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

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Welcome to the police state USA. All the old and sick are to die off a painful miserable death.
While those in washington get free medical care and do nothing but ruin this country.

The DEA needs to be dismantled.
I'm not under chronic pain, but I have bad ADHD and because of a bad doctor experience I haven't been able to get my meds. These laws need to ease up a little.
I have had chronic back, hip, and knee pain since at least 2009. I had a spinal fusion in 2009 and the doctor (Dr. Bernard) left me in the hospital with NO pain meds at all. Luckily, my mom is an RN so that helped me gets pain meds after a couple of hours screaming in pain. The next morning, the charge nurse asked me why I hurt so bad because most people don't. My moms reply to him was, so does that mean the Dr. Did something wrong? Every time I ask for pain medicine I get treated like a drug addict. A Dr. In Culimbus, NC did a DNA test on me to see how and if I metabolized pain meds. Due to my chemical makeup, my body does not process morphine or dilauded at all. He also let me try the pain patch fentenyl one time. It did wonders. But of course, due to our government I can't get it for my chronic osteoarthritis and AVN but my neighbors across the street can grow, sell, and smoke pot which is illegal in NC and nobody does or says a thing about it. One of them even smokes it in front of his 4 year old daughter. Tell me how it is not as dangerous for the government to sell me alcohol so I can get drunk and drive a car to possibly kill another driver but they can dictate what pain meds I take? Also, about the pot? If I did choose to illegally smoke it, I have higher risks of strokes and lung cancer. I would really appreciate my government giving me the free choice that I should have living in my so called free country
Sorry to hear about this type of profiling it does exist unfortunately. i have also been a victim and felt so powerless.
Federal and local Kentucky laws have been changing to better regulate pain control methods with new laws. Let me tell you the result of these changes... My 90 year old grandma had surgery on her eye 3 weeks ago to remove a tumor that was found to be malignant. The doctors dug into her eye muscle to remove as much as they could, but left some. She was sent home with the instructions to take over the counter tylenol for pain and use a warm wet wash cloth. No pain medication was prescribed. She can barely walk from pain and can't get a single doctor in the state to treat her pain seriously. My aunt whom has been on Fioreset for migraine headaches for years now was taken off of her medication. She has had numerous sergeries to remove sinus issues and takes IGG IV treatments weekly to try to help with the immune and sinus issues causing the headaches. But now she is no longer able to get the medication that has worked for her headaches that she has been on for years (she is 72 yrs old). The doctors want her to go to pain management and treat her like she is a drug addict. I have been on Tylenol 3 for years for confirmed Fibromyalgia and arthritis in my back with no insurance. I get insurance through Obama Care and I suddenly find out my doctor of 6 years doesnt accept that insurance. Matter of fact few doctors do. I show them my medical history.. 3 severel double ankle sprains in the past year, a broke toe, and severe arthritis in my back and fibromyalgia. I show them the medications I have been on and they want to send me to pain management. The only controlled pain medication I take is Tylenol 3?!! They refer me to a Rheumotologist.. he refused to even see me at all. He said "Go to pain management". I call every single Rheumotologist within 120 miles of me.. they all either refuse to treat arthritis now and send patients to pain management or they dont take my insurance. And whats worse.. is my mom died of Multiple Miloma.. my daughter has Juvenile Dermatomyositis.. and every female in my family has rare auto immune disorders. I will never know if there is something else seriously wrong with me because doctors are flat out refusing to see me to even run tests to find out whats going on. Oh and did I mention none of our local Rheumotologists will see my daughter either to treat her condition? She is in remission and doesn't take any pain medication but needs a doctor to manage her condition every 3 months to run blood tests to make sure she doesnt have a relapse. But thanks to the fear your laws have put into doctors minds.. they ASSUME she wants pain medicine and refuse to even see her either. What you have successfully done is put fear into every doctor and caused them to get lazy and not actually treat patients. They dont want to fill out the stacks of documentation your new laws require so instead they just cherry pick what they will and wont treat now. Thank you for making our lives so much more difficult and painful. I
What our government is doing to INNOCENT LAW ABIDING CHRONICALLY ILL CITIZENS IS TORTURE!! All you chronic pain pts its going to get much worse . The surgeon general has decided to sebd letters to every doctor in this country advising them to immediately stop prescribing opiods. What doctors that are left who do prescribe. THIS IS CRUEL, INHUMANE, BARBARIC AND TORTURE! WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE TREATED WITH DIGNITY, RESPECT AND PAIN MEDICATION!!! I am more than furious! I am watching innocent chronically ill people commit SUICIDE due to INADEQUATE PAIN RELIEF! I had a talk with my pain dr b/c this low dose******is killing me! I HAD A QUALITY OF LIFE WHEN I WAS ON THE CORRECT DOSES AND NOW I AM COUCHRIDDEN, I CANNOT MAKE IT UP THE STAIRS TO MY BED! WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO TAKE BACK OUR GOVERNMNENT AND VOTE ALL THESE CORRUPT *******S OUT OF OFFICE! HOW DO YOU PEOPLE SLEEP AT NIGHT KNOWING YOU HAVE BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS!! When we have YEARS of medical records, mri's, scans, xrays, etc and have been diagnosed with INCURABLE DEBILITATING CONDITIONS THERE SHOULD BE ABSOLUTELY NO REASON TO BE DENIED PAIN MEDICATION AND THE DOSES EACH INDIVIDUAL NEEDS! You corrupt penpushers will soon be gone, how!? OUR VOTES COUNT, 100 million of them!

