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

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When are our "elected" congressmen and "elected" president going to listen to the voters. We have had no choice and no voice in many years!!
I honestly would prefer to support increased prescribed marijuana, and the banning of pain medications. But until people can see the benefits of marijuana and the downside to the harmful and addictive nature of prescription pain medications, I cannot deny that people do need a relief to the pain of everyday life caused by chronic physical ailments.
I agree 100percent
I agree 100percent
My primary care physician retired in 2011, and my new doctor won't prescribe some of my meds to me. They want to outsource me to specialists. This is very difficult for me, because I have very limited funds. All these doctors are part of the same hospital/PHP program, so I don't understand why I have to go to specialists to get the same meds that my old doctor prescribed to me. Same practice, new doctor. Is this discrimination, covering their backs? I am not sure, and my psychiatrist doesn't understand it either. I'm just glad that I have a great pharmacy where they will explain everything to me, and the cost is significantly reduced.
I have several severe conditions that cause chronic pain. Been told by doctors: the only problem with your hands is that you text too much. (I have never owned a cell phone and would not know how to text if someone handed me one!) I have been told by another doctor: you only like the high narcotic medications provide. (I have never gotten high from pain medication because I take them as instructed. They are for pain--not recreation.) Someone really needs to educate the DEA and the doctors they are intimidating!
I have several severe conditions that cause chronic pain. Been told by doctors: the only problem with your hands is that you text too much. (I have never owned a cell phone and would not know how to text if someone handed me one!) I have been told by another doctor: you only like the high narcotic medications provide. (I have never gotten high from pain medication because I take them as instructed. They are for pain--not recreation.) Someone really needs to educate the DEA and the doctors they are intimidating!
I have several severe conditions that cause chronic pain. Been told by doctors: the only problem with your hands is that you text too much. (I have never owned a cell phone and would not know how to text if someone handed me one!) I have been told by another doctor: you only like the high narcotic medications provide. (I have never gotten high from pain medication because I take them as instructed. They are for pain--not recreation.) Someone really needs to educate the DEA and the doctors they are intimidating!
If we spent half this time and effort to combat "recreational addiction", we all would be in a better place. Those with chronic pain diseases need all the help they can get to be able to function as "normal" as they can.
Please don't punish true chronic pain patients. I wouldn't wish chronic pain on my worse enemy.
My wife suffers from chronic pain due to conditions that cannot be cured, only treated by pain medicines to manage her pain and allow her to not be bed-ridden.
I suffer from several chronic life-long painful illnesses for which there is no cure, only pain management. Denying pain meds to someone who relies on them just to keep their pain under enough control to have some quality of life is wrong.
Let them have one hour of this-then they would understand
Chronic Pain sufferers should not be targeted or sanctioned for asking for medication that allows them to function. Holistic treatment of patients cannot be abandoned because of a few who abuse medications. Would you deny diabetics insulin? The use of pain medications should be between a doctor and a patient - not legislation. Stop punishing legitimate patients!
Every single day I try to be positive...and see the beauty of this life God created for us. Unfortunately I also am reminded daily of the several chronic debilitating diseases from which I have been labeled. I still try to do everything I can. I cannot even imagine what people with my conditions have to experience without proper pain control and an MD who listens and trusts you as the patient. We just want to be free of some pain to participate in life!!! Don't give us more pain...and guilt and shame...
Pain relieve is necessary to live a somewhat quality of life. Their are many suffering that are denied the proper pain meds.
Please allow doctors to help their patients without fear of loosing their license.
Go after drug cartels, not legitimate doctors and patients!!! We can't survive without pain med (fibromyalgia). You will have a mass of suicides driven from chronic pain.
This is so unfair and hurtful to those needing medical help. It's bad enough to live with chronic pain that robs one of any quality of life, but then to have doctors or others accuse or suggest that you just want drugs, only causes more pain. Plus, it truly feels like a violation of our rights in a free country.
Our chronic pain is REAL. Why are those of us who go to legitimate MDs, sign contracts, are in compliance as proved by random testing being punished for something we cannot control? I'd love for you to live in my body for one week and then tell me how you feel about making this so hard on us.
So force us to kill ourselves, pleas thank you..
Why let a few bad apples (drug abusers) ruin the quality of life for thousands of people in legitimate pain!? Especially when some of them might be able to continue working if treated properly for their pain issues.
