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

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It is just a shame that people that are really in pain, can not get there pain medication, due to all the people that are abusing the system. That is unfair to use regular citizens that truly need pain relief, and doctors don't wanna help us, because of the abusers out there that so called doctor shop!!!
I suspect the labs and doctors are now using multiple drug tests at every visit as a lucrative revenue stream. Combine that with having to schedule an appointment every two months when my doctor in my home state only wanted to check me every six months, and my pain doctor pushing expensive spinal injection procedures which - from an impromptu waiting room poll - seems to help only about one out of ten patients, I feel many pain specialists are more concerned about making as much money as they can with the least amount of effort, rather than actually helping their patients. I don't know what waiting rooms others are in when they talk about "doped up zombies," the patients I see in my doctor's office are primarily either on walkers, hunched over, or - like me - can't sit more than 10 minutes before needing to change position or walk about. I'm tired of being treated like a drug addict by the public, and a gold mine by my doctor!
I dread the day that I lose my caring and compassionate doctor to retirement. I suffer from chronic pain from multiple PROVEN medical issues. I cannot function on a daily basis unless I am on pain management. I believe that patients who are seeing one doctor for pain management need to be left alone. I believe that there needs to be a central database to be able to identify patients who are "Dr. Shopping" as there are people who are taking meds for the wrong reason.
I just lost my doctor who is an incredible, caring and compassionate doctor I've ever known. Even though her practice is grown so much, she isn't making enough profit to continue. I am terrified of not being able to find a new doctor that really hears what I have to say and seen all my body has endured and care about the pain that controls every minute of every day. I'm alive because she wants the best for me. How do I find a new doctor who isn't afraid to treat me with meds that make life tolerable. I have a right to be given pain meds. I DO NOT abuse them, but I do survive with them. Anyone have suggestions?
Medicine is supposed to be Scientific! People are suffering every day and considering suicide because they are denied Pain Medication! This is getting worse. Doctors need too be educated about pain, they are unaware or the numbers and statistics of addiction. I ma tired of our health Policy being dictated by ignorant politicians, and doctors who repeat old wives tales. MY life is ruined because my pain was not taken seriously! I have nerve damage that significantly impairs my life, because A Dr. who I found out later had a drug problem decided a ruptured disc, was "All in my head"!
My Current Pain Management Doctor, Perhaps the only Accredited PM Physician in the State has told me "Never argue with the ignorant"! I am so tiredof being judged, accused, and denied care. Due to my "All in my head diagnosis" I am now a cripple! In Pain every single minute of every day! This should be criminal! Our State Pharmacist is not too bright! We have a a high rate of Heroin addiction here, it has nothing to do with legitimate pain patients. Heroin is easier to get than pain meds. They won't address allof the negative esocial issues that lead ot addiction or provide treatment. Instead they focus on Legitimate pain patients, low hanging fruit! Causing us unspeakable pain and distress. This would be considered torture in any civilized society, yet every day legitimate patients are denied pain meds. Women and minorities are more likely to be ignored and denied medication!
I have been in pain managment for 10 years and recently the state mandated reduction of the amount of medication (200 mg morphine ) means I am in constant pain. My pain was being controled on my previous amount of meds, now the state says that is too much and so I suffer. My quality of life is just existing. I can no longer do any of the things I enjoy, I rarely leave my house.i have considered moving to a state that at least has an intractable pain law, that actuallt allows its doctors to treat pain.
I do not have pain issues, but my life is still turned upside down by this broken system.Where I live is a drug haven because these people - that's right I actually said people as in humanbeings-have no other real options to treat the pain they live with.It is 2014 and we are acting like it is the middle ages and that no one has enough smarts to take a pill when they need it. This is also happening with other MEDICINE s too.If you have heart problems, diabeaties, and anything real I wish you luck.God be with you all.
No human being should have to suffer from chronic pain through his or her life time nobody knows their pain except the one that's in pain no doctor should have his hands tied as long as he is treating his patient in good Faith.
