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

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I am a Chronic Pain Patient and sick and tired of being labeled as a Pill Seeker...I am a Pain Relief Seeker and there is a difference!!!!
Hi my name is Gina! I'm a divorced mom of three kids living with Ms and I'm in recovery ,I have been clean a little over a year,I had a emergency c-section with my twin in 1999 ,I came down with a bad infection caused by the C-section, but if my doctor would of listen to me this wouldn't had happen, in stead I was told I was constipated, then I was being told I was developing a habit to pain pills,which I wasn't,come on I couldn't take sinus medicine without passing out,let alone pain pain meds.I was so hurt by my doctor, the pain kept getting worse even my monthly was get worse,I guess he was fed up with me calling over and over because the next thing I know I'm getting a laporosity, one. Its a light that looks around inside of me,next thing I know I'm waking up in horrible pain and in the hospital, I had to have a emergency hysterectomie,the infection was so bad,well guess what I.got addicted to pain meds now,this went on for years,I got help I'm on two strips of suboxone thank God,been clean one year,but now they are trying to take me off,I never tested positive for anything but this,I blame the Dr for this never would've got addicted if he would of listen to me sooner,now they are taken me off,Ms is pain and I don't know what to do please help me,tell me what to do.






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Hi my name is Gina! I'm a divorced mom of three kids living with Ms and I'm in recovery ,I have been clean a little over a year,I had a emergency c-section with my twin in 1999 ,I came down with a bad infection caused by the C-section, but if my doctor would of listen to me this wouldn't had happen, in stead I was told I was constipated, then I was being told I was developing a habit to pain pills,which I wasn't,come on I couldn't take sinus medicine without passing out,let alone pain pain meds.I was so hurt by my doctor, the pain kept getting worse even my monthly was get worse,I guess he was fed up with me calling over and over because the next thing I know I'm getting a laporosity, one. Its a light that looks around inside of me,next thing I know I'm waking up in horrible pain and in the hospital, I had to have a emergency hysterectomie,the infection was so bad,well guess what I.got addicted to pain meds now,this went on for years,I got help I'm on two strips of suboxone thank God,been clean one year,but now they are trying to take me off,I never tested positive for anything but this,I blame the Dr for this never would've got addicted if he would of listen to me sooner,now they are taken me off,Ms is pain and I don't know what to do please help me,tell me what to do.






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The DEA needs to figure out a different way to keep Idiot parents from allowing access to the med cabinets! As an X Deputy Sheriff I am appalled @ the way this country sends are youth into battle over the flow of oil & opium and lie calling it a war on terrorism! Makes you wanna vote for Jeb Bush HUH! The DEA has labs that make street Meth with chemical markers to bust dealers. Mmm fighting fire with gasoline... What a f___ing double standard that is... If people need to be on narcotics for a legitimate Injury leave us the Hell alone!!! Scrutinize obvious criminals & Bad Parents, not the honest working class.
Why are people that don't experience the pain making the rules for pain patients? Why are the very rare doctors that treat pain punished? Why are so many people being forced to live in extreme pain?
Going though this pain at times just want to die 72years old my Dr just don't care. How much pain I in how can we help to make Wash DC see what they are doing to us it just not fair in pain24 hours a day just want to die.my Dr look at me and say nothing just working the health p this is what we end up with s---
Going though this pain at times just want to die 72years old my Dr just don't care. How much pain I in how can we help to make Wash DC see what they are doing to us it just not fair in pain24 hours a day just want to die.my Dr look at me and say nothing just working the health p this is what we end up with s---
As a chronic pain patient, I have been mistreated by doctors and pharmacists alike. This is getting ridiculous. Things need to change and stop scaring doctors from treating the patients.
I was just shocked to hear from my Neurosurgeon that he could get in big trouble for giving me some needed pain medication. He said he could lose his license to practice medicine, and he said yes it is ridiculous!!!
I too am a chronic pain sufferer I was even granted disability for my pain! After 20 years all of a sudden my doctors are turning on me and refusing to give me any of my medications I now have to drive to another state to pain management and I feel like a drug addict taking urine tests signing this and that that I won't sell my meds. These self righteous up above people should be made to have chronic pain where they can't move for a day and see if they still want to take away our quality of life!!
In 2002 I suffered severe injuries in a mugging. I have lived with severe pain ever since. We have had to move to another state due to Kansas being a state that does not allow narcotic pain medication to be given. If a doctor does give pain medication, the local DEA is allowed to raid their offices, take their license to practice away without ever proving that they did anything wrong. This is an outrageous law that goes against any federal laws and violates the doctor's right to treat their patients. The DEA is allowed to do this to doctors just on a whim. What happened to innocense before being proven guilty? This state law is a violation of both Doctors and their patients constitutional rights! But nothing is being done to help those who often cannot speak for themselves for they are too sick to do anything about it. Who can blame a doctor for not treating a sick patient who is suffering from severe pain. Cancer patients are allowed to die a slow agonizing death often brought on sooner by pain. It is no coincidence that this law came into being immediately after the state had a study conducted that proved that cancer patients lived much longer if they had adequate Palliative (pain management) care. There is a federal law that requires all doctors and hospitals to provide adequate palliative care for all their patients following a series of studies that proved that pain kills and kills faster than the disease or injuries that caused the pain in the first place. These studies proved that adequate pain management increases the quality of life, as well as, the length of a patients life. In fact, sometimes proper pain management actually saves life. In essence, adequate pain management, called Palliative Care, is a constitutional right of all persons and it is also the federal law! It is sad that we had to get a Federal Law passed to give sick and dying patients their Constitutional Rights to pursue happiness. No one is happy when suffering from severe pain. I know, I am one of those people and the road has been long and hard to receive just enough pain medication to make life barley livable. While living in Kansas, where still pain management is illegal, I filed several federal complaints citing several real casses to prove my point that Palliative Care was being wrongfully denied in the state of Kansas. One case, was of a neighbor whose father had end stage brain cancer. This poor man was only being given Hydrocodone 7.5 three times a day and he had lost his ability to swallow food so he was on a IV! So in other words, he was receiving no medication and this was while he was in the care of Hospice! This peeked the federal governments interests and an investigation was in progress when I moved. The interesting thing about this unlawful Kansas state law is that these Palliative Care studies that instilled the Federal Government to create the Palliative Care rights bill is the same studies that Kansas used to decide to crea
Dr are hard to find the last one I saw wouldn't hear me out and test me for what I thought was wrong. I have been fighting for SSI / Disability for about 3 years their dr said I had PTSD their Medical Dr said I couldn't work do to all my health problems and yet I'm still fighting and living off one income feeling like we are going to sinking any moment.
One way to cut medical expenses is to cut out required referrals to pain doctors. When I saw the lab fee charged for a urine test at the Pain Doctor's office---0ver $500 for one time. Why because they don't have the proper raised stool
and urine receptacle for handicapped person. Have not asked my Primary Care Doctor for pain meds as I don't want to get him or myself in trouble. I explained why I was leaving the pain doctor when I went to get my "contract" back. We are not addicts. We do Not sell our pain meds. We only use to maintain a life without horrible pain.
I have been in chronic pain since a bad fall in 2011. OTC meds just dont help at all. I take Norco for pain relief, I take tramadol ER and baclofen for fibromyalgia. I can't take anything strong and dont want to but this is making it very hard on people that are really hurting.
What the laws that DEA and FDA become extremely harmful, the public must and I mean must get involved. We have politicians making laws that now are so stupid, I can't believe it. We Need To Boycott, so they hear us loud and clear. We will not stand for this kind of treatment, the laws must make sense and these don't. With over a million or more in chronic severe pain, we have to let our voices be heard. Enough suffering for what.
I really hate writing about myself. I rarely do and when I do it is for a reason. I have no other choice but to tell the story as it happened – and unfortunately it happened to me, although you could say that I have set myself up for “martyrdom” by being involved with Activism in any aspect which has to do with Cannabis. That is my sin – I smoke Cannabis. I know that it helps my anxiety but I also knew that Cannabis alone most likely would not be able to handle my “condition” and that it was “illegal” to use. O.K., that much is fact.

