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

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Labeling patients and forcing them to suffer is not what doctors are suppose to do, they are supppose to DO NO HARM yet they're doing harm because of their own misguided thoughts and the DEA
This is so wrong, you are putting to many people lives at risk.
How can this occur in AMERICA , the sick an elderly cant get their medicine .....
Two herniated disc, spondylosis and now thanks to the DEA I have been moved from hydrocodone to tramadol. It does nothing. Now I miss work regularly and will most likely off myself soon. Thanks for screwing another life.
Just got out of MAJOR surgery and my doc could not prescribe me pain killers. I have NO history of pain killers or abuse thereof. But no problem with me killing my liver with an OD of acetaminaphen, which is wha t I am being given for pain post op.
Making it difficult to get legitimate pain management will just drive everyone to illegal drugs. Not to mention the cost if seeing a Dr every 30 days. Just dricing up insurance costs again.
After my MRI my Dr. said I had multiple spine problems and surgery was a option for one of them but he said I would still have pain caused by the others plus arthritis from bone spurs, narrowing of the disk and bulging disk. My family Dr. will no longer subscribe pain meds. The Spine and Pain Specialists here in Utah require a Dr. visit every 2 weeks and urine sample which now makes my pain meds too expensive to get and I'm afraid my Insurance will decide not to pay such an outrageous expense just for pain pills. They are going way over board on the real pain suffers.
I am so worried because my pain doctor called
And said they wouldnt refill my tramadol again. I
Have chronic back , leg and arm pain. I have 3 herniated disks in my lumbal and sacral spine. I also have severe carpal tunnel in both hands. I am 47 now but all of this happenend in my late 30s. I've gone through physical therapy several times I've even gone through traction to try to eliminate some pain some days I cannot even get out of bed even with tramadol. what am I going to do with no help managing my pain I definitely do not want to have to live with pain everyday of my life. I am Law Abiding I've worked hard my whole life I need help to manage my pain I'm not a criminal. I feel I am getting punished for the deeds of other people someone please take a stance against this and help the people who need help. I don't know how I'm going to cope. I cannot even imagine living in pain everyday
Suffering from permanent back issues which make life so difficult I do not want to do anything. I have no zest for life. Only a pain medication makes me feel able to walk and do things. The United States is a cruel country. I want to leave it. I wish I could live in a nicer country, one that does not continually murder people by dropping bombs from pilotless planes and making its sick citizens suffer by taking away their last hope to live like well people.
THE DEA SCREWS UP EVERYTHING THEY TOUCH CAUSING COUNTLESS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TO SUFFER BY PUTTING THE FEAR OF GOV. INTO A DOCTORS OFFICE ALL IN THE NAME OF "HELPING PEOPLE"! LEAVE DOCTORS ALONE TO DO THEIR JOB!
Wake up tell all to repeal what's next repeal
I have been on Norco 5/325 for pain from a neck surgery which has collapsed the rest of my cervical discs. I just had Rotator Cuff surgery for a torn cuff. My surgeon gave my a script to up my Norco to 10/325 because he said it will be very painful. Well, Rite Aid would not fill it. They said to double on what I had at home. I was concerned about too much Tylenol and liver damage which was why my doc took me off of Vicodin and put me on the norco. The first nights after my surgery was so painful and I kept having to double the meds that I felt sick to my stomach. So the surgeon wrote me a script for Percacet and said I shouldn't have a problem with getting it filled. So back to Rite Aid and nope, they said it is still a narcotic and I have Norco at home. I am going to run out now because they are making me take more than what I am allowed. I am supposed to go in for another neck surgery after my shoulder heals. I have decided never to have another surgery again. I felt like a criminal. I have tried pain management for my neck and received shots. The doc, if that is what they are, hit a nerve in my neck and made it worse. The norco made life bearable. But I doubt Rite Aid will ever fill my scripts anymore.
What a mess this has caused. I suffer from many genetic illnesses, which have led me to 16 surgeries over the last several years. This year in particular, I have had 9 surgeries. The doctors that actually want to help manage the pain are now too scared and we are all sent to pain doctors that treat us like we are there for drugs. I want relief, but I was told they will not do my open heart surgery until I try pain management. I do not even like taking prescription medications because I like to have a clear head, but when I need it like I do with my surgeries I think it should be easily accessible. Those that abuse the law already know how to get it. What about the rest of us that truly need it? It's not fair and needs to be changed back. Please and thank you!

-A concerned disabled American citizen
My doctor sent a report to the insurance company because he has not been able to learn whats causing my continued pain after treatment saying: "he will never return to work less he gets off the medication". Even if someone did not know I've had serval back surgeries, 35 plus epidurals and a separate Pain Management Dr., betrayal in this way is low for any doctor. Now am having problems get my pain medication authorized by the insurance company written by my PM Doctor. It just doesn't seem illegal.
