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

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I now see where this could be going. There is a call by some to have all opiates removed from the DEA list of legal drugs. If this happens there will be an outcry like this government has never seen and there will be a surge in underground and illegal use like this government has never seen. This would all come about because of a lack of commons sense on the part of our government, including the knee jerk response of moving certain drugs to a higher classification and making it mush more difficult to obtain them legally by a responsible physician. I feel for the people who have lost loved ones to overdose, accidental or not. But, that is not a good reason to make it harder for the people who use the drug(s) for legitimate pain control. I am sorry, but the needs of millions of sufferers out ways the needs of the few who have lost there lives to OD. This is not insensitive. Nobody is crying for the removal of guns, booze, or cigarettes! These things kill people at a rate that far outstrips prescription drug ODs. Nobody wants to talk about the removal of these things because the special lobby behind each one is so powerful and so, holds legitimacy because of that! Who speaks for the individuals who are in chronic pain? Apparently, nobody! Nobody in power, that is.
This injury that happened at work while I was trying to be a hard working citizen, has ruined my life! I had a horrible horrible childhood to start out though so luckily I'm used to being a struggling survivor! I've been on my own since age 15, hurt my back at work when I was 21 years old & training to be in fitness competitions! I went through 4 years of horrendous physical therapy 4 days a week as they did their best to injure me more while treating me like a crack head never giving me anything that remotely eased the pain and refused to do an MRI. So I got 2 MRI's out of pocket, a lawyer & almost immediately after a pretty large settlement. I picked my own Doctor whom I had for 9 years after & only took 1 thing the minimal dose of vicodin or percocet. THAT'S IT! 120 a month if I needed that many. After the 1st 3 years I tapered myself off to the point of 800mg IB Prophin which I thought was safer cuz pain pills are the devil right? WRONG! After a meek 2 years I had taken so much IB Prophin I developed a stomach a whole stomach that's outlined with an ulcer. Threw up black coffee grounds & blood for months until I quit taking them, changed my entire diet etc. I thought that was the turning point for the better...what's a little stomach problem next to real pain? During that 9 years I continued working, got married, had 2 children & when I was Pregnant it came back & got me twice as hard, to catch up? I'm now 38, divorced I've lost everything, YES EVERYTHING from this injury! My life, my kids, my license, my apartment, my truck, my heart, my pride EVERYTHING! And all cuz I still to this day look like a pill popper! My ex husband used my injury to get an emergency protection order against me with lies of my sleeping all day making my daughter cook the meals etc. BULL! I STILL never sleep! I have documented proof of EVERY allegation being a lie yet I can't seem to get help when he makes 80 grand + & I've not a dollar to my name! I've called over 300 lawyers, state professionals, THE PRESIDENT & I'm in the same place I started. I just don't know anyone! So I'd be more than HAPPY to sign any petition or do ANYTHING to help it to where not 1 more person has to go through this just so some DUMB A@$ doesn't over dose! I was THE NICEST well mannered human being you'd have ever had the pleasure of meeting since I did have a ruff start in life I taught myself to appreciate life and people instead of shoving a needle in my arm like my mother, I decided that at age 13! I lived with a smile on my face whether I was happy or not and LIVED by the rule of do unto others as you'd have do unto you. But now? In 1 year I'm nothing but an empty corpse so sorry if my manners slipped my mind when writing this. You all have no idea what you've taken from so many people. Probably never will...sad.
P.S. I'm a GREAT MOTHER to bad I never had a chance at proving it to the only people that matter, my kids. Thanks world, thanks.

STACY MARIE SCH
Please re-evaluate the way patients with chronic pain are diagnosed and treated. There are those that are truly in lifelong pain and require medications in order to have any quality of life, some require medications to simply get out of bed and dressed.
This has got to stop..where does it end? With every chronic pain patient laying in their beds wanting to die from the pain they're in? We are not all druggies...we are not all dealers...we are not all doctor shopping...there are those of us that are genuinely in need of these medications to have even the most basic capabilities in life...my pain is unbearable WITH my meds...I can't begin to imagine a life without them...this has got to stop..stop treating us all like we are at fault...there has GOT to be a better way...for years we have been told how dangerous it is to just cold turkey stop these meds, and now you're making it so difficult for the drs to prescribe to us that we are just being cut off and forced to be sick? Why? Just because we need a pill to walk? I'd LOVE to walk, and cook, and get dressed, and LIVE MY LIFE without pain meds! I'd LOVE to be like you..but I'm not...don't punish me for it...where do you draw the line? As one of the other commenters said..you think we have a drug problem now? Just you wait and see how bad it gets when so many are suffering needlessly...then you'll see how bad it can really get!! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!