I have been in pain 15 years.I finally had meds that really helped but they got pulled.I had surgery with the promise my pain would be treated 2 days ago.this morning my doc said to stop taking them.2 days post op and I am setting here crying. I wish I could be healed and if I can not get that then they should put me out of my misery.it's not fair to anyone that takes care of me or my kids that don't have a mom anymore.I hate all these docs and hope and pray they get all the pain that they say we don't have...actually from the dea down to the orderly.I wish all the bad karma you inflict on you. May you get all you deserve.
I just can't believe after being a chronic pain sufferer since 1999 and finally getting a somewhat quality of life and some Faith and confidence in myself that it's all changed and I have no hope anymore and I do believe there will be more deaths from suicide from people tired of being in pain 24/7 than the dumb*****druggies that have put us in this situation that we are in now! Such a TRAVESTY.....it has to change!!!
I have a Harrington rod in place that is connected to my spine for scoliosis that I had when I was younger, and now 20 yrs later I have Rheumatoid Arthritis that not only affects the lower part of my spine, but other areas as well. I have been treated unfairly, and demeaning in regards to my wanting to be treated for my severe chronic pain. I am so tired of the injustice from people in the health profession that are accusatory, and simply don't even know the kind of pain I suffer from. I have also taken myself off of certain meds, because I was just on too many at once. There is no accountability for health professionals when they make accusations that are damaging to patients, who require the treatment of meds. I get looked down upon because I am on pain meds, and have been forced to suffer because of a lack of a treatment plan that is individualized to my care. All these healthcare workers do is treat you in an unethical manner, that is unsympathetic and involves no empathy at all. What has happened to treating the patient had evolved to how can the healthcare profession can look good and benefit from
this. I wish they can walk a day in my shoes, and experience just some of the pain I experience, and then they would change the way they treat patients, because then they would know how it feels. I didn't ask for these conditions, and all I seem to get is more frustrated and experience more pain when it is not being treated accordingly. All they are concerned about is "addiction" and overlook the fact that someone can not even sit for an hour without being in extreme pain. There needs to be laws put in place for patients who have specific conditions, and can not simply be treated for pain control.I was recently in a situation where a Nurse Practioner staredt defamation of character based simply on her opinion. First get all the facts, before you start lying about the kind of person I am, because this is a very serious matter. I do not want others to have to experience what I have, and then continue to be in pain, because no one who has this much pain, should ever be treated unfairly, with dis-respect, and with in an unethical way.
I have a Harrington rod in place that is connected to my spine for scoliosis that I had when I was younger, and now 20 yrs later I have Rheumatoid Arthritis that not only affects the lower part of my spine, but other areas as well. I have been treated unfairly, and demeaning in regards to my wanting to be treated for my severe chronic pain. I am so tired of the injustice from people in the health profession that are accusatory, and simply don't even know the kind of pain I suffer from. I have also taken myself off of certain meds, because I was just on too many at once. There is no accountability for health professionals when they make accusations that are damaging to patients, who require the treatment of meds. I get looked down upon because I am on pain meds, and have been forced to suffer because of a lack of a treatment plan that is individualized to my care. All these healthcare workers do is treat you in an unethical manner, that is unsympathetic and involves no empathy at all. What has happened to treating the patient had evolved to how can the healthcare profession can look good and benefit from
this. I wish they can walk a day in my shoes, and experience just some of the pain I experience, and then they would change the way they treat patients, because then they would know how it feels. I didn't ask for these conditions, and all I seem to get is more frustrated and experience more pain when it is not being treated accordingly. All they are concerned about is "addiction" and overlook the fact that someone can not even sit for an hour without being in extreme pain. There needs to be laws put in place for patients who have specific conditions, and can not simply be treated for pain control.I was recently in a situation where a Nurse Practioner staredt defamation of character based simply on her opinion. First get all the facts, before you start lying about the kind of person I am, because this is a very serious matter. I do not want others to have to experience what I have, and then continue to be in pain, because no one who has this much pain, should ever be treated unfairly, with dis-respect, and with in an unethical way.
