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

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I could not agree more with the label that the DEA has put on patients with chronic pain. There are people out there like myself with chronic back pain and need the pain meds to get by day to day. Some people opt for surgery which is fine but for those who don't want to have someone poking around their spine should be able to have other options such as pain medications. And it's very difficult to find a doctor these days that will prescribe them for you. My doctor has recently moved out of state so I find myself rationing my current supply till I can find a doctor who will prescribe them. And it hasn't been easy. And I've yet to find one. So where does that leave me? I have no choice but to find alternate sources to get my pain meds which is where this is leading to because doctors are too afraid to prescribe meds for reasons like my own. This isn't fair to people like us and something should be done about it!
The cost for ligetamate cronic pain suffering patients, many of which, like me, are permanently disabled and on limited income because of our disability are being put through the wringer with all the extra costs for doctor visits. It is also a major inconvenience of having to see their doctor each month (NEWS Flash: it's difficult for most disabled people to travel) just to get the medacations needed to live a as close as possible normal quality of life. This new regulation by the DEA targets them and their doctors and needs revising sooner than later.

I couldn't agree more with the following post:

POSTED BY MARY ON 9 / 27 / 2015:
Iím convinced this war on pain patients is all about money. Opioids are not patentable and very inexpensive. My opioid medications were $50 a month but every alternative pain medication offered to me cost over $500 per month and isnít even effective. Add costs of drug screening and requirement to see doctor monthly, thatís another $400 per month. I went from paying less than $100 per month the beginning of this year (splitting doctorís visit cost every 90 days 3 ways) to paying nearly $1,000 a month. Iím paying 10 times as much for 1/10th the relief and spiraling down into abject misery and poverty.
IMHO big pharma is behind this whole war on opioids and pain patients. They want to demonize opioids because they canít patent them to make big money and then take advantage of suffering patients by forcing them to take and pay for their expensive drugs and drug screens. And doctors go along with it because itís making them money too. I have a good friend that is a drug rep and doctors are paid kickbacks for prescribing these expensive patented drugs to us.
As far as the DEA and the US Government, if they were so worried about lives being lost to substances, why donít they go after alcohol and tobacco manufacturers? Alcohol and tobacco causes far more misery and death than all other controlled substances combined! I canít smoke cannabis that will never kill me or get enough pain meds to go fishing with my husband but I can get all the alcohol and tobacco I want just about anywhere I want??? Is it only me that sees the hypocrisy in these policies?
How can US policy on substances claim any credibility as long as this type of hypocrisy exist?
Besides, Iím a consenting adult, I donít need the government and/or DEA telling me what I can and can not put in my body!!!
America is now fully under the control of wealthy corporations and all laws are past to benefit these corporations. They have infiltrated and manipulate every aspect of our government to suit themselves. If you donít believe that just FOLLOW THE MONEY!
I have fibromyalgia and severe back problems that are proven with MRI s and cat scans. It is so hard to get doctors to listen because of people who misuse the system. Why make it so hard on physicians to do there jobs. There is a such thing as long term pain. I suffer in pain daily even with my medicine. I feel like a criminal everytime I go to my doctor. I have to give a urine specimen and pill count. It's ridiculous. I've been told by my physician he does not know how I'm functioning but his hands are tied with the amounts of meds I am receiving, because of the DEA!
I have fibromyalgia and severe back problems that are proven with MRI s and cat scans. It is so hard to get doctors to listen because of people who misuse the system. Why make it so hard on physicians to do there jobs. There is a such thing as long term pain. I suffer in pain daily even with my medicine. I feel like a criminal everytime I go to my doctor. I have to give a urine specimen and pill count. It's ridiculous. I've been told by my physician he does not know how I'm functioning but his hands are tied with the amounts of meds I am receiving, because of the DEA!
