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

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How would anyone in the government feel if they had to watch their loved one suffer knowing there is medication available yet unattainable?
Do you realize how many more people will be applying for Social Security Disability because they won't be able to get out of bed let alone hold a job?
Pain is the leading cause of employees using sick time, it's going to get a lot worse if pain patients are not treated.
I'm 65, was on pain meds , now going to pain clinic , doctor is tapering me down to nothing, everyday the pain keeps coming back stronger. How do they expect you to live like this. I really believe this doctor thinks I must be a LTDU. Over the last 8 yrs I have had 12 surgeries on this body, Neck , Back, Shoulders, ect. Along with having osteoarthritis in 80% of my body. WHAT DO YOU DO ???
Found out that extended release opiates should not be given to menapausal woman who cannot do HRT, I weaned off my patch over taking breakthrough meds and got dismissed from pain mangmnt--had almost acute withdrawal else and went to ER, little girl it triage said oh yeah if you can't do HRT, you should not be given extended release opiates, they will deplete adrenals and lower thyroid--plain oxycodone is best....why don't pain docs know this? I have fighting them for years after I found that info and only just heard confirmation while in triage at ER for withdrawal!!!
I am stage 4 cancer my meds cut
Just like legal gun owners are RARELY the ones committing crimes with firearms, chronic pain patients are RARELY the ones abusing them. If these medications were truly so dangerous, why are they okay for cancer patients? the fact is, those who abuse pain medications are most often those using them for recreational purposes or to 'get high', not the ones who take them as prescribed, make every doctor's appt, gladly sign pain contracts and need them to have any quality of life whatsoever. What the government is doing is a crime, the worst form of witch hunt when the actual issue here is illegal use. It's McCarthyism all over again.
The witch hunt to deamonize pain patients and doctors who treat them has to stop. Pain medicine is not evil. It is stated in the bible that God put stuff here for pain and we all know what it is.
SOMEDAY IN EVERYONE'S LIFE MAY COME A TIME WHEN THEY NEED THIS KIND OF HELP AND THEY ALL BETTER PRAY THAT THE DO GOODERS, WHO HAVE RUINED EVERYTHING ELSE, DONT SCREW THIS UP TOO!
THIS IS A PERSON'S RIGHT TO TREAT THEIR OWN PAIN THE WAY THEY SEE FIT AND NOT THE FRIGGIN DEA.
(Retired cop and member of LEAP -Law Enforcement Officers against prohibition)
I have prescriptions for my meds but the pharmacy has a hard Time filling them. I also don't want to depend on them then they take it away so I'm alway going through withdrawals trying not to get hooked. When I take it the way I suppose to a period o six months I find myself needing something for break through but then the doctor says that to much. I sat in the same place for almost ten years because the doctors would not prescribe pain meds. I had to go to another state to feel worthy of taking them even though I don't want to but the help me have a better quality of life now. But I still feel some type of bad way for taking them.
Now the government gets to decide if you're in pain or not?
ENOUGH BULLYING DEA!!! Stay out of our painful lives. You have no right to interfere. We are the one's in pain and need our meds to get through the day's and nights. Without our meds you leave us helpless and vulnerable. We need your help maintaning our rights as US tax paying and law abiding citizens. We have done nothing wrong to deserve this treatment besides getting hurt and older.
I was in chronic pain fron 85 to 95. After much pt and surgeries, I finally gave in and started pain meds. Now they take that away. If I cant find a solution in a week my only option left is suicide.
It is very sad that we live in a society that is more worried about people getting addicted to drugs or getting high, than people being able to get pain medications so that they can lead a normal life as they did before the chronic pain was a problem.
Addiction is both physical and psychological, as many people that try and fail to quit smoking, drinking of liquor, gambling, and people that take drugs to escape life.
Many are called addicts and abusers just because they need medications to function as a part of society. This is the opposite of an addict, where the addict does not want to be functional. The need that I'm referring to is the medication offers people an escape from the pain so they can feel normal again. Why anyone would think that having the feeling of being attached to an electric fence or other painful thing would not drive people to take medications or anything that will relieve the pain must be insane.
The long term effects of chronic pain are that death looks much preferable to living with the pain that is uncontrolled.
The flag tab at the bottom right does work and fast i might add. Thank you ...whoever removes that junk
