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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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Oct 24th, 2017
Someone from Owensboro, KY writes:
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when are the pain nazi's who are torturing,killing real chronic pain patients going to be arrested,their are patients who have killed themself not from overdosed but underdose,they cryed out and no one cared in so much great pain an normal person wouldn't understand,makers of opioid rx pain medicine have put narco in rx opioid medicine to reduce drug abuse but it makes medicine have no effectiveness for great pain,just like taking a placebo,i know 1000 person who have kill themself because their pain was so great,they couldn't take it,their family member's watched this and are very mad,these are church going people who believed in america,now they are getting money's together to get an lawer to try to stop this before another patients dies in pain so great that their family are shaking,this is ungodly unamerica,it being an pain nazi,and hitler's in a very hot place waiting for these pain nazi's to join him.
Oct 24th, 2017
Gary L. from Brooksville, FL writes:
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Warning to Florida this is my third comment and this time my Doctor told me that the house of Legislative is trying the pass a bill that will only let pain meds be filled for only 3 days at a time. If them pencil pushers ever worked a real job where they could get injured they would not do this.If they do then they should pass the same bill as Colorado has is the right to die law!
Oct 22nd, 2017
Someone from Wenatchee, WA signed.
Oct 22nd, 2017
Paul C. from Palatka, FL signed.
Oct 22nd, 2017
Lauren M. from Brandon, MS writes:
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Cutting everyone off from pain med is ultimately going to increase the amount of heroine usage leading to more overdoses and fatalities. The pain pill topic has been blown way out of proportion as a whole
Oct 21st, 2017
Scott G. from Carrollton, TX writes:
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This entire hysteria about pain medication is causing millions of chronic pain patients to suffer needlessly. I am a veteran, have raised a family and worked hard for over 30 years. I have major spinal disorders and cannot live a normal life without pain medication. I am not a junkie or some kind of lowlife but am consistently treated like one by doctors and hospitals. This madness has to stop. Just because more people in this country are not in chronic pain than those who are everyone is jumping on this get rid of opiods bandwagon. Well, there are millions of us, and we vote too. And you will notice how no one puts their full names on these comments. That is because we are all afraid of being demonized and or cut off of the little bit of medication that we might be "lucky" enough to still be getting. Just remember, chronic pain could happen to YOU or a loved one at any time. Better think about that before you start parading around trying to get pain meds taken away.
Oct 19th, 2017
Someone from Marion Heights, PA writes:
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People should realize that once a chronic pain patient has been denied the medications that they require to function that there is a period of months to years of debilitating withdrawal. If you combine the agonizing pain with the withdrawal symptoms then you will realize that these people can in no way advocate for themselves. They are, instead, left in a state of bedridden pain, anxiety and pure agony. There is no way that someone who is delirious from the affects of withdrawal and extreme physical pain can function within their own home, let alone travel to Washington DC to protest the injustice brought to them. In a way these are the most vulnerable people in our society and its astounding to me that people have absolutely no shame when they single these people out to be their victims.
Oct 19th, 2017
Someone from Marion Heights, PA writes:
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I am absolutely terrified.
Oct 19th, 2017
Someone from Marion Heights, PA writes:
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I just have a suspicious feeling that the issues surrounding opiates and pain management are somehow tied to cannibus craze that is going around this country. Everyone says, "Smoke pot!". The thing is I don't want to smoke pot. Its an anxiety attack, with debilitating side affects. Its bad for your lungs. Its horrible. I have the belief that, at least partially, there are people in .gov heavily investing in the marijuana industry and they want to transfer all the pain people into the medical marijuana industry. Its a cheap way for them to increase the number of consumers and make a boat load of cash. I certainly fits the greedy mindset that appears to accompany politics and its just demented enough to be a possibility. Big Industry, Big .gov and greedy people want to cut off pain patients so they'll smoke pot instead. What a horrifying situation we're all in!