I urge all you who are suffering to join support groups on facebook, search chronic pain and many come up, WE WILL TAKE BACK OUR HUMAN RIGHT TO TREAT OUR PAIN! This past week i read about several DEA agents busted for selling drugs! Wtf!?!? The hundreds of thousands, according to the DEA, of fake pills hitting the streets,mI don't doubt for a second its our government/DEA who are putting those deadly pills on the streets! I also saw the unclassified info on the DEA website ADMITTING to MISCLASSIFYING NEARLY ALL HEROIN DEATHS AS PRESCRIPTION PILL DEATHS, AS HEROIN METABOLIZES INTO MORPHINE, HAD THOSE DEATHS BEEN PROPERLY RECORDED AND YOU *******S EXPOSED FOR THE LIESNYOU ARE FEEDING THE PUBLIC, THERE IS CLEARLY NO OPIOD EPIDEMIC, STOP THE DAM HEROIN AND ILLEGAL FENTANYL! TO HARD FOR YOUR AGENTS TO DO RIGHT!? IN ORDER TO JUSTIFY THEIR PATHETIC EXISTENCE THEY TARGET OUR DRS AND LEGIT PAIN PTS!! GET THE F*** OUT OF MY HEALTHCARE NOW! YOU ALL ROBBED ME OF A QUALITY OF LIFE, YOU ARE HARMING NOT ONLY ME, BUT MY KIDS, WHO HAVE TO WATCH THEIR MOM SUFFER AND CANNOT BELIEVE OUR MEDICAL Community HAS TURNED THEIR BACKS ON THE SUFFERING. HOW MANY OF YOU TAKE PAIN MEDICATION!?!? I look forward to the whistleblowers you will eventually come forward, as the guilt rips them apart over DENYING LEGITIMATE PAIN PTS OUR HUMAN RIGHT TO MEDICINE! PAIN WARRIORS I URGE YOU ALL TO SEND YOUR PAINFUL STORIES TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH IN NY. THEY WANT TO HEAR FROM US! THIS IS GENOCIDE!
People with chronic pain should have the legal right to whatever pain medicines work for them to give them back their quality of life and should be treated with respect and compassion by the medical community.
My "chronic" pain is well documented. Three back surgeries, recent injury, visible swelling and x-rays. Yet I am in this classification with my PCP, Patient First in Chester, VA. I have always declined opioids. I fired the ortho treating me. Yes. Fired. He was a no show and things were getting worse. Finally saw a new ortho who will not prescribe medications till after an MRI and 2nd visit. That is two weeks of massive pain. Our physicians have drank the administration's kool aid. Our quality of life has degenerated to that of a 3rd world country. Congratulations politicians of America, you are finally working towards Rome and you have your Cesar's.
I WAS WITH MY DOC FOR TWENTY YEARS, NOW DO TO BULL******I HAVE TO FIND A NEW ONE. MY DOC FOUND AWAY TO ELIMINATE ALL CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS **** IN A DIXIE CUP WITHOUT LID OR NAME, THEN SAY YOU FLUNKED, NO MORE PATIENT, NOT TO MUCH MEDS NO MEDS, THIS IS A SAD PAINFUL JOURNEY FOR ALMOST ALL THE FOLKS OVER SIXTY AND YOUNG FOLKS WITH TRUE ISSUES, MINE IS A BROKEN BACK CAUSING STENOSIS, TOTAL OF 11 DISC GONE AND NOW LOOK FOR ANOTHER DOC,, WHAT A SAD JOKE,, AND OHIO WHICH IS WHERE I LIV WE JUST APPROVED POT,, ARE YOU KIDDING ME,, WE SHOULD ALL SUE THE STATE MEDICAL BOARD FOR MALPRACTICE OR FAILING TO TREAT,, IF YOU GOT PROOF THEN TREATMENT SHOULD BE GIVEN,, OHIO SUCKS I DONT KNOW ABOUT OTHER STATES, SO FOLKS LETS SIGN A A CIVIL PETITION, ALSO PAIN CLINICS ARE PIN NEEDLE STICKIN DONT WORK, COSTLY BULL SHIT,, AND TELL YOU PAIN IS GOOD,, RIGHT,, I,M SIXTY SIX NEVER BEEN ARRESTED ACCUSED EXCEDRA, OF ANY WRONG DOING ACTUALLY USE TO BE A COP, THE DEA SHOULD HAVE NO TROUBLE GETTING THE HEROIN CLEANED UP IN OHIO IT ARRIVES IN SEMIS EVERYWHERE HAS IT AND IT,S CHEAP,, SO MAYBE THERE ON THE TAKE??/DAN THANK YOU FOR REMOVING WHAT LITTLE LIFE I HAD,,
What's taking place is absolutely barbaric! Why are people being punished because their sick? What happened to doctors caring for their patients? This is so sad. Unbelievable really, in this day and age!
Please help chronic pain patients keep their medications. We are not addicts, but take pain medications to live a somewhat normal life. By labeling us all together you are putting us in a category that we don't belong.
None of us who need opioids would use them if they weren't necessary. The only positive quality of life I have is when I regularly take them. I am so fearful that my doctor will retire and I won't find another doctor who cares as much as he does. The War on Drugs needs to end and the War on Chronic Pain patients also needs to end. The last I knew the DEA and the CDC are not doctors and therefore perhaps we should take up a class action lawsuit against them for practicing medicine without a license. We are slowly but surely being killed off by the pain we live with every day. I would like every DEA and CDC staffer along with non-prescribing doctors to live with my level of pain everyday (without any pain relief) and see how they feel. I bet they'd change their judgmental tune very fast.
Is there a lawsuit of medical malpractice against the doctors, that refuses to prescribe pain medication to chronic pain patients in the near future? A also is their any lawyers willing to sue, politicians, and Doctor's, for failing to provide adequate treatment to their patients?
As a healthcare worker since 1989, I have been aware of pain patients being judged, fairly or not, as drug seekers and abusers for most of my adult life. This knowledge has prevented me from legitimately seeking help for my own chronic pain. The few doctors to whom I have asked for help with differing pain issues have been seemingly unconcerned with my reports of such, therefore, I have been reluctant to be more aggressive in my search for relief. I once lived with the intense pain of a bulging disc in my lower spine that further led to the inability to bend forward and an almost complete numbness of my left leg from hip to toe, for three full months due to my fear of requesting pain treatment and the fear of being either misjudged as an abuser or having my concerns dismissed as not worthy of treatment.
