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

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You ppl at the dea are cold heartless soulless human beings who I hope one day karma catches up with or when the time comes u suffer everything you've done to us in hell. Sorry but that's just how I feel after the pain you put me through and stole every single part of my life I ever had, u even stole things u couldn't imagine and made me a prisoner in my own home crying in bed 247/365 wanting to die and I hate you all. I'm sure there's some rare good ones in ur bunch but for the most part most of u deserve horrible karma and an afterlife of eternal suffering as u have done to my life.
I Am Suffering & Suffering!!! And, Not Just Myself, But My Family, My Pet's and Everything Within, Around, And Of That. It Is So Sad When You Have To Actually Fear Going To A Doctor, When, The Little Bit Of Life You Have Is From Medication. Something That You Really Don't Want To Take, But You Have To, Because You've Already Had Therapy, Multiple Surgeries, Screws Put In Your Back, Taken Back Out, Gone Through Treatment After Treatment..Some That Don't Help at All, Some That Makes Things Worse. And, The Ones That Do Give You Some Relief Don't Last For Long. Your Spine is Crooked & Degenerating. Disks Are Pertruding, Muscles Have Atrophied, Too Much Scaring In Your Back, Have Spasms So Bad The Outside Of Your Back Bruises From The Inside Out. Imagine Being in Labor 24 Hr's A Day and There Is No Baby To Hold Afterwards...Just A Pillow You Are Crying in, So Your Family Don't Hear You. I Could Go On And On About The Types Of Pain I Have, The Relief I Do Get From My Medications, What I Can And Cannot Do From That Relief, But It Doesn't Matter, Because My Medication Has Been Cut Again. I Am So, So Tired, And Don't Know How Much Longer I Can Fight This Horrible War Inside Myself. Even in War, As Far Back In All Of Time..Soldiers Have Always Been Armed In Some Way To Help Them Fight, But Because Of People Who Abuse And Take For Granted The Very Thing I Need To Help With My Battle, Is Now Taken From Me. And,My Family, My Pets, And Myself Have To Pay For It. Please, For The Sake Of EVERYONE, Right This Wrong.
Huntington Texas....The last pain doctor that pulled that crap with me , i hand delivered a letter to his office. The last line of it says " You have to be the lowest form of life on this earth to do this to someone". He never entered it into my med record to this day. And i felt and still feel good about calling evil evil. Some how some way, they seem to sleep well. But be assured they will get hell or worse in the end. Does not help us now though. Dont give up. Something will break soon or later. And hope is just all i have at this time.
Kaiser and Doctors over reacting and the DEA should be our target! Doctors are now required to treat via computer not use their own training and experience . If you are the "Norm" you are fine for now, if not, your life is in serious danger and I don't mean to be so blunt. Doctors are now Cops, Clergy, Judge and Mom and Dad. They tell you what you can do and not do as a condition of receiving Required Medications. They can "Doctor" your medical file with lies and you may never know...They refuse to change it if you do find out. Your future care depends on accurate information. People with real pain that is unable to be corrected deserve to be pain free. The DEA should focus on the Bad Doctors, the ones writing hundreds of prescriptions, like was done for Elvis, 600 pills written for him on the day he died...Michael Jackson, look at all the prescriptions he had. With the Federal system using Social Security and Birth Dates, the honest people should be able to get proper pain medication without being caught up in the abuse search.......We are not criminals...we just figured this out about those in jail for POT! What are we going to do, fill the jails again? Force people to use Heroin ? Seriously?
I have degeneration of discs, annular tears and was born with one leg shorter than the other. I have heart disease, arrhythmia, have had esophageal surgery and I have facet disease, spinal stenosis and the list goes on.
I was robbed on vacation. We contacted the police. My spouse inadvertently tossed all meds in container. I inadvertently took norco that was 2 yrs old. I was canceled immediately, left with no medication. I have been in bed for 8 days now.
My doctors deem it fit to cancel me when I am thousands of miles from home, to do nothing.
I have not go through withdrawal because I am used to the meds. It is a saving grace for me.
I will be reporting this practice in the proper manner. I was left without care and I have been suffering from horrific pain and heart problems, due to lack of meds.
I am a human who can't take NSAIDS! Look at my history and tell me I can take corticosteroids, steroids, prednisone, meloxicam et al! I cannot. Believe me, I would much rather take than be held like a prisoner in my own home as I am now. ER is coming soon. I can't live like this. I am 51 yrs young,not 100! Give us the care and respect we deserve.
I've just had another personal physician, one of many, to suddenly drop me. It's always without warning and always leaves me in tears, afraid, and humiliated. I have a refractory bladder disease that causes such excruciating pain as to leave me gnawing my tongue in agony. I received an intrathecal pain pump with morphine, and it helps a lot, but breakthrough pain still requires oral pain meds, for which you must be seen, pay for the visit every month, and physically carry the prescription to the pharmacy to be filled. I'm willing to do this, although it is very expensive and causes my husband to lose work, but the doctors are all afraid to manage the pain for long. We must drive hours away to a pain clinic again, until and unless I find another local doctor to help me. My husband and I are so depressed and isolated, feeling as though we have done something wrong. I just have a painful disease. Why can't I ever have a doctor that I'm not afraid will stop seeing me? Why can't I be treated with dignity and compassion? I am a good person. I went to college, became a professional, got married, and had children. I had dreams like anyone. But I got sick. Why am I made to feel I've done something wrong? Why do I get the feeling the DEA, the government, the doctors, and the politicians would rather people like me who are suffering in pain just lay down and die already? Something has got to be done. Somebody has got to speak for us. Doesn't anyone really care?