I don't want to stay wasted to just treat my pain, I want my life back!!!
Well stated, but the greedy pill mill Dr.'s and dealers has messed it up for people truly in pain. Pharmacies are at their Quota, meaning even if you get a script, chances are if you are a new patient, you will not be able to get it filled. It really happens!
If this was done by a parent, the child would be removed from the home. The parents would then have to meet unconsionable requirements, just to prove we have the right to said children. Ahhh...I remember getting whipped, heck I remember picking the switch...... Simple rules, don't lie, steal, ask before borrowing, tell the truth, cause it is easier to remember. You know...being AMERICAN!
i had chronic pain for sometime every pain management dr. i go turn me away i have xrays to show my codition.
I am a sufferer of chronic pain. Without my pain medications (and ANY other treatments my doctors suggest) I would be in very REAL trouble. I have been in such pain that I have considered ending it all. You CANNOT do this to the people who are suffering like we are!!!!
I am a 35 year old mother. I suffer from Fibro and arthritis. Just had a laminectomy with a spinal fusion. Called in for my meds yesterday to be only turned away. I laid in med till 4am not being able to sleep. My legs burning and tingling. Shame on the Govt. I must say something has to change. People will start self medicating. You think a drug problem is bad now. Just wait.
This is just awful, how can anyone do this to the chronically ill, it's Unconscionable! Put your self in their shoes, one day it could be you.
My pain confines me to bed most of the day, I am unable to play with my grandchildren. I can no longer cook, clean, and even dressing is painful. Drs should be allowed to test patients without fear of reprisals from the dea. So some pill heads od it was their choice...punishing the sick for them is wrong. Don't get me wrong it's a horrible thing when people od, but punishing those who suffer is wrong.
I lived on Excedrin & Tylenol since I was an infant due to high fevers cause by "Reflux" from my bladder to kidneys. I had surgery at 9 to correct this problem.
I was hard on my body growing up after that, from climbing trees, to horse back riding, surfing, dirt bikes, dune buggies and later a Stripper. Yes, I said Stripper, back in the 1990's it was not a bad word, we were not allowed to be touched and preformed skits and did acrobatics. The "Pole Dance Classes" use moves taken from us. One of mine still cannot be done, I was that good.
I have always had back pain and I'm sure it was do to the active life I lead. I didn't think twice until my late 30's when I had my first back spasm. After 25 appointments and 3 X-Rays with Kaiser I was finally referred to a specialist and had an MRI done.
I have Spinal Stenosis, my back is riddles with fractures that are now arthritic, 2 perforated discs, fractured ribs (all) and I was born with a deformity of my Lumbar 1.
I have been refused chiropractic service for fear of rupturing my discs. I was also refused an epidural, my doctors feared that if I felt no pain I would not "stay down and lead a more slower life".
I work in DME and run the office as well as manufacturing, sometimes I have to lug cases of plaster.. I ware a brace and am careful.
The only medication that works and keeps me from over using thinks like Dones, Excedrin & Tylenol was Norco. I have been on it now for 4 months and my quality of life is much better... Until 10/10/14 when my "Refill" came up. I was denied.
I am not low income, but I am far from middle class and now I need to see my doctor every 20 days. This is expensive and takes away from other patients that are also in need of medical check ups and have health concerns.
Mentally I now feel like I am doing something wrong and I'm not. This is an over reach of Government and should have been addressed to the people of the United States. This is also a violation of the Constitution, and you can even say indirectly against Roe V Wade.
I am not just worried about me, I fear for my Family, Friends and Fellow Citizens. If the DEA can do this, what else can they take away with impunity?
It is a disgrace how doctors are no longer in charge of there patients. It seems insurance corporations and pharmaceutical companies make decisions. Not everyone is the same and we all require different approaches to treating our chronic pain. I want my doctors to be allowed to treat me as an individual. Just because it takes one person to heal per say in 3 months does not mean all will heal in that time. The same goes for pain management.
I am a disabled adult with severe RA with joint deformity and muscle pain. I take small doses of Vicodin so that I can do basic functions in the home. Without pain meds I cannot get out of bed or perform basic tasks by myself. Slowly over the years I've watched as Drs have gotten increasingly scared to prescribe pain meds and I've watched with a heavy heart as the minority of abusers and junkies have made it hard for the people truly in pain to get help. I don't think we can afford to visit the Dr 12 times a year and I've been told my Dr might actually stop pain meds entirely for his whole practice because of the scrutiny by the government. I don't know what to do and I'm scared. I don't want to spend the rest of my life confined to a bed in pain. It is unfair to punish us for the actions of a small irresponsible minority. Thank you for listening. God bless.