25 years of pain over 50 years of my life with a debilitating disease called interstitial cystitis and I have tried every single solitary option any dr has given and nothing has helped but pain meds. I've gone from prayer and holistic options to surgery and narcotics and worked until 2008 when it was just unbearable before I took a single pill. I'm now disabled and went from working 2 jobs to nothing! Stop harassing Drs. over the 16k who illegally overdosed and help the 6 million who follow their Drs instructions to the letter and have to drive and sit in line and be inspected like a criminal every 30 days just to get a script filled. Oh.. then filling it is another story!!! If I wasn't Christian...I'd off myself because my crappy quality of life will go from a 4 to a 0!! I wouldn't wish this on anybody but if they could just live in this much pain for a few days..they'd surely feel different about it.
Well after all these years of being a good patient I made some bad decisions due to the trauma of a death in my family now I will probably have the only thing taken from me that gives me any relief at all. Sad but I just wish I were dead and may have to resort to putting a bag over my head and taking what ever few pills that are left with a******load of vodka. Thanks for all the compassion this disease took all my money and chance at a better life now they want my lousy pills???? I hope you all know what this is like one day. My life now I think is pretty much over you have won and now you will probably have another suicide. The sad part is no one is keeping score of how many people have to take their own lives over this ********
My wife was recently cut off from her Opana prescription due to recreational marajuana use in her saliva test. She is going through bad withdrawl and the Dr wont even ween her off the med. So headed to Mexico to stock up, this law is ridiculous and is hurting people who are already hurting, wtf
I have been in pain for most of my life. At the age of 18, migraines began. At 20, after my first child the back pain started. Everything just went downhill from that epidural I had. Causes ms to have Adhesive Arachnoiditis. It is so unfair for true pain patients to have to go without or jump through hoops just to get pain relief. It is demeaning also because we get treated worse than the actual addicts do. I'm so tired of fighting this system that is so against us. We did not choose this life of pain.
ďUnless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorshipÖ the Constitution of this Republic should make special provision for medical freedom as well as religious freedom.Ē ó Benjamin Rush M.D. a signer of the Declaration of Independence

Someone should have listened, now the DEA is terrorizing our Dr's into Discriminating against us, treating 90 year old ladies like criminals, not to mention the rest of us. it was so sad to see that poor little old lady in her walker trying to make it to the rest room in the land of the PEE, Why does the DEA still exist after being selling GUNS to the Mexican drug cartels that got at least one border guard killed, not to mention all the dead Hispanics,sorry I get carried away with our criminals, I Mean Government, they say Medical Cannabis isn;t medicine, while blocking 26 MEDICAL PATENTS on medical cannabis, etc

By the time they get this through congress if will be epired

H.R.1940 - Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015 114th Congress (2015-2016)
Sponsor:Rep. Rohrabacher, Dana [R-CA-48] (Introduced 04/22/2015)

House - Judiciary; Energy and Commerce
Latest Action:
05/15/2015 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

Summary: H.R.1940 ó 114th Congress (2015-2016) (Except Text)
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Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015
Amends the Controlled Substances Act to provide that provisions of such Act related to marihuana shall not apply to any person acting in compliance with state laws relating to the production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, or delivery of marijuana.
Text: H.R.1940 ó 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Bill Information (Except Text)
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Introduced in House (04/22/2015)
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H. R. 1940

To amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for a new rule regarding the application of the Act to marihuana, and for other purposes.

April 22, 2015

Mr. Rohrabacher (for himself, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Hunter, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Young of Alaska, Ms. Titus, Mr. McClintock, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Massie, Mr. Polis, Mr. Amash, and Mr. Pocan) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

To amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for a new rule regarding the application of the Act to marihuana, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress ass
We're tired of suffering, because some people abuse the meds we need to live a normal life! Do no harm! If we are diagnosed with debilitating diseases, GIVE US THE MEDS WE DESERVE. Junkies, go to a street corner, and get your drugs. Not the MD's office.
I am not on any pain medication, however have loved ones who need to take for chronic intense pain. These people are not drug seekers. They are trying to live their lives with a lower pain level. Most people never get a relief even on pain meds but it lowers it enough to live a semi normal life!!