I was a patient of this doctor and now can not find a new doctor either. I have had 3 back surgeries in the last year and still can not function on a daily basis without some type of medication. I have 2 children at home that now have to suffer because this doctor was obviously just in it for the money and not for the patients that actually needed the help. I did not chose this doctor to begin with, he was who i was sent to by my surgeon.
This issue needs to be seriously addressed. I am done wasting my money on a medical system designed to criminalize anyone who needs pain medicine. No wonder there are so many heroin addicts in this country. Anyone could find themselves trying it in a futile attempt to self medicate, while doctors try to keep themselves out of the path of the DEA or looked at as drug dealers.
I have Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis..Badly...My Rheumy is one of the Best and I do not blame her at all, I was cut 10 pain meds. for the month. The DEA is putting pressure on all of these Docs. What bothers me, is Now for ALL of US, what do we do...I think there is going to be a Big uprising over this, but I believe we need to see how to take more legal Action. I feel very Badly for the Patients of the Doctor in New Castle who now can't be seen or another Doctor Will Not see them, this is not their fault nor Our fault! If there is anything we can do Legally, I Am In...I can't work because of this pain I am in daily...I also refuse to sit and suffer daily, we need to do something...
Why aren't more of you talking about filing a legal action against the DEA in court? This is the ONLY thing that will change this ruling and roll things back to a sane level. Talking to our congressmen and women will really do no good. Getting represented in court and filing papers is going to be the only way that anyone with power to finally recognize the problem. Senators and congressmen will do nothing about this issue for us no matter how many letters we send. I am convinced of this. They are ALL afraid of looking like they are weak on the so called war on drugs. This has nothing to do with the war on drugs, if such a thing ever made any sense in the first place, which it hasn't. Getting a lawyer and a judge to start this process against the DEA and its dictatorial powers is the only route that any of us can take. Again, our congress will not listen and neither will our president. They are all too worried about keeping their seats of power. They do not give ear to the people and the studies they quote from their committees of power are all skewed and bent to look like the logic they are using makes sense. I don't care if any one of them gets elected or re-elected. They are a disgrace in my books for letting this disgusting and despicable rule, pass. Again, legal action in state and federal court is the only way to challenge this terrible ruling. I hope our senators and congressmen look at this. To me, they don't listen to the people. They listen to corporate America and other entities with power and ability to line their own pockets. They listen to entities that are likely to ENHANCE their image in the public eye, instead of really addressing the urgent issues, or considerations of the communities they represent. This new law is a travesty of justice. I am angry with all the politicians that let this ruling go forward without proper review and consideration of the impact on real people, not just numbers.
I was a patient at Dr. William Hedrick for 10 months and now that he is under investigation by the DEA and being searched, susspended. This now leaves patients with no where to go for help. Anyone out here have any luck finding another provider sine Hedrick is not working at least not at this time.
I suffer from chronic pain to which my PM doc said I was not a surgical candidate at this time. Until he prescribed 10/325 I had been given various other pain meds because the doctors were afraid to give hydrocodone out of their "family practice" office. I tried injections, PT, topical ointments, DayPro, Celebrex, etc, etc. to no avail.
Now, my PM dr's staff called and said no more hydrocodones but instead Tylenol 3. These don't touch the pain, not even take the edge off, but I do feel dizzy, tired, sluggish, sleepy and the worst case of constipation. I work full time but have recently been debating on part time and or letting the mortgage go and live off welfare due to the pain in my knees, shoulders, neck, lower back. Pathology has been confirmed in MRIs so it's not like I'm faking the pain. Anywho, let's see what becomes of all patients who are being undertreated due to DEA recommendations and FDA's approval of stricter laws to limit access to chronic pain sufferers. It's a shame.
I have Fibro and other medical issues. I'm on Postal Disability. Working on SS disbelief can no longer work. Been filling same medication at same pharmacy for over five years. When they called and told me they would no longer fill my medication. They felt my condition wasn't good enough for them. They felt their opinion was better than my specialist I've been seeing for over 12 years. I have tried everything. I have had this condition since I was 28 now 46 years old. Worked all my life. Now to have a pharmacy tell me what medications I should be taking I was stunned. I've tried the ones they suggested they did not work for me. I could understand if I had just been diagnosed but that is not the case. I'm way under the legal DEA 1 20mgs a day of a morphine drug but the pharmacy felt they knew better then my top specialist in the state. I don't doctor shop my dog doesn't eat my per scip ton I don't fill early. This is getting out of hand for people on disability. I told the pharmacy I was on disability and couldn't even work and needed my medication just to get up and function. They told me they didn't care. Isn't it the doctors decision what medication I should be on and not the pharmacy.