Ive been suffering from chronic pain since childhood. They just now at 30yrs old figured out that its caused by Multiple Sclerosis. My muscles severely constantly burn from head to toe when I am doing simple tasks,like washing my hair, moving my eyes, chewing my food,sitting up and walking. I have a three year old son and I hardly ever get to play with him. My muscles just burn and the pain gets so bad I will drop to my knees or take an hour and a half just to wash my hair with some dignity. I have over seven years of medical records with no record of issues taking several different pain medications, but who you are and your history doesnt matter anymore. Physicians are so busy focused on refusing to treat your pain, that they are paying attention to nothing else. The way I have been spoken to and treated is inexcusable.
Brain surgery survivor. Scar tissue on my thalamus left me with chronic pain. I'm a retired federal law enforcement officer from the US Dept of Justice, but I'm treated like a drug addict and subjected to laws put in place by those who don't know about chronic pain and how they are impacting people like me. It's unconscionable to force people to suffer for political gain!
I have psoriasis arthritis, hip dysplasia, have had an artificial disc placed at c6... I have legitimate pain and my doctors refuse to treat me because of the risk of addiction. I feel humiliated having to beg for medicine to reduce my pain.
If you are studying to be a pain management doctor, you should be required to have a history of chronic pain, you must be be required to take at four classes on how to perform procedures on chronic pain patients, you must be required to take classes on how to talk to and treat patients with chronic pain, and you must be required to experience all new procedures for chronic pain.

I am sick of doctors telling me "it doesn't hurt much, maybe a little sting". ********. Slicing me with a knife would have been less painful than sticking 4" needles into the 3 cm cyst in my knee and pumping in cortisone. After six needles the doctor's notes read: "over reaction to pain levels with six needles in cyst of knee on a weekly basis for almost four years." When asking this doctor to take out the cyst on the first visit (when it was the size of a quarter), he said, and I quote: "Honey, (laughing), I don't remove a damn thing unless it is life threatening or the size of a grapefruit. What are you going to do about that? Sue me?" He did not remove it, and four years later, his PA pulls me to the side saying "I can't watch this anymore. He's misdiagnosing you and I'm going to send you to another doctor immediately because this cyst is huge." I lived on a third floor apartment. At the same time I had a fallen arch in my left foot. The cyst is in my right knee. Both at the same time for four years of misdiagnosis and nothing but bills, bills, bills. Nothing changed, just got larger. When I was finally having to get around on crutches, for a year before my surgeries, they did my foot (metal plates and screws and can never move my toes again). Then the knee surgery two months later. My surgeon at Duke said it was 3.5 cm. and showed it to me. Unfortunately, I found out that he should have removed it when it was small. When I asked. Now the thing is wrapped around my popliteal artery, bones and I have sciatica in both legs now, my left butt cheek and my lower back. It is the worst pain I have ever had to live with and many mornings, I wish I had never woken up. They do not give me anything to take for it. I do not ask and I do not take it if offered because 12 years ago, I read some of a doctors notes where he wrote "drug seeking patient". This has screwed me up for the rest of my life. Now I live with chronic pain and my knee is still being drained, hurting, swollen, dimpling, larger than my left leg, tingling, feels like I'm walking on nails, the pain radiates from my ankle up to my buttocks in my lower back and now it's creeping up my back. I cannot bend to vacuum or clean my house or I'm bedridden for two days with severe pain. The leather on my couch is coming off from using heating pads from my waist down every single day. I have not been able to work for six years and I hurt from the waist down on a daily basis from the time I wake up, throughout the night, tossing and turning and no help. But because of what doctor's write in their notes which is merely "thei
I have several spinal deformaties and have worked a job for 30 years. Due to layoffs I was forced into a very physically demanding job causing injury etc. I finally got a desk job, but need pain meds to sit all day. I have been humiliated by doctors ,nurses, pharmacies, for being a chronic pain patient. I have shed too many tears because of the DEA is attacking doctors. I pay my bills, taxes and try to be a good person. I am now labeled a criminal because if I want to live without excruciating pain I need pain medication.
I was born with Scoliosis and I have degenerative bone decease, herniated discs, bulging discs both in my back and neck. The problems with my neck are due to a car accident when I was 17 years and was made worse by a chiropractor and the steroid injections in my neck. I am not addicted to the pain meds that I have been on since June 5, 2007 mentally but my body has to have them or I literally can not get out of bed due to the severe back and neck pain. As of a year ago both of my knees bend completely backwards while I am walking. My PCP deemed me a fall risk. Now both of my thigh bones are slipping outwards and I can literally feel my hip bones sitting down in the center of my thigh bones and it causes the worst pain that I have ever experienced and that includes child birth. I went through years of physical therapy that only made my chronic pain worse. Even with the pain meds I still can not stand long enough to cook a meal, I can't use my vacuum and I can't take the long walks that I dearly love to take. I too have been called a drug addict because I receive pain medications and it is unfair. Never have I done the doctor shopping, misused my medications or tried to get them in any illegal way but I am treated as if I had. I've had four doctors tell me that I'd be crippled by the time I turned fifty. I'll be fifty two in a couple weeks. I've been disabled since 2002 because I worked 7 days a week 365 days a year to raise my 2 sons along side my husband. He too is disabled since 2005 and on pain medications. On March 2, 2016 he had to have his right lung removed due to stage 2 Squamous Cell lung cancer. Our pain management doctor cut his medications just 2 days after his hospital release because of the DEA threatening to close the doctor's practice down. We have never shared our medications even though we are on the exact same medicines only different doses. I watch my husband suffer from debilitating pain daily and all I can do is cry and pray that God will ease his pain. It is bad enough that I must watch my husband suffer from lung cancer but watching him suffer from the pain of having the entire right lung removed is nearly unbearable. The government needs to look at cases such as ours and see that our records have always been clean and we have never been short on our counts, never failed their drug tests and our blood work has always shown that our medication levels are where they should be. Why are we treated worse than criminals simply because we worked so hard in our younger years that we damaged our bodies? Is this what they call caring for our elderly and disabled? Even other countries treat their people better than this but the government can't see it, won't see it or just don't care now that my husband and I are receiving the Social Security that we paid in. Open your eyes everyone in the government, you too will get old and wonder how you will feel when you are like me. Never mind because people in the government have never done a h