I personally have had recurring headaches and lower back pain issues since prepubescent childhood. Perhaps I have a lower pain threshold than many people that causes me more pain problems. But that should not be a reason for my pain to be left untreated.
So now as I approach my fifth decade of living, and then my senior years, I am and will be having more frequent and more serious physical issues that can cause greater and more persistent pain, I am going to have even more difficulty getting help due to the fear that doctors have of being disciplined for legitimately helping to anyone complaining of pain.
I have heard recently that many prescription opioid users have turned to street drugs for relief. Is that really the solution to drug abuse? To simply adjust the scales to redistribute where the blame is? So that we can now call a larger group of people abusers and illegal drug users? To clear the names of policymakers and politicians of the irresponsibility of implementing a poor idea that clearly doesn't work (prohibition of substances) by making it even broader and more diligently enforced?
Prohibition has never worked historically. I can't understand why politicians keep trying to use policies that a simple history lesson will show as futile.
And, though I have never personally purchased illegal drugs before, that may be a future answer for relief of pain for myself and many of the millions of pain sufferers surrounding all of us.
Now, how will we address the rising numbers of crimes due to the illegal drug industry? Oooh, I know! More drug laws! Then we can displace the blame onto law enforcement agencies for not being able to control the huge and ever growing problem that we created but refuse to acknowledge.
Yeah, that will probably work...
Doctor Charles yes I have heard that their will be new opoid free medications for back fibro nerve ect. However pain meds will always be needed. As far as resetting receptors I do this 1 time a year to stay on a minimal dose of opoids it's just common sense so opoids are available to all in need. As far as I am concerned it's the pain management doctors who way over prescribe you did not state what type of Doctor you are. PM had me on excessive amounts of opoids but my regular MD was great and I have been in pm for about 25 years which keep being closed down for over dispensing anyway. No matter how you cut it pain medication will always be essential
Joshua that is terrible. My wife takes subutex she started on suboxone but has frequent kidney stones so doc switched her in case of an emergency. Her doctor uses it for pain in some cases as of course he is well aware of the opioid problem. Talk to the prescribing doctor and see if he will say it is being used to treat your pain not addiction. They can use it for addiction or pain. The spinal fusionso sucks and never work anyway but no way in hell can you have one with no pain meds that's just crazy. Wishing you luck
STOP TORTURING THE SICK!
So I just found out that I have to get yet another major lumbar fusion except this time they are fusing L4-5 as well as revising the L5 fusion and no doctor will help me manage my chronic pain until my surgery. I have been enduring this agonizing pain while on suboxone for the past year. I originally entered the suboxone clinic to help get me off of pain medicine because of a major dependence issue. The previous surgeon and primary doctor along with pain management clinic didn't once help me titrate off the medicine. In short my original lumbar fusion failed and my continued need for pain medication quote "alarmed" the physicians. Ever since I have been on the suboxone every doctor has labeled me an addict. I am in desperate need of pain relief and can't deal with these doctors treating me literally like garbage anymore. I am beyond dumbfounded that I have major issues with my back and it's more than documented, there's surgery in the near future; however, they won't provide pain management? I just recently got denied pain treatment at a pain clinic in eastern Washington and was treated horribly.
The only way for most to understand what we go through day to day and year after year is to experience it themselves. We visit doctors, hospitals and require treatments because that's what we have to have to attempt to function and get through the day and in my case at times it's needed to get through the hour.
Pain care is a human right & if not upheld, then the FDA & DEA are committing torture crimes to those whose suffering is worse than death.