Oct 18th, 2017
Someone from Mena, AR writes:
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I live with daily chronic pain. Fibromyalgia and Sjogrens. DDD, the Sjogrens causes my glands to swell in mouth, causing chronic ear pain, mouth sores, sinus problems, my lungs are always thick, creating asthma, my eyes so dry headaches are constant. Swollen painful lymph nodes in my neck are every day. For about 4 months in my early diagnosis I had access to slow release low dose tramadol... it gave me my life back, able to bake for church, volunteer and be a mother. You scheduled it as a narcotic, so I no longer have that option. All drugs pushed on me are price gouging SSRI's SSNRI's and anti-seizure medications that have NOTHING to do with my pain. I just spent night before last vomiting and in the bathroom during the night when my DR wanted me to try savella ... Medical bills are drowning my credit cards... from price gouging Dr.s and hospitals who make a living NOT treating us. Charging insurance thousands for every little test. You outlaw Kratom in AR which gave me half my life back, not as effective as tramadol for me but was so much better than nothing. You outlawed it with NO proof its bad, and KNOWING full well saying it has no medicinal value is a FLAT OUT lie. Any plant with phytonutrients has medicine. What exactly is medicinal about zoloft??? What??? I can promise you there are more medicinal benefits of Kratom than ZOLOFT and not near as many deaths from it! But you already know that.... I shouldn't have to defend or explain common sense to a crooked government. If you want to ban pain relief from chronic pain, then you have to ban it from acute pain as well. If you won't allow pain medications at least allow kratom. Its safer and less drugging than marijuana. And really... what right do you have to stop people who need it, its just like taking guns from law abiding citizens because others break the laws. You force more people to end up on disability then complain about it. I am a single mom fighting for my life so I dont end up there. i work maybe 2-3 days a week. My body just cant handle anything anymore. my entire body is slow and stiff from pain. Imagine living in cement. people who want to be doped up will always find a way. Your methadone clinics are just legalized drug dealers. The amount of hypocrisy is unending. The discrimination is through the roof.
Oct 18th, 2017
Chip B. from Ocala, FL signed.
Oct 17th, 2017
john f. from Raymondville, MO writes:
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After 10 + years of great pain management, some politician/ money maker, decided that what worked for me no longer works. How stupid. Since they took away my meds, they have soaked the insurance for more than $8,000, and I have to suffer. Those docs won't even return my calls. So they must not be doctors. I will be soon in a nursing home or retirement facility with some care.
Oct 16th, 2017
heather w. from Pound Ridge, NY writes:
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The Federal Government has absolutely no place in telling doctors HOW to do their job. This is outrageous overreach. I am a person whose life cahnged abruptly when my neck was broken. I have done everything possible to heal but my new normal is described by severe chronic pain. I am now either treated as a drug seeker or a phoney malingerer if i ever have to go to the ER because the FEDS- meaning the DEA, CDC, FDA and NIH has been telling physicians that all people complaining of pain are probably seeking rugs because they are drug addicts despite only 2% of the nation having this problem. I stand with one hundred million Americans who need help to stay out of wheelchairs and stay productive members of soceity. We should not be treated any differently than any other human being just because drug addicts abuse heroin in the street. Those of us in this position know what is actually going on- that the government in their unethical partnership with health insurance industry and pharmaseutical industry executives have implemented programs to cull the terminally ill, disabled and elderly in society by framing the only medicine which keeps us alive and comfortable as "Heroin" and then painting all of us as drug addicts. It is very obvious what is really going on here. There is no perscription narcotic crisis. This is absolutely obviously concoted to save on medical spending on touch chronic illness cases. We need relief because this is a humanitarian crisis.
Oct 15th, 2017
Holly B. from Kingman, AZ signed.
Oct 15th, 2017
Brandon K. from Phoenix, AZ signed.
Oct 15th, 2017
Brandon K. from Phoenix, AZ signed.
Oct 14th, 2017
Someone from Toledo, OH writes:
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Quality of life is as important as life itself. If taking pain medication allows me to spend time with my grandchildren, friends and take walks with my dog then it should be a viable option. Regulation should be in place but not an obstacle.
Oct 11th, 2017
Someone from Bartlett, IL writes:
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I have been going through all my pain and it is getting worse. Doctors send you to the pain clinic and pain management. I been to them all, nothing works, the doctors look at you and say, is your pain better now. When I say no, they act like they don’t believe me. I did physical therapy, and I see a therapist, I am so ****ed off at doctors. When you go for your appointment, it is in and out,, all of maybe 8 to 10 minuets. I have another appointment for pain management tomorrow I am just so tired of pain management, pain clinics,,Doctor appointments
Oct 11th, 2017
Someone from Bartlett, IL writes:
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I have been going through all my pain and it is getting worse. Doctors send you to the pain clinic and pain management. I been to them all, nothing works, the doctors look at you and say, is your pain better now. When I say no, they act like they don’t believe me. I did physical therapy, and I see a therapist, I am so ****ed off at doctors. When you go for your appointment, it is in and out,, all of maybe 8 to 10 minuets. I have another appointment for pain management tomorrow I am just so tired of pain management, pain clinics,,Doctor appointments
Oct 11th, 2017
April S. from New Smyrna Beach, FL writes:
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I agree it's been mainly the reason I can't work or help my mom. My dad just passed and she took is in the same situation! Thank you for helping us have the quality of the we are not having now.