In 1979 I was diagnosed with Chronic Major Depression, Dysthymia, and Acute Anxiety. This is no secret as I have not tried to hide the fact that I suffer from this condition.

Skip forward to 1990 when I finally was placed with a Psychiatrist that was very knowledgeable in his field and I took to him quickly. I was glad to have someone that knew more than I did prescribing my medication.

I never hid the fact that I was an Activist from him. I never hid the fact that I used Cannabis from him.

I left a pain clinic in 2003 where I tested positive for THC and the only medication they would prescribe at that point was Methadone which I had ironically enough just been able to detox myself from and was not taking anymore. Hence, my reason for leaving.

My Psychiatrist, Dr. Theodore B. Feldman who works for U of L Psychiatric in Louisville Kentucky told me at that time that I did not have to worry about obtaining my medicine from him because he would never hold the THC against me. My main two medicines were Zoloft and Xanax. I had been tried on a multitude of drugs but this is what worked for me and I have been using the same medication since 1986. He even filled out a form to send back to the pain doctors saying there wasn’t a reason to withhold my pain medication because of THC.



http://louisville.edu/medicine/departments/psychiatry/faculty/feldmann

The first part of April this year I called in to get an appointment. I had missed two previous, because of weather, When I called in I was told that I was NO LONGER A PATIENT OF DR. FELDMAN THAT I HAD BEEN DISMISSED FOR MISSED APPOINTMENT,
This is where I will go backwards a little bit. I had also been a patient of Dr. Chandra Reddy here in Cave City.
He had been my primary doctor since I moved here in 2011. He had filled my medications as needed for the most part – until I was caught by a drug test by him back in 2014.
Now, I move forward to current time. The Physician I went to after Dr. Reddy was out of business was located in Glasgow. I was referred to him by T.J. Samson Hospital .

I will not use his name because he is currently still my physician. He has done no wrong. He is just doing what he has to do to keep his license. When H.B. 1 was passed in KY in January of this year all the Physicians who were already on edge, increased their drug testing and removal of patients who smoked Cannabis,
Yep all this is true so why offer the drs 1 more thing to control cannabis should be free it is not a substance nor a drug or med just a simple herb from god yes it can help but first you have to be completely off thw opioids. 2nd thing to think about their really are no doctors i this country anymore anyone that has a DEA number is in fact a DEA agent so why would you go see a police officer for a medical condition? Weird but yes it is true.
Better to seek help outside their realm than deal with their cruelty.
This is actually happening to someone I know. Her pain is destroying her life.
I have been suffering from a severe chronic condition that unfortunately includes severe chronic pain, as if the other numerous symptoms weren't enough. It began eight years ago while I was in the Navy from which I have since retired. In the midst of numerous ER visits and hospital admissions I was told by military and civilian doctors alike to get a pain management doctor. Once I accomplished that many of those same doctors were angry that I was in pain management. This is only one example of the idiocy I have to deal with. Sometimes I have flare ups that I cannot control at home so as per doctors orders I go to the ER. Immediately I am interrogated about my pain meds. My illness doesn't seem to be the concern even when my condition is so bad that it causes renal (kidney) failure. I am treated like a criminal even after being admitted for a 3 to 5 day stay. I have been on other meds such as topomax, ultram, depakote, Haldol and many others all of which make me very ill or don't work at all. Most of the doctors seem to be content with that, as long as it's not opiates. Even after they see my 8 year history and the success opiates have with my condition, many refuse to let me take them. I would say the success rate is about 90% with occasional break through flare ups. Much better than being in the hospital 3 to 5 days a week and not just for pain alone. I always have at least 2 to 5 other symptoms actively present but to them it makes no difference. My case is unique in that there is no damage to my insides that show why any of the symptoms especially the pain is present. Literature regarding my illness stated that this is to be expected. The very severe attacks I have do cause my wbc count to get as high as 47,000 and sometimes renal failure accompanies it. Some of the pharmacies/pharmacists are just as bad, CVS in particular. I keep odd hours and work at night, sleep during the day. CVS now has a rule that pain meds cannot be picked up at night even though they are 24 hours. I was told it was for their protection but they can't tell me what from. I didn't ask for this illness and I certainly didn't ask for the harrassment I get regarding medication. The one example that burns me up is when I'm at the ER and the doc asks me what medication I am usually given/works for me. My reply is met with hostility and one time a visit from the shrink. If I was a Senator or Congressman I bet there wouldn't be a problem. They're not even required to submit to drug testing because it violates their civil rights/privacy. Thats right, look it up. Who is sitting on all This medication? Why are we treated like criminals? Why won't the President do something about it? The war on drugs is a failed action and the legitimate folks are paying for it everyday. We suffer at the hands of idiot doctors while the real criminals walk free.