Doctors should be able to look at each patient as a whole and have the ability to treat that patient as the dr sees fit.
I live in pain 24/7 I've been in 6 car wrecks I can't walk with out a Cain I get pain meds up until this month I got a script to fill to day that has 120 Percocet 10/325 in them I got called in for a count and pis test I past the test but had to take 2 extra pills. That gave me what I needed for this month and told me to find a new dr to go to before these was gone Now if I didn't need them would thay gave me this one so I could make it but where do I go to be treated now I live in ky the drug capital of the us I Gess I'll by my pot moon shine 30 s off the streets like everyone else is doing I've got to live I can't kill my self u go to hell for that no mater how u do it
I have extreme pain from the neck which feels like an icepick is permanently lodged to my lower back. Stenosis, compression fracture, arthritis, knee andfeet. It took my dr a year to get me to manage my pain lin order for me to get back to work. My pain was a 12 he got me to a 2 to 5. Unfortunately i need high doses due to my super high tolerance. Surgeries are out of the question. Only by medication am i somewhat productive. For 5 years i was able to work.. now that i am being forced to decrease my dose i am back on disability and i need to go on permanent disability. Wht should people lile me suffer because some people misuse the medication. The number os 16k. Of 59,000,000 million people only 16k overdosed.. of those 16k it turns out not 1 was a chronic pain patient that took as directed. They all took too many pills or mixed with other medication like valium and muscle relaxers and a large portion were acute patients that were untrained and took extras because the 1 or 2 pills didnt work so they took 10. They also drank alcohol. WE ARE DEPENDENT ON THIS MEDICATION TO HAVE ANY TYPE.OF QUALITY LIFE AND IT TOOK OUR DRS A VERY LONG TIME TO GET US TO A LEVEL OF MINIMUM PAIN. We are legitimately in exrreme pain without the help. PLEASE LET OUR DRS DO THEIR JOBS. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE ADDICTS. MOST OF THE ADDICTS ARE FINDING HEROIN NOW anyways BECAUSE OF THE GOVERNMENT BEING IN THE DRS OFFICE. THAT IS THE EPIDEMIC!! DONT BE STUPID! DONT TORTURE THE MANY TO FOOL YOURSELF INTO THINKING YOU ARE HELPING. IN WASHINGTON STATE WHERE THESE "GUIDELINES" are in effect HAS SEEN A 300% INCREASE IN HEROIN DEATHS IN THE LAST YEAR ALONE AND A HUGE NUMBER OF THEM WERE CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS THAT HAD THEIR PAIN MEDICATION UNFAIRLY AND UNCONSTITUTIONALY TAKEN AWAY. IF A PERSON IS STARVING HE WILL FIND FOOD NO MATTER WHAT. IF A PERSON IS IN EXTREME PAIN HE OR SHE WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO MAKE THE PAIN STOP. IMAGINE WALKING AROUND WITH AN ICEPICK IN YOUR NECK THATS WHAT I WILL HAVE TO LIVE WITH ALONG WITH HAVING TO BE DRESSED BY MY WIFE AND BE BEDRIDDEN 20 HOURS A DAY. I HAVE BEEN THERE AND I DONT WANT TO GO BACK. SOMEONE PLEASE HELP US!!!
The sad part of All this nonsense is that the Drug addicts, & criminals will Always find a way to get whatever they want . While us people who suffer needlessly every day in chronic pain~ Are the ones who suffer !
I had a good Dr. who had me fairly stabilized after seeing her for 5 years. She then moved out of the country, & I had to start all over . I did find a Dr. who recognizes that FMS is a real problem, but he Still changed what had been working very well, and put me on a Not as good pain med, & I've been at the same dosage now for 3 years ~despite clean drug tests, & taking my med as prescribed, NEVER running out early, Etc !(it's better than nothing I suppose , BUT I merely exist........ have no quality of life anymore! Just trying to get thru a day is a challenge EVERY DAY ! It's Bad when You don't even feel well enough to shower every day ! I Tell my Dr. I'm not doing good, But he's afraid of getting in trouble.....So I continue to Suffer !
