. With my medication I'm able to have some kind of life.
On behalf of all those who need this treatment.
I suffer from fibromyalgia and arthritis and have to jump through hoops just to get a bit of pain relief! It's not fair to those of us who suffer daily!
My Doctor told me he was going to "ween" me off of the only pain medication that works for my chronic neck and back pain [very low dose of hydrocodone] because he was afraid of losing his license. I asked him how he intended to "ween" me off of my pain. He smugly said, "Send you to a pain control clinic." I can only afford to see a General Practitioner or the Pain Control Clinic, but not both. Guess I'll have to give up my high blood pressure medicine. Thank you Uncle Sam!
Living in constant pain is hard enough without the shame that is felt when an entire pharmacy full of customers is looking at you while you are almost in tears because the pharmacist will not fill your legal prescription - because they are sure you are a drug addict. Of course, that's assuming your doctor is willing to write the script. I am 38 and have been managing my pain for 15+ years. Without my medications I cannot function. With them, I was able to complete my education, obtain professional certifications and licenses, be gainfully employed, purchase my own home and support my family. Who are you to withhold treatment from me?
I suffer from Fibromyalgia, depression, PTSD and need know and hip replacements. I don't receive pain medication and have to suffer. I went to pain management and was turned down because of my depression.when your in pain you become immobile and become stressed and depressed. No one should have to suffer.
I've been on opioids for 10 years and at the same level of pain medications for 7 years. I've never tried to get my medication early, never sold it never used it other than the way it was prescribed. My doctor was promoted, I had to get a new doctor and no one will prescribe for me. The doctor I see (for now) wanted to send me to rehab. Everyone admits my pain is real but everyone is terrified to treat me. Pain Management programs around here treat back pain or arthritis and so will not accept me. I'd rather not crawl off and die, I'm only 53 years old.
This is turning into the society of profiling too say the least!!! Not all of humanity is a druggie! Some of us have validated chronic pain and need help!!!! The DEA is actually going to make the drug dealers rich by taking these actions! A human body can only take so much pain on a daily basis before they just can't take it anymore!!! I would rather have my family see me picking up a prescription for pain, rather than meeting someone in secret to get help for the pain. I mean really does this make any sense?! Touch up the guidelines for the Dr's, if a patient breaks contract 3x then too bad! I mean even a felon gets three chances before they get life!! We are ppl who SUFFER everyday. Some of us have lived and worked an honest life but for one reason or another our lives have changed dramatically not by choice. So Why should it be hard for honest ppl who now need help receive that help?? Why are we now looked down on for asking your Dr for help?? This is just going to create more problems than the DEA thinks, or lack of... this is just ridiculous and sad that the government now interferes with our much needed treatment!!! I thought America was the land of the free, not land of control!!!
I now know the truth about Pain Management Doctors and General Practitioners when it comes to treating pain. It's pretty ugly.
I've always respected my Doctors until now. I have a serious pain issue and because I asked for med's, I am treated disrespectfully and judgmentally. I have 2 full ruptured tendons in my rotator cuff, needing an entire joint replacement. 4 surgeons agree, I am disabled and in legitimate pain. None will prescribe me a pain med. I have been to 3 PM Dr.s and they suggest I get surgery instead. NO ONE WILL OPERATE ON ME UNTIL I AM 60 (I am 56).
Each PM office treated me like I was a drug addict searching to get high - instead of searching to manage my pain. It's easier to buy street drugs than go through Doctors to get meds !!!!
I understand there is a drug culture out there that warrants policing, but please, until someone has abused your trust with rx's, do not treat patients like drug dealing addicts.
Trust is a two way street. I have come to be very leery and distrustful of all doctors now and have learned my lesson. Those who need the drugs cannot get them (legally) and those who abuse them, can. Go FIGURE. MAD IN AMERICA.