I have a Harrington rod in place that is connected to my spine for scoliosis that I had when I was younger, and now 20 yrs later I have Rheumatoid Arthritis that not only affects the lower part of my spine, but other areas as well. I have been treated unfairly, and demeaning in regards to my wanting to be treated for my severe chronic pain. I am so tired of the injustice from people in the health profession that are accusatory, and simply don't even know the kind of pain I suffer from. I have also taken myself off of certain meds, because I was just on too many at once. There is no accountability for health professionals when they make accusations that are damaging to patients, who require the treatment of meds. I get looked down upon because I am on pain meds, and have been forced to suffer because of a lack of a treatment plan that is individualized to my care. All these healthcare workers do is treat you in an unethical manner, that is unsympathetic and involves no empathy at all. What has happened to treating the patient had evolved to how can the healthcare profession can look good and benefit from
this. I wish they can walk a day in my shoes, and experience just some of the pain I experience, and then they would change the way they treat patients, because then they would know how it feels. I didn't ask for these conditions, and all I seem to get is more frustrated and experience more pain when it is not being treated accordingly. All they are concerned about is "addiction" and overlook the fact that someone can not even sit for an hour without being in extreme pain. There needs to be laws put in place for patients who have specific conditions, and can not simply be treated for pain control.I was recently in a situation where a Nurse Practioner staredt defamation of character based simply on her opinion. First get all the facts, before you start lying about the kind of person I am, because this is a very serious matter. I do not want others to have to experience what I have, and then continue to be in pain, because no one who has this much pain, should ever be treated unfairly, with dis-respect, and with in an unethical way.
The irony is that while trying to stop addicts from "doctor shopping" to get drugs you have inadvertently created a new class of addicts among the chronic pain suffers and terminally ill. Many chronic pain suffers or disabled now rely on buying street pills, marijuana or even amphetamines (originally created as anesthesia to be used while awake) to control their pain medication intake rather than asking for more meds and risking the "label" and reduced quality of medical care received as result of the "label." They do this to alleviate symptoms rather than go to a hospital. Walking into the hospital emergency room with a sprain or needing stitches (at least in Idaho) they are told that before they can receive any pain meds they will be drug tested and many are sent away without even rudimentary treatment after having a diagnosis of chronic pain. Chronic migraine and MS Suffers in other states rely on marijuana and amphetamine prescriptions to help alleviate symptoms - this is not accepted here and labels are placed. This attaches to a permanent medical record anyone in any doctors office can access and view. What would your gynecologist or podiatrist know about your migraine pain or underlying cause - they wouldn't - so instead medical care is compromised and the label of "drug seeking" or "substance abuser" is attached because the "new" physician has labeled a person before even knowing what their life is like or what they have been through or had to do just to take a shower or make a meal for themselves everyday. You are driving the terminally ill, chronic pain and disabled away from the hospitals with your policies. All people in these categories have been affected by new labeling, testing & non administration of needed pain relievers whether they are drug addicts or not by the new hospital policies. Way to go. You want control of pain meds on the physician level - you got it, but that wasn't the problem - you just created a new market for illicit and illegal drugs to take over. The war on drugs was not intended to be a war on terminally ill and their physicians but I guess it is now. Way to go Idaho.