I live with extreme chronic pain. Thanks to new FDA rules looks like I will get not enough help . I thought that treating ones pain is part of the doctors job. What are people going to so. Suffer to death. I for one will struggle to even afford that many doctors visits. I just feel like someone jerked the rug from under me and shot me the middle finger. If I don't have the medicine to take the edge off then how can I even be able to do my Adls......
I'm disgusted by the fact that our government has this much power and control over issues that they have no business being involved in. Doctors should never be put in a position like this and patients should not suffer because of it. When does it end?
Why do the ones who really need relief have to suffer because of the junkies? I am at a point today where I dont have any fight left to "fight through the pain." All because the drs are afraid to help? Really? Something needs to change again and fast.
Please help all pain patients to have access to a quality life. We suffer enough, please don't punish us further for the mistakes of others. ~Blessings
As a Pharmacy School Graduate, this most current DEA incursion into the health care professional/ patient relationship is disturbing. I recently witnesses a 60 year old man who was diagnosed after MRI with TWO cervical disc herniations(one so severe it required almost immediate surgery- scheduled within 5 days which is unusual- to prevent further spinal cord damage or possible paralysis). This man was in so much pain he could barely move his upper torso, walk or even get out of bed. He had burning, tingling radiation down both arms into his hands and fingers. Even after the MRI confirmed the severe herniations, doctors were still completely reluctant to give this man anything but NSAIDs and Tramadol(both had already failed miserably to control his pain in the slightest).
Doctors and other health care professionals MUST be on the front lines pushing back against this incursion into patient treatment by the DEA. Have DEA agents gone to school for 6-12 years(as most health professionals have) to earn the privilege or have the education/proper training to deserve or be competent to make such decisions - OF COURSE NOT!! Doctors especially MUST remember their oaths not to do harm in situations such as these.
There has been and ALWAYS will be a large role and proper place for opiate analgesics in pain management. Clinicians must use due diligence in determining when use of these agents is required and not be bullied by the next Justice Department/DEA Drug War propaganda pitch. Remember it is , ultimately, just as easy to have action taken against you and your license by a patient or the family of a patient that you mis/undertreated and made to suffer horribly; than it is the DEA.
How dare the govt take away life bearable meds due to addicts. Well. We need to outlaw a hell of a lot
more drugs. This is inhumane and somebody is profitING from this.whet? The new drug they gonna push. WRONG WRONG WRONG. I HAVE TERMINAL CANCER AND AM VERY AFRAID. I'M SURE OTHER PEOPLE ARE JUST PLAIN SCARED AS WELL.
Seems kind of odd to me that the pot smokers in this country are afforded the ability to vote in laws that allow then to recreationally use marijuana, but if you need an opioid for pain you are an addict. The ones that keep passing these rules need to know what it like to walk a mile in the shoes of someone with chronic pain, just so they can see the challenges and suffering that goes along with it. I believe that they would find it in the hearts to quite the persecution of the doctors and people suffering in pain. I am so tired of having to worry about someone believing me that I am in pain and need to be treated. Now out government is making it impossible to be treated. Something needs to give. I am in severe pain everyday, and feel that my situation is hopeless and that I am being unduly punished for my condition and need for treatment. I got a challenge for the DEA FDA and Doctors , come up with a cure that actually works and reduces pain to a manageable level, or let the doctors do their jobs and treat the patient.
My husband and I have chronic diabetic neuropathy to the point we cannot rest because of the pain. Not to mention his HNP and my OA of the hip. Our 5/325 hydrocodone prescriptions make these health issues tolerable; we both work full time at drug-testing facilities and we both resent the fact that WE do not abuse ANY drugs but we are being PUNISHED because of the idiots that do. Thanks US government. How many of YOU will this law affect? Me thinks not a one as everything YOU get is FREE!
I'm from Massachusetts I'm 38 have chronic and shoulder pain I have had to go to er tons and pray just to get a days relief I fell like I'm a a second rate been called junkie pill popper I just want relief and respect been threw pain management was treated like a baby telling 65 percocet 5 are strong I do have tolerance I'm so afraid of being mistreated change my medicare drug coverage after tufts want the pharmacy to question my doctors I didn't chose to be in pain some days I can't even get up no energy can't get comfortable to sleep this is no life for the land of free aka America hopefully someday I'll have even if it's for 8 hours it still better then non
Chronic pain sufferer living in fear of losing access to what little relief I get.