Please help us Mr. President, we're sick and tired and after reading these letters many folks have had
I am victim of this
Because of the "laws" my pain medications have been cut more than half. I know my body, and my doctor seems more concerned about his medical license than helping patients. Pharmacies downright lie and I have witnessed this. Pharmacists are trying to play God. The medical profession is ran by bureaucrats and I, for one, am SICK AND TIRED OF BEING SICK AND TIRED AND OF HAVING NO QUALITY OF LIFE. I'm not going into my medical history but it is significant. Last month, I was taken off Xanax cold turkey because it wasn't in my system the month before. I take it as needed so at the time of my urine screen, I felt decent which is rare. Then, boom, 3 deaths in my family in 3 weeks, I started taking it again but where my urine was sent off, I don't get this information until my next appointment so I was cut off on the spot. I have suffered nearly a month now and he doesn't care and basically told me so. How callous and cold is that. This medication works in conjunction with my pain meds plus helps my anxiety due to the pain. He is worried about having his license pulled; wait until he or someone in his family develops a medical or mental condition and they are treated like I have been. Sad....
my son been on pain meds for several yrs and today the DEA shut his DR down due to employee mistakes on record keeping . no other dr would help him causing him to go into a seizures .
Our right to have pain free lives are being taken away and chronic pain suffers are being policed like criminals. many will suffer
The government has taken away my rights to live pain free. The government had put so many restrictions, regulations on pharmacys they are not filling pain medication for those truly in need to function a somewhat normal life. I sit here and contemplate suicide because I must live with unrelenting pain because the government thinks they know best. I am only 55 years old
There is not much more that I can say, that's not already said I agree with all comments.
It's getting close to presidential election time, this issue that's affecting all of us American chronic pain suffers and there must be millions of us, let's fight this on a political level.
my rights are gone it's like living under a regime, because im taking opioid meds for my chronic pain.