I live in pain daily with fibromyalgia, diabetes, neuropathy in my hands and feet along with other muscular issues and different illnesses. I have to have medication for this pain and to take it away from people like me would leave me bed ridden. I stay in bed/on the couch ALL day as is. If I have my medicine I am able to try and work through the pain. I take care of my 87y/o mother also, all while still being in pain. Even with the medicine I'm never pain free but it allows me to push.
let doctors do their jobs.... government needs no place there. crazy.... we are not a communism rule.. we are free.... understand? free... doctors should be able to treat patients with out fear. how dare you???
patient need pain meds
I live in chronic pain due to multiple back injuries, migraines, and unhealed broken bones. My Dr is OK with treating me and she knows I stay within my allotted amount and always have left overs. My husband is only 34 w rheumatoid arthritis and lives in daily pain. His dr prescribed his Oxycodon only to have the pharmacist say she did not want to fill because she didn't agree with why he has pain..... the dr is the one who knows their patient and the treatment protocol should be between them and NO ONE ELSE.
How many suicides will it take until the CDC realizes their error?
I'm a 22 yo type 1 diabetic diagnosed at 13 yo.
I've been living in agony for about 6 years. I've gone to almost every doc in the state, and have been told "we would rather see you dead then on oxycodone for your pain". I only eat once every three days and am preparing to die my family is devastated.
Why are there not any answers? Who is really going to see this? Why is it taking so long? Do they even care? No! They do not! Pain is real! Why do we have to suffer? Someone has got to help us who suffer!
I am a chronic pain sufferer. I have had Dr.s who have helped me to live a fulfilling and functual life to be suddenly closed down!! Leaving me to have to find a new pain dr. When I stumble across one of these uncompassionate drs who label me a drug addict the law forces me to continue with this Dr. regardless of the fact that he refuses to give me adequate relief from my daily pain thus resulting in me losing jobs, incapable of daily household chores and no choice but to miss out on social activites because my dr. didnt give me adequate pain relief to function at a life quality I know can exist for me. So I seek a diferent dr. now Im labeled a Dr shopper. what happened to my right at a second opinion? My right to seek a dr. who can make my life more comfortable? I am stuck suffering in pain and i actually pay this dr. to keep me in 10 % of the pain relief I know is out there. I need pain medicine yet my dr gave me mobic. Mobic has landed me in the hospital in the past yet he says to take it. WHAT??!! yes this is true. this law must change cuz I now can understand people who think of suicide as the only way out of their pain. Not me, I am signing this petition and i am going to find a dr. who can help me live a better quality of life, even if it results in my arrest for " dr. shopping" . a ridiculous charge. I dont seek a bunch of drs to give me a bunch of drugs. I seek one dr. to help me live a better quality of life.
To Endicott ,Ny.,,,,this pettion was started in 2015,,,not 2012,,there were 2 petition named the same,,,The bottom line is as New Jersey writes,,,strength in numbers,,,who cares when it was started,,,These letters do go to our elected officials,,and that's what matters,we are all in this togethers,,,not separate,,ie,,divided we fall,,,maryw,
Please everyone consider signing the petition at http://petitions.moveon.org to withdraw the CDC guidelines put in place in March of this year. Slightly less than 800 more signatures are needed for this petition to be submitted directly to President Obama, the Senate, and The House of Representatives. It is the CDC that has caused what is occurring right now and while the letters to local legislators are undoubtedly helpful, what is being written here is on a page that has been online since 2012. We need to take all the steps we can to fight back and I truly believe that the moveon.org petition can help us.
TO the Riverton NJ poster, I will be contacting Dennis as well. Please, I urge you all to reach out to your senators, the DEA, CDC, FDA and anyone else you may think of. There are many chronic pain support groups that are doing what they can to fight back. Strength comes in numbers. I urge you all to join as many as you can and stay on top of the very criminal acts the DEA, CDC, FDA and the government are doing. HEY MR. PRESIDENT, DO SOMETHING RIGHT FOR A CHANGE, STAND UP FOR THE SUFFERING!!!
The mammoth error by the DEA will have deadly serious consequences. The situation is grave. These inept government workers need to have their illegal actions overturned. We need to hire a good human rights lawyer. Every human being has the God-given right to obtain relief. No government institution holds this right. I went to the ER in acute, protracted pain, and was told my blood pressure was elevated from pain. I was told they are not permitted to dispense narcotics, and gave me tyleonol with 5% painkiller, and only gave me a prescription for 10, and quickly ran out. Due to the unthinkable DEA regulations, by not permitting me - a responsible person - to obtain legitimate relief, the DEA has put me at risk for a stroke and kidney damage.