I am 46 years old and suffer from an rheumatoid auto immune disease,two ruptured discs in my upper back that push on my spinal cord,I also suffer from bad asthma that requires steroid and regular inhalers.You would not believe how many doctors I had to go to before I found one who would even give me an x-ray or blood test.They all said " Oh, she is just a drug addict. She is too young to have anything really wrong with her." Then my current Dr. finally listened as I begged for some relief or death.Then when all the results came back he said," wow! You are really sick!" BUT,he constantly catches hell from his supervisor Dr. (because he is in a network) for giving me my pain meds.They make him fill out Five pages in triplicate explaining why I need it.And they still harass and ridicule him.It seems the government is hoping we will all kill ourselves, rather than get some peace until we die.My next visit will be the first since the new law took effect.I'm very afraid he will get tired of all their B.S. and quit, or retire because he is old.I know the other Dr.s there would prefer that I suffer rather than put up with all the B.S.After suffering those 3-4 years that I did without the meds I can't stand the thought of going back to suffering.I can't consider suicide because I'm a christian and I'll go to hell.I guess we all screwed thanks to the government.I wish you all well.Thanks for listening.
I have had chronic pain for 14 years and have had multiple back surgeries and shoulder surgeries. I have had to use some of these pain meds from time to time almost constantly just to function. I have been in the healthcare as a profession as a nurse for going on 19 years now and I have seen changes in the laws regarding opiate prescriptions over the years. It is a new low and will only have the effect to drive up use of heroin and illegally acquired opiates. This is a fact that is ultimately ignored by the government who wants to be seen as doing something with regards to overdoses(which if you look closely you will see that most of these OD's include multiple other substances.....but ignore that fact, the DEA and FDA sure do!). Next, the state and Fed's will go after MD's and their records to see if there is a legitimate reason for prescribing them at all----the DEA and FDA will be looking over the shoulder of the MD soon enough!
It is big brother control and government intrusion gone very wrong. The war on drugs is clearly a failure and everybody with a brain can see this. Changes won't come until this generation of fool legislators and government officials is dead and gone and a new generation of young people will rise up and do something sane and change the laws and rules regarding prohibition and government intrusion. Until then we must live with this travesty of justice and prudent judgment.
I suffer chronic pain and get no treatment for it because of crazy American drug laws. Do Americans want these crazy laws from the war on drugs of 40 years ago? I think not.
The new rule on hydrocodone will only have the effect of an increase in suicides and criminal activity such as robberies, thefts, and drugstore burglaries. My 40 plus years in law enforcement tells me that this is the case. The people responsible for this change in the rule should experience chronic pain and they would maybe even make it easier for people that are suffering get the medicine they need.
All this new law is going to do is create a new revenue stream for criminals and terrorists. People are going to get their painkillers and with less revenue coming from Hydrocodone prescriptions pharma companies are going to let the security in their warehouses relax and the pills will still end up right where lawmakers don't want them. I used to buy Hydros off the street and they came not from someone with a prescription but from a pharmaceutical warehouse. If it was that easy in 2006 how easy is it going to be when these companies have less money to spend on security. All you need to do is find the nearest distribution center and take a small risk and its a hell of a lot easier than printing money.
I've suffered from Chronic Pain & PTSD for over 16 years. Why is the DEA in my business? What happened to the HIPA rights? Why can the pharmacy just decide to not fill my pain med for 180 pills and only give me 90 pills at their discretion? This is still America, right! I can still vote and intend on pursuing this with great enthusiasm. As my government has no right in my medical care!
As a CPP I have dealt with this issue for years. Doctors and the DEA should be less concerned with "possible addiction" and more worried about the probable suicides of those of us who will choose the peace of death rather than the burden on our family, friends, and selves caused by unrelenting agony!
Please please stop treating chronically ill patients with pain and the caregivers as criminals. Do not take away my ability to move by decreasing the pain medication that allows me too. Read the comments please.
We are being punished for being sick. Pain is a disease you can not see. It slowly destroys your life. Then once we see these doctors we are called names, drug tested, threatened(I will give you pain medicine if you get these injections). We get our purses searched, they accuse of being drug addicts. When all we want is what so many have ...a life. To live. Not just exist. To hold a baby, take a walk, enjoy the fall air. Many like me own businesses. We have no desire to seek out a high. We just want to be able to concentrate on other things in life beyond pain.