There will always be people dieing from drug over dose and now people dieing from like of help from the medical community because of the Government intruding in all aspects of our chronic pain treatment.
we the people need to stand up together to fight this madness and the insurance company's are now telling us what to do, why do we have Dr's just go see the Government and let the insurance company tell us what meds to take.
PLEASE someone in.congress help give us back our freedom. And educate or children in school's what drugs like Narcotics can do to somone that uses these types of drugs the wrong way.. Make it possible that any ligament chronic pain suffer can get the help they need. I could go on and on, but is anyone listing to us crying for help????
BECAUSE no Dr will help me with pain control I have been bedridden / wheelchair bound for over two years. Which has caused heart, musculoskeletal , Neurological and blood pressure problems. If I had help with my pain when I needed it from the beginning I wouldn't be in as much pain as I am today, and living my entire life in my bed.
I have been in chronic pain for so long is at the point barely walk I go to pay management I don't really see a doctor nurse practitioner that's cool I see she prescribe me meds that don't agree with me I'm in so much pain that I feel like suicide sometimes she will not help me in any way with the kind of meds I really need to give me mad either I itch they upset my stomach or vomiting I tell her this and she says me to a therapist what in hell is a therapist going to do with all this pain I'm in I will literally a prisoner in my own home because of the pain I suffer everyday no relief whatsoever they tried injections the help just a tad bit but it helped she stop giving me those I just went to the doctor she started back injections she gave me meds that I have to give before and told her they didn't agree so today I go to the doctor sheep scribed same men this is the weekend so I will have to suffer for more days on top of the suffering now and God knows if she'll help me next week I am so tired of pain and no one helping me I have osteoarthritis in both knees back pain severe back pain the name is so long my doctor told me I don't need to remember it what is that my hands now my ankles are in so much pain my shoulders I eat sleep drink pain I am at my wits end I feel like compensating suicide but I think say to myself I refused to hurt myself over this they're not worth it and I have a child I love but best just to tell you how bad my pain level is I'm 56 years old and I'm obese but the only reason I'm obese if I can't move without screaming if I had the right meds I can get around but that's no excuse I know but I am so severe I'm walking like I'm bent over with this I want to be doctor I would never see any relief someone needs to stop this we have little options like a you never know anyones pain unless you have felt it I've called the Dr's office left this nurse practitioner her a message that I need meds she took it upon herself not to respond to my calls so I have to suffer the weekend or more with this pain God help people like that because if it was them or someone they love will be on it I have no life I cry most of the time because I know this help out there just have to find where so out there has compassion where are you we need you thank you so much for listening
My doctor is so against treating my documented pain disorder that even when I was discharged from the hospital he REFUSED to follow my discharge instructions. I now have a bleeding stomach ulcer from trying to treat my pain with OTC nasids.
Im a victim of this madness! I seen my patient medical history chart and I have notes from one of my physicians saying tons of lies and I have physical proof and proof from someone that was with me. This is so embarrassing .I just went to the dr because of a knee dislocation and he treated me so terrible.And I didn't even ask nor did I want any pain medication. This needs to stop. We patients have rights.
It is getting rediculous when my wife who just had a total knee replacement and also has scoliosis on top of that needs paid medicine and is prescribed the medicine by her Dr. But the pharmacist tells us that he just didn't think that she should be taking this medicine because it is a high dose pain medicine even though he knows nothing about her or why she needs it when did it become the pharmacist job to refuse to fill someone's medicine that the Dr. Says you need. I think they are far overstepping their bounds when they are not Dr's nor do they know your medical situation.
Ohio' Proposed New Rule 4731-11-11 ASSUMES the worst of patients who are guilty of having a Rare Disease and Intractable Pain! It WILL result in more deaths of people ending their suffering due to ZERO "Common Sense" about uncommon diseases! Sometimes we MUST travel out of state or extended distances! SOME diseases make our behavior "APPEAR aberrant"! Sometimes we APPEAR impaired or sedated BECAUSE of our disease! Sometimes we MUST travel in a a group with other patients! Sometimes we DO need to make frequent visits to the emergency room! SOME disease have pain JUST as severe as cancer! SHAME ON YOU OHIO MEDICAL BOARD! MOST doctors will NOT write down our diagnosis so we are denied treatment and pain relief! Many have NO CLUE about our conditions! Inexcusably inhumane and unethical Ohio! Oregon, California, and Colorado have compassionate Intractable pain laws! Oregon has Death with Dignity laws for we Ohioans who have NO hope, NO cure. And ZERO common sense or compassion from the Ohio Medical Board, politicians, or doctors! Tarlov Cyst, Dural Ectasia, Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoarthritis of the spine, shoulders, feet, hips, knees, and herniated C5-6, T6-7, L2-3, L5-S1. Try having ALL of that in YOUR body and a stroke at age 37 and going into shock from anesthesia, having severe adverse reactions to steroid injections, and a lidoderm patch, and see if YOU aren't angry over having NO pain relief. Shame on you President Obama, Senator Sherrod Brown, Senator Rob Portman, Ohio Representative David Joyce. Shame on ALL of you for not caring! Shame on you for NOT having Compassionate Intractable Pain laws to HELP us! I've had doctors LAUGH at me and SCREAM at me! I am angry and outspoken so I am ONLY allowed Neurontin and Mobic and they do NOT touch the pain from all of these conditions! Doctors IGNORE the tests and do not write the diagnosis from the tests in my chart! Why? To DENY their existence and thus deny me medical care and pain relief! THIS is what Ohio and the United States has devolved into?! God Help Us!