As one if the many patients that suffer from chronic pain, myself cause by the conditions of Fibromyalgia and Lyme Disease, I find it completely insane that the potential right of the Doctor to become unable to continue the treatment of their patients as they see necessary. I have been on the same medications for years in order for me to be able to function as an adult, be able to work, to be able to get out of bed, to be able to be a part of society and active as an adult. I find it INSANE that the Doctor's right to treat each patient as he sees fit a unrealistic solution. The PROBLEM is ADDICTS that seek this drug to get high ILLEGALLY from drug dealers on the street. Tougher action should be focused on dealing with this issue, NOT targeting Doctors that have taken an oath to treat their patients in accordance to their conditions. I suffer from chronic pain as a result of Lyme Disease and Fibromyalgia and would not be able to function as an adult, to get out of bed, to go to work, to be able to participate as a member of society and be an adult able to pay my rent and bills. Ultimately, it is up to the DOCTOR not the GOVERNMENT to make this decision for the PATIENTS. It is obvious that chronic pain is being ignored as a condition and making the accusation that the prescriptions are being abused is inaccurate. I take my medications as PRESCRIBED not abusing them. Therefore, I sign this petition in protest that my doctor's right to prescribe as he see fit what he determines that I need in order to become the person that I am. Prior to this, I was bed ridden, having to cost the government for unemployment and disability. This is not the solution to revoke the Doctors right. I would have no life had it not been for my Doctor and what he determined that I needed to be prescribed in order to become the person that I am and an active member of society. Millions of people suffer from chronic pain and this fact is being ignored. Address the problem of the street addicts, not the patients.
Gov, will do what ever they want.Doctors have taken out 8 disc out of my back c3 thru c7 and L3 thru S1 I hurt all the time, no life.
I have used opioids for several years for a severe case of systemic osteoarthritis, which has resulted in a hip replacement and loss of much mobility as well constant severe pain.
If the opioids were withdrawn for any reason,including the DEA regulations, I know that I would simply find a way to obtain them, one way or another.
NSAIDS cause stomach pain. I've had three ulcers in my life and have chronic gastritis. I tried steroids, and wound up with an arrhythmia after about 6 days and was abruptly taken off them.
I have been on one opioid prescription for eight years. They don't make me high. They relieve my pain but only to an extent. They make it possible for me to contribute as a member of our family, to work as a jewelry artist, and to go out. I would be housebound without them and am even now fairly limited.
I don't comprehend the inflexibility and tone-deafness of those who thought up and passed these unworkable suggestions. Certainly something must be done about the addiction rate and death rate from improper used of these medicines. The problem won't be solved by increasing the death rate among pain patients when they obtain other substances to relieve their unbearable pain. Heroin, fentanyl, dilaudid, morphine: they are all on the streets for us to find, and we don't know how to use them. We can't really ask our doctors for directions, either!
I demand that the DEA make their recommendations more inclusive so that the needs of pain patients are met. Remember that these medications were not made for addicts, and addicts should not running the show at the expense of the sick.
Not going to rant, the Gov. Will do what they want, and will never listen to the people. I'm sure DEA, has a list of our names, don't care, never broke any laws. When Congress plays by the rues, we the people will. I will say, new pain clinics are a big kickback money pit.
I have spondylolisthesis, was born with birth defect of spondylosis where spine was never fused, in January of 2014 was told my spine at L5S1 slipped off, causing severe pain. I opted for the spinal fusion thinking that I would be pain free afterwards but it only made the pain worse. A year later, I had the hardware taken out to see if that was the cause and that didn't help. I tried nerve blocks, a lot of physical therapy, water therapy and now, the only thing that helps me get out of bed each day and minimally take care of my 4 year old son and 10 year old daughter, my husband does most of the running because I am still in a lot of pain that I sit in bed a lot but without the meds, I will be completely bed ridden. The meds take away about 80% of my pain, which helps me have some type of life. I never abused drugs and I never was sick or went to the doctor until this happened. Now my doctor is telling me that he needs to start weening me off the opioids because the government says he has to and when I asked him where I go from here and what do I do now about the pain, he said, "call governor Kasich". I am being thrown away and my life is going to end. I'm going to be in bed all the time and miss out on my children's lives because my quality of life is being taken away. I took my prescription the way it was prescribed and now I feel like I'm being labeled a drug abuser. I want the government or governor Kasich to tell me what I'm supposed to do now! How can the do this?? My life is just as important as theirs is and I deserve a little relief rather than none at all. I never abused drugs and I never asked for this medical condition!!!!!
I am so tired of being in agonizing pain..crying and wanting to die because doctors who I tell I'm on Buprenorphine,believe that I am not to be prescribed narcotics. This is untrue, actually my pain tolerance is lower than normal, and the best part for the dr is no matter what they give, the bupe knocks out the euphoria. I just need more pain meds 2-4x erg patients because of bupe. SuboxoneTalk Zone Dr. Junig is expert and I've been clean for 9 years and I am tired of being treated like a junkie, every time I have a real need for pain relief (broken hand, abcess teeth not responding to antibiotics). Even giving birth! So I should get nothing while in surgery? Would you do that? Go through a procedure without any pain relief? This is brutal and archaic. There is no stupid war on drugs..or a drug epidemic..it's a people suffering epidemic because the government doesn't know how to stop making up stupid laws that hurt ppl instead of helping them. Dear government go on vacation, I am sure the world will survive and maybe even party themselves without more laws shoved down our throats. Next will you tell me what my occupation should be or who I am? Government: you are slowly taking all of our choices away. I'm tired of pain and laws and I don't want to even deal, live anymore. So hurt and frustrated! Nobody cares!