We are being punished for being sick. Pain is a disease you can not see. It slowly destroys your life. Then once we see these doctors we are called names, drug tested, threatened(I will give you pain medicine if you get these injections). We get our purses searched, they accuse of being drug addicts. When all we want is what so many have ...a life. To live. Not just exist. To hold a baby, take a walk, enjoy the fall air. Many like me own businesses. We have no desire to seek out a high. We just want to be able to concentrate on other things in life beyond pain.
I had failed neck surgery,need two more levels but I am 66 and do not want more failed surgery. I also have a bad low back and degenerative disc disease in my spine.I want my quality of life. I took Norco for years ,4 to 5 per day and 4 Somas per day for the horrible muscle spasms. I was able to function. Now the drug addicts have ruined it for those who are truly in pain.I cannot get Soma anymore but Cyclobenzeprine which I will not take due to it being contraindicated for heart disease,I have ELV 50%.Also I was suddenly switched to codeine from Norco. Codeine helps the pain but gives me daily headaches and nausea plus I am always sleepy.The drug addicts will always get their drugs but the law abiding patients like me suffer. Its not fair. Its MY body and the government needs to keep their controlling and unfair actions out of pain management.PERIOD!
As a disabled terminally ill person who suffers horrible chronic pain on a daily basis I am disgusted that this country would allow the government/DEA to now become our doctors and tell me and my fellow pain sufferer how much pain medicine We need on a daily basis when I am dying! And others suffer! I feel sorry for all of the people that suffer like I do, that cry like I do, that get on their knees and beg for mercy when the pain gets so bad that all you wish for is Death to come sooner. May God bless you and give you mercy because the government will not. They want us to suffer and could care less that we are being treated like a disease. This is now a communist country where the government dictates how I feel and what I need. It is a country that once was free and all escaped to come here for a better life.

All those responsible for allowing us to suffer and cry and go out of our minds in agony will one day know what it feels like! And if not them then they will watch a loved one go through despair. What you Fear is what you Will experience. It is only a matter of time before you wear the other shoe. In order for you to understand what we all go through and why this is a huge issue for people in pain you must experience it.

In order to know love you must know hate. To know night you must know day. To know happiness you must know sorrow. And to know "Control" you must know "Pain". May God have mercy on your soul the day it comes for you.
I am an 86 year old woman. My daughter who cares for me is writing this as I dictate. She just signed the petition as she is disabled with neck and back issues. She is/was also on Norco and Soma but no longer.

I have had 5 surgeries in 7 years,left and right shoulder surgery,bladder suspension,hernia surgery,knee replacement. I was taking Anicin for years due to my chronic pain. Then in 2010, I almost died from a ruptured dudual ulcer.I was not expected to live. I can no longer take asperin products for fear of bleeding per my doctor. I go to the same doctor as my daughter. I was on Norco for my pain and butabutal for my chronic headaches which help so much.
I was switched to codeine last Friday but still got my butabutal.I am apalled by the control of the government and dictating to my doctor what he can and cannot prescribe. He is a wonderful, compassionate doctor. Now he is under the thumb of the DEA as are other honest doctors.

What angers me is the DEA says that addiction causes death. Well,what about alchol? What about obese peopllle and the long term illnesses they will get? Diabetes, joint disorders and myriad other problems. Is the government going to eventually tell folks how and when to eat? Why not ban hard liquor and replace with beer? That is what the DEA is doing with pain medications.
When does the control stop? This is America.
We as patients of chronic pain who finally have a medication that actually makes our lives more bearable should not be denied by the excuse of addiction.
Addicts who do not suffer pain but use the medications for recreation choose to ruin their lives,just like those who drink in excess. Now the DEA has caused a serious problem. There will be a rise in crime,pharmacies being robbed, more home invasions and street robberies for money to buy illicit street drugs.
The government has caused another problem and will noww throw money at it in hopes it will go away.
I do not have many years left and it is sad that I am now made to lose my health choices and suffeer at the hands of this new and horrible administration.
I had failed neck surgery,need two more levels but I am 66 and do not want more failed surgery. I also have a bad low back and degenerative disc disease in my spine.I want my quality of life. I took Norco for years ,4 to 5 per day and 4 Somas per day for the horrible muscle spasms. I was able to function. Now the drug addicts have ruined it for those who are truly in pain.I cannot get Soma anymore but Cyclobenzeprine which I will not take due to it being contraindicated for heart disease,I have ELV 50%.Also I was suddenly switched to codeine from Norco. Codeine helps the pain but gives me daily headaches and nausea plus I am always sleepy.The drug addicts will always get their drugs but the law abiding patients like me suffer. Its not fair. Its MY body and the government needs to keep their controlling and unfair actions out of pain management.PERIOD!