uDr. Charles, if you even are a dr, you sir should be ashamed of yourself! You drs should be sticking up for your pain pts, pain from DEBILITATING INCURABLE CONDITIONS! What our government is doing to the chronically ill is GENOCIDE! This past week alone Ive read of 5 suicides and 3 who attemtped it, to ESCAPE THE SEVERE DEBILITATING PAIN! SUICIDE SHOULD NEVER BE AN OPTION WHEN THERE IS MEDICATION THAT WORKS FOR OUR PAINFUL CONDITIONS! Stating that dependence and addiction are one in the same shows you must have gotten your dgree out of the cracker jacks box. The DEA/government has NO right to come between a patient and their dr and what is prescribed. All hell will be breaking loose soon if this unethical, INHUMANE TORTURE ON AMERICAN CITIZENS CONTINUES! LEGITIMATE PAIN PTS ARE NOT THE ONES RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEA FAILED WAR ON DRUGS AND YET WE ARE BEING FORCED A LIFE OF SEVERE PAIN UNTIL WE DIE! I pray all of you corrupt penpushers in Washington will know what severe never ending pain is like, or your loved ones, But then again you people are so corrupt you have drs and pharmacies in your back pockets and are not put thru the demeaning, degrading, abusive, neglectful and discrimination treatment. God sees all. You all will have the higher up to answer to for the many lives you have KILLED! INNOCENT LAW abiding chronically ill people are being sent to their graves because of your barbaric guidelines and stripping legitimate pain pts of our LIFESAVING PAIN MEDICATION! How do you people sleep at night knowing you are inflicting harm, pain and suffering onto the disabled, our VETS, WHO FOUGHT FOR YOUR DAM FREEDOM, our senior citizens, and people of all walks of life whose bodies are broken down with INCURABLE DEBILITATING CONDITIONS!! How do you sleep at night knowing that somewhere in this country another life is being lost to suicide due to INADEQUATE PAIN RELIEF! Those deaths just go unnoticed right!? You are all so concerned about addicts, who CHOOSE TO ABUSE AND DESTROY THEIR BODIES, and probably most do NOT want your dam help! They will continue to abuse whatever they want. All these restricitions, and DENYING LEGITIMATE PAIN PTS OUR LIFESAVING MEDS IS NOT DOING A DAM THING TO CURB ADDICTION NOR WILL IT EVER! You people in Washington are to blame for the heroin taking over our country! You people in Washington and the DEA are probably the ones responsible for the heroin laced fentanyl and deadly pills surfacing killing so many people. Our government innfact poisoned alcohol during the prohibition of alcohol, killing thousands and thousands of people. I don't doubt for a second its our own government killing us. The DEA needs to be dismantled all they are doing is bringing more harm to the sick. NONE OF YOU CARRY A MEDICAL DEGREE SO WHYNTHE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU KNOW WHATS BEST FOR ME!? Limiting opiods to the same dose for all is UNACCEPTABLE! Do any of you take into account that every person tolerates pain and medication differently!? M
Dr Charles
Reset yourself, one day you will have chronic pain 24/7. Believe me, it will happen to you. Your life can change in a matter of a minute like mine did.
I'm sick of doctors like you.
I am a disabled vet with left renal vein entrapment syndrome that brought on pelvic congestion syndrome
These give me kidney pain left leg and foot pain extreme pain from my ovarian collateral veins it also gives me spinal pain from my spinal collateral veins not to mention that before this I already had a serious back injury that causes excruciating pain as well as sciatica now to top it off I have gallstones. One stone is huge and I'm in constant pain but I cannot have my gallbladder removed until I get a clearance from neurology which will take several months because they have to send me for testing for possible autonomic disorder from my left renal vein entrapment syndrome. I asked my doctor if he can give me for something for pain he told me I have to go to pain management and through no fault of my own have had to suffer for months like this. I can't live like this any longer this is nothing short of evil what the government and the doctors are doing do people like us
this petition has been here for 4 years? What a joke going nowhere
Dependence and addiction run a pretty close race.
Back pain has been remodeled and there will be no more opiates for back pain fibro. also. They have new nonopoid meds coming out for these and many other conditions and they do work. Try to reset your receptors because this is far from over. We will now live in a new opoid free world with many other alternatives.
Have lived with fibro.bad neck and back pain.
This is too little and too late, patients need to organize and make our position known.
Comment: have bad 3 & 4 disk in back as well as ciatica nerve
deductable for insurance is outrageous so i havent had anything to help with the pain..
iv tried all of the pain killers and oxycontin, deladid & fentanyl seem to be the only ones that get rid of the pain.
thank you for your timebi really hope you can help me with this horrible problem iv been haveing, life isent enjoyable anymore with this much pain everyday
I'm a disabled vet, USMC. I PAY for my family's medical treatment at Kaiser. I have been dealing with my pain for nearly 30 years. I worked with the USMC, VA and finally Kaiser for the first 10 years to work out an effective strategy for managing my pain so I can work for a living, which includes keeping Percocet available SHOULD I NEED IT. Irrespective thanks to the GOVERNMENT being the NANNY STATE, now Kaiser has decided to STOP providing my medicine (started ONLY because I got a new doctor because mine changed and went back to E.R.). The new doctors, hypnotized by the current administration, happily say we should start at square one AGAIN, Back 30 YEARS, BACK to the pain and non-stop ER visits and curled up in a ball on the floor, throwing up from the pain, throbbing migraine - All because some IDIOT her and there overdoes - the REST of us SUFFER? So NOT I can't work? Because Why?