Not to mention when it's time to go to the pharmacy and pick up my pain med, & to be treated like a criminal ! It's an Atrocity what we ( pain patients) have to go through !
Shame on the DEA & CDC !! What you are doing is Not fair to us people in true pain !
i found out after being without meds for chronic pain for 8 days that i was laughed out of an anestesiollogist i had an up to date MRI showing serius spinal conditions including my right hip at 53 i was treated for 13 years my doctor doesnt tell me all this ios going on i spend 3 complete days trying to find a doctor i am sick of being treated like an attick i am truly disabled biut had this positive thinking the MRI is telling what the problem is why did my doctor suddenly move away Everybody knows i have suffered so bad in the past until pain management i think the usa sucks and DEA needs to feel the pain of chronic people i have been run in circles i think Obamcare was the worst thing and the dea i have lived this nightmare and now its here the doctors see the problems but laugh at you pout the door after stealing you money please do something but harrass doctors pharmacists and insurance companys
While I recognize that reducing drug abusers' access to prescribed opiates and other drugs is a legitimate goal, failing to recognize that a number of Americans legitimately suffer silently and invisibly from chronic pain, is reckless and irresponsible. I am directly involved in law enforcement, and I also suffer from severe musculoskeletal chronic pain caused by a degenerative condition. Despite this, I work full time, I'm raising two children, and I try to use non-narcotic methods of pain management as much as possible, such as limited exercise, heat, ice, stretching, meditation, and so forth. At night, however, when the pain is at its worst, there is nothing other than a prescribed opiate that can bring any relief. And for someone who has suffered for more than a decade, knowing I have that escape mechanism at the end of the day allows me to keep moving forward against all odds. If my access to these prescriptions that I legitimately need and rely on to function are removed, I don't know how long it would take before I resorted to ending my life. Obtaining drugs illegally is not and has never been an option for me, given my profession. It could result in disbarment or, at the very least, loss of a law enforcement position, which allows me to protect others. I ask that before you adopt any overly broad regulations that you consider there is a segment of the population for whom these drugs are a necessary and completely appropriate form of therapeutic treatment and relief. None of us want to have to take these medications. I would choose to be free from this degenerative condition, which has robbed me of a quality of life I enjoyed as a college athlete and physically fit law student, in an instant. No one wants to suffer from chronic pain. But that does not mean it doesn't happen. As written, your regulations would cause irreparable harm to legitimate patients. I respectfully ask that you reconsider.
I was hit by a drunk driver broke over 20 bones so I have chronic pain and nerve damage causes pain and my internal doctor office refused to help me and called the police because I told him I won't leave till he refills as if I run out starts with withdrawals seizures stoke and up to cardiac arrest Dr Name is Prem Salholtra we live in a small town and most the offices are owned by him I've only have a few days of meds left and we're I live the doctor offices won't except me as a new patient I don't know what to can you help please
thank you westly arnot
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This is crazy I feel like a name is hidden due to impending disability.I am a nurse. Took me 2 years before I would even accept pain medication.i have seen the addicts,the true chronic pain victoms.and have dealt with the drs.the last thing I wanted was pain meds.ifinally accepted due to I was unable to focus or concentrate.started with lots of low dose I know the pain comes from fibromyalgia,brain tumor,diabetes neuropathy,lupus RA,degenerate spine disease,I love working. Really the state actually thinks I want disability.that is like asking would you like a icecream cone or a hotdog. No one wants to quit working.and how in the world do peeps get high off of opoids I still don't understand that.i hurt continuously at night is unbearable.i would rather not live than to have to live like is not that I want to die or am suicidal.but imagine if you had constant pain. I get get nothing stringer than hydros.was sent to pain clinic.where I get urine tested and have to sign a paper saying I won't go to ER due to pain.still they just want to give nerve blocks.with me my pain is everywhere so that is alot of injections.i just want to live with minimal pain.yet I am characteristics as a long time high potency perscriptions addict.this just causes more suicide v and drug addiction.some have to buy off the street.and some are actually addicts.please reconsider.ladies could you imagine going through childbirth 24 7? With just tylenol.that is how it is for is not fair that I have to suffer.because others abuse their meds. I have the tests results that prove I have pain.HELP please
Please reconsider as there are lots of us out there that need these Meds to get thru the day.