Until the medical community can find sufficient treatment for pain/chronic pain, (& provides COST EFFECTIVE options for getting off of opiod pain medication!!!) these patients need relief and opioid pain medication works for WAY MORE PEOPLE than the medical community will admit. I have faith in you, medical community, that you can find a treatment that works like insulin or blood pressure medication, for those of us that suffer from chronic & debilitating pain. Until then, please don't take away the only thing that is helping us live life.
Only those who know real pain,should make laws regarding pain !! The 8 to 12 year graduates of the medical pain management field (whom have battled cronic pain themselves)have a right to change or make lawfull decisions as to PAIN management!
Use of street drugs will put chronic pain patients at risk. Some will be at a much greater risk for suicide. The AMA and some staff within the CDC voiced opposition to the new CDC guidelines limiting the use of opiate prescription pain medications to acute/short term pain, cancer patients and terminally ill patients. Many people live with chronic pain who cannot tolerate the non opiate options (e.g., Cymbalta, which has significant side effects for some and is not effective for many). It is possible for a chronic pain patient to take a prescribed opiate pain medication as prescribed or less, i.e., to use it appropriately, not misuse it or abuse it. Close involvement by a qualified physician is key since, over time, tolerance can increase. Multimodal approaches work best. However, to withdraw the option of including opiate pain medications in a multimodal approach is, in my professional and personal opinion, inhumane. I understand the concern regarding overdoses. Using the electronic controlled substance prescription tracking system should suffice to prevent people from seeking prescriptions from multiple sources and prescribers should use good judgment since their licenses and legal/financial interests (i.e., malpractice) are on the line. Opiate medications should always be a last resort option and, when used, should be used as part of a multimodal approach (i.e., use of pain relieving supplements such as magnesium, tumeric w/ curcurcimin, myofascia trigger point PT, dry needling, massage therapy, acupuncture, etc.).
Why is the government not hearing or listening to the anguish of millions of people who are suffering in pain. This is the epitome of pure evil to deliberately inflict pain, suffering and death on people who suffer from chronic pain. Millions of people are all lumped together as drug addicts and doctors are labeled as dealers. This is beyond comprehension to myself who has chronic pain but has never taken illegal drugs. Who in CDC and DEA will be prosecuted for causing the elderly, and Vets that will commit suicide because of excruciating pain? Has anyone looked in detail at the so called epidemic and statistics? No one is denying that there are problems but because the CDC and DEA is on some kind of power trip and does not know how to deal with the problems, so the easy way out is to punish millions of people across the board?
This is not a democracy when no one gets to vote on a topic that affects millions of people. This is a Communist way of controlling medical needs of patients. You might as well say there is no heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or any other major illness and take those medications away. This needs immediate attention before many lives are lost in vain. Pain patients just want to live their lives with some kind of dignity, and it's heartbreaking to hear the government will not allow them to do it.
Once again legitimate patients who deal with pain on a daily basis are being victimized by the actions of those criminals who choose to sell the drugs on the street. Punish the lawbreakers! Don't punish the patients who suffer with pain or the doctors who are trying to help them
It is totally unfair the way us chronic pain patients are being treated by the doctors. It's embarrassing when you go to the ER and get accused of seeking pills when you didn't even mention anything about pills or wanting pills but they assume that's what you went there for. I don't abuse my meds or sell them, I need them so I can function and go to work everyday. If I can't have my meds than I can't work, I have no one to support me so what's the since in going on with your life if you're in so much pain that you can't even function? The DEA needs to keep their nose out of the doctors business and let them continue taking care of their patients.
It is totally unfair the way us chronic pain patients are being treated by the doctors. It's embarrassing when you go to the ER and get accused of seeking pills when you didn't even mention anything about pills or wanting pills but they assume that's what you went there for. I don't abuse my meds or sell them, I need them so I can function and go to work everyday. If I can't have my meds than I can't work, I have no one to support me so what's the since in going on with your life if you're in so much pain that you can't even function? The DEA needs to keep their nose out of the doctors business and let them continue taking care of their patients.
Two months ago, I went to the E.R. with severe r. abdominal pain, and in short order was accused of "drug seeking" - yet I hadn't even asked for any pain medication whatsoever! A half-assed work up was done, including a ct scan, and I was told by the charge nurse that there was "Nothing at all" wrong with me, she then added - sarcastically, with a $hitty smile on her face, "No opiates for you today, sorry you wasted your time!"
I was shocked at how I was being treated! I RIPPED the I.V. OUT of my arm, blood went everywhere... good for them! They want to treat me like a junkie...here...mop up my junkie blood!
I then took a taxi to the Navy Hospital (where I should have gone in the first place!) The Dr. could tell by my vitals, as well as by the look on my face and the was I was moving / or not able to move - that I was in a great deal of pain. He immediately ordered - and the nurse administered - 1mg dilaudid for pain. It didn't completely take away the pain, but I was SO grateful for the relief it did offer! The doctor listened to my symptoms, and within 2 hours, an ultrasound, c.t. scan, and MRI, it was determined that I had a dilated common bile duct, a dilated pancreatic duct, and a tumor. WOW. But - the other hospital just said that there was "Nothing at all" wrong with me (...oh yeah, I was "drug seeking", my bad!)