Unfortunate that recent rule changes are hurting us patients with expensive (and not as effective as regularly taken medicine) procedures but I don't believe its pm doctors fault. Its the liberal mommy state ran dea under obama and his ilk. Dang these insane rules and the emotional , physical and financial strain they are causing us people who are in severe pain that used to be manageable with inexpensive medicine that was always taken as directed. I hope Texas and the DEA changes the rules soon to allow those seeking relief from constant pain to be allowed to have it again one day. Shame on those rulemakers who are ruining my life with financial burdens and more pain than I can tolerate. I was cut 20% today on my script to 4 per day of norco. Less every month going forward until I get jack.. while they force me to pay enormous amounts of money on injections and poking and prodding. When $10 for 150 norcos used to keep my pain barely manageable for a decade & now I will be down to 90 in 30 days and eventually none. Thanks liberals. You wanted obamacare amd a mommy state and you got it. Oh. And walgreens said they were out of stock.. then at another walgreens they filled my 120 today for $98 and said my insurance doesn't cover Watson anymore. WTF! This is insane. Vote libertarian people. And I guess I'll end up dead from suicide soon or maybe cruising on the street hoping ill find some illegal methods to relieve my pain in 4 months if my pain isn't under control legally because I can't live with the severe pain. Damn this.
Is my PCP intimidated by the DEA from prescribing me significant pain meds?

The DEA appears to have shut down my PCP with fear of prescribing me anything stronger than Tylenol #3, even though the pain clinic has twice advised her that I MUST have pain relief for an inoperable, intractable, untreatable, and inaccessible foraminal stenosis at the top of vertebra C2, behind the brain stem. I have suffered with this for nearly 40 years, and it was diagnosed as inoperable and untreatable in 1991.

Amendment VIII prohibits the federal government from imposing cruel and unusual punishments, including torture. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that this amendment's Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause also applies to the states.

But it seems that I am being punished for having a C2 vertebra foramen that is calcifying shut into my left occipital nerve. Please tell me what law in the U.S. Code of Laws is violated by a calcifying foramen, that I may defend myself against this cruel, unusual, and unbearable punishment.
The DEA doesn't go after cartels, they go after the 80% of the public that properly uses their prescribed medications. Shame on them. Then the 20% turn to heroin. Good going DEA. You suck. It will catch up with you eventually.
What happened to the Intractable Pain Law that passed. You have to treat people in pain. I was granted $280,000.00 for pain management by State Fund Insurance for my proven pain. The "drug cocktail" works on pain it lets you sleep and move. Allow 3 months supply it is a burden for people in pain to drive 3hrs to pain dr. You are asking people who don't sleep well drive and endanger other lives on the road with these rules you have made. Where is the class action suite against this. Who ever passed this has not dealt with real long lasting nerve pain. I hope you all will soon!! Is Hospice effected?
This is a cruel "ploy" enacted by this Republican Congress in their "war to destroy Obamacare," (as they call the ACA) to say, "see what pain Obamacare has caused all you people to suffer?" Knock it off. You're affecting people with private insurance, although I'm SURE you don't care. Get over your "problem " with the President's skin color, which we all know is your problem, as much as you swear it isn't! As if you had the guts to admit it was your problem! You've done the best job of making an entire nation, even Republicans, to despise you. Stop the games, children! The taxpayers you're messing with pay your salary, although not as much as the Koch Brothers, but there's more of us that will vote you out. NSAIDS are now nearly equal to opiates in deaths caused, bleeding to death from the strengths required to get pain relief, if any, so these poor people keep taking more. Hope you're proud of yourself.
This is patient discrimination! This is also the result of a misinformed society being fed lies by fear mongering politicians and money hungry drug companies! People who abuse these drugs are the MINORITY! As the rules get tighter, pain patients are being discriminated against and treated like drug addicts! Also, not everyone gets addicted to prescription opiates! This is a fact! Unfortunately, there is not a better alternative for chronic pain management than opiates. This is not the patients fault, and they are the ones who are suffering! If you don't live with chronic pain, you have no right to talk! End the discrimination! Patients need to fight back!
My son suffers from sickle cell disease he goes to howard hospital he is 19 now and on that 3north they don't treat them right and I need someone to talk to please
Just received and responded to canned emails from both Sen. Feinstein and Congressman Bera.
Both seem to miss the point in their form responses that sound like they came right off their web sites. Nice they could get back to me, us. I am tired of hearing that the 15,000 accidental OD's are responsible for being the tipping point. Again, those numbers don't accurately tell the story. Illegal drugs and alcohol more than likely played a large part--mixing of drugs--in the "accidental" OD of those 10-15,000 individuals. Not just pills. Nobody mentions the diversion, illegal diversion of thousands of pills every year. The DEA thinks that you and I, the ones in pain, are the ones diverting the pills, and not the criminals who rob the transports. The re-classification of HCP's to class II, along side cocaine, is the most ridiculous law to come out of the "tricky Dick" DEA. Talk about diversion in thinking and acting. They want to make public look like they are doing something about the problem of drugs in this country. Prohibition is not the answer!!!! Education and rehabilitation are the answers. Just not the answer the government wants to hear or plan for. Nope! Taking care of pain is not longer on the agenda. The government is the new MD and Rx. They don't have a license or experience to treat and have never cared for people in chronic pain. Nobody cares!!! Nobody Cares!!! Not the senator. Not the congressman. Not the president. Nobody with any power to change things gives a damn! they are all in it together. Save their chairs, seats, and positions of power, so back the legislation without thinking. That is the kind of thinking that brought us Prohibition, the rules on Sudafed(2006 which haven't changed meth use much at all---all tied to the Patriot act), The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the original war on drugs under tricky Dick....if any of you remember Dick Nixon, the father of the war on drugs. I am mad at the people who brought us here and the ones who have come between me and my physician-----senators, congressmen, the FDA, and the DEA.