I'm in sever pain every day I can't get out bed dew to a lot of back and torn rotator cuff without these meds I'm unable to work or get out a bed. We all r going to die from something. Why not let us live a life we're we r able to move.all it's going to do is make us all die or think about suside cause the pain is to much to handle.we should not be punished for those who do can make it to we're thoseof us who do the right thing can keep our painmeds.
Thank god for my doctor who understands my chronic pain. I have had two back surgeries first one was a laminectomy lumbar it was great no pain mess for a year, the about a year and a half later the pain came back but this time much worse I ended up having a spinal fusion l 3,4,5 ever since that surgery I've had nothing but pain, I also go for steroid injections monthly around the area, which has left me with osteoporosis my doctor prescribes the Minimal amount of pain mess monthly for me I take no more or less I stick to the plan, it really angers me when you see on the news about the prescription pain use over dose in this country, it should not hurt the people who are responsible with our medicine.
Stop making innocent people suffer due to the stupidity of others. 1 bad apple ruins the whole bunch. Not everyone who takes opioids are addicts, drug seeking, abusing or lying. At least most found a manageable way of life working with their doctors. Now they're being turned away, refused care and left to suffer and try to find a way to just survive. Please stop this inhumane treatment of American citizens.
May God continue to bless those who do not suffer from chronic pain. I've had brain surgery, neck surgery, 5 bladder surgeries, and other surgeries. I've tried everything I can that's suppose to work in the "alternative medicine category", nothing has helped. I have 3 conditions that there are no cure for. This is terrible for us that truly hurt. We are being punished by those who abuse drugs and I truly don't understand. Please reconsider some things for those of us who need pain management. I can promise you this, this ain't the life I have dreamed of since I was a child. But it is my reality. For those that think they are helping folks, yall ain't, yall are only hurting us that need help. Thanks for reading.
My adult daughter is considering suicide due to lack of chronic abdominal pain treatment and the stance the medical/pharma/DEA have taken. I have truly come to HATE your arrogant behavior. Why? Your policy of attitude in the medical schools is fascist and anti-science. and not to mention chemical poisons and metals, saturated and manipulated virus and vaccines that have no doctors or even allowable testing because the insurance corporations are only in business for profit....facts are facts...Peace
My wife has had an excruciating pain disorder. During that time we have spent over $100,000 in medical costs including literally hundreds of
tests and medications trying to find out what is causing her pain and treat her various symptoms. The first two years her pain was so bad that she was completely immobilized by it, which caused emotional distress for her, for me and for our newborn son. Over these past years, the only thing we or her doctors have found that allows her to function as a human being is a combination of slow release and immediate release opioids. (Which we have been very careful to monitor to ensure she does not become addicted to, and her dosage has not increased over the last four years.)

While I do understand that strict guidelines are not intended for
patients like my wife, for those who have no other alternative to
manage their pain, the actual statistics show that addiction and overdose among actual pain sufferers is extremely low, below 5%. People such as my wife, myself, and our young son are going to suffer for these new guidelines if published.

Please do more clinical research before publishing strict guideline and speak with many, many more pain doctor's and patients first. I
absolutely guarantee that denying pain relief would hurt more people than it helps.
We are real people. We work, pay taxes and vote. Our pain is real. We don't want these medications to "get high". We need them to be able to go to work and be productive members of society.
It is consider cruel to let an animal suffer, so why is not considered cruel to let us suffer?