What the hell is WRONG with you politicians. GET THE HELL OUT OF MY DOCTORS OFFICE.
And Doctors: QUIT BEING COWARDS!

Quality of life / being able to have a pain tolerable day IS A GOAL - NOT YOUR Arrogance saying "well.... you should just learn to live with it"..

STFU - YOU take this type of pain daily for NO REASON other than SOMEONE ELSES ARROGANCE.
What those who do not have to suffer from chronic pain do not realize is that dependence and addiction are not the same thing. Individuals with severe chronic pain depend on pain medication in order to live. These individuals do not use pain meds to get high like an addict, they take them to reduce their pain level so that they will be able to function like a somewhat normal human being for a period of time.
I've had RSD since 2004. Pain is rated higher than cancer pain on McGill pain chart. My meds have been reduced thanks to new rules and I no longer have quality life. I can't go anywhere or do anything spending most days in bed. Ibelieve they want pain patients to die. I have considered ending my life if no one will help.
3 neck surgery back shoulder leg 7 heart surgery now I need a new hip doc says I don't need pain meds my body will a just , my heart doc put me on pain meds 7 years ago after that no more heart attacks !!! now a can not do anything again I think my med doc should be libel if I die from a heart attack, I just want quality of live! doctors are KILLING people By not giving them there pain MEDS I wish these doctors could have my pain for one day
I must talk. My ex wife suffers from Asthma, Diabetes, neuropothy, degrenritive disc disease, saciatoc joint disease, chronic pain syndrone, poly ovarian cystis disease, radipulopothy daily. I was with her when a vehicle while she was at work hit her. I saw the corrupt workers compensation laws and the independent medical doctors who where paid to say she was fine. But after they survallanced her all the truth was seen.

After her lawyer gave poor advice she settled thinking she could get back to work with viciden, valium and other meds. This did not happen. She tried many jobs and could not move. Iv never known chronic pain. But watching her SCREAM, YELL, CRY, NOT BE ABLE TO THINK, MOVE, EAT, WASH, I SEE life in usa different. See i came here 20 years ago, thinking it was good.

Im sad to say this is not good. Doctors dictate what they want...she went to college, tried to get ahead. But her life ended when a volunteer fire fighter off duty ran a red light. After years of physical therapy and pain management doctors getting paid for shots that dont work, procedures that fail, surgeries that fail...one cant see the pain she is in daily.

Now she also has PTSD and bi-polar depression. She does not want to live anymore. I cant blame her. At 48, and that small pain med helped her so much doctors today feel she is a drug addict, she was a behavioral health director. Now, she cant work, cant live, blood pressure issues due to pain.

All i can do is try and get her out of USA. This country kills you from the am to pm. Taxes, parking on the st they are so desperate for a quarter. Omg. Politicians do not help. They abuse their power. She needs medication and even today when intook her to the 4th pain dr, they want to do procedures but give no pain med. The FDA needs to go. People are suffering. The leaders here need to lead not back away. People are crying in pain. This is how youbtreat a USA citizen?????

You need to do something now. Not tomorrow, now. Why are you discriminating against people in chronic pain where xrays, mri, bone scans, blood tests show chronic issues?? Your ignoring them, forcing them to suffer.

I will sign any lawyers who will start a lawsuit against the govermentment or FDA. An animal is allowed to be put down. But these people keep suffering when meds are available. You need to wake up. Other countries are much better. I pray for everyone. But now i need to leave USA. They have shown they do not care. God is watching them. I hope these rules change, if not when her death comes i will be holding everyone accountable. Thank you
I to have had Doc. turned me away even far as dropped me after years of being under there care saying that I too was a chronicle patient needing special care, hydrocephalus , Syringomyelia , fibromyalgia I was born with a birth defect , my brain scull was too small & the Brian was adding pain to the nurve & causing my whole body to go off track plus the fluid was dripping in my Spinal Cord.
Please start asking some real questions like are any real drug addicts no longer abusing drugs with these policies because we know that Prohibition does not work?If you take away a drug addicts drug of choice, in this case pills, they will turn to whatever they can find. Those are fact! The country is so concerned over the raise in heroin addiction and you will find, that the raise is directly connected to these policies as they will and are turning to heroin and now our government is supporting the Drug Cartels who will get a drug addict anything they want just as the "Mob's" did for alcohol. Did we learn nothing from history?

Why is the life of a drug addict more important than the lives of those who are in pain? This is about quality of life, a life that is worth living. Suicides are on the raise and will continue when that life is not worth living.

Why are politicians acting as doctors in the decisions of what is the best way to treat us?

Mothers can no longer care for their children and bread winners no longer able to support their families. Who is going to pay for that care and where will that money come from? Who is going to care for those like myself who strive to stay independent and live within the boundaries of our disabilities but can no longer do so without the pain relief we need?

Health Care in this country is going to fail under these policies and it must when doctors refuse to take on patients who are in pain, clinic are closing and good doctors can no longer treat their patients in the way they know is best without fear of prosecution? Who are they going to blame for this? Obama Care? Someone must be blamed for the failure of our health care system to deal with those who are in pain.

Chronic Pain is a disability and we are being discriminated against because of those who will and do abuse drugs just like any religion or race who is discriminated against because of the actions of a few. We need someone to stand for us, talk about us, do something for us in this losing war on drugs.

We are told that 13% of Veteran's abuse drugs but what about the 87% who need relief from pain and now can't get that relief? Chronic Pain can and does kill and those who can no longer deal with a life in pain 24/7 will take their own lives and Veterans are the most vulnerable after the horrors of war. America makes these Veterans and makes the pain they now live with and yet we are turning our backs on them and telling them there is nothing we can do for the pain they are in.