This is a very grave situation that must be addressed by a united, methodical, sensible group of those of us put into an untenable position by the DEA.

I propose that we contact Dennis Prager, a radio host, who has spoken out against this insensible, unthinkable, unworkable holocaust on patients in pain. We need to all do our part. Now.

http://www.dennisprager.com
The mammoth error by the DEA will have deadly serious consequences. The situation is grave. These inept government workers need to have their illegal actions overturned. We need to hire a good human rights lawyer. Every human being has the God-given right to obtain relief. No government institution holds this right. I went to the ER in acute, protracted pain, and was told my blood pressure was elevated from pain. I was told they are not permitted to dispense narcotics, and gave me tyleonol with 5% painkiller, and only gave me a prescription for 10, and quickly ran out. Due to the unthinkable DEA regulations, by not permitting me - a responsible person - to obtain legitimate relief, the DEA has put me at risk for a stroke and kidney damage.

This is a very grave situation that must be addressed by a united, methodical, sensible group of those of us put into an untenable position by the DEA.

I propose that we contact Dennis Prager, a radio host, who has spoken out against this insensible, unthinkable, unworkable holocaust on patients in pain. We need to all do our part. Now.

http://www.dennisprager.com
I became totally and permantly disabled as the result of a truck striking my auto headon over 20 years ago. Part of my lower spine was removed & fused, then most of c-spine was removed and fused with plates, bars & screws. Advanced degenerative disk disease and multiple ruptured disks were involved. Since then I've submitted to over 25 major surgeries, had 2 morphine infusion pumps implanted and removed, and had 2 different types of neuro-electrical stimulators implanted/removed in my spine, with the resultant accumulation of scar tissue causing intense pressure on the nerve endings involved. The resulting pain is relieved only by radio-neuropathy treatments or destruction of the nerve endings on both sides of my spine. Without Medicare Pts A,B & D, I would have died long ago. I'm unable sit upright for more than 1 or 2 hours each day. Traveling to see my doctor in a car is horribly painful, and is the only time I'm not homebound. Each appointment takes an hour each way, and afterwards I'm flat on my side in bed for a week afterwards. My acute, chronic pain is now managed only with fentenyl patches, lyrica and muscle spasms are semi-controlled with small doses of anti-spasmodics. I'm now subject to losing my chronic pain managment specialist, his treatment and these essential medications due to the renewed ignorance and stupidity of the unaffected officials of the CDC, the DEA and those nameless, soul-less Obama-care, corporate death-panel contractors. My pain management specialist told me 20 years ago that this would happen someday, but I didn't believe him then; surely, not in an enlightened country such as America had become. When Hillary-care was floated following Bill Clinton's election in the 1990's (now known as Obama-care), we were told a situation like we now face was only fear-mongering promoted by conservatives & would never come to pass. However, it's now the truth and ugly, inhumane reality that all Americans suffering from acute, chronic, intractible pain face in this newly 'enlightened' age. My MD/GP is retiring soon; now I understand that no other MD will choose to prescribe any pain medications, due to the fear or ignorance of these decision-makers. This problem has been exascerbated by recent televised horror stories of the few 'quacks' such as the infamous case of a rural MD who was recently filmed in a northern/western state, passing out pain presecriptions such as hyrocodone and morphine for $120.00 cash, with no examination required. If this man was a 'doctor' and not a sick joke, then those few who are like him are only out to make a quick buck at the expense of all of those who truly suffer. He and the addicts he distributes to are as foolish as those decision makers who are now bringing such terrible harm to those of us who only wish to live what is left of our private lives, at home with our loved ones, in whatever small amount of dignity remains in this life. We have the right to Life, Liberty & the pursuit of Happiness
I live with chronic, often extreme, pain every day of my life. There are effective treatments that would make my life livable but doctors are afraid to prescribe them because the government has decided, in their wisdom, they know more about medicine than physicians. I would ask them to get out of our lives. I have fibromyalgia and just want to live somewhat normally, today I feel like just jumping off a bridge. It never ends, it's like being constantly beaten up and left by the side of the road. Please allow doctors to do their jobs.
the doctors need to quit telling people they are depressed and that is what is causing the pain. The depression comes FROM being in pain.
I'm lucky to have a PCP who treats me like a normal person even though I have chronic pain and fatigue.
When you are in so much pain you start thinking about killing yourself. You go to different doctors for HELP!!!!!!!!and this is what they label you. Makes me sick!!!!!! They don't let animals suffer, but they do people!!!!!