After 2 failed back surgeries, I live in constant pain. Now I will suffer more, I work a full time job, I try to contribute to society. I take my medication and do not feel anything off of it, except pain relief. No high. I am being treated as a second class citizen because of our healthcare system and the oversight committee. I am seriously considering a lawsuit.
I have suffered from chronic pain after a work injury in 2009. Surgery only corrected half of it. I still have terrible nerve pain down my left hip and left leg. The pain med my doctor prescribes is what gets me through my work days. Without it I would have had to quit years ago and taken a lower paying job that would still cause me pain. I need to work, I am only 32. The medication I take has been demonized lately by the government but that is so unfair to chronic pain sufferers. I have never experienced any negative side effects while taking it. All it has ever brought me is relief. This year I have had to jump through rings of fire to get my prescription filled and can't have refills anymore so I have to see my doctor every 4 weeks. I can handle the increased doctor visits but I shouldn't be made to feel like a criminal for taking a pain medication that truly helps me and helps many others who suffer chronic pain on a daily basis.
I jumped through all the hoops, I took the pee test, and now my doctor said that the Norco did not show up in the test? What the hell? Clearly the lab made a mistake because I take 1 Norco 3 times a day, every day, for chronic pain. Why didn't it show up in their damn test? And that is reason to cut me off? The doctor looks at me like I'm a criminal. I'm cut off now, because their lab screwed up somehow? How am I going to get up at 4 am and function to get to work with the chronic pain that the medication helped me with? How can I continue to be a productive citizen? This is so wrong, on so many levels.
The VA caused a stroke for me while I was recovering from liver transplant.I have constant pain from the surgery scar and the stroke. I also slipped and broke my instep and knee and tore Acl on my stroke side, and middle finger on my good hand. The VA prescribed my pain medicine for 9 years and last year I got assigned a new doctor who without meeting me or examining me stated by cutter my meds in half. And down to zero. I protested in writing, requested a new doctor even wrote my medical director and patient advocate, both senators, nothing. No answer. I finally was forced to find a civilian pain specialist at a higher cost to be free of pain. This needs to end! I don't want pot or side-effect laden(gabapentin) which doesn't work and can caused suicidal or homicidal depression. All I did wrong was get sick!
I am a 56 year old woman who has had four back surgeries (three of them last year). I also suffer from chronic arthritis in my spine. It costs me a small fortune to visit a pain care doctor every month. They are considered a specialist.

I can totally understand why law abiding citizens would actually turn to street drugs.

If a licensed physician makes a decision to treat their patients with a specific drug I think the government needs to stay out of it. If there is a problem with the doctor go after them. Not the people who need the medication(s).

There is no "cure" for my pain. Physical therapy isn't an option for me either. (Not affordable for most people either. At $45 a session and two or three visits a week you could buy a small farm.)

There needs to be something in place for LEGITIMATE CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERERS.
I have done everything my pain management doctor has told me and I am still in pain. His comment was "Well I don't know what to tell you"!
I didn't ask for this pain and I am not a DRUG ADDICT. I just want my pain controlled. Because of these new laws more people are going to end up filing for disability because we are in too much pain to work.
Trying to get your prescription filled is worse than trying to find gas after a hurricane!
It is not fair that other who have real pain are being made to suffer because of a few that have abused pain medication.
The same story all of you have.. I can barley walk with out my pain meds but my pharmacy strait out told me they won't fill my script because of the dea.. Wtf am I supposed to do now. ?? I'm crippled up in the worst way.. !!!!
How would you like an ice pick shoved into your groin, or a propane torch burning the same area. Well that is the pain I feel every day since a botched ingroinial hernia operation damaged nerves inside my body. Without the pain pills I can't live, plain and simple. Does the DEA understand or even care, no, they've been fighting a losing battle on drugs for years. All the money they have wasted could have been put to good use, for research to help people like me who through no fault of there own are forced to take pain medication. You idiots are killing the messenger, as usual, providing new ways for the Mexican mofia to make money and kill thousands of more people. Leave me and my doctor alone or face the consequences. I have a constitutional right to the pursuit of happiness and without medication to ease my pain I will have no life at all.