Why aren't pain patients given the same rights as others to decide what is the best care for their problems? Politics needs to stay out of our relationship between our doctors and the care we need.

Please do your jobs, do it right, look into the problems these policies are making that no one will talk about because of the fear of supporting drug addicts but we are NOT drug addicts, we are patients who need help.

Please look into the politics
I have been on Michigan Medicaid for 2 years now and have been dismissed by each doctor ive seen. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 11 years ago and im only 27. I was the youngest patient he'd diagnosed he said. Ive had doctors throw me out of their offices, telling me fibromyalgia is not a real illness/disease and that I am a drug seeker! No doctor will see me. During tax season I came up with $100 to see my old Hap insurance doctor who said ive delevoped Parathesia which is a symptom of an undiagnosed illness OR untreated illness such as MS, Lupus, RA, Fibro. It feels like a heart atrack. Left side numbness, terriable migraines but still no one will help me. Since the the birth of my son 22month's ago, everything has got worse for me and I cant take care of him the way I want like going outside to play, this is not a life. Please someone help. Doctors are paid to help, its not like their seeing me for free, they get paid. I am tired of hearing "I don't get paid enough to treat/help you.
I to have had Doc. turned me away even far as dropped me after years of being under there care saying that I too was a chronicle patient needing special care, hydrocephalus , Syringomyelia , fibromyalgia I was born with a birth defect , my brain scull was too small & the Brian was adding pain to the nurve & causing my whole body to go off track plus the fluid was dripping in my Spinal Cord.
Since 2010 i had a mva not my fault. The viciden allowed me to think, move , eat, live a sonewhat life. Now i needed to apply for social security. FDA you need to be fined for discrimination. You stopped my fundalmental rights and placed in in 24/7 chronic pain. Now im homeless, sick, crying in pain from disc disease, my blood pressure is so high at 48 i can have a stroke. I cant work now. 6 years i was on this medication, living a somewhat normal life and you took that away. I worked hard for my masters degree, you ended my life. Im not a drug person im living with chronic pain. Because of your actions. But you wont understand this until you, ur kids, grandkids, wife must suffer. I hope they do so you will feel this. All this so you can keep ur jobs. But drugs like lipitor giving diabetes to people and massive lawsuits you dont care. Ok. Well im gonna fight until im dead, i will find lawyers to sue your asses, and get you fired. This FDA must be closed. They only do harm daily. Sit on their asses and try to keep their jobs. In pennsylvania your allowing me to buy this on the streets. You think im a drug addict, ********. Iv never been one and wont be. But now im not contributing to society as i cant move, fubction due to pain. I hate you so much. I do. I pray lawyers read this forum and start a class action law suit. Because you have stripped my constituional rights away. I am so very sick and had spinal procedures done. Before i die i will make sure you *******s suffer. Just like your making others suffer. Go screw yourself cause with karma you will pay the ultimate price. Wait and see
It is so unfair to treat pain patients like drug seekers, just because they are looking for medication to "take the edge off" their pain so they can function in daily life. We deserve medical care just as much as someone with another medical ailment. We should not have to be forced into choosing illegal drugs or even suicide because we cannot face another day in pain.
As a 22yrs old crohnic pain patient who has been to hell and back and has been in a place where I found myself thinking suicide would be better then what i deal with daily.
I can strongly say that this issue needs to be adressed instead of shoving it under the rug and continuing down the path we are on as a national healthcare system!
56y/o w/m denied pain meds for testing positive for THC. I need Lortab 5/325 #3 per day. Not much. Can't get it. Can't do any normal activities without them i.e., mow, do dishes, laundry, etc.
I have severe spinal arthritis 10 ruptured discs, the rest are bulging, spurring, stenosis with 3 areas of persistent radiculopathy including the left ulnar nerve root (left arm), T10, abdominal radiation, and L leg sciatica. I also have Calcific Tendinitis in my shoulders, forearms, and knees.
There is a lot of pain. I have never abused my meds, took them on and off when needed for 13 years, and not that I am disabled and out of work, I can not get them because I tested pos for THC. This is absolutely unacceptable.
I am a retired 20 year vet.
There is now extreme discrimination against patients on chronic pain medications and it is almost impossible for us to get help from physicians for other issues. I was having extreme pain in my lower abdomen and I went to the ER. I was told flat out that I was only there to get pain meds. I explained that I HAD pain meds for treatment of herniated disks and I had no reason to come to the hospital for them, that I was having pain in my lower abdomen. They did nothing. I then tried to go to a regular physician who likewise did not take me seriously. I tried another ER--same thing. I cried and said, "I am not asking for pain medication. Don't give me any, just find out what is wrong!" I was in so much pain, but again I was sent away without a single test being done. I went to another physician and five more ERs. By this time I was told that I was "dr. shopping" even though I explained I had not asked for pain meds from any of the doctors, only for someone to find out why I was in pain. I had one ER dr tell me that the only problem with me was my psychosis--that I was so desperate for meds that