I have had back surgery back in 2008, where I had L-3,4,5 fused together it's now 2016 , the surgery was a complete flop!! I now have sever back pain and have been seeing a pain clinic to get meds to live a better life, "quality of life" recently my doctor got fired for putting patients on probation with no real reason, she told me I'm on probation because I had broke 1 of my meds in half.. Just efin rediculas !!! I have been going to this clinic for years. And have been in great shape 2 on the pain scale when I'm taking my meds. So here is the question. At the same time I got put on probation, I 100% disagree with reason why I got put on probation. Also the doctor dropped my pain meds in half? Her response was "I'm the doctor, I know what's best" now because I'm on probation and she got fired the doctor was not keeping good records, is that legal taking a patient off pain meds cold turkey ? And no ryme or reason for dropping my meds down? I have totally lost my quality of life. No energy, can't make it to work on time or have to leave early because of the pain.. Someone please advise ???
Things I no longer do because my pain is no longer treated; go to church, out to eat, shop, go for a ride, see my grandkids, walk,play with and train my dogs, wear make up or jewekry, enjoy hobbies such as playing guitar and piano, sewing, knitting crocheting, cooking, cleaning my house, visiting friends, swimming, shooting, even seeing a movie at home is too much. I have lost my life due to pain. This loss happened this last year since my doctor will no longer prescribe adequate pain medications. I had taken them since I was 9, off and on. I had taken them regularly the last 16 years. I am responsible, not an addict and tired of being treated as a criminal just because I am sick. Youneed to pay attention to the UN's report.
Things I no longer do because my pain is no longer treated; go to church, out to eat, shop, go for a ride, see my grandkids, walk,play with and train my dogs, wear make up or jewekry, enjoy hobbies such as playing guitar and piano, sewing, knitting crocheting, cooking, cleaning my house, visiting friends, swimming, shooting, even seeing a movie at home is too much. I have lost my life due to pain. This loss happened this last year since my doctor will no longer prescribe adequate pain medications. I had taken them since I was 9, off and on. I had taken them regularly the last 16 years. I am responsible, not an addict and tired of being treated as a criminal just because I am sick. Youneed to pay attention to the UN's report.
Why is it that the DEA says this, then supports the laws restricting pain medication prescriptions? I am a chronic pain sufferer. I live in constant pain, even with the medication the doctor prescribes. Without that medication, I don't think I could survive at all.
I have a genetic disorder that has caused me to have chronic, unrelenting pain. My doctors have all told me that essentially the DEA has tied their hands when it comes to treating chronic pain.
Please PLEASE understand I do NOT want to take narcotics, but without them, I am essentially bedridden and I'm only 50. I have my first grandson on the way, and at this very moment, I am in withdrawal because my pain manage to doctor says he can only prescribe so many opiate prescriptions a month, and he now, after 4 years of "qualifying for" narcotic medication, I am now low patient on the totem pole, and I will be forced back into the bed, to waste away and suffer for the remaining days on earth.
What is happening to pain patients in this country is a travesty. I am a college graduate, articulate and passionate person. I have a true zest for life, and all of this is being robbed from me because someone who hasn't lived in my shoes is making life choices FOR me.
One day, you will hurt, and wish every moment that it would just be somewhat bearable- or maybe you will have a loved one who hurts everyday, and there's nothing you can do to help. I pray none of this happens to you, or your loved ones, because it is gut wrenching.
By the way, I am a nurse. I have spent most of my life helping others lives be bearable, be long and healthy, and relieve their pain. I had to give up my profession when I became ill. I had no idea I was also going to have to suffer this way forever. It is WRONG.
Veterans at the VA are also getting cut off!! Wow what a way to treat our heros!
Anyone that has suffered from chronic pain and turned to long-term opioid therapy after exhausting all other options can relate to this issue. It is absolutely unconscionable how patients are treated and the hoops they are expected to jump through in order to obtain desperately needed medications. Many commonly used medications list side effects relating to physical dependence. However because these medications are ‘controlled’ and commonly abused, patients who rely on them to improve their quality of life are saddled with a process that is not only discriminatory and inhumane, but actually exacerbates the problem and increases healthcare costs that are already out of control. This is for anyone that has had to sit in a pharmacy waiting area all day while insurance companies and government ‘officials’ make life-altering personal decisions that should be made by a doctor and his patient. It is more than just inconvenient – this garbage makes it that much more difficult for chronic pain patients to maintain productive lives. In addition, it forces many legitimate patients to obtain their medications illegally; a more dangerous result anyone would agree is far from an acceptable alternative.