I suffer with osteoarthritis and have since I was in my 30's. I'm now on strong pain medication and condition has gotten worse over time. I need my pain medication and fight every month to get it. The pharmacy will now only refill on the last day of previous script was filled my insurance company will allow three days before the last refill. When I go to get my refill most time they are out of my medicine. So I spend the driving to 4 or 5 pharmacys to find my medication. I must find that day. I'm out. It's the last day. They won't hold the script early they file three days early they don't reorder there supply. Even though they see me each month. Nice ! If they had always refilled three days before. I would have extra medication to last while they order what I need. The order takes 4 days. Of course if there's not a shortage out there. For the last year I would have 12 Fentanyl patchy and I would have 116 Nucynta tabs. I would have enough to last though a shortage or time for the to reorder. But the pharmacist are so Afraid of the DEA. That there not making good decisions. They are opening there selfs for law suits. If there is a shortage and I do not get my medication and they could have made it possible for me to have extra. Now I'm at the emergency room being treated for withdrawal symptoms the pharmacist will be held responsible. I WILl SUI ALL THE PHARMACIST THAT TOLD ME. "WE ONLY WILL REFILL ON THE LAST DAY OF THE BREVIOUSE REFILL"
I already tired of running around from pharmacist to pharmacist All because the DEA is out of control. Someday their family is going to be in need of pain medication to. Someday you may need this kind of medication. Are u going to wait. ???
I'm suffering more than ever and trying to raise 2 children with debilitating pain. Without my pain medication I'm not sure what I can do or how to function daily. Even before the new regulations it was a struggle daily....now, ??????
The DEA is creating a culture of fear & despair & are out of control, practicing medicine without a license. My brother recently lost his nearly 5 yr battle with Cancer. The first several yrs, the drs would only prescribe low doses of Percocet, which is insane! Their assertion was that they were cconcerned he would get addicted. First off, who the heck cares when every organ in his body was riddled with tumors "too innumerable to count"? That is ridiculous & obscene to have made my baby brother suffer that way. Moreover, drs have determined that people who suffer from.severe prolonged or chronic pain, DON'T become addicted. Even if they did, what does it matter to someone who is DYING! I AM SO ANGRY that they made my brother suffer unnecessarily. The DEA is on a power trip and they need to be reined in, stopped & controlled, instead of them controlling doctors, pharmacists & patients, especially pain patients. Talk about shades of 1984, Big Brother is here! What SHOULD be controlled, is the out of sight fees pain clinics & drug companies charge. Pain clinics are charging 10 times more than their counterparts in other fields, and are getting away with it, because the DEA is making other drs too afraid to treat pain. They are enabling these clinics to exploit the situation. There's nothing else to call it but extortion, because they control meds and force patients to submit to unnecessary and obscenely expensive procedures and frequent office in order to get their meds. The DEA is fostering a monopolistic and exploitative "specialty" in medicine that is tantamount to hucksterism, flim flam, a shakedown, a legalized con game. Shame, shame, shame on them, and shame on you if you empower them and allow this travesty to continue. Pray that God doesn't make u suffer as patients are suffering
living with pain is difficult enough without having to deal with other peoples judgements and or philosophy. I want and should have the freedom to have a pain free, quality life, without the law or the insurance companies scrutiny.
Pain patients are in desperate need of help. The DEA has put the fear of God into doctors and pharmacists who are afraid to treat us with painkillers. We are treated like we are working for drug cartels. Please help us so no patients in pain commit suicide to escape their pain.
I had Bladder cancer, and I put it in GODs hands, and now I am Cancer free! Thank you GOD!
If I were selling my prescriptions .I would simply keep a thirty day supply and take a couple before my drug screen .You idiots are stopping nothing.
What you are doing is forcing people in rural area's where buses and taxis don't have routes
and have no one to drive them, to drive to appointments and to pick up their medication and surprise drug screens or pill counts while under the influence of their pain medications.or suffer.If anyone gets killed you have their blood on your hands.For Doctors or educated politicians. you are the biggest Dumb asses in this nation.The DEA and the US government don't have a medical degree and should not be practicing medicine without a license.
4th back surgery. I have ulcerative colitis so I can't take aspirin and I can only take Tylenol. My liver will be dead in no time with this law.