I am also someone in çronic pain for six years I exploded 4 disc in my back no longer can work I have had surgery which lead to nerve damage I am 48 years old been seeing same doctor for 4 years after other doctors wouldn't see me anymore they sent me to this pain management dr. Because I refused any more surgery I have been drug tested every 2 months they are the only dr I go too I take my medications just as prescribed .today I got a bill for 475.00 my insurance paid 3000.00 plus my 50.00 copay for a urine test I my dr knows I'm not on any other medication but what she gives me. I hurt everyday I'm not hooked on the medications but it is the way to keep my pain down so I can function .but when I go to the Dr every month she wants more Mr I test every other month then has my med down to the day to refill an a letter posted in her office she will not see you if you don't have all her money up front. It is very hurtful to prove yourself over an over still to be treated like you are a criminal by trying to manage your pain in all the years I've been seeing this dr. She knows I'm not doing anything wrong but all she dose is come into the room what is your pain level an have I had new Mri. Or do I want a pain shot which makes me hurt worse with the nerve damage, an wright's the prescription , I feel like for almost 4000.00 I should be treated with respect . An how many test do you need to take before a dr can determine you ok she's not doing any thing wrong. I hope there is a layer somewhere who would take this one because our rights are being controlled an people that can prove they are in real pain should not have to keep putting up with there pain , but even worse when you jump threw all their hoops an it still isn't enough . They tell you there is nothing wrong with the medications but then you go to their office an they treat you like they are doing you a favor charging like they do . An holding your medication over you because you can afford everything they want, then they refuse your medication , don't these people no we are all getting older an people with çronic pain it gets worse,an they all will be where we are one day. It is scary hurtful an very demeaning ,An also is why people can't afford insurance . I can't believe the insurance company's don't ask about these charges on these uncalled for test.god bless us all in Jesus name I pray for all people who are going through this horrible experience .
Chronic pain issues must be addressed. Since the DEA's interference in Indiana, Suicide, Heroin use and Meth use are rising substantially. Heroin is cheaper and easier to get for pain relief, than a prescription from a doctor who knows your pain and condition, but his hands are tied By the DEA. Now your trying to close the very specialty you created in Pain Management. Get the DEA out of the Doctors offices and back on the streets. Out of the pharmacies and back to illegal drugs, where they should have stayed. All tey have succeeded in doing is creating "new" drug addicts from "chronic pain" patients and doubling the price of "prescription" drugs sold illegally on the street(which is why heroin is on a major upswing).
I've experienced chronic spinal pain caused by Spinal stenosis, degenerative spine disease, and other injuries to my spine. Also even with injuries to my femur, leg and having a seizure disorder that leaves my body hurting badly and my cranial plate as a doctor called it? hurting massively because after each seizure my body is in horrible pain on top of the existing ailments. Anyways, the newer DEA and FDA restrictions and cruelty has led to me having to have no life anymore, not able to function as i once was when i was able to have access to Opiate pain relief. My career has diminished, my mood, my sex life, my well, everything has been put down to a level of almost not wanting to live anymore because of the pain i go through each grueling day, but yet there always seems to be the patients that can get these meds that i cannot even though they have nothing wrong with them and i even know of many and they brag about it, and yet those of us with real ailments and low quality of life issues daily because of pain, and not because of addiction, we have to be treated like some type of second rate citizen. Look, i understand that many people have addiction issues, but there are the principles of life as well, you cannot treat everyone as a whole the same as the singular persons that are committing crimes. Just like you do not punish all of the US because people are murdering others, make sense yet? Yet it is legal to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, and other forms of legal drugs that kill more than all overdosed patients in all of history combined and in only one month! Really, come off of the bs! You are making peoples lives miserable, you do not care, yet we still have a problem, but the problem is not the prescription medicines. The problem is this, the doctors! Yes i said that. I will tell you why right now, firstly, when this whole 'drug war' started, well let's go back to when the Prescription drug craze started big time, in 1995 OxyContin was released. Then after only a few years the death tolls started to climb, and why? Not because of junkies, the Doctors created the junkies!! Yes i said that too, it's common sense. The doctors would prescribe to anyone and everyone for little tiny ailments that most of us in chronic pain situations would love to deal with. lol And then furthermore making the problem worse, because then once those doctors are busted from the DEA then and ONLY then did and do they try and clean themselves up and then in return treat those patients like dirt! It was not even 80% of those patients fault in the first place! Look at the real statistics sometime ok? Those people were normal average people, they got injured or such and their doctor, someone who they had grown to care about and trusted with their LIVES gave them a very powerful Opioid that was mostly intended for chronic pain that is requiring OxyContin, which is the same thing as your Percocet as well, same ingredients minus the formula and binder, it is OXYcodone,
16 years. That is how long ago I suffered an accident that would forever change me. Because I was young enough at the time to try and shake off the pain I only took post operative opiates. 5 years later the down stream effects began to interfere with my everyday life. Not to mislead you I suffered well before that ...complications like hypothyroidism , a terrible complication an
because of that the horrible symptoms of weight gain and hairloss coupled with 18 months requiring assistance to walk eventually cost me my job. I worked in a high profile position where being attractive was an attribute. Still I moved on to dedicate myself to redirect my career and work in technology. Still no pillows. Then the rigors of commuting and late hours began to take their toll. I was having trouble sitting or standing for any length of time. I spoke Neurologists opinion and discovered my back was in ruins. The original injury was to my lower leg and foot. He told me I would need to manage the pain through a branch of medicine called "Pain Management", i actually thought that it was a combination of PT and meditation. First appointment the prescription pad comes out and the assembly line begins. Every 28 days come hell or high water. If I had known where this would have lead me would I have filled the script. I have struggled with that over and over. I came to the conclusion that if I hadn't I would have been on disability. Now we are at 10 years ago and my life has plummeted. The stigma of having to tell your employer that you need to see the Dr every month. No flexibility from the Dr causing missed meetings important opportunities to shine all at the mercy of a pill. I state this in this way because what medical professional in their right mind would think anyone would want to live this way unless it was the very reason they were existing and really that's all it is. The laws changed and things became insane you learned not speak unless spoken to and the Dr would twist every word if you mentioned a pain level ovrt 7 to 8. You nodded your head and said I am doingv well on the protocol. Thank you so much Dr! then the true game begins. You are not alright you have been on the same protocol for years, you are officially in trouble. If you ask for more you are seeking drugs if you don't you are getting noticeably weaker and susceptible to loosing your job, social life for the one to two times a day you can relax. This is considered behavior an addict displays. All of the sudden you went from the model patient to someone to watch! I am from a state where opiates are rarely prescribed anymore so I fall into a very vulnerable place. The insurance companies will only pay for certain tiers of drugs and they have an opportunity right now to beat another change in the Healthcare Reform act which will limit their ability to raise prices in 2016. The current is their is an opiate shortage. Ser Ms unlikely since no one but a cancer patient