A resident labeled me as a drug seeker I have 18yrs of documented proof. He had no records of this just a small file with my meds refill. He was filling in for my doctor, who caused me terrible pain . I found out later the the primary doctors skilled area are obesity, nutrition and copd. now I have a hard time getting treatment. I have an injured spine, neck and tbi from being thrown out of a windshield after our car was hit from behind by an 18 wheeler. My husband was killed instantly. How can I get my life back. I have a new dr. but without my knowing the resident did to black ball me, I cannot get the proper care. what should I do.
Doctors write in your medical record "Drug seeking behavior" when you go to other doctors that look at your record the general tendency is to follow suit and not go against a colleague making it very difficult, if not impossible to get proper medical treatment. If you happen to be a person in recovery the issue is compounded exponentially.
I complained to my doctor that my medication wasn't easing my pain as prescribed abnd that I was stuggling to make it the entire 30 days. They set my next appointment for 34 days later. I became desperately ill from both excrutiating pain and withdrawal from a three year opioid habit.I honestly thought I was going to die.I was trapped between obeying and dying or disobeying,but living and being discharged. I used a fentanyl patch that I'd had from the hospital. They tested me,then "discharged" me for having none of the prescribed medication left in my urine and having another.
As a chronic pain sufferer who is helped significantly by hydrocodone I am offended and sacred about the way my own government has chosen to treat me. I can tell you that I feel bad enough as it is without being stigmatized as a drug abuser by my own government. By making it so my doctor is afraid to prescribe it, I feel that you view my problems as less than those of other americans. I was born with a chronic pain condition so now I don't have the right to choose to follow the protocol that my doctor feels is best? Addiction is real, I get that but why am I being punished for others doing something illegal. Please keep in mind that I do use other alternatives (other meds. therapy, physical therapy, chiro, life style changes, and so on) as well and have for at least ten years. The Norco and these other measures combined give me a quality of life to where I can stay off of disability and care for my family and myself. By taking this med away you throw off a careful constructed base that I can't find any other way. Rest assured I'd love to just so I didn't have to deal my government mistreating me. I have the right to choose how to manage my health care. I have the right to find a way to be able to care for my family.
The DEA is causing its registrants (wholesalers, prescribers, pharmacies/Pharmacists ) to discriminate against those that are covered under the Americans with Disability Act.. it is a civil rights violation .. the same as if someone refused service to anyone because of race, religion, sexual orientation...
Im in chronic pain and i cant get treated for it. One doctor wouldnt give me enough medication because he thought i should have surgery on my spine without second opinion or anything else. MY life is a mess and very abnormal. I dont know where to look for help as it seems everyone is afraid of the DEA
My doctor has treated me for four years with one med only for intense back and leg pain, the results of two failed back surgeries. During my 10.06.14 appt. with her she stated she would no longer prescribe the med because it had been moved to Schedule 2. I imagine I am not the only person this is happening to. Shame on my government and the DEA.
My doctor has treated me for four years with one med only for intense back and leg pain, the results of two failed back surgeries. During my 10.06.14 appt. with her she stated she would no longer prescribe the med because it had been moved to Schedule 2. I imagine I am not the only person this is happening to. Shame on my government and the DEA.
As a chronic pain sufferer who is helped significantly by my hydrocodone, but have no insurance, I can t afford to be going to the doctor every month just to get another written script. We feel bad enough as it is without being stigmatized as a drug abuser. And the doctors are afraid to prescribe it. The ones that actually will are few and far between for both of these reasons, addiction is real (we get that), and the govt discourages it. Find alternatives...ok, I ve been looking for alternatives for 15 years. Chiro, massage, therapy, meds, injections, mri s, x rays, blood work, rhuematologist, neurologist, gp..you name it. Please don t punish us, our doctors know what we need.
This pain is real and affects every aspect of our lives. My pain can be verified by MRI but many times, pain can't be seen. Please allow the physicians we trust to treat us and stop making them fear they will lose their license for treating the whole patient. Thank you.
We need to understand that people in actual pain are not faking. We wish to live life like others but cnt because of our pain. We are different, unique, but we are here and we deserve respect

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