I'm an RN, and I deal with chronic pain daily. Compressed discs in my neck, and lower back, and an arthritic knee. I take a mild non-opoid analgesic, and my primary care doctor is refusing to write my script because of the ridiculous scrutiny brought upon him by the government. Now I have to see a pain management specialist at great expense to myself, because my medication was recently made a schedule 4 controlled substance. It's not fair to honest people fighting pain daily to be lumped in with drug abusers. Do something about it!
I have severe nerve trauma, you would never know it by knowing me, but that is because I have a doctor who is willing to prescribe medications that alleviate the pain and allow me to live the fullest life possible. Yes, I am on narcotics daily, but it doesn't impact me, why should the potential abuse by others take priority over my well-being? Blanket rules do not help the situation. Let doctors decide.
I am a single mom I've been in pain meds over ten years never tested dirty or came up short.I have rupshred disk, arthritis, nerve damage.if you take pain meds away from the people who don't abuse them we r unable to get out of bed an raise are kids.please don't do that enough has changed,I don't want to lose my son to cause I am unable to move.
I am disabled with a chronic painfully disease called Hidradenitis Supertiva. I have been on the same pain medicine for 16 years. This month my doctor told me because of the new laws he cannot dispense the pain medicine any longer. He is trying to wean me off of it. I don't have an issue with what he is doing, but what I do know is because I cannot receive the pain medicine to help control my pain at a level my body can handle my body will begin to shut down and any hope of me having a semi normal life will be gone. I am 58 years old, worked 33 years with this disease I was born with. It is so sad that prole like myself, law abiding, are being forced by law to not be able to receive the medicine that keeps them alive and able to move without cring and be able to live a life somewhat normal. What these new laws have done to people like me are not helping at all what they were intended to help, but instead done so much harm to the ones that require the medicine to live. The drug dealers, illigal users will still find their drugs. All these new laws do is create a problem where there was none. Forced people like myself to endure a lifetime of pain, that cannot be controled now. Basically these laws are killing us. Maybe that was their goal all along. I am now going to be among the thousands without hope , doomed to live the rest of my life in pain, however short it may be. These laws need to be repealed now! Before it's too late for us! There are other ways to deal with illigal drugs.
I suffer from a rare & progressive systemic disease requiring twice the dose of chemotherapy that a lymphoma, Hodgkin's or cancer patient receives in a month, for the rest of my life. Yet since Obamacare & DEA government officials became controlling and vocal about doctors prescribing medications to chronically ill or diseased patients, I suffer far more pain than most cancer patients ever do, with NONE of the compassionate care that is afforded their more well-known affliction. Every year, I cope with progressive organ failure without the slightest bit of medication support a typical cancer patient receives. My lungs, thyroid, kidney & nervous system are all failing. I'm bedridden most days & a helpless burden to my family. I've suffered 13 strokes and partial blindness, along with multiple infections & complicated surgeries. My immune system was effectively destroyed by my doctors, who ironically, are now afraid to prescribe me antibiotics. I live in pain & agony everyday because clinics & specialists are pressured to steer everyone away from effective narcotics & supportive medication therapy. I was a 32 year old aspiring model & writer when my world changed overnight. My doctors (5) now, mostly different specialists, have insisted that 14 ibuprofen a day should suffice, tho it never makes even a dent & I'm rendered disabled year after year while inflammation accumulates & tissue destruction ensues. Worse yet, months go by on this high dose of ibuprofen, only to discover now that the ibuprofen has caused toxic kidney syndrome that went undetected for a year. Now I have stage 3 chronic kidney failure in addition to everything else, & Tylenol or Aleve OTC painkillers are now being suggested, at least until my liver fails from this. I have never had a drug or alcohol problem and historically managed great on as little as 2 325mg percocet each day. But taking large quantities of OTC painkillers which only do harm, NOT GOOD, is the politically correct prescription. We have become a nation of doctors who are afraid to treat patients with medicine. My dogs receive better care at the vet! So why do we need doctors then? When you can get this "medicine" at the grocery store? What do the terminally ill or permanently debilitated patients do for CARE, CONCERN & RELIEF? . My life is almost Hopeless now! I have been as proactive & vigilent as possible, but I get more and more sick & so weak. I can't catch up & get further behind & farther away from well-being. Quality of life is not even a consideration amymore for a disease like mine. I've made it 10 years so far, with a disease that could have taken me out in two years. But doctors won't help me, and I cant do it alone! I feel like they're just waiting for me to die. But its taboo for me to consider suicide. Apparently, I need to suffer right up to my very last breath on earth?? Are these my options!? Someone needs to do something about this! There are real people genuinely suffering and praying t
Honest people are bein:g treated like criminals. Having two ruptured discs, degenerative disc disease, CAD, diabetes, arthritis, lipidemia, hypertension, COPD and statins eating away at my muscles, opioid pain killers is the only way I can dull the pain and improve somewhat a part of a life. Being on a fixed income I'm now forced to pay more copays for monthly doctor visits instead of going every 3-6 months. That comes out of my food money because there is no other room in my tight budget. I guess some government desk jockey figures someone will be taken off their medicine with two refills remaining. This is the root of our country's pill problem.... Baloney Mr Politician!