The worst part? Treatment plans are now constructed by ignorant government regulators and corrupt insurance companies instead of doctors and patients. It is yet another attempts to eliminate personal responsibility from American society to protect drug companies from lawyers.
There is another petition for us at http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/cdc-withdraw-guideline?source=s.fwd&R_by=14845029
My quality of life decline due to CDC rule reduces the quality of life decline for my family.
I have two types of cancer, arthritis, chronic pain, spinal stenosis, buldged disk, psoriasis, I can no longer drive due to pain. I have severe muscle spasms, migraine headaches, severe cramps in abdominal area. I have at least two Doctor appointments a week a stack of testing orders and labs that must be conducted. My primary refused pain medication I was told to ask my Orthopedic physician they told me to ask my oncology doctor the said to go to a pain clinic and the pain clinic said they won't give out pain meds unless I have all my X-rays bone scan and my Mri's done again. I had them conducted last year! I have two children, I have a hard time dealing with the constant pain and trying to be a good mom. With all the pain I have and with no help I wish the Cancer had just finished me off! Because of junkies and some bad doctors people who actually need help are left with only one other option. Doctors should be ashamed of themselves!
Pain patient who is tired of being treated like some kind of criminal junkie! Enough!
“Approximately 35% of Americans have some element of chronic pain, and approximately 50 million Americans are disabled partially or totally due to chronic pain. Chronic pain is reported more commonly in women. “


“Rates of opioid overdose deaths also increased significantly, from 7.9 per 100,000 in 2013 to 9.0 per 100,000 in 2014.”