I was imagining pain in other parts of my body! Again, I said I am not desperate for meds BECAUSE I AM NOT OUT OF THEM!!! He still laughed at me and sent me home. Finally, reluctantly, a dr. did an ultrasound and found out that for the last 14 months of trying to get help I had growing tumors and fibroids in my uterus and ovaries and was taken in for an emergency hysterectomy which now had to include my ovaries because the fibroid growth went untreated for so long. I now can no longer have any more children and have to deal with the hormonal issues that come from no longer having ovaries. Oh, I forgot to mention the time in between when I was having strange momentary black-out spells and called 911. Because I had already been to the ER that paramedic team dealt with and was "flagged" they almost didn't even take me to the hospital. The captain kept saying that I wasn't going to get any "drugs" at the hospital. I explained I did not need any, I still had my prescription and even brought out my bottle with the meds still in it. (Why would I have to go to the hospital for "drugs" when I had them at home??) Finally, they put me in the ambulance and once again the captain got in the back with me, leaned over me, pointed his finger in my face and yelled at me telling me that I was wasting everyone's time because I was not getting drugs and I needed to change my mind, get out of the ambulance and stop wasting everyone's time because there were "real emergencies" out there. I refused and said I was going because I was scared of my symptoms. At the hospital I found out that I was having multiple seizures from my electrolytes being imbalanced (I live in AZ and apparently I had actually drank too much water, making my sodium levels too high causing seizures). I was admitted and treated, but even while in the hospital no one would take a look at my
Please end the War On Pain Patients!
Please do not punish the many for the careless acts of the few. Do not make those who suffer from pain, also suffer to get relief.
I, too, suffer from chronic pancreatitis, which has been described as one of the most painful conditions a human can endure. My dose of meds has been decreasing over the last 18 months. I now have a great dr who writes them, but there is no way she could increase them. It's not her. Her hands are tied by the bureaucrats at the top. I'm grateful for what I get. Without pain meds, I would have no quality of life. They are targeting the wrong people in this war on opioids abuse. It's not chronic pain patients who are the abusers. I was told by my dr when I saw her today that they have been told to prescribe Narcan for all patients on narcotics by their management team. I live in the Mpls, MN metro areas. She specifically mentioned Prince's death being caused by a self-administered unintentional overdose as one of the reasons for this. I haven't gotten the rx from the pharmacy yet. I wonder how much it will cost. I'm on Medicare. Not sure if they will pay for it or not. The stress of being a chronic pain patient gets worse each month!
I suffer from chronic pancreatitis and chronic UTI's and when this happens at the same time it is excruciating. The pancreatitis is an absolute horrible pain and I suffer on a daily basis. I am on a low grade opioids and only take it when I can not stand the pain. Usually once or twice a day. There are occasions when I do have to take it the 3 times a day. If I had to live with this pain not sure what I would do. If I would have to go to ER everyday for medication it would effect insurance costs, not to mention they would give me something stronger than I take at home.
The VA has taken pain medicine away from veterans who are in chronic pain every day. The VA does not even follow the rules from the DEA about how to prescribe these drugs.
The VA has taken pain medicine away from veterans who are in chronic pain every day. The VA does not even follow the rules from the DEA about how to prescribe these drugs.
The VA has taken pain medicine away from veterans who are in chronic pain every day. The VA does not even follow the rules from the DEA about how to prescribe these drugs.
Stop victimization of chronic pain sufferers, they endure enough already and are seeking help, not shame and pain.
I have had chronic pancreatitis for over 11 years. In the beginning I gave in to pressure to not take pain meds and suffered greatly. I feel traumatized by the memories of laying there sobbing in agony. I now work closely with my pain mgmt team and while my pain is never gone, it is somewhat subdued. If my meds were taken from me I fear I would have little choices available to me. I know I could not continue with the type and amount of pain pancreatitis causes me. Addiction needs to be addressed but this is not the answer.
I suffer daily with chronic pancreatitis and not one doctor will help with this crippling pain! I am not a drug addict, I just want to be able to live a semi normal life like eating, sleeping leaving my house.
I had a bad accident at work 11 years ago. I had a simple surgery (my doc. At the time own words ). The surgery was botched and I am now partially disabled by this. I have over 3 inches of bone missing from my shoulder girdle and I live in constant pain. There is only 1 pain management dr. In my area and I've been seeing him for over 8 years. I take my meds as prescribed everyday. I don't sell them or give them away and I do not loan my medication for someone to get by till they get their meds. I am constantly being accused of selling or giving away my meds. The in office drug tests that I take at every visit show no substances in my system but the test manufacturers say that the test will throw a false negative if there is to much or not enough of the drug in ur system. The conditions have to be within the tests scope to read correctly. I have a very high metabolism as does my father, so the meds burn off quickly. Which I was also told by the test manufacturer would cause a false negative.