Oct 11th, 2017
Gary H. from York Haven, PA writes:
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I am in extreme nerve pain every waking moment. I was told to use an over the counter Lidocaine cream!!!!!! Are you kidding me? Every day I tell myself that the pain is still better than a bullet. Every day I believe that a little less.
Oct 10th, 2017
michelle t. from Camden, TN writes:
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all of this I have read ( meaning the comments below are right I feel the same way, I wish I could have my own prescriptio of hydrocodone but I am not in the system or something like that.) You have it wrong its a money making machine and in these times thats how people pay their bills and have any money to spend. People who are prescribed the pills rarley take them just enought to pass a test or something to get more and Im kinda wondering if these pain clinics dont know that?????
Oct 9th, 2017
Someone from North Judson, IN writes:
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I think its a shame that I have to suffer seeing a pain doctor that can't give me the proper medication to help my pain in my condition. I have gout throughout my whole body, I have two herniated disk, disk disease, anxiety, high blood pressure and so forth. I hurt all the time, I am 55 years of age, and getting older, and my pain is getting worse. I have fallen out a few times and I refuse to walk with a cane. Now my pain Dr has me on a med called Oxycodone 20 MG. That is ok, but beside that med, I need something else longterm to help with my pain. I find myself taking more of my oxycodone to help with my pain, then I run out before its time for another refill. I think there's a problem with this? If I had a long term med with the break through med I am taking, I don't believe I would run out of my medicine. Just because the younger kids take it and OD on meds, doesn't mean I am going to do that, I am really in need of it for my pain. I believe I am being treated unfair because of this crooked system, DEA, and other government agencies. I wonder if they are not taking it themselves.
Oct 9th, 2017
William A. from Pana, IL writes:
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While searching the Web this morning I came across this: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/anatomy-opioid-overdose-outbreak-how-one-georgia-doctor-sounded-alarm-n802786. I have been sounding the alarm about the unintended consequences of meddling with how doctors prescribe pain killers for legitimate chronic pain sufferers for some time now and this just proves what an unmitigated disaster such meddling will cause. After the death of Prince and the overdoses and deaths described in the above link due to counterfeit pain killers you'd think those in power would rethink the draconian measures they are enacting.
Oct 7th, 2017
Someone from Salt Lake City, UT writes:
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You are so afraid that people will harm themselves with pain medications that it is ridiculous. What about people like myself with chronic pain yet I cannot afford the high cost pain clinics charge. I had a suicide attempt because I could not stand the pain anymore.
Oct 6th, 2017
Someone from Longs, SC writes:
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Many of us who are suffering in pain have found after trying most every treatment available that the pain medication is our last resort and attempt at a functional life. Take the Pain Meds away and you will just increase fatalities because those that dont die right away from seeking some kind of illegal pain relief will in a matter of time and the rest of us feel we have no reason left to live and many will commit suicide. Because trying to live in Severe pain is not living. So In my opinion the government is not saving lives but instead causing more deaths by coming down on the doctors that have or have had enough compassion to try and help those in debilitating pain actually live a somewhat productive life. Shame on our government for crossing the line and dictating the Dr's professional opinions and decisions out there while trying to do there jobs as health care providers.
