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June 21, 2012
Someone from Frisco, TX signed.
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Someone from Raleigh, NC writes:
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as a chronic pain sufferer, having my Doctors fear to treat me right causes my care to be less than adequate. This is UNFAIR. I should not be treated like a criminal or addict because A DRUNK DRIVER REAR ENDED ME AND DESTROYED MY BODY. Yet I am treated terrible thanks to the DEA and the Federal Laws.
June 21, 2012
Someone from Grand Junction, CO signed.
June 21, 2012
Someone from Rockland, ME signed.
June 21, 2012
Someone from Mentor, OH signed.
June 21, 2012
Someone from Fredericksburg, VA signed.
June 21, 2012
Someone from Lafayette, CO signed.
June 21, 2012
Someone from Montesano, WA writes:
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I have been in constant pain for the past 12 years, ever since a botched epidural for childbirth. I have suffered in silence the entire time because I've been too scared to even ask for something to help the pain. I finally broke down and asked for help because I can no longer hide the pain I am in. It has affected every aspect of my life and I can't take it anymore. My doctor flat out told me that she does not prescribe pain killers and will not see me anymore if I even ask. I now have to have an epidural injection and that scares me to death! Having something injected into my spine is what caused my pain in the first place. I'm at a loss as to what to do... this injection is my only option, my only chance at relieving the pain and if it doesn't work or makes it worse.... well, I don't know what I'm going to do. I understand trying to crack down on the people who abuse pain killers, but you are punshing those who actually need them to treat their pain.
June 21, 2012
Someone from Canadensis, PA signed.
June 21, 2012
Someone from Grayslake, IL writes:
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As a chronic.migraine sufferer im forced to travel to a hospital over half an hour away rather than the one a block and a half away as they have labeled me drug seeking. I.was fortunate enough to have my mother.drive me to another ER as.I was refuses treatment while having strokelike symptoms(complex migraine but I also have a clotting disorder putting me at higher risk of stroke) and without checking my electrolytes even though i had been.vomiting for days. I was admitted at the other hospital due to dangerously low potassium, I could have gone into a fatal arythmia and the first ER was more concerned about labeling me than my safety. Please don't make situations like mine the norm, or wait until people turnws away die from the condition that is causing their pain. Please allow drs to treat patients pain as they need to without fear of repercussions.
June 21, 2012
Someone from Santa Rosa, NM signed.
June 21, 2012
Someone from Portsmouth, OH signed.
June 21, 2012
Someone from Crowley, TX signed.
June 21, 2012
Someone from Edon, OH signed.
June 21, 2012
Someone from Pompano Beach, FL signed.
June 21, 2012
Someone from Salem, MA writes:
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Please STOP the madness! Let doctors care for and treat their patients. Give chronic pain sufferers a chance at improved quality of life and end the discrimination.
June 21, 2012
Someone from Castanea, PA writes:
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I am schocked at the way the Fedral goverment put my quality of life on hold because there seems to be a problem with addiction. I am asking the very people who are taking away my quality of life, PLEASE take a urine test and send me the results. I signed a contract and am urine tested to recieve pain meds. You need to back down and check our urine test results. And then after ever so many wasted lunches and misc crap yall do. Please do the right thing for me. I freely submit to urine testing, leave me alone so I can have quality of life. thank you....
June 21, 2012
Someone from Plainfield, IL signed.
June 21, 2012
Someone from Wooster, OH signed.
June 21, 2012
Someone from Raleigh, NC signed.
June 21, 2012
Someone from Atlanta, GA writes:
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I am sick to death of hearing my friends saying that their doctors will no longer treat them because of the DEAs war on physicians and patients. Get the DEA OUT of the doctors offices and back out on the street where they belong!
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Someone from Scotch Plains, NJ signed.
June 21, 2012
Someone from Fort Lauderdale, FL writes:
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I 100 PERCENT AGREE WITH THIS WE ARE LEGIT PAIN SUFFERS I HAVE SERAL DIFFRENT DIG, FROM RA. LUPUS. MIXED, CONNECTIVE TO DDD PLEASE LISTEN TEST DONT LIE WE ARE HUMAN ,,,WE SHOULDENT HALF TO SUFFER AS LONG PATIENT DOING FOLLOWING PROGRAM DONT JUDGE UNLESS YOU WALKED IN ARE SHOES PLEASE RECONSIDER BTHANKYOU SHARON
June 21, 2012
Someone from Valparaiso, IN signed.
June 21, 2012
Someone from Union Grove, WI signed.
June 21, 2012
Someone from Walters, OK signed.
June 21, 2012
Someone from East Elmhurst, NY signed.
June 21, 2012
Someone from Fiskdale, MA writes:
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How many overdose deaths are actually undetected pain patients? My dogs receive more humane treatment than my husband can.
June 21, 2012
Someone from Fredericksburg, VA writes:
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I have Tarlov Cyst Disease and many other spine issues. I had to go to many doctors as no one wanted to help me. I was even told my pain was basically in my head and nothing was wrong with me even though I have facet joint arthritis, 3 bulging discs and many other issues. I had to pull my own MRI'S and diagnosed my own Tarlov Cyst Disease, found it has a foundation, found the neurosurgeon that does the surgery for this rare and debilitating disease, flew across the country and had surgery. I lost my job, have to appeal SSD and they say it can take 2 years to get disability checks when I worked my butt off all my life sometimes even 2-3 jobs, and now that I need it I have to wait years??? If I didn't have my family, i would be homeless right now. How can our government treat a disabled hardworking Taxpayer and American this way?!?! To top it off...my pain is through the roof after surgery And my doctor is too scared to prescribe me anything stronger -saying she can't, and I can't even go to PT yet because of my nerve damage which may never heal. Fix the freakkin system!!!