...which means there were 28,350 deaths from opioid overdose in the US in 2014.

DEFINITION OF RARE DISEASE---US
“An orphan [rare] disease is defined as a condition that affects fewer than 200,000 people nationwide.”
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm143563.htm

...which means that the rate of overdose deaths doesn't even fit the criteria for a rare disease! Yet 50 million people (!!) are disabled by chronic pain!

Since it doesn't even fit the criteria of a rare disease, the CDC guidelines---catastrophizing the amount of overdose deaths into an “opioid epidemic” is ridiculous..and the result of disallowing chronic pain patients proper access to these drugs are in violation of international law:

“Almost five decades ago, governments around the world adopted the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs which, in addition to addressing the control of illicit narcotics, obligated countries to work towards universal access to the narcotic drugs necessary to alleviate pain and suffering. “

http://bmcmedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1741-7015-8-8
This is a national disgrace. The DEA has overstepped their bounds. I cannot fathom the dark recesses of the minds that conceived this. People need to fight back - and fight back hard. We've all had to stand up to a bully in our lives. Our very lives are at stake. We'd best stand together and fight. To Dr. Linda: my cousin worked for the justice department, and left - he said it was corrupt. A lot of the government is. Vote Trump.
Here is one for you: I watched a documentary where a woman couldn't stop eating her foam mattress. Now I suppose according to the DEA they must now outlaw all foam mattresses. EVERYONE FLOOD DENNIS PRAEGER'S EMAIL. HE IS A RADIO HOST WHO HAS SPOKEN OUT ABOUT THIS. WE NEED TO UNITE. I HAVE BEEN IN FRIGHTENING PAIN. MAY GOD HELP US.
I have been taking pain meds since 1998 and now I'm told I will be cut off because I don't want to have shots and go to a bunch more doctors that I have done already. I have 8 bad disc at 60 and trying to take care of my grandchildren. Pain meds give me a better quality of life. I can do it without pain meds it just won't be anything normal pain-free people do. Life sucks struggling disabled but now I will be in more pain, and who cares?
If you can spray agent orange " very bad chemical" on our troops in the Vietnam war to kill the vegetation and know full well that its going to have cause major health issues for our solders on the ground and the siblings that follow, and deny it for many years until you are caught, by a few good men i might add, i trust none of you anymore. You have no soul,no spirit and are just plain from from the depths of hell. Where you shall return soon i do PRAY. And from the poison pills, shots that are worth Nothing but to cause pain, which has been taken in a desperate cry for relief, help and trust, will take you to an early death with continued treatment of such. All it takes is just one good pharmacist or doctor! And you thought no doctor would squeal on Agent orange. but they did. There is another that will tell of your judge and jury tactics in a private room. Gee, thats what they did to Jesus that eve. In a private meeting without representation. Go figure. Your are equal to the snakes that slither on the ground. Have met snakes that were better but i cut there heads off because i dont want to get bit in the ass. The MORAL to this is that to get rid of the enemy, " the abusers", you will hurt the innocent and let them suffer for the rest of their life" to stop this war if there really is a war. By our own courts here it is stated that it is far better to let a criminal go free than to convict an innocent person. You just might die by the same meds that you give us. And yes...the pain has been a 9 all day long. My door is always open as you know. Just come in the daylight. I shoot hissing sounds at my door.
The FDA allowed a pharmaceutical on the market that destroyed my pudendal nerves, now the DEA takes away the means to allay the pain. I went to sleep and woke up and the world went mad...
my last visit to the pain clinic I was informed that they were cutting my Med back I've been in the pain clinic since 2004 I have a long-acting pain med and a med for breakthrough pain I have for bulged discs 2 knees that need total knee replacementsI also have two torn rotator cuffs that needs surgery and I also have carpal tunnel and both hands I'm 70 years old I told the doctor why are you cutting my pain meds when the pain is increasing not decreasing and she said that it was coming from the government that they had to cut back on my pain meds I think it's a bunch of b******* the government has no right to come in and take control of a Pain Management Center and tell them what to prescribe to their patients I'm not 20 years old I'm 70 I can hardly walk I also have COPD which also makes it difficult for me to walk because I run out of breath so at this point I don't know what I'm going to do but I think this is totally the wrong way to handle the problem but of course the government doesn't handle anything else properly so why would they handle this properly I'm at the point that I don't know what to do my pain clinic is an 8 Hour round-trip Drive and it's getting difficult at my age so now I have to stay one night in a motel and I have two dogs and a partner to take with me so the trip cost me 3 to $400 out of pocket if anybody has any feedback or any ideas I'd be open to hear them
I was informed that my pain Doctor may not be able to prescribe my pain meds soon because of the statistics of abuse and death. Unfortunately the people that abuse make it difficult for pain sufferers who don't abuse and can live an almost normal life. If I can't get help and relief like I have for the past 20 yrs my life will be unbearable. And I have tried every alternative way to release my ailment. Just unfair. Where are my rights as a patient who follows all the rules?
I was informed that my pain Doctor may not be able to prescribe my pain meds soon because of the statistics of abuse and death. Unfortunately the people that abuse make it difficult for pain sufferers who don't abuse and can live an almost normal life. If I can't get help and relief like I have for the past 20 yrs my life will be unbearable. And I have tried every alternative way to release my ailment. Just unfair. Where are my rights as a patient who follows all the rules?
It is sad that if you were to do this to an animal your pet you would Be charged with animal cruelty, neglect, and letting your pet suffer.