Oct 5th, 2017
Someone from Methuen, MA writes:
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There are people who have legitimate pain and truly suffer and are good honest patients as myself and to be humiliated or treated in any way different is just not right. I'm embarrassed and won't even utter the name of my med. I've set a plan as a patient for myself as far as asking to come down to a lower amount and offered to sign a contract and urine whenever needed cause I want to be on a less dangerous amount and I feel the need to be trusted because of all of what is going on in the world and I've never lied or failed anything but I was going to a clinic for 5 years and 3 Dr's and secretary's all walked off the job and I stayed and a 2nd time it happend and a 3rd and I decided to leave cause I wanted a place that was good and I get an np and I brought up the decline in my meds cause I felt I didn't need that much and I'm in hell with this NP all this time everything is good cause I'm honest about everything and this NP tells me she's gotta be comfortable as I'm suffering. I suffer why? It was my idea and I'm sure Dr's would be shocked at the type of patient I am and would not treat me as an addict. Its a lose lose and it's not fair. I'm 46 years old and deserve the same respect I give you and I don't need to be treated like an addict. I have degenerative cervical spine disease with nerve damage that hurts more then I can explain. But I know I don't need a boat load of meds to help and don't want to be a zombie either. I can life with what I've come off of and I've come off more then half and it helps , it works so why if I do this on my own for myself and my comfort and it's also the amount my insurance will pay for which is good as well. Why am I still be treated like I'm a pos?? Its unacceptable to me and I won't allow no Dr to treat me as such when my record is good. No Dr has ever been uncomfortable with me and I get an NP and I'm going through severe depression and high blood pressure that I never had until seeing her. My anxiety is even worse but she's gotta be comfortable? Why? I'm a good patient? I do my part and then some and I feel like a mute cause I am being bullied. I just don't understand it. I don't wanna die...I just want to do it right and be able to function. This has made something I thought was positive turn into something I never thought in my life I'd ever think of. I'm a human being. What did I do to deserve this kind of treatment?
Oct 4th, 2017
Holly B. from Kingman, AZ writes:
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I am tired of this, I am 60 yrs old, have been in automobile accidents and cannot get 1 pain pill.
Oct 4th, 2017
Holly B. from Kingman, AZ writes:
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I am tired of this, I am 60 yrs old, have been in automobile accidents and cannot get 1 pain pill.
Oct 4th, 2017
Tammy N. from Guyton, GA writes:
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What happen to our country,This isn't America anymore,they America I once new cared what happen to our people.We don't need the DEA,they are the ones killing people it's not the pain killers it's DEA keeping us from our meds so we turning to the streets to fine relief an getting fake******that's killing us.Let our Doctors do what they took an oath to do. People in pain has a right to be pain free.You never heard of so many over doses til the DEA threatened the Dr an pharmacy,it's people who can't get there meds that go to the streets not knowing what they are getting that's what's killing people,wake the hell up an get rid of the DEA.There worthless.Let our Dr be Dr again.An our pharmacy to follow Dr orders not rewrite them.
Oct 3rd, 2017
Lorna D. from West Hills, CA writes:
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There aren't very many doctors that will write pain prescriptions. The ones who do find anyway including lying about your behavior to drop you as a patient. Even my Oncolagist can't write my prescriptions unless I'm having surgery. I've been in chronic pain for 22 year from Lupus SLE, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, injury, surgeries & fibromyalgia. I can lead a fairly normal life with pain medication. With out it, I'm bedridden. I'm only 59 years old. I look at least 15-20 years younger than I am. I have taken very good care of my health. I have kept the Lupus in remission for many years, but it doesn't stop the Arthritis. All they want to offer me is injections of cortisone that I'm allergic to & physical therapy I cannot do with pain medication! All my doctors agree I need the pain medication, they just aren't allowed to write it anymore. Now 99% of the pain management doctors in Los Angeles won't write it! What good are they?? They are managing anyone's pain!!!
Oct 3rd, 2017
Lorna D. from West Hills, CA writes:
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There aren't very many doctors that will write pain prescriptions. The ones who do find anyway including lying about your behavior to drop you as a patient. Even my Oncolagist can't write my prescriptions unless I'm having surgery. I've been in chronic pain for 22 year from Lupus SLE, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, injury, surgeries & fibromyalgia. I can lead a fairly normal life with pain medication. With out it, I'm bedridden. I'm only 59 years old. I look at least 15-20 years younger than I am. I have taken very good care of my health. I have kept the Lupus in remission for many years, but it doesn't stop the Arthritis. All they want to offer me is injections of cortisone that I'm allergic to & physical therapy I cannot do with pain medication! All my doctors agree I need the pain medication, they just aren't allowed to write it anymore. Now 99% of the pain management doctors in Los Angeles won't write it! What good are they?? They are managing anyone's pain!!!
Oct 2nd, 2017
Someone from Lincoln Park, MI writes:
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I am an RN who has a son that was in a bad accident and had multiple surgeries and is now in need of a knee replacement. He is 27 and has a family and a FT time. His doctor was being investigated by the DEA therefore she took him from 3 tablets a day to one. As an RN PAIN is the 5th VITAL sign..this is so wrong. Addicts are hurting my son terribly. WHY do people have to suffer d/t drug addicts. I don't see alcohol being removed from store shelves because of all the alcoholics and the lives they destroy by drinking and driving....