If I could be treated for Chronic Pain due to my Immune Disorder, Auto Immune Disorder, Fibromyalgia, and Myofascial pain, I would not be on SSDI. One RX for legitimate pain causing diseases, and I could go back to being a contributing member of society. Instead, I now collect SSDI, Food Stamps, Medicare, Extra Help, and Subsidized Housing. I am costing the Government a FORTUNE! It is so completely unnecessary. I do not want to abuse an RX pain med, I want to use one as a tool to resume my life as a functional person. But, have it your way, Federal Gov't-pay for my food, housing, medical care, prescriptions. I would have been happy to pay for all that myself plus the $25 dollar co-pay for an effective pain mgmt medicine that allows me to function, but I guess you prefer to foot the bill.
I always considered myself as a mild chronic pain patient, then realized all the things I can't do anymore - pick up my grandchildren, even the new one because he was above my limit, take the trash barrel to the alley, go down stairs more than about twice a day (I'm not supposed to at all) which is difficult when I live in a basement, etc, etc, etc! And if I'm having a real bad day and have to take meds, if I have a Dr appt. I have to find someone to take me. I have both a great PCP, who works with my even more wonderful pain Dr. I have to submit to a urine test each month, I only get one 30 day supply at a time, I get seen by him or I don't get the script. I'm furious - although I know it happens - that someone who knows anyone with chronic pain would suggest that I'm going to sell my meds or if they met me would know there was a reason I was in chronic pain. Please forward this to all your friends. Like someone before me said, some of us will die. I hope to be able to see my grandchildren and great-great grandson and future kiddos graduate, get married, have children, etc. There are honest people out there who are in pain and Drs. who are honest. Don't take my life out of my Drs. hands.
People with high blood pressure need meds for their health, diabetics need insulin for theirs, people who suffer depression are given antidepressants. Why are chronic pain patients denied the medicine they deserve and need to have a somewhat normal quality of life? I guarantee you if doctors suffered from DAILY pain 24/7, they would not deny it for themselves!
well if your doctor is not treating you helping to cure nd make you comfortable ..get anoth doctor they will soon change their tune if they loose their Patients !Then their pockets will be hurting real bad !
I feel much more 'normal' if there is such a thing, knowing more people are having trouble like I am. Luckily with a double edge sword, I found an amazing Pain Doctor who is a trained anesthesiologist and switched to pain management. The bad part is that my Medicaid will not cover this type of specialty, so in addition to needing Medicaid to survive my long term and ultimately fatal diagnosis, we are cash pay clients. I see him monthly for 15 minutes for $155, and then he gives me a discount on my injections into my spine so out of pocket I pay about $350 each time, but only go about 1/3 of how many times I need to go because we cannot afford it. :(
I already get a monthly med check. I already get drug tested. My doctor already goes through all the red tape in place to help those that really need it. I allready went to a pain cklinic to try every possible non narcotic med, even know many were more harmful. I was found to need opioid meds for my chronic pain. This is not the answer to fix those that abuse the system which includes doctors, and pharmacists. This is a step to the stone ages when people just killed themselves when they could not get pain relief.
People in our gov't are turning out to be "savage's" and yes the "plug will be pulled on grandma and other's" too.
I Suffer from Chronic Metabolic Pancreatitis and I battle a constant continuous extreme pain in the upper abdomen all day every day.
And how are the new Health Care Laws going to make this situation any better when chronic pain patients will be moved even further down the list of treatable conditions?
The DEA needs to start reading well published studies on chronic pain and addiction. The answer is it doesn't exist.
Yes there are patients out there that doctor shop to get pain medications however they are not us. We are a group of people that would rather NOT be taking these medications but we must to be able to function, or have some quality of life.We are dependent on these medications not addicted and it's about time that the medical community starts to learn the difference!!
Before I was diagnosed I lived in agony and I almost understood that. Treating what you don't know can be dangerous at best.
After I was diagnosed my care improved but it was not until I came under the care of an amazing pain specialist. I say amazing because although he knew little about the disorder, he learned, and learned what I needed to be treated effectively. I have no doubt that otherwise I would be dead by now. To those of you that think I'm using a cliche, I'm not. Long term, intense pain will kill you. You will not be able to eat,drink,get out of bed,,,nothing. Then your organs start to shut down and it no different than if you had cancer. Our kind of pain if left uncontrolled. Will.Kill.You.
I now take low dose methadone daily, among other drugs and an experimental (only to this disorder it's widely used in other areas of the body) implant to control severe nerve pain.
Even though my PCM knew about treating pain this way he was prevented by what he was allowed to write for fear of retaliation by the DEA and Medical Boards.
