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

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I am 31 single mom with fibromyalgia. without pain pills I could not work, take care of my, my daughter or function. This is life time sentence.
If those that are against doctors giving people in cronic pain the pain meds they need had this cronic pain themselves they would be quick to chang their mind.
It puzzles me how my medicare insurance does not cover migraine medications. 6 pills over $100. But they do cover pain meds. This makes no sense to me.
i suffer everyday of my life fom peripheral neuropathy.you may look it up and see what the symptoms are.there are dys where i am in so muc pain al i do is cry.half the time i can not walk if it was not for my pain medication.evewn though i am in severe 24/7 pain..i feel like a drug addict seeking pills everytime i go to my doctor visit.i am drug tested everytime i go which is perfectly fine with me and beleive this shold be dne in every doctors office if receiving narcotics.
I have known the embarrassment of going to have my prescriptions filled, only to be questioned like a criminal. I have Fibromyalgia, severe Osteoarthritis as well as an auto-immune disease. I have already had one hip replaced and waiting for 2 much needed surgeries. I can't have those surgeries because of no insurance (but that's another issue)
I NEED pain medication just to function, not because I am addicted but because the pain is beyond comprehension if I don't have it!
I am only 41 years old, not an elderly person by any means and am made to feel like I am a drug addict by my pharmacist and the general public. This needs to change so lives are not lost to suicide because the DEA decides to target ANYONE using pain meds and scares the medical community into not prescribing meds that are truly needed!
I fell off a 60FOOT cliff and shattered both legs, feet, left arm, and my spine. to make things worse i had my right leg butchered because of a mistake, and necrotic tissue. I'm completely mangled, and sat in the hospitol for 3MONTHS, in a body cast for 4.5MONTHS, and in a wheel chair for an entire. I was told I'd never walk again, but forced myself up after a year in bed. Even with my limbs bleeding, and in a full body cast, I've had doctors and hospitals treat as if i a med seeker. I can't imagine how anyone could label someone in a full body cast with blood seeping through as a med seeker....Until I realized what you've been doing to them. I had heel surgeries to top it off. The most painful surgery in the book. I would hold my legs at night screaming until i feinted. I survived a 60FOOT freefall unto a bed of solid rock only to be treated like my medical needs were illegitimate.

It hurts to think that I've done all I could for my country. As an 18YEAR old boy i enlisted into the united states army. I served years with the redcross, and was even part of the relief effort at katrina and saved many lives, and saw a bunch of things i wish i hadn't had seen. I've seen innocent people off the street from being murdered, and risked my own life to ensure their safety. Now that I'm the one who's in danger, and suffering it would be nice to have my country backing me up 100% like i did for them, but instead i felt the cold biggotry of the medical field, and the judgement of the only people who were able to help me. How can you do be doing this to fellow americans?? you think the principle of, "one pays we all pay", is fit for society?? No it is not. This is society not boot camp. We are americans trying to get on with our lives, improve our quality of life, and with much hope, praying that we can get back to work some day. We are your soldiers, your teachers, your police officers, your chefs, waiters, and clerks, we are the nurses who care for your injured and alleviate the pain of the suffering, we are the ones who fix your cars, t.v.'s, air conditioners, and air planes. we have given our lives to or professions, and our backs to our labor, and when are backs break, you turn on us and leave us die in pain and agony. Many of you don't care, because you have never experience real pain before, and don't know what it is to suffer day in and day out, day after day, week after week, month after month. While you don't understand, we don't expect you to, but we do expect you allow us to receive the treatment we require to go on living.

if i didn't have medical treatment i would have never learned how to walk again. you have no idea what it's been like to survive such a deep deep fall into an abyss made of solid stone, and to then be turned away for the medicines I needed to survive. perhaps if we all started sending pictures of our injuries and mutilated flesh you would change your opi
I have been a victim of this discrimination. I have MANY health conditions that cause pain and have lived this way for many years. I had a very good PCP for 20 yrs and he actually listened, tested, and treated my pain accordingly. UNTIL... he started getting in trouble with the government.. they MADE him stop prescribing and pain killers/narcotics immediately. His patients had no notice and were left to suffer until they could find another Dr. which usually takes a month for an appt. With all of these new laws and guidelines we who have REAL issues are looked upon as drug seekers, addicts an so forth. I understand that there are thousands of people that ARE only seeking these meds for recreational use. But that punishes us who have real medical issues that deserve to have some sort of relief from extreme, horrible, and excruciating constant pain that CANNOT be fixed by physical therapy, surgery, etc. Please consider the REAL patients.. not just the drug seekers.
There IS a war on pain, and people like myself are the victims. I have spent the last year trying *not* to end my life due to untreated severe chronic pain.
It shouldn't have to be this hard to get medical treatment.
I deal with chronic intestinal pain and it sucks.
I have lupus in pain all the time pain meds are helping me to cope you try being in pain. 24/7 without any help
Let the Drs help us. Not drive us to suicide. We arent addicts. We are victims of chronic pain and we deserve to be treated well and treated fairly
Keep the politicians out of the Drs. treatments....or get rid of the politicians!!!
Only those living with chronic pain know what it is like. We NEED these meds to function. We deserve to have a life that's not filled with pain. Denying us the relief we need might drive us to commit suicide to escape the unending pain.
I am an older chronic pain patient.
My life has been extremely diminished by 24/7 extreme pain.
Without the use of the pain medication, I would not be able to leave the bed and help my husband who is still working at 69 yrs. Please do not restrict these medications as we would not be able to continue.
Thank you.
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.

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