Oct 2nd, 2017
Someone from Lincoln Park, MI writes:
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I am an RN who has a son that was in a bad accident and had multiple surgeries and is now in need of a knee replacement. He is 27 and has a family and a FT time. His doctor was being investigated by the DEA therefore she took him from 3 tablets a day to one. As an RN PAIN is the 5th VITAL sign..this is so wrong. Addicts are hurting my son terribly. WHY do people have to suffer d/t drug addicts. I don't see alcohol being removed from store shelves because of all the alcoholics and the lives they destroy by drinking and driving....
Oct 1st, 2017
william w. from Tampa, FL writes:
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please dont make it so diffificult to get pain medication' i am 85 years old and have many chronic acute pain issues.it is nothing short of criminal to deny pain meds to those of us who are dependent upon pain medication to have even a bare minimum of quality of life.
Sep 29th, 2017
Someone from Broomall, PA writes:
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I have been suffering for the past 4 years now with chronic pain in my long bones. My pain gets so bad I just want to fall asleep and not wake up sometimes. The only thing keeping me here is my kids and hope that my last surgery I had 8/17/17 was a success which so far I'm still in pain but the doctors said it was a major back surgery that takes time to heal. My spinal cord was tetheted from birth and I have spina bifida occulta. I didn't know I had either but my spinal cord was stretched all the way past L5 and my pain and falling was getting worse by the day. Luckily my bladder stopped functioning which helped docs see the problem I was told was in my head.then I was told I had chronic regional pain disorder n then again changed to ms but all the while liked at as a drug seeker until they saw the tetheted cord n malformations Spina bifida. I fought three years to continue to have my pain treatedI every month I felt I had to convince the many docs I was sent to that I had actual pain taking over my life n finally The MRI that showed my cord ready to snap n i was sent into emergency surgery to release my spinal cord and reconstruct malformations in my spinal tract n sacrum. I'm still in considerable amount of pain between severe head pain and my limb pain is still there from before surgery as well as my new pain from surgery I'm suffering so much and anxiety every day and night from worrying all the time is consuming me. I had a normal life. I was a vibrant nurse n wonderful mother n wife until I woke up one day with pain that has never left. If they cut me I would pray that my life would end. I don't believe in suicide but I sure would pray God takes me in my sleep. My kids n husband have had to suffer right along with me by watching me suffer in pain so much. I've tried many alternative things to treat my pain. Natural remedys and then over the counter meds, ice m heat n injections n the list goes on and on. Please don't take my only relief away. I'm only on 10mg 4 times a day. I was on 6times a day but it's been tapered down even though I'm still recovering from major back surgery on top of that my pain prior to surgery. It's not fai. This is devastating to live like this.
Sep 29th, 2017
Someone from Broomall, PA signed.
Sep 28th, 2017
James C. from Benton, KY signed.
Sep 27th, 2017
Deandra C. from Baraboo, WI writes:
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They are taking medication away from the people who are following the rules so their quality of life is awful and their families have to also see them suffer. The people who are abusing will not stop because you took out meds away. If you followed the rules you should get the medication you need.
Sep 23rd, 2017
Alicia H. from Ellenville, NY writes:
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It is unfair, unethical and unscrupulous to deny people who live in chronic pain the right to a chance at making the best of their lives. No pain meds take ALL PAIN AWAY.....we still suffer. But to have to be judged and labeled as "drug seekers" just to be free of pain, is the general consensus due to stereo typing. It's sheer IGNORANCE. Doctors are AFRAID to treat their patients any more...it's shameful.And considering the oath they take, it's pitiful they have to choose between doing what's morally RIGHT-and doing whats LEGAL. SCRUTINY IS THE DESTINY OF ANY DOCTOR SEEING A PATIENT IN PAIN. so some people, GOOD HARD WORKING PEOPLE have turned to purchasing items on line,off the streets, or worse yet? Turning to illegal drugs such as HEROIN.....just to TRY TO LIVE WITH OUR PAIN. wake up AMERICA! THE GOVERNMENT HERE CAUSED YHE OPIOID CRISIS BY DENYING THE PEOPLE PROPER PAIN MANAGEMENT!

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