It is truly unbelievable that your pet has more rights that a human being does.

I asked you how many mothers, Fathers, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents & all other loved ones have to die ( suicide) because they couldn't deal with the pain anymore and they decided to take their life because of their severe chronic pain.
I do agree that people that are selling their pain meds need to be accountable for their actions. Not the rest of us that need it to Function and have quality of life !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

These medicines that are prescribed for severe chronic pain Helps mother's, father's, & other love ones to take care of their CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!!!
How many People and their families have to be destroyed because they want to lump sum every pain patient as an addict and a drug dealer. I know that there are better ways to find out who really needs these and who doesn't.

All I can say is that you're not just punishing the pain patient for being sick, injured, Or because a surgery went wrong.
You are punishing the pain Patient and their families and denying functioning and quality of life to the patients and their Families !!!!!!!!!!

All because someone having severe chronic pain that they did not ask for. Believe me no one asks for this kind of pain.

I've been living with it for over 5 years. I lost my marriage, my husband left me and my little girl, my ability to do things with my child and other very important milestones that a mother should be a part of I can never get back!!!!!! I also lost an amazing career with and extremely high six-figure Salary. And taking all those things away from me And making me suffer more than I already do is cruel !!!!!! My only job left is being a mother. I guess I'm wondering when are you going to take that job away from me !!!!!! because I won't be able to take care of myself and my little girl. She is the last thing I have.