16 years. That is how long ago I suffered an accident that would forever change me. Because I was young enough at the time to try and shake off the pain I only took post operative opiates. 5 years later the down stream effects began to interfere with my everyday life. Not to mislead you I suffered well before that ...complications like hypothyroidism , a terrible complication an
because of that the horrible symptoms of weight gain and hairloss coupled with 18 months requiring assistance to walk eventually cost me my job. I worked in a high profile position where being attractive was an attribute. Still I moved on to dedicate myself to redirect my career and work in technology. Still no pillows. Then the rigors of commuting and late hours began to take their toll. I was having trouble sitting or standing for any length of time. I spoke Neurologists opinion and discovered my back was in ruins. The original injury was to my lower leg and foot. He told me I would need to manage the pain through a branch of medicine called "Pain Management", i actually thought that it was a combination of PT and meditation. First appointment the prescription pad comes out and the assembly line begins. Every 28 days come hell or high water. If I had known where this would have lead me would I have filled the script. I have struggled with that over and over. I came to the conclusion that if I hadn't I would have been on disability. Now we are at 10 years ago and my life has plummeted. The stigma of having to tell your employer that you need to see the Dr every month. No flexibility from the Dr causing missed meetings important opportunities to shine all at the mercy of a pill. I state this in this way because what medical professional in their right mind would think anyone would want to live this way unless it was the very reason they were existing and really that's all it is. The laws changed and things became insane you learned not speak unless spoken to and the Dr would twist every word if you mentioned a pain level ovrt 7 to 8. You nodded your head and said I am doingv well on the protocol. Thank you so much Dr! then the true game begins. You are not alright you have been on the same protocol for years, you are officially in trouble. If you ask for more you are seeking drugs if you don't you are getting noticeably weaker and susceptible to loosing your job, social life for the one to two times a day you can relax. This is considered behavior an addict displays. All of the sudden you went from the model patient to someone to watch! I am from a state where opiates are rarely prescribed anymore so I fall into a very vulnerable place. The insurance companies will only pay for certain tiers of drugs and they have an opportunity right now to beat another change in the Healthcare Reform act which will limit their ability to raise prices in 2016. The current is their is an opiate shortage. Ser Ms unlikely since no one but a cancer patient
First of all what does the GOV have to do with our pain issues? A doctor goes to medical school for 8 years or longer and is the one that has the right to diagnose and prescribe for pain as needed with each individual as they see fit PERIOD. Part of the drug problems are coming from the manufacturing companies who have decided to make their pain meds less effective. This is causing people with chronic pain to need sometimes double the medication than they normally would!!! So to help us so called crimnals and druggies maybe they need to start testing the drugs these rip off artists are producing! As long as they get their money it's all that matters! Very frustrated with how our health system is turning in this awesome country where we are suppose to have freedom of choice and speech!!! STOP THE MADNESS!!!!!!! PS the real druggies will still get their drugs regardless.
My wife has bone to bone arthritis and needs knee surgery, until then, two orthopedic doctors and 3 family practice doctors all agree that she is on pain management until such surgery is performed. The situation has deteriorated where she now cries to leave the bed just to use the restroom. How is she supposed to get to the doctors office more often now just to get a new prescription? I don't like seeing my wife in pain and I know if half the people that decided this was the greater good would have found a better way to combat the illegal use. I would think this just fuels the illegal drug market. God forbid a patient that really needs the pain medication and seeks an illegal source of the pain medication due to doctors fears of writing prescriptions or the hardship in getting to a doctor. Chronic pain management should have an electronic record displaying the need in a nationally accessible database (like drivers licenses & federal income taxes). We are in an electronic world nowadays, get with the program or seek another 3rd world country for your next political adventure.
If the doctors find anything in the x-ray, mri etc , they have to deny it else they have to treat it. I have extensive amounts of bone spurring , arthritis and a whole lot more. Just before this drug war began , a had a technician show all the points on an x-ray causing problems. After it began , all of a sudden there is nothing there. Your treating us like we have no brain...... or we are not as smart as you. This goes clear to the top level I guess. I would not get to comfortable. If this is not the end of times........ I don't want to be here when it arrives. You are hurting innocent people. It costs 2000 to get a shot. Much more with the nerve blocks that last 6 months. It cost less than 30 dollars for a pain reliever a month. Something wrong somewhere. Why would medicare spend that amount of money " even the discount they receive " . Our safety is of no concern when they put this antidepressant as an only option. And that might kill you by itself. We are not idiots. Sincerely
Today I was in the emergency room with SEVERE neck and head pain. I was told by a "pain management" doctor to go to the ER when in acute pain. Another told me I just needed to "socialize more". After a shot of toradol, the doctor said he was writing a prescription for flexeril and Ultram, "a very weak narcotic" but instead wrote ketorolac and flexeril. 5 minutes later I was discharged and told that I needed to leave! The Cleveland Clinic doctor yesterday said "No MS" yet my MRI report says MS. Another said he saw "no reason" for my pain, yet MRI and CT scans show Cervical Spondylosis, Herniated C5-6, T6-7, L2-3, L5-S1 and a 1.5 x 2 cm Tarlov Cyst at S2. And "minimal dural ectasia in the sacrum". A bone scan says Osteoarthritis of the spine, shoulders, feet, hips, and knees. Doctors now ignore tests, lie to patients, but insist on Epidural Steroid Injections! A woman with a Tarlov Cyst was never told about it in 2008 by CCF, endured numerous ESIs and now has 7 Tarlov Cysts! ESIs are contraindicated in TC patients! You are "flagged" like I obviously have been, if you mention, EVEN WHEN ASKED what you were on in the past! Doctors write that you asked or mentioned a "specific drug"! I am only allowed Neurontin and Mobic for pain SO severe I awake, gasp, and pass out. I collapse if I am standing or walking. IF you call your Representative or the DEA you are told to "find another doctor" then "flagged" for "doctor shopping"! The ER found the brain lesion and "possible cancer" via CT and MRI scans, but visits to the ER "flag" you as "drug seeking"! Read the Ohio Revised Code. You have NO recourse or Due Process and representatives at the federal and state levels DO NOT CARE about pain patients nor will they rein in the DEA! Pain patients must be a sadistic culling experiment, because severe and acute pain is TORTURE and results in serious physiological damage. Read "diagnosing Tarlov Cyst disease" on Rare Disease Report. There IS pain just as severe as cancer! Arachnoiditis and Tarlov Cyst patients have ended their lives to relieve their pain! Unethical doctors, uncaring politicians, harassment and intimidation by an egotistical, overzealous, over paid DEA has created immeasurable suffering! Way to go USA. How humane of you!