I was admitted for further testing. After several different radiological tests, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer... three days after being accused of "drug seeking" by the other staff at the first hospital. I am in shock, and trying to deal with my anger that I will be leaving my kids - 14, 11, & 9 - without a mother. I'm trying to fit in as much fun times with them with what time I have left - a year, maybe 18 months. I have hired a lawyer, and the first hospital will be held accountable for their outright negligence. Really?!! It's PATHETIC how those nurses and Doctor got such a rush out of "busting" a percieved "drug seeker"- PATHETIC how they were so damn intent on proving I was drug seeking - that they couldn't or WOULDN'T focus on diagnosing and treating ME, the PATIENT, the PERSON. F them! Part of me says they're not worth my precious time - in court and not with my kids. But I want them to know how wrong they were. I want to rub their faces in it, actually. I don't think they'll change, though. The habit of refusing to treat pain, and to label those in pain "drug seekers" will continue long after I'm dead. PATHETIC.
Two months ago, I went to the E.R. with severe r. abdominal pain, and in short order was accused of "drug seeking" - yet I hadn't even asked for any pain medication whatsoever! A half-assed work up was done, including a ct scan, and I was told by the charge nurse that there was "Nothing at all" wrong with me, she then added - sarcastically, with a $hitty smile on her face, "No opiates for you today, sorry you wasted your time!"
I was shocked at how I was being treated! I RIPPED the I.V. OUT of my arm, blood went everywhere... good for them! They want to treat me like a junkie...here...mop up my junkie blood!
I then took a taxi to the Navy Hospital (where I should have gone in the first place!) The Dr. could tell by my vitals, as well as by the look on my face and the was I was moving / or not able to move - that I was in a great deal of pain. He immediately ordered - and the nurse administered - 1mg dilaudid for pain. It didn't completely take away the pain, but I was SO grateful for the relief it did offer! The doctor listened to my symptoms, and within 2 hours, an ultrasound, c.t. scan, and MRI, it was determined that I had a dilated common bile duct, a dilated pancreatic duct, and a tumor. WOW. But - the other hospital just said that there was "Nothing at all" wrong with me (...oh yeah, I was "drug seeking", my bad!)
I was admitted for further testing. After several different radiological tests, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer... three days after being accused of "drug seeking" by the other staff at the first hospital. I am in shock, and trying to deal with my anger that I will be leaving my kids - 14, 11, & 9 - without a mother. I'm trying to fit in as much fun times with them with what time I have left - a year, maybe 18 months. I have hired a lawyer, and the first hospital will be held accountable for their outright negligence. Really?!! It's PATHETIC how those nurses and Doctor got such a rush out of "busting" a percieved "drug seeker"- PATHETIC how they were so damn intent on proving I was drug seeking - that they couldn't or WOULDN'T focus on diagnosing and treating ME, the PATIENT, the PERSON. F them! Part of me says they're not worth my precious time - in court and not with my kids. But I want them to know how wrong they were. I want to rub their faces in it, actually. I don't think they'll change, though. The habit of refusing to treat pain, and to label those in pain "drug seekers" will continue long after I'm dead. PATHETIC.
I watched my mother suffer years without a pain doctor and she cried every time she moved from severe being ravaged with rheumatoid arthritis. The one doctor who cared enough to give her medication gave her an additional 20 plus years to be around her family grandkids and feel functional enough to beat the grinding agony of bond and tissue pain beyond any description
PLEASE do not turn people to streets to look for help or alcohol indulgences or contribute to warlords of drug cartels. Give peace to doctors and patients care for those hurting and managing
I cannot imagine this being such an archaic belief system that we blame abusers or neglect on those responsible and living only because it's bearable
DO NOT MAKE THIS turn legAl responsible protocols into something based on those irresponsible
How many drunk drivers stopped legalized alcohol sales. Why punish the need when u need to find and punish the irresponsible. U will create more deaths more crime more nationwide calamity and deaths will not lower they will multiply
Please think
What if your child suffered. Your mother. Your father sister brother etc
Don't hurt those hurting even more
Our Goverment would like us chronic pain Suffer's to believe the statistics they came up with recently stating that the number one cause of people overdosing is Norco, Percocet Etc. Over all other illegal street drugs combined. Well we Chronic Pain Suffer's know better don't we. We know the real reason why this may be true. The more they continue to take away or reduce our only hope for relief in life which is our Medication's the more overdosing or shall we call it what it really is "Suicides" will continue to rise because of what they are forcing Doctor's to do in this Country. Any human being in their right mind would rather go to sleep by way of Overdosing and simply not wake up, rather then continuing to suffer and live a horrible horrible existence. I really don't know how these people can sleep at night knowing the damage they are causing to not only the individual but all other innocent family members involved. May God have mercy on us all.