I bought a travel trailer because the cold weather kills me anymore. I started going to Florida two winters ago to find relief from the cold. Now I can't go because the DEA holds me hostage with their new requirements that are accomplishing nothing but grief. Also heroin use is on the rise. Put two and two together.
Never in a million years I thought I would be disabled but what's worse is I never thought I would be stripped of my dignity as a result.
Hi I am a 55 year old woman with chronic pain. My primary doctor has been treating me with a well thought out regimen of pain medicine as well as a muscle relaxant for muscular issues. She is leaving the clinic that I go to and I have to find a Doctor to prescribe medicines.
I made a appointment to a pain management clinic to see if it would be a good fit for me. What I saw out of that visit was undeniably malpractice. The doctor over the clinic told me that I have nothing wrong with me when in fact I am on disability. Not only did he say there was nothing wrong with my back I have two other diseases that he never even addressed. Both cause pain and one is so rare there is no cure for it.
I want a law passed to protect myself from these fraudulent pain clinic doctors who get on their pedestal to talk about my pain disease like I were a junkie!
If I knew this was going to be such a money making business I would have opted to look at malpractice before now.
Not only can a doctor take a few classes and become a expert on the subject but he can also gain huge amounts of overcharging revenue!
Something has to be done to protect the patients against the doctors now. The pendulum has swung and I want to know who is going to govern mis-behavior from pain management clinics?
With technology it doesn't take long to look up the feedback on a doctor. How can we as patients live a productive life while battling chronic pain.
The consensus is clear patients want these money grubbing doctors to have to go thru what we do PAIN!
I beg the DEA to get out of my business. I understand what you think you are trying to do, but no matter what restrictions you put on the doctors, pharmacies, and/or drug manufacturers you will never be rid of the problem you think you are solving.
I have had chronic pain since 2002. I was a pedestrian walking across the street and a 15 year old driving a stolen pick up ran me over. This young lady ended up getting away with two felony crimes, as the police did nothing. I had auto accident in 1996, in which I was not at fault, but the airbag caused a cervical disc injury.
The doctors who treated my cervical injury would NOT do surgery on me, stating I was too young to get started doing this, because they believed once surgery gets started, they never end. I lived for years with my cervical problem, using ibuprofen, for the pain and the migraine headaches. The hit and run caused a lumbar disc injury. I went through all the hoops to get from one to the next, whether it be doctor or filing for disability with Social Security.
It was not until I got notice I would be getting my disability that I could see a pain management doctor.