And I find it extremely cruel to hurt a parent and a child Because SOMEONE can't figure out who needs it and who doesn't !!!!!!!!!
As a chronic pain sufferer. I can tell you that NSAIDS are worthless when it comes to a herniated lumbar disc. As the pain is NOT caused by inflammation. It is nerve root pinching. I can't blame all physicians for not prescribing the appropriate analgesic narcotics. I guarantee that if every employee at the DEA spent 1 hour of the excruciating agony caused by a nerve being compromised by being pushed against the bony structure of the vertebral opening. Usually fixedly by a surgery called a foramonotomy. I give each DEA EMPLOYEE 1 hour, and they will be screaming for Morphine. They won't be reaching for Advil. Let our physicians know that the first of their oath is there for a reason. They are the trained professionals. Not the DEA. First do no harm is non negotiable.
I have many chronic medical conditions including herniated discs, spinal arthritis, DDD, fibromyalgia, chronic migraines but the most unbearably painful of all atypical trigeminal neuralgia less often than the most excruciating pain that feels as though someone is jamming an ice pick deep into your ear drum over and over for about 8 hours straight and having to sit up perfectly still and not touch your face as tears roll down although you can't blow your nose or wipe away your tears because that feels like a 10" nail being shot in the side of your face, etc..... It's also called the suicide disease. So now my chronic pain plan that included Norco stopped my attacks are back and far worse than we had them finally controlled to. I have had my neurologist, GP and chronic pain doctor all working together to help me and always complied to chronic pain contract and drug test isn't that who really need help also?
It's not the pain pills killing people its herein there is a difference.
I am in chronic pain since 2002 when I became disabled from neoropathy in both legs, degenerative disk disease, spinalstenosis, with slip disk in both neck and back , carpel tunnel in both hands and wrists and left shoulder that had to be operated on. My doc has tried numerous epidermals and non narcotics and physical therapy and it has not relived the pain. My doc was giving me pain meds that I took as prescribed or less only when needed. Because I can't even do daily functions I would stay in bed most of the time at least with the meds I can function and do some things like house chores to an extent (excluding mopping floors) . Please don't take away the chance to have somewhat of a productive life. My doc is refusing to give me a refill saying after being on them for along time that I should find another doc because it's to much of a problem which I don't understand. Please help the ones who really need them like me.
This is a disgrace! What were they thinking? Use your heads and don't go too far in the opposite direction. It will force people who have legitimate pain to resort to illegal methods to obtain medication. So stupid. Not everyone wants to get high off narcotic pain medicine. All we want is for the pain to go away so we can function.
Chronic pain sufferers are not addicts! Please, we need help!
Honestly- it doesn't matter what anyone says or how many petitions are made, nothing will change. This is what the DEA wants! Open your eyes people! The DEA started the war on pain management because they want to push people to the streets! They want people to get hooked on heroine! More money to be made! If you don't think our gov doesn't have their hands dirty with illegal drug money, you done lost your mind!
I am currently sitting with my daughter in a hospital room. She is recovering from back surgery 6 days post op. We had a genetic testing done to see how she metabolizes meds. She ULTRA METABOLIZES meds. High doses of Dilaudid given her some relief. Her pain mgmt doc promised her they would control her pain. They are not. I've watched her crying, sobbing, saying she doesn't understand why they aren't helping her. The docs are aware and understand the genetic test and are fully aware of her metabolism. I am so angry and frustrated right now. If the doc werected to walk in now I'd put in into the wall! Pain mgmt had her taking 24 mg Dilaudid 3x a day or Dilaudid 8mg up to 8 a day. This was just to manage pain before the surgery. Post op pain meds have been a joke. Morphine is like water to her. Fentanyl patch does nothing. I don't understand why they won't up her Dilaudid to an amount that she's at least able to somewhat function!
Many like me have chronic pain are older (I'm 59) and work hard to have a quality of life as we deal with the pain. I'm a veteran as well and was told last week "You will have to learn to live with the pain." and he refused to give me a low-dose narcotic pain med to take as needed. I'm floored by this and worried sick about what I'm going to do when the pain gets unbearable. I may have to find someone I can get a prescription from or get them some other way. They are painting everyone with the same brush and that's not logical. I'm talking to patient advocates and an attorney. The Doctors are negligent, are harming me and causing me undue suffering and pain. I'm contacting their licensing boards. I'm a mom of an addict and understand addiction very well. I may no longer be able to work if I can't get pain relief. I wish I drank as that may obliterate the pain, however, I don't like alcohol. I foresee many lawsuits, and AARP involvement. I'm sure the very wealthy don't have this problem. Thankfully, I"m moving to a state that has legalized marijuana. It may come down to me having to purchase marijuana and make a pain tea for myself. Already, some of the suicides of soldiers are due to their pain and the VA's refusal to give them any more pain medication. Shakes my head.

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