Hello!!! I am contacting you on behalf of my good friend, Dr. Council Rudolph. Dr. Rudolph is a general surgeon and currently operates two urgent care clinics in southern Tennessee. In 2013 Dr. Rudolph's rights as an American were clearly violated by the DEA and local law enforcement after contacting and questioning the senator of TN, The Governor of TN and the DEA regarding American made pain meds being taken off the shelves and forbidden to be prescribed.... To make a long story short, for some time now the only form of a certain analgesic is only being made and distributed from China. This hasn't been seen in the media???!!! Also, he attended an educational class to perform exams for truckers (which turns out to be the same exam given as the Army entrance exam). Truckers are now prohibited to take any form of medication, have no form of pain, have no medical issues..PERIOD! Older, more experienced drivers are slowly being replaced with young, non-experienced guinea pigs. This is a disaster waiting to happen. Dr. Rudolph desperately needs your help to bring light to these situations. He made a video on you tube telling his story...it can be found on
www.thetrueamericanparty.com ....

Concerned Citizen,
Amy Harper
My mother's pain doctor refused to keep her as a patient because she lives out of state part of the time. So I had to find another pain clinic and was away from work for 5 hours for one appointment just to get her pain prescription renewed.
My concern is not that my Doctor will take my pain medication away because he won't. I am in too much pain and he has witnessed my health and mobility decline from the very beginning. I have had a total of 8 surgical procedures done on both my back and neck. To this day I still only take my Hydrocodone if I absolutely need them and I never have taken more then the recommended dose. There are some days that my medication does not touch the pain but I still will only take what my doctor has recommended. I've been on Hydrocodone based pain medication for over 11 years. If someone could come up with a miracle cure for spinal pain I would quit taking these pills immediately.
My problem with these new restrictions and policing of these drugs are the costs that I am now being charged. I have had to retire from job due to the fact that I am unable to remain in one position for more then minutes. I am unable to stand for more then 30 minutes at a time and there is no way that I can lift 50 lbs. and not be laid up for the next day or two. I have applied for my SSDI but of course that's our federal government and they move at the pace of a snail. My spouse is now the only bread winner in the household and does carry me on her insurance but that takes a big chunk of her paycheck monthly. Now I have to go to my doctor each and every month in order to get the pain medication I need to be just a little active. Because of this fact, it now costs more money causing us to have to dip into our nest egg and it's shrinking fast. I guess my question is, do I have my doctor bill the DEA or the FDA? Which one is responsible for my pain now costing me more?
A dr. Pasha in meridian Ms knew of patients who have become "self & over medicators"...he knew of the issues by their family and others...yet continued to prescribe mutiaple Meds. She is now dead! Sad! A tragic & Senseless death!
I can't believe what is happening to me. I feel like I'm going to die. The VA in Tuscon abruptly stopped my pain medication I have been needing for most of my adult life. Never abused it. Now I have no help. What on earth is happening in this demon possessed world? These pieces of crap should be in jail or worse. I wish they had all of my pain.
After adding my name, I read comments below. Please check out this site - - it's about the DEA and doctors/pharmacies QUOTAS for pain meds!!! Pass it on!!


http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/841588
I have numerous medical issues that cause severe pain. One kidney illness, alone, has been determined by the NIH as requiring "high doses of opiods" as the sole treatment. But, I can't work, so I don't have insurance anymore, and can't pay for the ridiculously high fees charged by pain clinics. Regular drs are too afraid of the DEA to prescribe pain.meds, even though I was on the same dose for years, & never cheated. I have to care for an elderly & infirm parent, full-time, but it's becoming increasingly difficult. I walk on a dislocated hip, as well as numerous other very painful ailments. And, if I weren't a devout Christian, I would have killed myself after I was cut off by my dr. After his supervisor, who had never seen me, threatened my dr's license. The pain dr I went to before, got out of the business after the DEA started harrassing hom, even though my dr. was one of the top pain management authorities in the country & had proven he had never done anything wrong. The Gestapo tactics & culture of persecuting drs who legitimately prescribe to adequately relieve chronic pain, is a travesty. I hope these Legislators & DEA authorities end up suffering chronic pain as we do, so they understand the damage they are inflicting on those in legitimate need. Do thet think we WANT to suffer from these ailments? I dont know how much longer I can continue this way. One dr. didn't even believe my hip was dislocated, because, he said, it was "impossible" for anyone to tolerate walking on a dislocated hip. But, I have the Xrays to prove it. I am just tenacious enough to do it, because I don't have much choice. Something, someone has got to be reasonable & have some compassion & put an end to this insanity of preventing patients from getting the necessary meds.