I had been with the same pm for four years after a traumatic car accident, Without divulging into the details of this I am going to skip ahead to through the last year . The year wear my doctor and I began to work on constant regimen of cutting back my meds and my working like a dog at physical therapy , I even quit smoking. At the end of the year I was even congratulated for doing such a good job. I knew that felt somewhat unorthodox so I asked for what and he replied well you are chosen' ! Chosen? Chosen for what I asked? He said to be the one to make a difference this new year. I stopped him I said hey doc ( knowing that this sounded all to unreal) theres some things you need to know Im not exactly perfect ya know I know Ive cut back drastically but my God Im not a saint or anything he laughed he said yea but I trust your judgement. I said Ooohkay well about that refill..he said Ill write you one and we will take it from there. It was January 6 I received a knock at the door it was certified mail they handed me a letter , he was letting me go! just like that ! The reason not enough oxycodone in my system . right after I just got done telling him everything about how I kept those ones at home under lock and key as my new grand baby girl was being born and I only held the norcos at my daughters house as I took care of her. He said he under stood this and like I said he trusted my judgement that I personally weaned myself by my own initiative before from other meds prior and he respected this. So a medical assistant that was new mind you , that had recently falsified my vitals the last couple of times I was in to see him. Now was the one taking the information for my uds . This is not a comfortable situation to say the least. She had put my vitals down twice before without even taking them. My primary care concerned asked what they were and I informed him I guess I am healed. She also put down that I was on meth amphetamine on the uds. well I am on an rx called vyvanse which has amphetamine salts as a base for adhd and for four years I had let this pm doc know this was one my meds . This two came up dirty plus they said I was dirty for thc I do not know how I had quit smoking ciggs for two months at the time as I was recovering from pneumonia. I then devastated came back into beloved primary cares office not knowing where to go ( to be continued ....fogive me for carrying on first time venting ;('
Why are patients forced to wait until exactly 30 days from the date their rx was filled last to request a refill? This is impracticable and dangerous. Depending on pharmacies to be reliable and available to refill medications in a 24 hours period is begging for trouble. I do not understand this punitive attitude toward the American public who have a medical need for pain relief. This is the real crime. It's just too bad there is no way for the average person to fight the giant entity that is government. Our freedoms are lost here.
I have chronic Hep C, I did the treatment to treat Hep C - it ruined my life! My bones feel like they are melting inside my skin, I wake up in the middle of the night sometimes in pain. I am 90% homebound, I also have Neurological Lyme Disease and the pain is unbelieveable. The DEA forced my DR. into retirement, the DR. that took over his practice - just informed me that she does not write pain prescriptions and I have 30 days to find a dr. "that will take me on" - I have been on pain meds for 4 years, every since I did that Interferon + Chemotherapy. This is insane, it hurts so bad to be sick and to get treated like you have done something wrong!! I even asked her to taper me off of the meds and she refused!!! Isn't there rules or oath's against this?! mssivy@hotmail
My life has been turned upside down because I was the patient of a doctor that treated my pain issues. It's been a living hell, and the Health Care Plans themselves dictate how to treat patients, and tell them they cannot prescribe certain drugs. This insanity has to stop, my life is a disaster and the refusal of treatment has created more problems than I ever had.
AMEN to every word of this!! "Do No Harm" my behind.
My wife has a severe condition that causes chronic pain. All day every day. There are days where she cannot get out of bed. She used to have a doctor that cared but that relationship was terminated without cause. What is she supposed to do? Go and deal with people who create the problem?? The street dealers who sell peoples unneeded meds. This is absolutely abhorrent behavoir by the government and the healthcare system alike.
I sign this petition for everyone who is having their quality of life stripped from their grasp.
I need pain medications in order to get out of bed. I've had five lumbar surgeries and have severe nerve damage.
I have RA and lupus and fybro and a bad back...Their are plenty of days I cant get out of bed..Unless I do take my pain meds do I like to no but for me to b able to spend time with my kids thats the only way I can do it..
I have a chronic pain condition and surgery is not an option for me. Unfortunately, the only medicines I can take without horrible side effects are narcotics. Please don't punish people that have no other choice!
I suffer daily with pain from several medical conditions and if I could no longer haveeds to help with some relief than suicide would be my only option . there's no way my children will watch me suffer like that
I have a rare disorder, symptomatic Tarlov Cyst, that causes intractable pain and is physically debilitating. Strain and exertion affect the pressure of the cerebrospinal fluid. The pain is so severe I pass out and/or collapse from it. Epidurals cause the symptoms to worsen! Yet doctors insist on an epidural or physical therapy, both causing worsening symptoms! Opoids provide pain relief, but if you mention any to a doctor, you are immediately labelled, screamed at, berated, and "flagged", and/or discharged. I have had adverse drug reactions to steroids, anesthesia, and a lidoderm patch, and for that, I have been labelled as well! I also have FOUR herniated discs! WHY are we being made to suffer? WHERE is the humanity? Is this some type of sadistic experiment? Animals are treated more humanely than chronic pain patients! We are systematically being abused, oppressed, and discriminated against! I am desperate to find a caring doctor, and for that, I am labelled as "Doctor shopping". I HAD a caring doctor and he FEARED the DEA coming in and pulling his license! So he discharged me! My MRIs clearly documented my need for pain relief! Please STOP this abuse of chronic pain patients. Please!