Yes I've been through everything everyone I've seen and talked about. You're treated like a criminal they even give you urine test to make sure you're taking it. Like the rest of you I understand completely the pharmaceutical companies should have to pay for the emotional pain they have caused us by giving us a drug that although is effective it is highly addictive. It's ridiculous when you'e having a good day you still have to take it. Any of you that are taking opiates know exactly what I'm talking about.
I regret not quitting it when I had the chance I now have an inoperable heart condition which prevents me from going through the withdrawals, although I am determined to wean myself off of the drug, and I'm finding I am having some success. If it weren't for my faith in God I would have offed myself a long time ago, He is the only one who really loves you, and though you may think I am crazy talk to him tell him what you're going through and you will see a big change in your life.
I have been on pain medication for10 years a month ago my Dr informed me that he was no longer able to prescribe my meds because of the laws I have been going through withdrawal symptoms for over a week. I'm trying to get a n appointment with pain management but it is going to take over a month. I went to the hospital and I was treated like a junkie. something has to give, I can hardly function, I just hate living with the pain and now the withdrawal symptoms
Because of these new laws, I've had to put myself in danger often relying on outside sources to obtain pain relief. I know people who have often had to take what ever they could get their hands on even if it is liquid Morphine when all they want is the lowest form of Norco to alleviate arthritis and other body pain. I went to a pain specialist and spent hundreds of dollars only to be told that they could give me some shots in my spine. I did not agree. All I need is to take something strong every so often so that I can work and clean my home. I found some Percocet that was 9 years old and have taken that. It makes me angry that I have to put myself in danger to get relief.
I am fed up! I have been signing this petition for a year now. When the hell is something going to change! I can't take this pain anymore. I've had several back surgeries, have several herniated discs, fibromyalgia, nerve damage, my list is endless. I had a quality of life when I was taking oxycodone 30mg every four hours. That got lowered three years ago to every six hours along with the ER medication. Four months ago my pain dr tells me he can no longer write scripts for them because the DEA/government has new guidelines..Crock of bs..Now im at 20mg . I am in so much pain Ive begged God to take me. What gets me is how my dr flat out lied to me. I know some of his patients and their meds weren't stopped. So I guess a dr can pick and chose who gets relief and who can suffer. Every month he tells me that he wishes he can give me what I need to get relief. Instead,he gives me******I can't afford and do nothing for me. Ive been down this road years ago. Tried everything, physical therapy over a year, injections, everything. I finally get the meds that work and because of the DEA Im not allowed to have a quality of life?!?! I want to call my dr out and tell him he's a liar, after ive been with him for years,a man I grew to trust and I thought really cared thru his compassion. Yes,
i could tell him and move onto a trust worthy dr who isnt afraid to treat a patient, but that's the problem..Before finding the dr. I'm with, I called all over NJ, every pain Dr. around. As soon as you say what meds you are on, you immediately are treated like a drug addict looking for pills. Then you are either hung up on, told they don't treat with opiods, told they aren't taking patients, and the best was being told to "get off pills and go to rehab" Who the hell is anyone to judge me.I dare those who think living in chronic pain is a joke to walk in my shoes for a day, when I can walk. It disgusts me how chronic pain patients are suffering when they don't have to. Many being forced to the streets to get relief, or even worse, killing themselves. And by the way, I never failed drug tests either. The DEA and government need to stay the hell out of my medical care. Doctors are afraid to treat their patients anymore. Karma will be knocking on the doors of each and every one of you responsible for making legit patients suffer and I hope the pain is so bad you will Beg God to take you. Only it won't be God..Doctors due more harm then good anymore, by NOT treating their patients. This is America?!?! What kind of country do we live in, forcing people who have conditions that cause them great pain to suffer?!?!?! I've lost all hope in thinking their are still good pain dr.s out there that understand what living in pain is like and are not afraid to stand up to the DEA, afterall, pain drs paid thousands upon thousands of dollars to go into medicine, to help those suffering in pain. Where are they !?!?! Where are the ones that don't judge a person/patient based on the medic
I've had Multiple Sclerosis for over 10 years, and without prescription pain medication, I can barely move. I have 3 kids that depend on me, that are now witnessing my agony.
When I was 15 years old I was diagnosed with RA they put me on pain medication I'm now 31 years old they treat me like I'm either crazy or a criminal. I've never ask for more medication or fail one drug test in all these years. I'm in pain I didn't ask to be In pain I just have the great pleasure of being in it. This madness must end we are humans just like anyone else. People would be outraged if Doctors publicly caused harm or inflicted pain on someone so why is it ok to privately do this???
The abuse of legitimate chronic pain patients is abhorrent. It is so wrong. It amazes me that in this year, 2015 we are treated worse than the prisoners that ISIS kidnaps and kills. At least the pain and anguish of these innocent people ends, unfortunately in death, but it ends. Unless I take my own life, I am made to suffer, slowly and without dignity in pain, trying to get the help I need to live a decent life. I am not a criminal, I am a decent human being who deserves to be treated with respect. My life matters. Please help.
I can only hope and pray that some of the doctors that truly believe do know harm will be brave enough to still prescribe. The pill mills have run their course and the addicts have moved on to herion. The DEA is 3 years late!