I am a victim of the same exact stories I am petitioning for; it is as if the statements by "REAL PATIENTS" herein, just copied almost verbatim exactly what I am being exposed to. I fear that just "SCREAMING FOR HELP", in this forum, will cause the "forces that be" to target me even further, regardless of the fact that I am a patient with extensive, real, documented, verified, medical problems, & with no regard to my care, safety or the causation of increasing &/or adding to said medical conditions. This very writing should never even have a need to take place. Hospitals new H/C oath is this: DO NO HARM TO THIS FACILITY (or its affiliates), document only records that are in the interest of the "HOSPITALS BEST FINANCIAL INTEREST", even if that means lying or altering patients records intentionally; never interfere w/the "HOSPITALS BEST INTEREST IN MIND", always seek to destroy ANYTHING that is not in the BEST INTEREST OF THE HOSPITAL, beit perceived or intentional, Seek to DESTROY ANY PATIENTS integrity if beit by your preconceived notion or non factual circumstances ( even if said documented history is of our own creation, & contradicts our own medical findings or discoveries of any illnesses is of our own findings) if said patient is perceived to be a threat to THE INSTITUTION BY WHICH YOU ARE REQUESTING TO MAINTAIN YOUR LICENSURE, and ALWAYS MAINTAIN A CONSTANT THREAT to the patient by any means necessary, ( even after the patient is no longer under OUR CARE), in order to prevent any possibility of the patient holding US, YOUR LICENSURE, liable for any negative repercussions of our actions while patient was under our care, even "THROUGH", & until, the law exempts us from any "LIABILITY OF OUR ACTIONS", "THEN", as A PRESENTATION & HISTORICAL DISPLAY" (concealing self interest & for purposes of public show & CUSTOMS), we will now "TAKE WHAT IS PUBLICLY KNOWN as the HIPPOCRATIC OATH, First=TO DO NO HARM..& by secretive extension to this oath, you hereby agree that upon receipt of YOUR HOSPITAL LICENSE (granting you authority to access us,& our facilities & our space, & our equipment & our name, by which is normal & legal as an entity to hereby practice your chosen craft) The "DO NO HARM" SPECIFICALLY COMMANDS ALL OF THE AFOREMENTIONED.. It took tears to write this correctly, not just as a victim of my constant & overwhelming pain, but also that this is such a reality to not just myself but possibly millions of others that I hoped to speak on their behalf, that we are now LABELED as CRIMINALS, DRUG ADDICTS, LOWLIFES, 3rd class citizens of THESE GREAT UNITED STATES, undeserving the attention that is thrust upon us in such a negative light, that one often more everyday, that we would rather CHOOSE TO DIE than try to cope with the negative spotlight we find ourselves in, all to which all our crime is, & it is viewed upon as such, is the fact that we are physically &/or ( in most cases both) in chronic & extreme pain as a result of medical afflicti
I am a victim of the same exact stories I am petitioning for; it is as if the statements by "REAL PATIENTS" herein, just copied almost verbatim exactly what I am being exposed to. I fear that just "SCREAMING FOR HELP", in this forum, will cause the "forces that be" to target me even further, regardless of the fact that I am a patient with extensive, real, documented, verified, medical problems, & with no regard to my care, safety or the causation of increasing &/or adding to said medical conditions. This very writing should never even have a need to take place. Hospitals new H/C oath is this: DO NO HARM TO THIS FACILITY (or its affiliates), document only records that are in the interest of the "HOSPITALS BEST FINANCIAL INTEREST", even if that means lying or altering patients records intentionally; never interfere w/the "HOSPITALS BEST INTEREST IN MIND", always seek to destroy ANYTHING that is not in the BEST INTEREST OF THE HOSPITAL, beit perceived or intentional, Seek to DESTROY ANY PATIENTS integrity if beit by your preconceived notion or non factual circumstances ( even if said documented history is of our own creation, & contradicts our own medical findings or discoveries of any illnesses is of our own findings) if said patient is perceived to be a threat to THE INSTITUTION BY WHICH YOU ARE REQUESTING TO MAINTAIN YOUR LICENSURE, and ALWAYS MAINTAIN A CONSTANT THREAT to the patient by any means necessary, ( even after the patient is no longer under OUR CARE), in order to prevent any possibility of the patient holding US, YOUR LICENSURE, liable for any negative repercussions of our actions while patient was under our care, even "THROUGH", & until, the law exempts us from any "LIABILITY OF OUR ACTIONS", "THEN", as A PRESENTATION & HISTORICAL DISPLAY" (concealing self interest & for purposes of public show & CUSTOMS), we will now "TAKE WHAT IS PUBLICLY KNOWN as the HIPPOCRATIC OATH, First=TO DO NO HARM..& by secretive extension to this oath, you hereby agree that upon receipt of YOUR HOSPITAL LICENSE (granting you authority to access us,& our facilities & our space, & our equipment & our name, by which is normal & legal as an entity to hereby practice your chosen craft) The "DO NO HARM" SPECIFICALLY COMMANDS ALL OF THE AFOREMENTIONED.. It took tears to write this correctly, not just as a victim of my constant & overwhelming pain, but also that this is such a reality to not just myself but possibly millions of others that I hoped to speak on their behalf, that we are now LABELED as CRIMINALS, DRUG ADDICTS, LOWLIFES, 3rd class citizens of THESE GREAT UNITED STATES, undeserving the attention that is thrust upon us in such a negative light, that one often more everyday, that we would rather CHOOSE TO DIE than try to cope with the negative spotlight we find ourselves in, all to which all our crime is, & it is viewed upon as such, is the fact that we are physically &/or ( in most cases both) in chronic & extreme pain as a result of medical afflicti