This is about my 75 yr old mother. Even now she is in agony. She has had chronic pain for years and now three doctors have refused to help her. What can I do?
I'm a business owner; have used the same doctor for years; have multiple surgeries and documentation to show my issues. Every time I can't get my medication effectively or have to pay exorbiant rates for it, it impacts my business. So sick of this!
Even the National Pain Strategy wrongfully labels people in pain "catastrophizers" and wont solve the many problems in pain care. People in pain should become a protected class and the Federal Government should require states to have free legal advocates to try and quickly resolve issues with providers. Failing that there will be a continuing escalation of failure in pain care-with rising costs and rising misery.
I just retired from the United States Naval service. Spent my entire adult life serving my country. I am 6'5" and was in the submarine service. Needless to say that didn't work out. Towards the end it was getting so bad I couldn't do anything short of sit on the couch. I sucked it up, served my country, and now I am in between a VERY LARGE rock and a REALLY HARDPLACE. I had 2 spinal fusions. 1 was to fix one that was messed up horribly. Pin came loose and sliced into my spine for 2 months until they "Fixed" it. Now, another one is loose, and I was retired 9 days ago. My PCM who had been treating the pain only prescribed me enough pain management to get through 9 DAYS after my Naval retirement. Needless to say that isn't a very long time to get with a new PCM, get a referral, see a Neurosurgeon, and get the latest rod coming loose fixed. I am in constant pain anywhere from a 7-9 throughout the day. I also suffer from 2 severely torn shoulders (rotator cuff, bicep tendonitis/tears, and SLAP tears). My leg is on fire all day long, pulsing with unbearable pain. My groin is constantly hurting. The back pain itself is horrendous of course. But, since I am in between the retired point and the finding a new doctor point it is absolutely impossible to get treated. I am completely unable to function without some form of pain management. I am walking only with a cane, even when being managed. Now I am sitting here thinking to myself, how am I going to provide for my family. How am I going to do anything. Seriously contemplating just ending it all "accidentally" so at least my wife and kids will be provided for. I serve this country and give up half of my life and this is what I am met with. Nothing but grief. All I want is to have the Neurosurgeon's screw up fixed by a proper doctor. But, until that point, I have to be able to work, have to be able to live with what pain I have, which if anyone has never been in this kind of pain you would have no idea how it is. It is sad that a honorable citizen who served his country with honor, courage and commitment is treated like a drug abusing animal. I just want the back fixed, my shoulders fixed, and everything else i didn't even list. CONGRESS get off your asses and do something right for once. Get the corporations hands out of your pockets, and please for the love of god, don't hurt people who need the true help. Oh, and lets not forget I have been diagnosed with FIbromyalgia for 12 YEARS! 12 years I served with that pain (pain I know isn't treated with pain meds, and I was okay with that). But, the other surgical screw up pain I shouldn't be condemned for. PLEASE do the right thing!
I feel as if I am being forced to do this. I have been left with no other option. I feel as if my dignity and my self rights have been taken. The doctor has all the power. And they are afraid that it will be taken from them. I was told my medication would be lowered because that is what the doctor thinks they are going to force them to do soon. I don't understand if there are really any rights for people who are legitimate with nerve damage, why do we have to be placed in a category with people recovering from an injury or who are doing something wrong. Why can't I be claimed as a permanent disabled person who sits a different category for opiod use. Why does it all end up shrouded so no one will talk about it. I can't speak with my doctors up front, they are cryptic and fearful, and then I am fearful. I have no control over my own status. I have to rely on them to decide if I can try to live a life with my family or if they have to watch me wither.
I was just fired from my pain doctor because morphine showed on my drug test. I don't do morphine. I only do my prescribed meds. I couldn't sleep worrying how I got morphine in my system. Googling the meds I discovered the very pain meds they prescribed show up as morphine since they're opiates.
The past two years have been pure hell trying to get my medication. The doctors blame the DEA. I believe it's the pharmacies. I have been on medication for close to twenty years, without them I can't live any type of life. I am sick of doctors who could care less about people like me with chronic pain. I do not abuse them.