I am being punished for druggies who r the problem. I am a patient, I HAVE terrible pain, I need medication. I do not ENJOY IT!
I just relocated to PA and i went to a pain management dr .. My experience was utter disappointment.. I live on a very fixed income and for me to get pain meds I have pay my part for pain management then i have to pay my part for a psychologist and on top of that physical therapy which medicare only pays out 1900 a yr. How is someone on a fixed income going to afford all that..I have one failed surgery that bankrupted me.frankly oneday someone you know will be going thru this and i hope you get the message.. .
Chronic pain is torture. Pain medications do not make a pain patient high in fact they only make a little difference but enough difference to keep life remotely worth living. That is huge for a pain sufferer.
Our nice doctor is now telling us she can't prescribe pain medication.. She has been our savior for two years. She didn't give us much, like one pain pill a day and now not even that. She told us that she could have her license pulled or be sent to jail if she prescribed us anything for pain. She said that all of the doctors are told the same thing so there is no use going to someone else. I am in constant pain with no relief in sight. I agree with a former persons statement about suicide or even better, bring back moonshine, stay drunk and you will feel no pain. I can't stand alcohol in any form but if you can. go for it.
I can't wait..., to win my disability case and move to FRANCE! France has the best health care system in the world. Plus, I'll rent out my condo here in the worthless U.S. to keep my status: American. I'll enjoy supporting a foreign economy with American money. These pharmacies have a sign displayed about Federal Law HB 7095. These discriminating pharmacists are too stupid to even read it. It's not about having authority to use discretion on customers. That law entails COUNTERFIT prescription pads. Fake write-ups. They just don't want to do their job. Plus, they are jealous. They hate the fact that the pain pills make you feel good. Read it! Acetaminophen kills thousands of people a year----WAY MORE than heroin, crack cocaine and meth combined, and you can buy Tylenol right off the shelf at any dollar shop. We just live in a stupid country. Unfortunately, I'm eligible for disability from a seriously infected mosquito bite. You pharmacists f..ked with the wrong guy----and your worthless country will pay for it.
I have a form of Parkinson's called MSA, fibromyalgia and terrible hemorrhoids. I am in severe pain and 69 years old. My doctor took me off hydrocodone, 2 pills a day . Someone took some of my pills from me and when I was honest with him about it, he abruptly took me off. I am in severe pain and he won;t give me them back. I am so depressed and sick, I don;t know what to do. I am being punished for being honest. He cut me back from 90 to 60 and then NOTHING. I can't live with this pain. Why is he doing this to me? I worked for 25 years, carried insurance on my family and now I am being treated like a criminal because I want pain relief. Am I still living in the USA?
I have multi-level disc degeneration, mild scoliosis, fibromyalgia and possible lupus or RA. Just began seeing rheumatologist. I am in constant pain that keeps me from sleeping, wakes me up several times a night. I have multiple allergies including several antibiotics, aspirin, NSAIDS, and too many others to list. (I gave a list of tested allergens from two different allergist to the rheumatologist) I also have a 6 year old. I have now been ethically abused by a doctor who is unwilling to prescribe anything I can take. I am not and never have been a drug addict. I do other measures to alleviate my pain. Ice, heat, hot and icy patches, anything I can think of to help. I feel this is way past wrong and medically unethical that because I am "young"(I am 46) that I cannot get medication to relieve my pain.
I spend most of my life lying on my left side because it's too painful to sit up or stand. I can't walk without my pain meds. I absolutely hate the fact that I need them, without them I'd be better off dead because the pain is so intense and unrelenting. My doctor told me last week that I'm no longer welcome there and treated me like a dog. This is what I get on top of being handicapped. Thanks DEA.

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