The ridiculous fda and Gov regulations are not understanding that people with chronic pain are not problem not are decent doctors who do genuinely care and give understanding
If the gov takes this all away they t just giving drug lords and robbery and suicides and so many other severe problems
I believe those stories they use against people with chronic pain are irrelevant 90% of time
The people who have responsibly used meds to work be productive and survive agony are not wrong to do it legally and appropriately
Do this right fad
Stop beating on doctors and patients trying to do good and provide what is working to survive unfortunate suffering
The ridiculous fda and Gov regulations are not understanding that people with chronic pain are not problem not are decent doctors who do genuinely care and give understanding
If the gov takes this all away they t just giving drug lords and robbery and suicides and so many other severe problems
I believe those stories they use against people with chronic pain are irrelevant 90% of time
The people who have responsibly used meds to work be productive and survive agony are not wrong to do it legally and appropriately
Do this right fad
Stop beating on doctors and patients trying to do good and provide what is working to survive unfortunate suffering
The ridiculous fda and Gov regulations are not understanding that people with chronic pain are not problem not are decent doctors who do genuinely care and give understanding
If the gov takes this all away they t just giving drug lords and robbery and suicides and so many other severe problems
I believe those stories they use against people with chronic pain are irrelevant 90% of time
The people who have responsibly used meds to work be productive and survive agony are not wrong to do it legally and appropriately
Do this right fad
Stop beating on doctors and patients trying to do good and provide what is working to survive unfortunate suffering
In 2011 from taking prednisone for a medical problem the side effect I got is avascular necrosis (bone death) in hips/knees/right shoulder. I had to retire from work at 61. I went to Europe and paid tens of thousands of dollars for stem cell treatments that did not work. I have had multiple surgeries including a hip replacement 2/15/16 because my right hip collapsed. I was told Jan. 6, 2016 by an orthopedist so much bone is dead in my legs that no artificial legs can be implanted and both knees are collapsing. I will then be in a wheel chair in constant pain and a candidate for amputations. I am in constant pain now and take tramadol because the bone when it dies the sensation is like bone cancer and the joint becomes totally arthritic. It chips and falls apart e.g. the cartilage is missing. What is to become of me? I am on medicare and have no family. I cannot afford endless trips to physical therapists and why would anyone think a physical therapist could make bone "live" or stop the bones from "collapsing"? Can a physical therapist cure rheumatoid arthritis? They play a small role in rehabilitation of certain disease or trauma but they are not magicians. Why is the person who abuses pain pills of more importance than me? A person like that gets everyone's sympathy but that person will always find some way to self destruct. Why should I be denied basic pain medication because the United States has now decided only cancer and terminal patients are in pain? I spent my entire life working in this country and now when I am old and ill I have to suffer as though I were in hell tortured by demons (or shall we compare this to the holocaust and medical experiments by the Germans on the Jewish people)? Isn't this what the USA government is doing: experimenting on the old and those in chronic pain by denying them the pain relief readily available for the family pet? Isn't what the government is doing is trying to drive the hopeless to suicide because that way the government saves the money it would pay under medicare or to veterans? That's the way I see this CDC directive. No doctor will prescribe medicines the way this CDC directive was written. He would be afraid of being arrested. The President, my congressmen, the governor, the entire federal establishment conspires to kill the old, the sick, those with intractable pain under a pretense that opioid medicine is the same as heroin. Americans object. First they came for those in chronic pain (the old, the soldiers, those with incurable disease or trauma), then they came for the next group. Who is the next group? It is you, my fellow Americans. The government has been raging since some states legalized marjijuana. This government wants total control. You've given it to them. Now take it back. Join pain advocacy groups and never cease advocacy until we get the government out of the patient doctor relationship. Raise your children with values so they do not abuse medical narcotics.
In 2011 from taking prednisone for a medical problem the side effect I got is avascular necrosis (bone death) in hips/knees/right shoulder. I had to retire from work at 61. I went to Europe and paid tens of thousands of dollars for stem cell treatments that did not work. I have had multiple surgeries including a hip replacement 2/15/16 because my right hip collapsed. I was told Jan. 6, 2016 by an orthopedist so much bone is dead in my legs that no artificial legs can be implanted and both knees are collapsing. I will then be in a wheel chair in constant pain and a candidate for amputations. I am in constant pain now and take tramadol because the bone when it dies the sensation is like bone cancer and the joint becomes totally arthritic. It chips and falls apart e.g. the cartilage is missing. What is to become of me? I am on medicare and have no family. I cannot afford endless trips to physical therapists and why would anyone think a physical therapist could make bone "live" or stop the bones from "collapsing"? Can a physical therapist cure rheumatoid arthritis? They play a small role in rehabilitation of certain disease or trauma but they are not magicians. Why is the person who abuses pain pills of more importance than me? A person like that gets everyone's sympathy but that person will always find some way to self destruct. Why should I be denied basic pain medication because the United States has now decided only cancer and terminal patients are in pain? I spent my entire life working in this country and now when I am old and ill I have to suffer as though I were in hell tortured by demons (or shall we compare this to the holocaust and medical experiments by the Germans on the Jewish people)? Isn't this what the USA government is doing: experimenting on the old and those in chronic pain by denying them the pain relief readily available for the family pet? Isn't what the government is doing is trying to drive the hopeless to suicide because that way the government saves the money it would pay under medicare or to veterans? That's the way I see this CDC directive. No doctor will prescribe medicines the way this CDC directive was written. He would be afraid of being arrested. The President, my congressmen, the governor, the entire federal establishment conspires to kill the old, the sick, those with intractable pain under a pretense that opioid medicine is the same as heroin. Americans object. First they came for those in chronic pain (the old, the soldiers, those with incurable disease or trauma), then they came for the next group. Who is the next group? It is you, my fellow Americans. The government has been raging since some states legalized marjijuana. This government wants total control. You've given it to them. Now take it back. Join pain advocacy groups and never cease advocacy until we get the government out of the patient doctor relationship. Raise your children with values so they do not abause medical narcotic but reme
I have had my condition for most of my life, but, was finally properly diagnosed in 1999 with a diagnoses of Ankylosing Spondalytis. I began treatments only to fail on all medications in which made me sick and in some cases, hospitalized. Many times my Rheumatologist would tell me to try taking pain medication, but I refused. As four years past, after trying more of the newer medications and again found myself in the hospital only this time I began losing weight and couldn't eat. They finally did further testing and diagnosed me with ulcerative colitis. Needless to say, those so called "safe over the counter medications" that the CDC guidelines are telling the doctors to try first, I am unable to take. At this point of my condition I was also beginning to complain of pain in so many areas of my body and being told I had Fibromyalgia. I was finally talked into taking a pain medication and when I finally tried it, I began to feel a lot of relief. My journey with diagnoses doesn't end there. Just a few years back, I started having problems with swelling in my hands (deformity) along with my feet. When visiting my Rheumatologist, he explained that with recent studies, they have discovered that in a percentage of Ankylosing Spondalytis patients they end up having Psoriatic Arthritis which is referred to as spondoalarpy. These conditions are not made up, there real and very painful. In the guidelines it also states to also try Tylenol. This statemement is confussing, as a few years back they were telling the public not to over exceed a certain amount as it causes liver damage. Tylenol does nothing for the excruciating pain you deal with having my conditions. I would like to address the fact that when you talk about overdoses, who did you include in your study? Also, you stated that the number of car accidents have risen. Most car accident deaths are very rarely accidents due to a person on medication, but more so alcohol related. Last, one has to wonder now that CDC has set the new standards and have made a lot of false statements in the treatment for chronic pain, did you consult the individuals that actually suffer daily and, how many lawsuits will begin to be filed due to unrealistic percentages, choosing to give medication to those who want to end their life verses somebody who chooses to strive to have and live a quality of life. These new guidelines in our justice system would and is injustice to a chronic pain sufferer in that we were not allowed to plead our case that pain medication does relieve pain.