I went through with a disc replacement because it was my only real option. Unfortunately, mine was not as successful as others. I am only 36 years old and rely on this medication to be able to walk or do much of anything. I feel like an 80 year old sometimes and would be lying if I didn't say that I've contemplated suicide just to get the pain to stop. It's already been expensive and I more so than the Dr.s themselves are still looking for and trying to find ways to help my pain. I was prescribed a pain cream that really helped, but the government found a reason to say one of its ingredients (the one that actually helped) would no longer be covered. My Dr just informed me that everyone has to come down off of their medications unless they have cancer or something. This is so sick and disturbing that I feel like throwing up. I can barely, (even if) do the things I want,but taking medication away from patients with legit reasons is quite cruel and inconsiderate. It's like being a horse with a broken foot or leg. I don't think any of them understands what do no harm means. I sometimes tell my Dr. I wish he could understand for just a few minutes what it was like in my body. I don't drink, but look into my future and see no other options besides illegal drugs if the necessary medication that I take to even try to live a somewhat normal life is taken away. Why should I have to suffer for some jerk that finds a way to get medication to get high? In so,e ways, I've found its easier for them to get narcotics pain medication with no obvious reason, than for someone like me that has a file several feet high. If people in serious pain are forced into the Inability to obtain the only thing that makes them somewhat of a person contributing to society, I can only imagine what the future could hold. Desperate people will do desperate things and if dealing with such intense pain could cause you to end your own life.....well, just think about that for a moment. Pain management doctors should not be targeted. It's not right because then it puts everything into question, including their education. The statistics of those actually taking pain medication for the right reasons, under the care of a trained professional should not have to look over their shoulder. Target clinics that prescribe pain medication that aren't intended for those dealing with chronic and debilitating pain. Elderly people aren't the only people with this pain either. I'm only 37 and cannot enjoy most of my life with the pain I have now. I would like one of these government officials to try to tell my son why his mother can no longer get out of bed and isn't even 40 years old.
I went through with a disc replacement because it was my only real option. Unfortunately, mine was not as successful as others. I am only 36 years old and rely on this medication to be able to walk or do much of anything. I feel like an 80 year old sometimes and would be lying if I didn't say that I've contemplated suicide just to get the pain to stop. It's already been expensive and I more so than the Dr.s themselves are still looking for and trying to find ways to help my pain. I was prescribed a pain cream that really helped, but the government found a reason to say one of its ingredients (the one that actually helped) would no longer be covered. My Dr just informed me that everyone has to come down off of their medications unless they have cancer or something. This is so sick and disturbing that I feel like throwing up. I can barely, (even if) do the things I want,but taking medication away from patients with legit reasons is quite cruel and inconsiderate. It's like being a horse with a broken foot or leg. I don't think any of them understands what do no harm means. I sometimes tell my Dr. I wish he could understand for just a few minutes what it was like in my body. I don't drink, but look into my future and see no other options besides illegal drugs if the necessary medication that I take to even try to live a somewhat normal life is taken away. Why should I have to suffer for some jerk that finds a way to get medication to get high? In so,e ways, I've found its easier for them to get narcotics pain medication with no obvious reason, than for someone like me that has a file several feet high. If people in serious pain are forced into the Inability to obtain the only thing that makes them somewhat of a person contributing to society, I can only imagine what the future could hold. Desperate people will do desperate things and if dealing with such intense pain could cause you to end your own life.....well, just think about that for a moment.
I have watched my elderly aunts and uncles suffer from debilitating pain due to failing joints. They are in their mid to upper 80's. I have also watched my aunt suffer from cancer and be in excruciating pain until her final days. Are these the patients really going to turn to heroin? They can barely get out of bed.

Only and until the Mexican drug cartels are dealt with, I feel you are barking up the wrong tree. Are all doctors running pill mills? I highly doubt it. I am very upset at the state of our health care system. For the record, I do not take narcotic medicines. However, I do know they are the only hope for people with cancer, knee replacements, broken femurs, etc. There are all experiences I have had caring for sick family members.
The interference by the DEA in how my doctor treats me, will cause me a life of constant pain.I will be bedridden and basically have NO life, certainly not the life I enjoy currently.
Nobody cares.
