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

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There are many Doctors who label their patients unfairly, demean these patients and degrade them because they are victims of chronic life long pain.
This is archaic medicine and does more harm than one can imagine. Physicans are afraid to treat patients who are victims of pain. The DEA targets them and instills fear in how they choose to treat their patients and what they prescribe. More and more, Doctors are refusing to treat their patients who have chronic pain. Patients are far too often considered "Malingering" or "Doctor Shopping".

Doctors far too often refuse to even communicate with these sufferers and label them as a LTDU ( Long Term Drug User) This is unfair, harmful medicine, and and causes llife long damage, both physically and mentally. It has effects on family, friends, co-workers and often causes the sufferer to withdraw from society. Through no fault of the patient, they withdraw from daily activities with their spouses, family and friends.

Much like the Abortion issue, you force these victims of pain into back door alleyways, store front pain clinics and worse. They receive no counseling on how to take their medication and often don't know what they are taking. Like in the past, by treating victims of pain this way, you force them into seeking help and relief outside of the Law. It is one issue to target illegal clinics but another issue entirely to target Physicians who should be allowed and should be treating their patients who have pain. Instead, Physicians are forced, out of fear of prescribing pain medication, to send their patients off to some "Unknown" pain clinic where they suffer yet more humiliating labels and discrimination. Pharmacists often feel the need to "interfere" and embarass the patient when they pick up their medications. They are treated like second or third class human beings.

Why is it that Doctors are no longer treating the 'Whole Patient?" Not addressing the underlying causes of chronic pain? There are many instances when there is NO clear cause for pain but that is not to say it doesn't exist. Pain receptors malfunction. Injuries can cause pain years later.
Elderly patients who suffer every remaining day of their lives are told by their Doctors' that "They are concerned about a possible addiction". What happened to the quality of their life? Their right to live their life to live without debilitating pain? Their only option may be to consider suicide?
The damage caused is a horror. Elderly commit suicide rather than live with this pain.
Physicians are taught (since the very beginning of medical school) that any patient requesting pain medication is to be Scrutinized" and to be "Wary" of them especially if they tell you they can't take anti-inflammatory drugs, that is a sure "SIGN" of addiction.
I was told this by my own Doctor. "What to watch out for when a patient requests help with their pain." They actually have a class for new Doctors on how NOT to treat patients.