i have had several back surgery's ,now i have a fake disk in my back. i take pain and muscle meds to deal with this problem. first you took away the only pain med that worked for me lorecet, now you want to tell me who i can see for my pain. nys wants to send me to a pill farm to get meds which i tryied and they had me on methadone ,loratab,soma,lryica. so for the most part they had me on deaths door step, after 2 months i said screw this and got my self of methadone which is about the worst drug on the planet. now nys is telling me that i have to go to P.M.. well screw you people who are you to tell me where i can cant go i trust my dr of 30 years alot more than some wack job trying to make money by the pills they push..so please stay out of my life and worry about you and your corrupt gov. because you dont know whats best for me at all.
I've been on the receiving end of both doctors and pharmacies who seem to have absolutely NO ABILITY to empathize whatsoever. I've recently been 'patient profiled' for a few reasons; economic status, lack of insurance, and long term need for certain 'flagged' medications (the most difficult reason).
I have suffered with chronic pain since 2008, I have chronic low back pain, sciatica in both legs, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, gallbladder problems, numerous surgeries and problems with kidney stones since is 19, I'm 33 now. I don't even have the heart to tell the rest of my story because I have told it to so many different people so many times, doctors, family, friends etc. Pretty soon, people are going to start being charged with all kinds of stuff and then all of us on top of our chronic pain are going to have to deal with legal problems!! I wish all of you the best in the future! Take care and stay strong!!
My adult son and I were hit by a drunk driver some years ago. The drunk was 4x the legal Pennsylvania limit. We were both badly injured.
Since then, we have both had major spinal surgeries and shoulder for my son.
We suffer constantly and the only thing that us get anything done in a day is having the pain medication to get us through.
I can see where people choose not to live, rather than live in pain without any relief. Just picture yourself not being able to get out of bed and do your daily activities. Both of us have our activities very limited because of pain. The pain med's only help you get through the bare necessities. If we can't even do that, then you tell me, what's the use?
I suffered TBI and have chronic pain as well as short term memory deficits due to my brain splitting open in two places. My doctor has recently been becoming highly reluctant to prescribe me my pain meds and told me he wishes he never had treated me due to the new laws putting pressure on him. A doctors decision to treat patients should not be based on crusader congressmen trying to keep elected office. If I lose this doctor because of your horrible idea to increase restrictions, I will become homeless and/or have to kill myself. I'm barely hanging on as it is. I've been taking them for 5 yrs or so, and yes they don't work as well anymore, but they still help enough to allow me some degree of normalcy.
I am 60 and suffer terrible pain from an injury I sustain when I was 34. I crushed a vertebrae and years of mal growth that resulted in many issues, including numerous disks sticking into my spinal cord, caving in of the holes where the nerves leave my spine, and bone on bone. After I recovered from the initial injury I was fine until 4 years ago when I felt something snap. I have dealt with excruciating pain that has caused me to loose my career, makes me unable to do any of the athletic activities I used to enjoy, has cost me "all" of my friends and disrespect from family member. For the most part I spend my time in bed on a heating pad. There is so much wrong with my back and doctors are reluctant to provide a surgical intervention. I have been put through numerous costly pain management programs which occasionally help a little bit, but have not given me back any significant quality of life. The worst part of this entire experience has been the demeaning behavior from physicians, pharmacists, friends and family treating me like a drug addict. My family, including my husband, talks about me like dirt and make cracks about me needing drug addiction intervention and treat me as if I am a complete loser and addict. Even though I hurt I asked my doctor to decrease my pain meds because I felt obligated to do so, and this has resulted in further isolation and pain. I have no job and no retirement left after years of expensive procedures and I'm sure I will soon loose my husband. My fear is being homeless and destitute as there are days I can't even stand up to make food or drive. Naturally I have become depressed and withdrawn, as the personal attacks on my integrity continue to get worse. People always ask me how my back is doing, and if I don't give a positive response they see me as a negative person. I have honestly decided that when the time comes that I loose my husband, home and have no way to survive, my only option will be suicide and I keep a weapon hidden for when that day comes. I know that many are suffering from similar problems of physicians and surgeons not being willing to attempt surgery, and the shaming for treating the pain. Recently when yet another article was published my brother forwarded it to my husband and said "good luck". Not once has my husband ever defended my and no matter how I try to explain, he says they have a valid point and defends those family members who belittle me. And nobody is sticking up for the patients. I can go without pain meds and not experience withdrawal. I've had to do so on numerous occasions when I ran out. I've taken more than prescribed at times because of pressure from my family to perform. When my parents come to visit there are 12 family members that sit in my den and enjoy their day while I have to stand and cook just to keep from being accused of being a drug addict. The last time I was hurting so bad I kept going to my room to cry and got yelled at because I was so sl
the idea of taking away the necessity of thousands of patients that suffer from chronic pain absurd and can not even believe that this is being presented. I suffer from chronic pain, Lyme disease and fibromyalgia and with or the treatment my doctor prescribes which I follow exactly as prescribed, with no abuse, insane. I would not be able to live my life, work, get up, shower, do anything active without the regimend that my dr has put my on. I therefore sign this petition as one of the thousands, almost millions of patients that suffer because of chronic pain due to various conditions that requires the treatment as prescribed in order to be able to live my life normally and legally. It is absurd and would affect millions of people that suffer from chronic pain and would possibly lose their jobs due to the fact it would completely incapacitate their lives. As an individual that suffers from chronic pain and is only able to live my life because of what my doctor prescribes is a scary notion and I would become absolutely unable to live my life to its fullest.