If a veterinarian allowed an animal to suffer in pain like me and all of the formentioned humans who have left their stories of suffering in pain, that veterinarian would be arrested and prosecuted for cruelty to animals. He/she would then be ran out of town and branded an animal abuser. But it has become acceptable for humans to suffer.
I've been a chronic back and neck patients since 1990 and just up to two years ago my doctor for 23 years retired, from what I've heard it was partly have to do with these medical changes, now its been hell trying to find a new doctor to take over his practice of my care all the doctors are very discriminatory and want nothing but pain contracts and even when given the proper quit credentialsfor medical marijuana use I had a doctor knowing I was positive go on describing my opiates in my benzodiazepines to me then on a follow up appointment he slips a new pain contract it says oh it's their standard pain contfind just go ahead and find it its the same as the other one well less than one week later when I requested my triplicates I was asked to come in and discuss lab results I didn't think I had all the lab results that day I left a urine sample at my doctor's request and left with doctors orders for blood work on checking thyroid which she sent to the wrong lab. when I did go get the blood work that same day I called the doctor and let their office no that I did this they asked me if I would come in a couple of hours later so I did after I checked in sat down for 10 minutes they called my name I went into my doctors office he came in a couple of minutes later and accuse me of being on PCP also known as angel dust as he said, during this conversation I told him there's no way I use that or whatever you put anything like that in my bodyhe said well maybe somebody slipped something in my drink I told him I don't drink he's in retracted his hole position and said there is no PCP in my system but the marijuana is still there he said he could probably still let that slide the marijuana but he didn't he used to new contract that he rushed me to sign under duress. I need a good attorney for anybody reading this I've been going to this medical practice for over 25 years with the same doctor for 23 of them I believe they are guilty of some kind of malpractice or unethical practices within this whole medical team because I am on some very strong medications and have been for many many many years for them just to cut me off is wrong on so many levels contact me JC 45 lights at aol.com all one word. Thank you
I have Chiari malformation, spinal stenosis, degenerative disk disease, bulging discs, abnormal curvature of my spine and sciatica. I have been on pain medications for 15 years. They certainly don't make the pain go awat but helps make it more tolerable. Since the crackdown on narcotic medication, I was all of a sudden cut back by huge amounts very quickly. This has been causing me some withdrawal symptoms and my pain has increased. My quality of life is being affected by this and no one cares. When I call my doctor or see him to tell him of my issues with it, it falls on deaf ears. They refuse to increase my medication I fear they areally going to take it away completely, regardless of how I feel. All they care about at this point is covering their asses because of the DEA's threats. It used to matter how I felt. I was never an abuser of my meds. But now I feel like I'm looked at like a criminal. Something has to be done to change this. I understand going after pill mills, illegal prescribing and over prescribing doctors. Put a limit on the meds. But if someone has a legitimate issue they need to stay out of it. And to completely take away medication that was helping a chronic pain sufferer increase their quality of life is just wrong!!! What happened to my rights?? This has also caused my depression to get much worse. I feel I am being pushed backwards as far as treating my conditions. There has to be some sort of middle ground to deal with this. I am apealing to you to please do something about this discrimination.
I sure hope this petition is real.last month I felt something snap in my shoulder went to the ER the next day they gave me 8 lortab five mg.I was grateful and I did not even ask for the pain meds.2 months ago I began subscribing to Obamacare health insurance marketplace.it is been a complete nightmare to try to get proper medical attention.so far I have gone to three different doctors to get a referral to an orthopedic specialist.I have seen the orthopedic shoulder doctor two times now and on the first visit he performed all the range of motion tests and there is all this grinding and popping and pain from my shoulder and my neck and down into my forearm.then he told me he doesn't prescribe anything for pain until after a surgery for which I had to get an MRI last week the MRI showed I have a full thickness tear of one shoulder tendon and a partial tear in another tendon.Today I called his office and spoke with the nurse stating I will need some surgery and she told me the earliest I could be treated would be the middle to the end of July. I am awake all night again unable to get comfortable enough to sleep for over 2 weeks now.I'm really really exhausted and I still have to work in a very strenuous physical capacity.I think my only option now is to go out and network to all my friends and family to see if someone can help me with some form of pain control besides rest ice compression elevation and any more corticosteroid injections.I've already had three in the last month.I've never been this unhappy with my government in my entire life.I now have more faith in God than ever.if it weren't for that I would have gone and jumped off the bridge by now or something worse.Oh yeah and I've already spent well over 1000 dollars out of pocket in copays and I earn about $400 per week from my employer.