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1 day ago
Someone from Phoenix, AZ writes:
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This is so true! My husband is a Military Special Forces Vet. He served on hundreds of missions over a 15 year span. We just had his shoulder surgery (360* labral tear, basically the labrum was ripped all the way around the joint, snipped, sutured and 9 anchors drilled in the bone) blew out his knee bad in 2003 @ Fr. Benning, blown against a boulder in Iraq when someone stepped on a land mine,...the list goes on. Extensive nerve damage from combat and being shot...you name it. The VA are a bunch of hacks and quacks that will neglect or kill you. ( anyone read or hear the horrible things in the news about the Phoenix AZ VA? Oh yeah. All true) We go to private physicians at our expense. Now our Gov. even is getting in between us and our Drs. butting into our decisions and options for care! Its none of his damn business or anyone elses but our Drs, my husband and myself! This over-regulation and politician's meddling needs to stop. When we went to a pain management clinic, the P.A. said the most disparaging things about how "most Vets I've seen are ADDICTS!" we were SO upset! My husband wont hardy even have a beer at a BBQ!! He has suffered for decades (he first enlisted as 101st airborne in 1992, ended Delta in 2009) silently and when I finally talk him into seeking treatment, THAT'S what he gets?! I was appalled. These politicians that sent him on mission after mission need to SHUT UP and actually think what its like to serve like that AND raise of family with 7 total children. I myself have 3 blown out cervical disks and 3 degenerative spinal diseases. Try caring for 4 sons full time, 3 more kids we share joint custody of and my brave man when he is in far more worse pain and gearing up for yet another operation to repair damage the military, the GOVERNMENT ignored as "all in his head" so he could be deemed fit for duety and now they want to tell our physicians what he/she can or cannot prescribe?! This is insane and immoral. Why not spend our tax dollars on finding and prosecuting the actual cartels bringing heroin across our boarder or the Drs who actually ignore their Hippocratic oath. Y'know. What your SUPPOSED to do. Sorry I had to rant. It's disgustingly out of control. You people have no right to intimidate Drs and patients. Men like mine are the reason you have your own freedom and safty, or have you forgotten? Find some common sense and have some respect for the people who either fought for and our freedom or at the very least work all our lives to pay your egregious salary and retirements! That means you too DEA. Do your job and go after the ILLEGAL drug dealers. That's what we people pay you for. Not harassing us and our physicians. Last I checked you names were not on our medical authorization records, nor us on yours. It's infuriating! Ok. Ending Rant. -Angry Vet Wife
1 day ago
Bernard B. from Pownal, VT writes:
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some people are in pain but too many doctors cant tell the difference!
1 day ago
Someone from Plant City, FL writes:
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Keep government out of my life! Last time I checked we still have civil liberties except the DEA is bully these doctors out of theirs.
1 day ago
Rich W. from Ft Mitchell, KY signed.
1 day ago
James l. from Eros, LA writes:
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My doctor was just fire for helping chronic pain patients. Now I don't know what to do. Do you live in pain or just get tired of living.
1 day ago
James l. from Eros, LA writes:
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My doctor was just fire for helping chronic pain patients. Now I don't know what to do. Do you live in pain or just get tired of living.
Apr 23rd, 2017
Someone from Buffalo, NY writes:
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all i can say is,drs and pharma r scared of dea anb have caused my medication cut to less than half,drs claim lost records so no history.proof, them say your alignment is bad or arthritis. i hav hardware chewong the ball of my femur off,which material gone to knee pain,chronic damage in neck vertebrate,shoulders,numerous bulging discs,ddd,s5l1 bone on bone,and a few others.hello,oh,im joking om pain,im faking,or jeeze,its like 1 of 10.wrpng,easily 10 writing yhis,n hip knee r off scale ,20 pain level ,weoght bearing near imposible and causes tears.thankd dea and addicts.current opoid prob is heroin. period. help
Apr 23rd, 2017
Someone from Dubach, LA signed.
Apr 23rd, 2017
Someone from Big Sandy, TN writes:
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I tried to discuss and show my pain clinic Dr what the CDC sent me informing that after they lower our pain medication by 30% and our pain levels had increased, mine of three months that they should and could raise my opioid medication back to higher level I was on prior to them lowering it. They wouldn't get in trouble as this opioid so called LAW is a guideline and VOLUNTARY!!!! She became so irate, offensive, said it was the law. I said, no, guidelines voluntary. She said, " I refuse to prescribe higher meds, that they want everyone under 90 mg a day! Want to do ESI and TFI injection with patients. I asked her if she has chronic pain or if the head Dr had chronic pain? She said" no, but we treat chronic pain ". I told her that's the problem, since you've never lived with chronic pain you can't possibly know what it feels like. Boy that didn't go well. But its true, we can't talk to pain Dr's if they've never lived with chronic pain because they have NO idea what it feels like. Seeing is different that living with it. I told her I refused to have more shots since they hadn't worked in the past and to me there's more of a risk than medication for me. She argued with that. She said she'd refill my meds for one month, guess after that no more if I don't do injections. Also she handed me a paper stating I had been miss treating her, refusing their treatment plans etc..guess they're trying or wanting to kick me out of clinic. So I did write back to CDC, stating this, because we don't have a say what happens to our own bodies, no what treatment we accept for our own bodies. We are the only ones who know our bodies, and that can stick up for ourselves, yet that means getting kicked out if pain clinics because we refuse a type of treatment.
Apr 23rd, 2017
Nursey N. from Somerton, AZ writes:
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what about psychologists who ordered counseling even though stating "it could do more harm " And if you do not comply lose your career ! forced mental treatment SHAMING JUSTICE by bartus trust, what should happen to a psych who does this?