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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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4 hours ago
Someone from Marysville, OH writes:
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CDC & DEA need their heads examined! - How stupid to make criminals and illegal drug users out of legal pain patients whom need pain meds to function! - These CDC / DEA thugs are violating the Constitution.
9 hours ago
Dissatisfied from Brighton, MI writes:
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Walgreens pharmacist would not fill my prescription called in by my physician. She said due to the February month being short I could not get them until the 26th today is the 22nd and the date on my bottle is the 24th I always get them two days early each month for fear I will again be denied them. This was not the first issue I have had since the New DEA laws. Now Walgreens has this new law where the day you "pick them up" is when the prescription starts; thisis ridiculous! A 30 day "rule" set forth by the DEA. I can not keep up with all the pharmacist new rules and their power plays. They DO make those who need it feel like drug seekers, adicts, sellers and all things illegal. I take Vicodin which is now on the DEAs list. A very small dose per day for seven years. The reason? I have a disease which nobody will or can cure! I'm stuck with the pain, a barbaric surgery every third month or pain medication. Those are my choices to live a normal life. Now pharmacys seem to be playing God with people's narcotic prescriptions. I can't tell you how many times I have been made to feel like a criminal because I get it two days early which is supposed to be allowed. The DEA gives these pharmacist way too much power and god forbid any one of them or their loved ones suffer from a chronic pain illness. There are drug addicts and abusers and sellers that do ruin it for ligitimate people who actually need medication, however that will exist no matter how much the DEA tightens their "laws". Go after heroin, cocaine, meth, crack or the several other street drugs plaguing our country and leave ligitimate patients in chronic pain alone! Start sanctioning these pharmacys who decide who and who can not have their PRESCRIBED BY A DOCTOR medications. Since when is a pharmacist more informative than a doctor? They count pills, put them in bottles and bag them; the computers do the important stuff now. Kiosks would be better than most pharmacist with a degree in pharmaceutical medicine and NOT a degree in internal medicine! It has to stop!
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22 hours ago
Someone from West Burke, VT writes:
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Sad and feeling hopeless due to my rx being cut by over half earlier this month and will be again toward the end of same month and I was already under-prescribed. The only reason for this is due to new guidelines effective July 1, 2017, which I'm under the threshold for max amount to be taken daily but my doctor fears losing her medical license. She'll continue to be able to work and I'll continue not being able to work or to do household chores. Taking a shower required 2 doses of meds due to pain level, and this was prior to this so called "wean". The only way out is permanent, not what I want to do but at this point, I can't continue suffering as I am. There is more kindness given to hurting pets than humans in the rural area in which I live. A pain clinic comes to the area twice a month and already had recommended that my Dr increase break thru meds but earlier this month, she refused to allow any so I no longer receive the generics, which were mostly as if taking sugar pills most of the time due to their extremely poor quality. She also took away 2 of the 3 long acting meds. The long acting ones no longer worked well since their reformulation but has given me many side effects that would have probably killed me in the end anyways. Nobody should have to suffer. Opiates have been around for over a hundred years and opium was discovered in 3500 BC. God put these plants on earth for a reason, nature's healing...synthetic copies are do not work as well. I go through withdrawals most every day due to the non steady medication that's released from the pills. I've tried many methods of pain management therapy. They are helpful but do not replace the medicine needed to control the level of pain. I'd love to work again, however, I am not able to take care of my own personal hygiene, let alone go out in public and be a service to others. The more I read, the more aware I am of how complex the entire system is. From pills coming from other countries without quality controls in place, to those in power being wined and dined and paid off to get their products in pharmacies and again at the doctor's office to get patient rx's filled, to the trips to pharmacies that may or may not have your medicine in stock. And of course, it's all about money, not a mission to actually help people that have had unfortunate accidents and did not ask for a life of severe chronic pain. I can't recommend answers but do wish that the doctors not feel pressured about losing their job in doing their duty to help their patients. Narcotics exist for a purpose. I never abused mine or did anything to break the "contract" but am paying the consequences for deaths in the northeast, though I did nothing to contribute to their demise.