The DEA latest ploy in the war on drugs takes aim at the very people who are in greatest need of the very medications they are trying to limit access to; those like myself who are in chronic pain. My story is I had a hernia surgery in 2009 that went terribly wrong and has left me in terrible, sometimes un-bearable pain. My doctor was there right from the start and without his help I doubt I would be alive today. None of the people in the DEA or the Obama administration understand what it is like to be in chronic, inoperable pain or they wouldn't be wasting tax payer money on this latest foray into government trying to save those who abuse and misuse prescription medications for the fun of it while those of us who need these medications are forgotten about and made to suffer even more. Americans use more drugs than any other country in the world, both legal and illegal, but in this case they are purposely picking on those of us with chronic pain, making it more difficult and expensive to get the medications we need to survive. There is no fun in chronic pain, nor is it fun to have to take medications everyday just to survive, but if they spent money on R&D instead of this latest foray to save a few abuses, then maybe many of us wouldn't need pain medications in the first place. This misguided approach to the problem will drive people to street drugs, to unregulated Internet drugs, to maybe make someone who is pain take it out on innocent people because their government has decided to scare doctors to not prescribe medications that are needed for chronic pain. Believe me, bio-feedback is not going to get rid of the pain I am in everyday. Stand up Americans and tell the government they have over stepped big time and will ruin more lives than they will save.
I suffer 24/7 from severe pain of the spine which has caused nerve damage & fibromyalgia, arthritis, Which now my whole body hurts to the point where I can't work anymore & can barely get up let alone walk for more than an hour. I'm only 49 yrs. old & for the past 3 yrs. haven't been able to leave my home or do anything alone, nor can I go & enjoy any fun activities with my family or kids. I didn't like my pain management doc. so I left & my family phys. referred me to another. I just received a message from this new doc. refusing to treat me for reasons they will not tell me. I have an MRI showing a large bulge in my lower back & was told that I need surgery, but the doctors tell me I'm to young for surgery, that it would be a domino effect, one after another. I also suffer from IBS , severe anxiety attacks, depression, PTSD. I've been on many meds. for my illnesses & no for a fact that I'm not addicted to anything, bc my pain meds make me sick. NOW THIS! Being refused treatment & suffering in pain. Yes legit people are being forced to the street. I've been studying medical cannabis & the illnesses that you can benefit from. Even though it's not legal for medical use where I live, but eventually will soon. Last winter I decided to try it. To my surprise I was back to my old self again, but had to remember to take breaks about every hr. so I wouldn't cause the bulge to swell, but I FELT GREAT! Out of fear of it not being passed for med. purposes I went back to the legal way & all those pills, which made me sick & put me back down again. If the doc. is going to refuse me treatment & make me suffer then they leave me no choice. I'm going to do my own treatment. Some people may not agree, but then again some people should try it themselves. Never be treated like an addict again by a doc. or pharmacist. My family at first was against what I was thinking of doing, until they saw for themselves, the way I was on all those pills & the huge diff. they saw when I smoked just a little bit a couple times a day. The response I got was, now there is the girl I miss so much & they are backing me up on it 100%. Weather or not you live in a state where you can get it from your doc. Try it just one day & see if it works for you. The gov. are not helping legit people. They ARE hurting them & forcing them to the streets. Just my own personal findings that I can treat ALL of my illnesses with just one thing & without the help or humiliation from others that are SUPPOSE to help.
I am prescribed vicodin and soma for servere cervical arthritis, causing unbearable muscle spasms in my shoulders and back, than can last for months. I have $ 5,000 of drugs in my cupboard that I have tried.....lyrica, Cymbalta, Celebrex, the Butrans patch. I also have had 15 MRI's in 10 years, verifying this condition. I also go to physical therapy and a chiropractor. All the expensive drugs mentioned above did nothing. Now, I am going out of the country, in a few days. My vicodin and soma prescriptions will run out, in the middle of my vacation. What the heck am I supposed to do??? My doctor and I have a very close relationship, and she has monitored me for years. Now, the pharmacy says they cannot provide me with a "vacation" refill. Apparently, this is drug addicts trick. Well, I have my flight and hotel itinerary that I can provide the pharmacy.....and they still say they can't fill it. I suppose, as some point, we can file a class action lawsuit, when enough chronic pain patients decide they are tired of the government playing doctor. ...sort of like insurance adjustors telling a body shop how they can repair your car. Who is in charge here? Your personal physician or a government, we now, that is filled with self serving knuckleheads. Leaving on my trip in a few days, and, I told my husband, I may have to stay in my room for the entire vacation, when the spasms lay me out.