What about people who live too far away to obtain the treatment I have been lucky enough to receive? When there is no "world class" pain Doctor to help? Doesn't it make some modicum of sense that your PCM knows you best and is in a very good position to treat you AND control what you take so doctor shopping could be better controlled and reduced??
I counsel patients each and every day and far too many are still having to fight just to get adequate doses of NON narcotic medications to help control the debilitating pain caused by living with what is still considered the "Most Painful" condition known to man.
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the world of Trigeminal Neuralgia. I find it none too funny that I live in a state that recently legalized medical marijuana however for only specific conditions. Which we were not included in....there are too few of us and we don't have a large enough lobby to be noticed. Yet my son lives in a state where he can get a script for it for a MINOR chronic ankle condition. Someone needs to explain this to me.
Yet my patients fight everyday to just get adequate...adequate medications so they can try to function enough to not break down in front of their children when the "attack" hits and the pain becomes so intense that at that
And how are the new Health Care Laws going to make this situation any better when chronic pain patients will be moved even further down the list of treatable conditions?
The DEA needs to start reading well published studies on chronic pain and addiction. The answer is it doesn't exist.
Yes there are patients out there that doctor shop to get pain medications however they are not us. We are a group of people that would rather NOT be taking these medications but we must to be able to function, or have some quality of life.We are dependent on these medications not addicted and it's about time that the medical community starts to learn the difference!!
Before I was diagnosed I lived in agony and I almost understood that. Treating what you don't know can be dangerous at best.
After I was diagnosed my care improved but it was not until I came under the care of an amazing pain specialist. I say amazing because although he knew little about the disorder, he learned, and learned what I needed to be treated effectively. I have no doubt that otherwise I would be dead by now. To those of you that think I'm using a cliche, I'm not. Long term, intense pain will kill you. You will not be able to eat,drink,get out of bed,,,nothing. Then your organs start to shut down and it no different than if you had cancer. Our kind of pain if left uncontrolled. Will.Kill.You.
I now take low dose methadone daily, among other drugs and an experimental (only to this disorder it's widely used in other areas of the body) implant to control severe nerve pain.
Even though my PCM knew about treating pain this way he was prevented by what he was allowed to write for fear of retaliation by the DEA and Medical Boards.
What about people who live too far away to obtain the treatment I have been lucky enough to receive? When there is no "world class" pain Doctor to help? Doesn't it make some modicum of sense that your PCM knows you best and is in a very good position to treat you AND control what you take so doctor shopping could be better controlled and reduced??
I counsel patients each and every day and far too many are still having to fight just to get adequate doses of NON narcotic medications to help control the debilitating pain caused by living with what is still considered the "Most Painful" condition known to man.
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the world of Trigeminal Neuralgia. I find it none too funny that I live in a state that recently legalized medical marijuana however for only specific conditions. Which we were not included in....there are too few of us and we don't have a large enough lobby to be noticed. Yet my son lives in a state where he can get a script for it for a MINOR chronic ankle condition. Someone needs to explain this to me.
Yet my patients fight everyday to just get adequate...adequate medications so they can try to function enough to not break down in front of their children when the "attack" hits and the pain becomes so intense that at that
As an RN, and a chronic pain victim, I find this idea disgusting. If a patient says they hurt, they hurt. Even drug users suffer pain. If doctors felt pain, perhaps they'd be more understanding. And, pain meds are not always the answer. There are many ways of treating pain. USE THEM!
Without my medication, I couldn't function, or even take care of myself! It's a shame how difficult it is to get treatment for pain that we need and deserve.
get the insurance companies out of the equation. they are the ones who insist we see specialists and then deny claims on people they do not even know.
Please consider there are so many Chronic Pain Patients in this country. These patients have been diagnosed with untreatable, many times progressive deseases that make living any kind of normal or functional life impossible. I belong to several chronic pain support groups and the horror stories are unbelievable. Too many good doctors have stopped treating legitimate pain sufferers because of the regulations and stigma now attached to helping people to live some kind of life. i was diagnosed with a condition that i was told would never get better and i better learn to deal with the pain. that was before there were pain doctors and i can tell you from experiance that is no way to try to live your life. Please understand that there are so many people suffering who would rather never take meds that are destroyed by the few who abuse meds. Unless you have a condition that never will improve and never leaves you without pain, it is hard to understand. i do believe that meds are over prescribed to patients with a temporary condition. Patients that have conditons that will never improve are a completely different type of patient. when you decide to make it harder for doctors to help a truely suffering patient please interview or study the patients that the meds are intended for, not just the abusers. thank you

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