I finally get to pain management, and I am told by the neurosurgeon I needed surgery, but he did not want to do at the time, try other options first. So I had the steroid injections until the FDA decided these did not help people with the back injuries I had. All the while, things continued to get worse. Then I get a letter from my pain management telling me the PPO/Medicare insurance provider I had will NO longer pay for the injections and because of this I lost my pain management physician. I ended up back at my general practice doctor. I contacted the insurance company as did my gp doctor only to keep getting a list of doctors in another state that I could go see for treatment. I have continued to ask for lists of doctors in my state to see for pain management and I keep getting lists in other state. I won't go to this other state, and there are many reasons why, with one being the medical care in this state is not as good as what I could get in my own state. There are no pain management doctors in my community that will take my insurance.
So I have BIG problem, and I have been forced to take the opiods I have been taking for several years now, plus a couple have been added. I was diagnosed with cervical and lumbar disc herniation, spondylosis, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and nerve damage. Arthritis throughout my body parts, causes another problem. Then I was told I need both knees to be replaced. I have chronic pain, and the medications do not remove the pain, only dulls it. If you people with the DEA had to live 3 days in my shoes without any pain medications I take, you would take your life. I have told my doctor this and I was told by three specialists I would be on narcotic pain medicine for the rest of my life even if I have the surgeries suggested. So
A waste of time i know. It won't help there pocket
It is literally easier to get pain medications for your dog than for yourself. I think it's sick that we treat pain patients, who are human, like pariahs simply because they have chronic pain. It's really sad that it's easier to get guns than legitimate pain medication. What kind of a message is that sending to chronic pain sufferers? I wonder how the people who make these laws will feel if they possibly find themselves suffering from chronic pain some day?
We need to be heard? let people get help with their pain by allowing our Doctors to treat us with medications with out brainwashing or making believe humans don't have chronic pain if you are human and have a soul and or comprehend yours or others and their existent's in which we live know's and If those who in positions to help and do not they are a great dis-service to all of human race. For those who wish to play God and who enjoy inflicting abuse or discrimination or control upon people who suffer chronically to please inflict this behavior upon themselves and the ones they care about or love.
I Have Suffered to long! Reality is we as HUMANS have Pain! this will never ever go away no matter how much ******** is fed to us from the Media & the Government and the Law as well does not want to deal with the people who ruin it for others well guess what? that's your JOB! if its to hot in the Kitchen get out! our founding fathers when molding our country for good of humanity did not intend for country to become corrupt with white color crime and Brainwashing at all but certainly not to the degree that it is in present day in 2015 we need to have Unity and there is no way we would have built our present day world with out Team work people helping people. What we witness today is only going to reach a higher level of negative feed back and unfortunately a breaking point due to functional good people in society not standing for this no longer! wake up? and be very Wise to whom they choose to stand for? basically don't let a country be sacrificed for a few who are problematic? its not the gift of modern Medecine that is in question here? It is the people in whom choose to use this gift from science that helps people stricken with chronic pain so that they may have a quality of life. The ones who make a profit illegally non govern-mentally is where we need to strongly focus and to be careful not to allow discrimination and negative repercussion towards sufferers like I said in the beginning Pain nerves are through out the human body and denying humans access and help to a life that can be productive & meaningful to whom all comes in contact with them I know people who are paying the medical society especially in the state of UT to alleviate their pain that all you receive is medication that takes the edge off only and doing a disservice of not prescribing break through medication/ we all know at times pain can be at different levels and the Doctors have you describe the level of pain on a scale 1-10? so they know? but what really hurts and breaks the trust between Doctor and patient is when you see these Doctors not fighting for their patients rights? Those Doctors are Cowards! and news spreads quick in society we the people know who they are and the good people who suffer's believe in Pointing fingers to the wrongful entities not all just who's deserving through observing and acknowledging this dishonorable badge goes to our FDA funny alcohol for instant is legal and marijuana is not? the public are just recieving the message when you do your research? that Alcohol can give you Cancer and that marijuana has health benefits what ever the treatment We should be entitled to exercise our Choices as well as their Doctors treatments that help regardless of descrimination, Greed, or what level of society people are from. For instance: we the people have the Rights to protect ourselves with a Firearm and those who do not understand take a walk in a neighborhood that U have no choice but to live their and then you will understand not just walks going to
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