June 21, 2012
Someone from Fort Lauderdale, FL signed.
June 22, 2012
Someone from Stafford, VA signed.
June 22, 2012
Someone from Santa Rosa, CA writes:
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It is disgraceful that patients can still be abused by the system when they are merely looking for help in order to keep their pain levels low, which in turn makes them more productive members of society, and also keeps their bodies moving and healthier. Please help these patients to get fair treatment.
June 22, 2012
Someone from Henderson, NV signed.
June 22, 2012
Someone from Millville, PA writes:
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I have fibromyalgia. I am in pain 7 days a week. I only use pain med when I really can't stand the pain any longer. How would you like to be in pain 24/7 since there is no cure and half the treatments and medications don't work?
June 22, 2012
Someone from Albuquerque, NM signed.
June 22, 2012
Someone from Murrayville, GA writes:
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How bout the freedoms in general that are taken away? Can chronic pain patients travel to other countries or to somewhere for more than a month? No, or if they do they run almost impossible risks. I'd just like to know why drugs like alcohol and tobacco which have absolutely no medical benefits to the human body whatsoever are legal and under no real control, but chronic pain meds are, and are to the point of millions loosing they jobs because maybe that can get they're script filled, maybe they can't, and overall completely loosing they're quality of life in every way possible. Has anyone even realized the human rights violations that are being caused by the laws and the "war on pain patients" The people who are seeing raises and better jobs by persecution of chronic pain patients should be ashamed...
June 22, 2012
Someone from Pawtucket, RI writes:
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I am now bedridden because of poor pain control. When you have RSD/CRPS, you get used to knowing more about your disease than the doctor that's treating you. I have to stick around with doctors and pain clinics who either don't know what the proper treatments are or are so afraid of getting into trouble regarding controlled substances that they make it a policy never to prescribe them. I have to stay with these doctors because if I look for a new doctor too soon, I'm labeled as drug-seeking. I had received a round of infusions awhile back that gave me one wonderful month without any major nerve pain, but because it's a controlled substance, my current doctor will not refer me for the treatments. If I call doctors' offices to ask them if they prescribe the medications I need before making an appointment, in an effort to avoid "doctor shopping," I'll be labeled as drug-seeking before I walk through the door. So, I have to take my chances with a new doctor and then suffer for months before I can try finding a doctor that isn't afraid to treat me. This is all thanks to the war on prescription drugs and the scrutiny on doctors who treat pain. There are honestly times where I consider finding the street form of the drug used in the infusions, because I am so desperate to be pain free for even a day. Obviously, this could be extremely dangerous to my health. I wouldn't know the dosage I was taking or what else was mixed in. I wouldn't have the added medications to relieve nausea and stop me from hallucinating. I could overdose and die. However, when you are in this much constant pain and you have been stuck in bed staring at the same four walls for months, you're willing to do anything to feel better or even just end your life and be done with it. Does Congress want us to turn to illegal drug sources and put our lives in danger or simply kill ourselves so that they can wash their hands of us altogether? No one should have to live like this. If only our lawmakers could experience even one day of this pain, they would understand the suffering that their policies are inflicting. Don't punish everyone for the comparative few that abuse prescription medications. You should be punishing doctors that for under-treating their pain patients; not giving them a reason to do so.
June 22, 2012
Someone from Chicago, IL signed.
June 22, 2012
Someone from Salem, MA writes:
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I am a nurse and I constantly see physicians who turn away patients just because they have chronic pain. 10 years ago we needed to ask everyone and properly treat pain, now we ask but it does not matter what the answer is. If Tylenol or Motrin do not work you are out of luck unless you have cancer. This is unacceptable. Because of this I have seen an increase in the number of pain patients that are now becoming addicted to heroin. Physicians are now afraid to prescribe because they feel they will be scrutinized by the government. There needs to be a balance. It is not the amount of narcotics that you prescribe but the appropriateness of the prescribing that needs to be looked at.
June 22, 2012
Someone from Toms River, NJ writes:
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I have RSD/CRPS and the burning, stabbing, piercing, pressing, bone crushing, unrelenting pain can sometimes bring me to the point of feeling suicidal...I will not cross that line, I have children & grandchildren that show me all the time I have too much to live for. When a new pharmacist questions my presriptions, when he looks me up & down & stares back & forth between me & those pieces of paper, rapid fires questions at me.....listen, I KNOW he or she must do the job he's been hired to do, but I don't need to feel like dirt. I've been using the same Dr & the same pharmacy since 1999 for Heaven's sake! I understand there are a few bad Dr's out there as indeed there are quite a few people who lie. The MAJORITY of us are legitamite. Blaming the medications themselves tho, the Dr's that prescribe them, the manufacturers that manufacture them....that is NOT the solution. People have been abusiong drugs and looking for that "ALTERED SENSE OF REALITY" for as long as there have been people walking this earth. When are we going to go back to putting PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY BACK ON THE PEOPLE WHO ARE THE ABUSERS, LIARS, CHEATERS, THIEVES~where the responsibilty actually BELONGS? If they are not abusing PRESCRIPTION DRUGS they will find something else to abuse~heroin, opium, ALCOHOL.....I don't see anyone calling for prohibition to start over again! That would not be the answer anyway! PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT EACH PERSON SINGULARLY DOES AND NOT THE Pain management Dr's, the chronic pain patiens or the drug manufacturers!