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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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Cindy S. from Dumfries, VA writes:
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I need help..I'm in VA. I have chronic pain 24/7 it's getting to where I can't stand it..I have neurapthy compound fracture, osteoporosis, and now they think I have RA.I broke my pelvis , broke my collar bone.Im a mess and I can't stand it..I can't find a Dr. That understands how bad I hurt..I don't have a life..My pain isn't going to go away and it can't be fixed..I'm 63 and I hope I have years to live .But I don't have a life because of my pain..There has to be help somewhere.And the FDA needs to understand and help and back off...Cindy
8 hours ago
Carol B. from Fort Edward, NY writes:
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While my situation is a bit different than what the above article describes, I am afraid that since losing my NP of 17 yrs that now I will be cut off from the very thing that keeps me functioning daily. I have RSD or CRPS in my rt upper arm and whole side which I have been dealing with for 21 yrs with little if any medication, it wasn't until my low back started failing me that I required something for severe pain & I was prescriibed Viox, which really did the trick, until they took that away, and then I had a bout with some horrific female problems added & I was prescribed, norco at the ER which I noticed and I relayed to my PA helped my back pain. Then after losing my home in 03 I sadly developed FM & was diagnosed with it in 06' Now with all over pain and a new NP I felt hopeful She precsribed my HBP pills, Lyrica, Cymbalta & of course not all in one visit. Further the days were becoming unbearable and after researched on line I inquired that perhaps a long acting opioid may get me out of this agony I so sadly tried to live in. I was given Kadian 100mg avery 12 hrs finally after failing with the Fent.patches, and it really was the answer . I apologize for the lengthy comment But must say that now since my NP retured in Dec 2015 I am at the mercy of a new MD in the network who ic claiming that the very thing that keeps me going is hurting me & increasing my pain. I have found no literature to that effect & I feel the upper article is the very cause of them wanting to discontinue my regimen . Please stop making those of us with REAL pain suffer fro reasons that are not our fault. I have so much documentation over the past 20 years to show my unfortunate need of these meds & just wish that the Govt could somehow make it not so tough on our providers thank you P.S.
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Someone from Suamico, WI writes:
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In need of pain pills or pain management. I have papers on my injuries. My recent doctor of 38 years dismissed me,all because I recently got into an argument with her and she called my doctor and said I was drinking,and not only that she said that I was begging her to go over to her apartment. YEAH RIGHT! I choose to keep my friends to a minimum. Please contact ,email at home
8 hours ago
Someone from Suamico, WI writes:
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In need of pain pills or pain management. I have papers on my injuries. My recent doctor of 38 years dismissed me,all because I recently got into an argument with her and she called my doctor and said I was drinking,and not only that she said that I was begging her to go over to her apartment. YEAH RIGHT! I choose to keep my friends to a minimum. Please contact ,email at home
8 hours ago
Someone from Suamico, WI writes:
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In need of pain pills or pain management. I have papers on my injuries. My recent doctor of 38 years dismissed me,all because I recently got into an argument with her and she called my doctor and said I was drinking,and not only that she said that I was begging her to go over to her apartment. YEAH RIGHT! I choose to keep my friends to a minimum. Please contact ,email at home
15 hours ago
Someone from Pittsburgh, PA writes:
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I suffer from chronic pain due to a surgeon who made mistakes in a gastric bypass surgery which caused 20 more abdominal surgeries...I also have 2 ruptured discs in my back and recurrent pain from an accident where I fell on black ice due to the negligence of the store which caused a broken tibia fibula and ankle as well as the ruptured discs. I have days where I cannot move, days where I throw up for 48 hours until the ER can give me nausea meds thru IV and fluids to stop the dry heaving. Having pain medication and injections in my neck and ankle allow me to work and live a somewhat normal life. Please let doctors do their jobs or you will find many more people on disability and unable to live as normal a life as possible. Thank you.
20 hours ago
Someone from Seattle, WA writes:
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Wherefore to some, when being abed they betake themselves to sleep, presently in the arms and legs, leapings and contractions on the tendons, and so great a restlessness and tossings of other members ensue, that the diseased are no more able to sleep, than if they were in a place of the greatest torture. This is why I need mine, severe RLS
23 hours ago
Someone from Westminster, CO writes:
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First, understand that I am not at all insensitive to those struggling with addiction. It is a real disease which leads to many deaths, and I get the importance of making sure opioids are not being over-prescribed or ‘passed out like candy’. But if there's one thing we can all count on when it comes to our government, is that they will almost always take things to the far extreme. The purpose for the new CDC guidelines are meant to give physicians a general idea of what to go by, but still be able to use their own judgement when treating the individual needs of their patients (hence the term 'guideline'). Unfortunately, doctors are now under constant scrutiny, intimidation and harassment by the DEA who are treating these guidelines as lawful requirements, to the point where they can no longer treat their patients suffering from life-long illnesses and/or permanent injuries involving chronic, debilitating pain and are genuinely in need of some type of opioid medication just to make life livable. There are many ailments in which alternatives to pain medication cannot help on their own. These patients are the least likely to abuse, misuse or overdose, yet they are being put into the same box as those who use opioids for no other purpose than to feed an addiction. New doctors are being 'programmed' to disregard individual situations and assume everyone's an addict, and anything the patient says regarding their condition, or medications they cannot take for whatever reason, is “drug-seeking behavior” and they’re just lying in attempt to get drugs. I am a chronic pain patient. The disease I have is complex and multi-symptomatic, both autoimmune and neurological. There is no cure, and the only 'treatments' are still experimental, and more often than not, leave patients worse off than they were to begin with. I never thought those of us who used their medication responsibly for legitimate reasons and did not abuse it would have anything to worry about. After all, I'd been seeing the same primary care physician for years, had a good doctor-patient relationship with established trust. He genuinely cared about my health and never over-prescribed. I went in for my annual checkups, plus 2-3x per year for regular "med-check" visits. You can't get more honest than that! Despite all of this, and despite having the medical records to back me up, he can no longer prescribe my medication, and starting in February I will have to go to a pain clinic every 30 days (I can barely get out of the house as it is), see a doctor I've never met and give a urine sample. I've been coming across more & more horror stories from patients living in other states where these laws went into effect a year or so earlier; patients like me who were honest and had done everything by the book, now being treated like common criminals, talked down to as if their condition is their fault, or not even a serious condition to begin with. Some were even cut off of their meds completely after getting false positive test results from their urine samples. This is due to applying older methods of urine testing which are often unreliable in order to cut costs- something the DEA, as well as anti-opioid "extremists" don’t take this into consideration. There are ways to spot addiction and help drug addicts without making life even worse for those of us already suffering. These measures taken are inhumane and far beyond unreasonable.