22 hours ago
Someone from West Burke, VT writes:
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Sad and feeling hopeless due to my rx being cut by over half earlier this month and will be again toward the end of same month and I was already under-prescribed. The only reason for this is due to new guidelines effective July 1, 2017, which I'm under the threshold for max amount to be taken daily but my doctor fears losing her medical license. She'll continue to be able to work and I'll continue not being able to work or to do household chores. Taking a shower required 2 doses of meds due to pain level, and this was prior to this so called "wean". The only way out is permanent, not what I want to do but at this point, I can't continue suffering as I am. There is more kindness given to hurting pets than humans in the rural area in which I live. A pain clinic comes to the area twice a month and already had recommended that my Dr increase break thru meds but earlier this month, she refused to allow any so I no longer receive the generics, which were mostly as if taking sugar pills most of the time due to their extremely poor quality. She also took away 2 of the 3 long acting meds. The long acting ones no longer worked well since their reformulation but has given me many side effects that would have probably killed me in the end anyways. Nobody should have to suffer. Opiates have been around for over a hundred years and opium was discovered in 3500 BC. God put these plants on earth for a reason, nature's healing...synthetic copies are do not work as well. I go through withdrawals most every day due to the non steady medication that's released from the pills. I've tried many methods of pain management therapy. They are helpful but do not replace the medicine needed to control the level of pain. I'd love to work again, however, I am not able to take care of my own personal hygiene, let alone go out in public and be a service to others. The more I read, the more aware I am of how complex the entire system is. From pills coming from other countries without quality controls in place, to those in power being wined and dined and paid off to get their products in pharmacies and again at the doctor's office to get patient rx's filled, to the trips to pharmacies that may or may not have your medicine in stock. And of course, it's all about money, not a mission to actually help people that have had unfortunate accidents and did not ask for a life of severe chronic pain. I can't recommend answers but do wish that the doctors not feel pressured about losing their job in doing their duty to help their patients. Narcotics exist for a purpose. I never abused mine or did anything to break the "contract" but am paying the consequences for deaths in the northeast, though I did nothing to contribute to their demise.
1 day ago
Someone from Owensboro, KY writes:
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i personal know other chronic pain patients like me who now dead from being under medicted like myself with opioid rx pain medicine,the only treatmentment that really works,not letting an real chronic pain patient have opioid pain medications in right amounts and mgs doesn't stop the real drug addicts,they will get off the street or switch to another drug,while real pain patient are suffering,dieing this is wrong,ungod like i'm scared for heath real bad as my great pain we need to be treated like real americans not drug addicts were not i will personal take lie detector test,were being tortured and dieing in very great pain.
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Someone writes:
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This country has become a country without a soul. I am not sure how or even why this has happened. But if you are unlucky enough to be an American trying to live with chronic pain then at some point you will be subjected to demeaning and humiliating treatment, suspicion and if you do something 'they' deem as suspicious, you will be thrown to the very wolves selling illegal pills on the street because they will refuse to treat you because they are afraid of losing their license. How is not treating them addressing the illegal sale of drugs on the street??? It is ADDING TO IT BY THE 100's of thousands. Idiotic lawmakers.
2 days ago
ralph p. from El Dorado, KS writes:
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im sick of doctors who wont do there jobs..i have ms and i deal with a lot of body pain.and now they wont help me me manage my pain ..so i have gone to the streets...so how good are the kansas laws..u tell me..4 people in our ms support group have died from street drugs and are all over 60...**** KANSAS AND THERE ******** LAWS AGAIN THERE ONLY HELPING THE PEOPLE THAT STARTED THE PROBLEM....
3 days ago
Mark N. from Brookfield, IL writes:
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This is NOT an F'n blog post,,, it is the pain of real , chronic pain patients being revealed. It is not entertainment, if yiu cannot repsect that, please refrain from commenting.