It's sad honestly we live in pain and try to go to a dr for help and do it the right and legal way and they treat you like crap I went off on a dr once saying if I wanted to its easier and cheaper to buy pain meds on the street then deal with them belittling me my brothers both are in wheelchairs and deal with bad pain 24/7 and the treat them like drug addicts for 60 norco 5s it's bs enough is enough we the patient have rights and needs not to live life suffering what's the point of life if you suffer 24/7
EVERYONE CALL AND WRITE YOUR LEADERS UNTIL THE SWITCHBOARD IS OVERLOADED. I can't continue to live in daily pain when Hydrocodone only makes the pain somewhat tolerable after a spinal cord injury, neck injury, herniated disc in back, cancer surgery, arthritis, nerve damage that Hydrocodone only helps to manage some of the pain, never gets rid of it. But thanks to the greedy, crooked, misguided politicians who passed this legislation that has robbed any chance of quality of life, I also have to drive an hour just to get a script and pay $10 each time I get a script on top of my refill cost that the insurance does not cover most of my medications and every 6 months my co-pay increases by $50 to now paying $180 each visit. The doctors waiting room has signs and playing video that they will not take any Government insurance since Obama Care that every politician on both parties that voted for Obama Care before reading it, should not be re-elected for dereliction of duty in failing to take the time to read any bill they vote on and should be impeached. IN THIS COUNTRY ALCOHOL TO CIGARETTES CAN BE BOUGHT EVERYWHERE YET THEY ARE THE TWO MOST DEADLY SUBSTANCES FROM DWI DEATHS, OVERDOSE DEATHS, HIGHEST RATE OF CANCER DEATHS, BUT THE GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS THE PRODUCTION AND SELL OF THE TWO SUBSTANCES THAT CAUSE MORE DEATHS AND ILLINESS THAN ANYTHING. IT SHOULD BE AN INDIVIDUALS RIGHT TO WHAT THEY DO WITH THEIR BODY AND WHAT THEY PUT IN THEIR OWN BODY. LOOK THAT AT MOST EVERY STORE SHELF ALL THE DEADLY POISONS ANYONE CAN JUST WALK UP AND BUY LIKE RAT POISON. THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN A SCAM BY PHARMACUTICAL COMPANIES WITH BRIBING POLITICIANS TO PUSH THE PATIENT INTO A PATENTED MORE EXPENSIVE DRUG ALONG WITH INCREASES INCREASING THE COST AND HASTLE TO DOCTORS AND PATIENTS. The Government has no right and no business in getting between the patient and doctor. This is just the beginning of the decline of the American Healthcare System and designed to financially break the patient. IT IS ALL ABOUT CONTROLLING THE PEOPLE, BECAUSE CONTROL THE HEALTHCARE THEN YOU CONTROL THE PERSON. IT IS TRUE THAT EVERY POLITICIAN IS A CROOK, THEIF, AND A LIAR. THEY HAVE LOST MY VOTE AND TRUST. Thanks for taking any chance of quality of life away...THIS IS AN ISSUE TO BE TAKEN TO THE SUPREME COURT.
It is obvious in my last 3 years as a pain management patient, that these doctors are screwing up. I personally believe that PMS overprescribes to certain people and then try to make it up by giving people with true pain (not addiction and money) not enough medicine. I have 4 chronic pain conditions, two of which are quite rare. I was recently accused of being dependent on one certain medication because I was unwilling to go on methadone. I have read way to many stories about people who overdosed accidentally and died...most in their sleep. Toxicology reports showed no other drugs or alcohol in these people that switched due to PMS recommendations. And almost half of methadone related deaths are Medicaid patients!! Notice a trend here?! I hear stories from many people about how PMS treats Medicaid patients much differently then other patients. Does it have something to do with the DEA? Probably, but who will ever know the truth. All I know for certain is that PEOPLE WITH REAL DEBILITATING PAIN ARE NOT GETTING THE TREATMENT THEY DESERVE TO TRY AND LIVE THEIR LIVES WITHOUT PUKING DAILY AND ACTUALLY NOT SPENDING THE MAJORITY OF THE DAY IM BED!
I am a Grandma, mother, wife who enjoyed cleaning, cooking, going out, fishing, travel had a quality of life until my Doctor retired and the new Doc sent me to my first of two Pain Clinics. My life is gone and now I fight every single day to survive not only the pain but the side effects from all the injections and other medications they force on you so you can get a few pain meds. I have seen several Docs. waited days plus hours to see them with no help. I want to die most days now and have no life due to them. I pray to God that each one of them that left me like this and also had anything to do with taking pain medication away or decreased it to where it is a joke, that they or someone they love suffer the same. It is hard for me to say that but I mean it with all my heart. They destroy lives and it will come around to get them one way or another.
Utah is a joke and sorry this is so long but I think the Doctor's that are cowards not giving out pain medications should never have taken that vow to help people. If they truly lived that vow they would be fighting for us. They can all go to he-- as far as I am concerned and I never broke any rules
I absolutely agree. I am 48 yrs old and have lived in pain my entire life caused from scoliosis and a Harrington rod; however never sought pain meds until just recently. I am an active mother and a Social Worker who is very busy helping our youth in America. Unfortunately what I have known my entire life has become my reality, I have chronic pain and have been diagnosed with ten new spinal diagnosis that cause great pain in my lower back. Most days I can handle the pain but some days are unbearable, and my doctor won't provide pain pills for those unbearable days! If I was given 20 pills and then I called the same week then maybe I have a problem; but I have never done that and now feel like they are treating me like a drug addict but simply just asking for relief. I feel awful and love my active lifestyle but now I have to sit on the couch in pain. Now I'm getting depressed! Not fair!!!! The government should not treat everyone like a heroin addict it's simply so unfair!!!
Sick of being treated like I'm a heroin or meth addict just to get 60 hydrocodone a month so I can sleep without waking every 45 minutes and having to switch sides and clean my house and do dishes. Now the nurses treat you over the phone like a drug addict when I call in to set up a refill visit.

The sad thing is my back surgeon fills them for me with no issues but he is 20 miles away and my doctor who is 1 mile away refuses to give them to me on a monthly basis but has no problem giving them to me when I'm wheeled in there in a wheelchair and can't walk because of the pain. It costs me over a $100 a month to get my prescription when it use to be $7. $60 for until my Obamacare deductible is reached which takes 7 months and $40 a month for the copay for the visit.

Hydrocodone is over the counter in many countries. Except in the "freest" country in the world.
This country is quickly becoming a socialistic controlling country. How can a president and the Dea have any clue how millions of people feel with their pain and do an across the board law to take away everyone's pain medication and nerve medication...
I have suffered with chronic pelvic pain after doing everything medically possible to cure my incurable endometriosis and recurrent inquinal hernias.
I have seen the same pain mgmt doctor for all this time and it is just getting more and more difficult for both the doctor and me to navigate.

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