I was so upset at the fact that the dr. Accused me of selling my meds., I did the research myself. Stress causes pain to amplify and I sure don't need any added stress, but it didn't stop there. Apparently, the DEA is putting so much pressure on doctors, that you now have to go into your dr. Office every month to pick up your prescriptions. I'm still not done with the stress, because now, my dr. Office says I have to pay $5 a month to get my prescriptions because the DEA charges them for the extra paperwork they have to do to give the monthly prescriptions. Medicare doesn't pay for it and neither do private insurances. So my stress level is at a 20 out if a 10 possible. So what causes pain to increase? The doctor office accusing without finding out why tests are wrong. The DEA putting so much pressure on the doctors to the point they have to charge their patients for out of pocket non-covered items and the patient being made to feel like a criminal for being in constant pain.

Something has to give here. I'm tired of telling myself it will get better when I don't see a switch to turn on the light at the end of the tunnel. When a chronic pain patient gives up hope of ever being out of pain, of ever having a semi pain free day and all they can do is sit and cry in pain on a daily basis, considering suicide is the only answer, the only way out of pain! There's seriously something wrong with the system!
Please consider the group of people who deal
With chronic pain on a daily basis. The majority of
Is don not abuse the medications due to who
Wants to live in pain? I take mine exactly as prescribe, don't dr shop, but yet I'm considered a what???
I suffer from Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (no cure), Fibromyalgia, Gastroparesis and many other issues. I live in CHRONIC PAIN 24/7. I am not an addict, I do not depend on my pain meds as they only make life doable. Stop treating me like a druggie.
I am a chronic pain suffer. I've been in pain for most of my adult life. Up until a few years ago I was able to manage my pain with OTC MEDS, but in 2009 I had to have back surgery. I was actually pain free for a couple of years, then my legs started hurting, then my back went out. Since then I suffer in horrific pain everyday. I have severe OA in my spine, hips, knees and know shoulders. I also have a Syringmyelia starting to put pressure on the my nerves, along with chronic radiculopathy. Without pain medication I am unable to move. I still try and work everyday, (on restriction)I'm not ready to give up yet. I do alternative therapies but pain medication work with them to keep me going.
Taking away pain medication from people like me will not stop addicts from getting high. It will only hurt people like me from living.
As a Registered Nurse, I have seen firsthand; pts whom run through their script... But the number of pts in true pain, are living in hell, far outweighs the the number of ppl abusing. In fact, the ppl abusing, find it on the street. The disabilitated 67 yr old c hx of 27 surgeries related to auto accident (hit by a drunk driver, two passengers killed) sitting in a chair, kicking her legs and screaming, "I just want my life over! No ones cares and no one believes me!" All because the dr STATES, "I am afraid to get a Dicipline- the DEA has tied my hands" is disgusting. Especially when this person is your mother. Long term care facilities, nurses are being threatened and State being called because THEIR LOVED ONE IS SUFFERING. One pt told me he would go back to war and have the amputation done overseas so he could gain pain relief. Tramadol, now the go to Med for severe pain, is being prescribed hand over fist, to elderly c compromised kidneys and ppl are contraindicated. This is wrong and I'm sad to say I am a RN and I forced to give ppl meds that are not a good choice. I hate to see the day when the few Drs left that aren't afraid of the DEA will also be scared to honor the oath they took. I have to laugh when I see "heroin on the rise". DEA!!!! Give ppl help with addiction! Medicaid, at least In Missouri, pays nothing for rehab!!! Wage ur war on by also focusing prevention and education. Not ppl like my mom.
As a Registered Nurse, I have seen firsthand; pts whom run through their script... But the number of pts in true pain, are living in hell, far outweighs the the number of ppl abusing. In fact, the ppl abusing, find it on the street. The disabilitated 67 yr old c hx of 27 surgeries related to auto accident (hit by a drunk driver, two passengers killed) sitting in a chair, kicking her legs and screaming, "I just want my life over! No ones cares and no one believes me!" All because the dr STATES, "I am afraid to get a Dicipline- the DEA has tied my hands" is disgusting. Especially when this person is your mother. Long term care facilities, nurses are being threatened and State being called because THEIR LOVED ONE IS SUFFERING. One pt told me he would go back to war and have the amputation done overseas so he could gain pain relief. Tramadol, now the go to Med for severe pain, is being prescribed hand over fist, to elderly c compromised kidneys and ppl are contraindicated. This is wrong and I'm sad to say I am a RN and I forced to give ppl meds that are not a good choice. I hate to see the day when the few Drs left that aren't afraid of the DEA will also be scared to honor the oath they took. I have to laugh when I see "heroin on the rise". DEA!!!! Give ppl help with addiction! Medicaid, at least In Missouri, pays nothing for rehab!!! Wage ur war on by also focusing prevention and education. Not ppl like my mom.
As a Registered Nurse, I have seen firsthand; pts whom run through their script... But the number of pts in true pain, are living in hell, far outweighs the the number of ppl abusing. In fact, the ppl abusing, find it on the street. The disabilitated 67 yr old c hx of 27 surgeries related to auto accident (hit by a drunk driver, two passengers killed) sitting in a chair, kicking her legs and screaming, "I just want my life over! No ones cares and no one believes me!" All because the dr STATES, "I am afraid to get a Dicipline- the DEA has tied my hands" is disgusting. Especially when this person is your mother. Long term care facilities, nurses are being threatened and State being called because THEIR LOVED ONE IS SUFFERING. One pt told me he would go back to war and have the amputation done overseas so he could gain pain relief. Tramadol, now the go to Med for severe pain, is being prescribed hand over fist, to elderly c compromised kidneys and ppl are contraindicated. This is wrong and I'm sad to say I am a RN and I forced to give ppl meds that are not a good choice. I hate to see the day when the few Drs left that aren't afraid of the DEA will also be scared to honor the oath they took. I have to laugh when I see "heroin on the rise". DEA!!!! Give ppl help with addiction! Medicaid, at least In Missouri, pays nothing for rehab!!! Wage ur war on by also focusing prevention and education. Not ppl like my mom.

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