I am prescribed vicodin and soma for servere cervical arthritis, causing unbearable muscle spasms in my shoulders and back, than can last for months. I have $ 5,000 of drugs in my cupboard that I have tried.....lyrica, Cymbalta, Celebrex, the Butrans patch. I also have had 15 MRI's in 10 years, verifying this condition. I also go to physical therapy and a chiropractor. All the expensive drugs mentioned above did nothing. Now, I am going out of the country, in a few days. My vicodin and soma prescriptions will run out, in the middle of my vacation. What the heck am I supposed to do??? My doctor and I have a very close relationship, and she has monitored me for years. Now, the pharmacy says they cannot provide me with a "vacation" refill. Apparently, this is drug addicts trick. Well, I have my flight and hotel itinerary that I can provide the pharmacy.....and they still say they can't fill it. I suppose, as some point, we can file a class action lawsuit, when enough chronic pain patients decide they are tired of the government playing doctor. ...sort of like insurance adjustors telling a body shop how they can repair your car. Who is in charge here? Your personal physician or a government, we now, that is filled with self serving knuckleheads. Leaving on my trip in a few days, and, I told my husband, I may have to stay in my room for the entire vacation, when the spasms lay me out.
I am a suffer of Fibromyalgia and I am only 33 years old. I have had to become a stay at home mother for the past 2 1/2 years. I enjoy my four children but feel locked away from society because of my day to day pain which fluctuates. On about a daily basis I feel I'm robbing my children of a mother they deserve. Just simple things as going to my freshman son's band performance most time dont go because i feel like the only parent that doesn't help. I do not help because ofmy pain, pain that isn't being managed or taken care of by my doctors in the past or current doctor. I am not the happy, bubbly, loving funny person i used to be because the pain gets me so down. Oh and I have had so many different medications some tried up to 3 times with other meds to find some relief. Along with using heat, physical therapy and addtional vitamins to help. I want a doctor to trust me,hear me and try to understand what i battle EACH AND EVERY SINGLE DAY OF MY LIFE! I want my quality of life back,my pep in my step an smile on my face....so does my loving husband and children.
I have a couple of friends who deal with chronic pain on a daily basis and now all of a sudden are cut completely off of their pain meds and thought to be a drug seeker. They are going thru crisis and can get no help. Its a sad world.
I wonder ... do the DEA Nazi's or Congress have issues getting their medicine?
Doubt it. All this witch hunting accomplishes is creating a new market for illegal street drugs, overdoses and crime.
I am so relieved to see this petition, and I will do whatever I can to bring awareness to this issue. The reasons stated for targeting Pain Doctors, (as well as causing greater difficulty for the patient) is that the media is bringing more attention to the "fact," that prescription drug over dose has a very high death toll. The numbers are high, but they are not specifying the types of medication; nor admitting that it is not all opioid medications causing these deaths. The FDA, CDC AND POISON CONTROL CENTER CAN NOT EVEN AGREE ON THEIR DATA. Though, the CDC admits it is anticoagulant medication and antibacterials, as well as many other types of medication causing these deaths . The codes for "cause of death are not clear enough to claim this number as the reason for this witch hunt. Put more funding into preventing addiction, by teaching children and teenagers, rather than assuming every Pain patient is an addict or drug dealer. Pain patients seek relief due to discomfort. Addicts seek relief due to discomfort. Pain patients with a dependency on opioids feel even worse than they did before the medication, because your brain reacts in a similar way regardless of the reason or amount that a person takes. These things all closely resemble each other, and it can be confusing for the doctor's, as well as anybody overseeing said Doctor. There does need to be a solution to the death toll caused by all drugs and alcohol, but please recognize the fallout from the current methods. People in Pain are desperate as addicts when they see no light at the end of the tunnel. The data is incomplete and inaccurate. The solution is not so simple as to bully doctors into putting the judgement of the DEA above their Own. Please do consider this, because we will continue to bring it to your attention until something is done to remedy the issue. Thank-you so much for your time and consideration.
I'm tired of feeling like a criminal by Walgreens and other pharmacies since Walgreens have made it almost impossible to get my meds just to ease my chronic pain and to help me even try to function. Something needs to be done!!
The pendulum has swung too far the other way. Doctors are now afraid to treat the pain. Patient care is no longer based on symptoms and cures but fearmongering and labeling. Weed out the pill mills but allow proper doctors to properly administer care. Hospitals and patient care is should not be based on th DEA but on the Hippocratic oath.
The nurse in New Jersey quarantine claims she was treated like a criminal! Severe pain victims are and have been treated like criminals at their doctor, then at the pharmacy. Now she knows how millions have felt for years now, with it getting increasingly worse. I would love to take 0 medication, but that means I will lose consciousness walking across a room, so would become bedridden, a very worse type of "quarantine." All these decades and people aren't stopping their drug use. I should be respected for using medication for a medical reason and responsibly, not just "getting high!" Things are very backwards! Harm IS being done! Please stop it, for the millions who didn't ask for or do anything to cause the illness they have, including me. I'm hoping the prescription database being enacted in my state will remove some of the "drug seeker suspicion" when they look me up and see I have ONE MD and ONE pharmacy! The hysteria has to stop before the suicides by those who can't take the untreated pain anymore!