I have been on disability for 11 years now. I have had a bone transplant and three disc fused together only to have the disc above the fusion slip this year. I was a cook and worked hard to care for my three daughters. In 2013 I was rear ended at a stop light by a woman on the conn. Burlin turnpike doing about 50mph! I then had to have the rods and screws taken out of my back because there was so much damage.. I also suffered herniated disc in my neck which causes major headaches. Between the nerve damage and scar tissue and disc hernia ruin I live in horrible pain. It took me years to get to the level of pain Meds that allowed me to live a comfortable somewhat happy life. But now just the thought of having my pain Meds taking reduced to such a low level is making me feel like giving up ! I take the amount they wanna give me just to sleep at night! This is horrible I am DISABLED for a reason and should not be cut to a low level of pain Meds after 20 years on pain Meds! So what if I am addicted. I can live a normal life! Why do people think they can play God!
GENOCIDE AT THE HANDS OF THE GOVERNMENT, CDC, FDA AND THE DEA! YOU ALL WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE INTENTIONAL TORTURE YOU ARE INFLICTING UPON INNOCENT LAW ABIDING CITIZENS WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM DEBILITATING CONDITIONS THERE ARE NO CURES FOR! CONDITIONS THAT CAUSE SEVERE, NEVER ENDING PAIN. MANY LEGITIMATE CHRONIC INTRACTABLE PAIN PATIENTS HAVE BEEN EXISTING WITH THESE DEBILITATING CONDITIONS FOR MANY YEARS AND HAVE TRIED MANY ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES IN THE PAST, SUCH AS YEARS OF PHYSICAL THERAPY, MASSAGE, CHIRO, ACCUPUNCTURE, EPIDURALS, FACET INJECTIONS, NERVE BLOCKS, TRIGGER POINT INJECTIONS, DISCGRAPHIES, FAILED SPINAL FUSIONS, NERVE BURNING, STERIOD INJECTIONS, NSAIDS AND OTC MEDICATION. HOW MUCH PAIN DO YOU EXPECT A HUNAN BEING TO ENDURE BEFORE YOU FEEL ITS OK TO GIVE THEM PAIN MEDS!? WHO ARE ANY OF YOU TO JUDGE ME OR MY PAIN, SOMETHING YOU CANNOT POSSIBLY FEEL. OPIOD THERAPY WAS MY LAST RESORT, FOR NEARLY ALL PAIN PATIENTS, OPIODS ARE THE LAST RESORT. WE ARE WELL AWARE OF THE RISKS AND ARE ALSO WELL AWARE OF THE BENEFITS. FOR ME, THE BENEFITS FAR OUTWEIGH THE RISKS. YOU SEE, I CHOOSE A QUALITY OF LIFE, I CHOSE TO LIVE FOR TODAY AND I CHOSE TO TAKE PAIN MEDICATION SO I CAN PLANT MY FEET ON THE FLOOR EACH MORNING, SO I CAN BE A MOM TO MY KIDS, SO I CAN TAKE A SHOWER, AND BE IN A CAR MORE THAN TEN MINUTES, SO I CAN ATTEND MY SONS BASKETBALL GAMES AND MY DAUGHTERS SCHOOL PLAYS SHE DIRECTS. YOU HAVE ZERO PROOF THAT OPIODS DON'T WORK LONG TERM, THERE ARE THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS, IF NOT MILLIONS WHO HAVE BEEN ON OPIODS FOR YEARS AND ITS WORKED TO ALLOW US A QUALITY OF LIFE. NOW YOU PEN PUSHERS WHO DON'T KNOW ME WANT TO TAKE AWAY THE ONE THING THAT HELPS TO MANAGE MY PAIN!? HOW DARE YOU DENY LEGITIMATE PAIN PATIENTS OUR LIFELINE TO A QUALITY OF LIFE! YOU ARE FORCING LEGITIMATE PAIN PATIENTS TO THE STREETS FOR RELIEF OR WORSE KILLING THEMSELVES DUE TO INADEQUATE PAIN RELIEF! TARGETING OUR DRS AND LEGIT PAIN PATIENTS IS NOT THE ANSWER TO YOUR HEROIN EPIDEMIC. IM FED UP WITH PAYING THE VERY HIGH PRICE WITH MY HEALTH AND OVERALL WELL BEING BECAUSE OF THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO ABUSE!
I have server chronic pain and it shocks me to see every day commercial no less that offer medication for passion and side effects that can literally kill you, then commercials to sue because of the side effects. I typed going to pain management cause it's so hard to get my medication and I'm fairly old, need help. I have to work every day, feed my family. I could go on and on about these problems but the bottom line is that I need relief and according to the doctors I've seen, I need pain meds to control it. Or surgeries and I don't have that kind of money. If I did I would need be out of work for half a year with no income so you tell me, what do I do?
I have server chronic pain and it shocks me to see every day commercial no less that offer medication for passion and side effects that can literally kill you, then commercials to sue because of the side effects. I typed going to passion management cause it's so hard to get my medication and I'm fairly old, need help.
**** Obama and the DEA. Nosey perverts.

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