Yet another witch hunt orchestrated by our greedy government. Shame on the DEA. Our founding fathers would be mortified. Those of us who regrettably must rely on meds to function in daily life will be forced to self medicate without proper pain treatment. Alcohol and cigarettes and dangerous OTC's and supplements are legal but necessary prescriptions are being cut out. That really makes sense...NOT!!! It's all about the almighty dollar and the enforcement of hideous "ideals". Thanks a lot.
Today, after two years on this dose, my Norco was reduced from 4 per day to only 1. I'm in pain AND sick from the sudden reduction.
I'm not a druggie. I'm a grandmother with several very painful conditions. Without pain management, I will be in bed and my quality of life diminished. How unfair this is.
opinions stared here are only based on my personal experiences and may not be the same as the rest of the population.

Twelve years ago I was injured at work. I slipped and fell on the ice because the company that I worked for refused proper snow removal just to keep cost down. I ended up off from work for approximately three months with a back injury. When I fell I ended up laying on the ice for over an hour because I was at the business all alone and was unable to get off the ground by myself. It would have been much longer if one of my fellow employees would not have shown up on her day off to ask me a question about her schedule. After she helped me back to the store, unfortunately she was unable to stay and cover so I could go to the emergency room for treatment and I had to wait for the next shift to report. While I waited, I filled out an incident report and contact my office who told me that for all work related injuries that I needed to go to the Occupational medical clinic nearest to me so that a mandatory drug test, of which was passed with flying colors, could be administered along with treatment for my injury. I was x-rayed, physically examined and prescribed pain medication, muscle relaxer, anti inflammatory medications and Physical Therapy. After three months of Physical Therapy I was then released to return to work even know I was still suffering pain. I was told by the work-mans comp physician to continue the exercises that I was taught by the Therapist and my pain would gradually get better.
At no time did the doctor order an MRI, nor was I ever offered an option to see a specialist. Now I am no longer able to work because of this injury, and because I was released to return to work by a company paid doctor and its been over two years without continuous treatment, workman’s comp is no longer required to pay for treatment and I can’t go back on them. I have had several medical procedures including the installation of spinal cord stimulators in both my lower back and neck, spinal cord injections and physical therapy with very little success. I am currently in the process of fighting for my SSDI for chronic back pain when more then likely I would still be working if I would have been medically been treated properly at the time of my injury.
Now, the Federal Government has decided to practice medicine. They have declared the medications that I need just to tolerate day to day life as schedule 2 narcotics. This means that now I have to visit my pain specialist once a month just to get the medication I need to get out of bed in the morning. At $45.00 co-payment for each monthly visit for the first four visits and $90.00 a month after that, $246.00 monthly premium cost for family insurance through the, now get this,” The Affordable Health Care act”, $90.00 monthly prescription costs and an additional $45.00 every three months to my family physician. This all adds up to a grand total of $441.00 per month just to treat my chroni
I went to my RA DR today who I have seen for 13 years and had to see one of the other dr.s and she was uncomfortable with perscibing my normal pain meds and gave me half of what I have been taking for years. Yes, they are opiates. I have always complied with all my dr has asked of me and never failed a drug test. Why am I being punished for having many health problems that require opiates ? I have tried every drug that has been available and nothing worked due to unwanted/ harmful side effects. I am starting to feel like I am less than and UNLESS you are dying... is the only reason patients are allowed to have pain relief. What are we supposed to do ? Suffer all day, everyday, for the rest of my life? Unless you have ever experienced chronic pain and suffered you will NEVER GET IT!! I have had my quality of life be back to almost, normal with the help of opiates. So who is held responsible when I have a seiuzure or a heart attack do to withdrawls? Please stop intimidating drs. who once we're able to actually treat us individually. Everyone deserves to be pain free. Otherwise you either eventually have people who cannot take the pain and they may kill themselves or resort to getting other dangerous street drugs and those are not options I should be forced into because the DEA wants dr.s to quit treating patients like human beings . I thought dr.s too an oath of do no harm.

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