Ive had two experiences with pain doctors. The first one was Dr Lenchig who would not increase my pain medication dosage because I was told by one surgeon that I needed surgery and also because I did not stop smoking immediately when he told me to. This was documented in his doctors notes. In my own defense, I am not going on just one doctors advise that I need surgery especially when it involves my spine, secondly I am a long term heavy smoker who just couldnt quit the day the doctor told me I needed to. I am smoke free now for over 3 months. So I left that doctor and went to another Pain Specialist and he said he knew the previous pain doctor very well and said he was very good. I do agree with that statement, it wasnt about his ability but about his knowledge that I was in more pain than the medicine was relieving but wouldnt increase the doses. Well anyway the other Dr, Dr Hadi both are from Ft Lauderdale decided that he would combine my two meds into one med and have me on it 24 hrs a day. Im sorry but I dont want to be on medication 24 hours a day. There are times that the pain is unbearable and then out of no where it subsides. So I treat my pain on a as needed basis. I can say after being on pain medication for many years I am not addicted to them. I have gone days without them and on the other hand have needed round the clock treatment. However as I said I did not want to be treated going forward 24 hrs a day surely ensuring me to be an addict. Right now I am without a pain management specialist but am hoping to find one that will listen to my needs and treat me justly. I am not naive about medicine. I have been HIV/AiDS for over 20 years and have gone through a lot and have done a ton of research. I was lucky enough to have a doctor DR Joel Weissman who was chairman of Amfar for a while let me have some input into my treatment which included being in a study for a new drug which I think saved my life.
As a chronic pain sufferer of over 20 years, I've watched Drs give out pain meds by the hundreds for one prescription, to being labeled a drug addict and refused treatment of my pain in an emergency room. All of the recent media blasts that pain meds turn every person into a heroin addict are completely false. A person doesn't get addicted to pain meds unless they're abusing them. My heart goes out to the families who have lost loved ones to heroin overdoses, but punishing the millions who are suffering daily isn't humane! There has to be a compromise & we have the right to have our pain managed without fear. Try interviewing chronic pain patients & follow them throughout one day. Anyone in the DEA & government wouldn't make it through one hour dealing with the level of pain we live in around the clock.
As a chronic pain sufferer of over 20 years, I've watched Drs give out pain meds by the hundreds for one prescription, to being labeled a drug addict and refused treatment of my pain in an emergency room. All of the recent media blasts that pain meds turn every person into a heroin addict are completely false. A person doesn't get addicted to pain meds unless they're abusing them. My heart goes out to the families who have lost loved ones to heroin overdoses, but punishing the millions who are suffering daily isn't humane! There has to be a compromise & we have the right to have our pain managed without fear. Try interviewing chronic pain patients & follow them throughout one day. Anyone in the DEA & government wouldn't make it through one hour dealing with the level of pain we live in around the clock.
As a nurse I see the hurt in people who enter the hospital on a nearly daily basis. It is idiocy to expect people to take periodic tests to see if they are actually taking the drugs. The public is not a big detox or rehab center, where rules are so strict. The only reason why we test for drugs of abuse in the hospital is if someone comes in altered and there is no other obvious reason, i.e. stroke, dementia, supra-therapeutic levels on meds, or narcotic sensitivity. People are not criminals if they request Norco or Percocet for pain, especially if the request is justified. Pain meds play a significant part in the all around treatment of chronic and acute pain. It is another modality to use in the treatment of pain. Anyone who has a attended a pain control seminar will tell you that. Now I see why individuals in pain resort to illegal substances. It is quite obvious. Nobody is listening to them. This new HCP law has very little to do with abuse and OD's. This smacks of power, control, and money. On the surface it looks like the government is doing something---all part of the failed war on drugs or the diversionary Patriot Act(remember the Sudafed rule of 2006? tied to the Patriot Act if you look closer at it) Oh, but the government is doing something about it.......they are bloating the FDA and DEA budgets and this is another way of doing it and justifying their existence. I am for law enforcement when it comes to illegal drugs and pushers and pill mills--including the Rx's who fill them. I am not for the new DEA rules and I am not for connection the FDA has with them. Too much power and what kind of oversight? No checks or balances here. Small group with huge dictatorial powers that impact us all. The common voter has no rights or say in the matters that effect them most. This is where voting at the booth makes no sense, because we are not allowed to vote on the very important issues that impact us most. We vote to put the same people back in office. Those people aren't there to make change, they are there to line their pockets and hold on to power. Change is needed in this country at a fundamental level.
I'll vote for anyone that puts an end to the DEA witch hunt! I'm in constant, unrelenting pain! I need my medicine.

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