Body only uses 75% of that drug...and so you see the blood tests are absolutly flawed. Because of the DEA's witch hunt doctors are afraid of practicing good medicine...instead they are forced to provide medical care that is dictated to them by the government...if the DEA says if you prescribe *this* many medications then you are in danger doctors are more inclined to let thier patients suffer..in leiu of being prosecuted and losing thier practice. People that were originally attracted to pain managment specialties and rhumatology are quickly changing thier minds and moving towards general practice because they dont wont to pay the astronomical practice insurance prices, and face possible troubles in future and so now those fields are falling behind because the refreshing new blood that used to keep revitalizing the field, is suddenly rerouted to another area. And patients in need are the worst losers of this all...first they have trouble even finding the specialists because there aren't many left in most communities...and only two of the average of five specialists in that community will practice the way they see is best...the other three are terrified and will only do the bare minimum for thier patients. And the saddest statistics I found in my research was this...in every practice where a doctor has been investigated, does poor treatment out of fear of the DEA, or refuses someone treatments to patients on the old *its all in your head* is a staggering suicide rate. Patients give up on hope that they will ever be out of pain. They feel useless, tired, like they are letting thier family and friends down. Thier quality of life is so low to the point where they can't dress or otherwise care for themselves when they remain untreated, for those with families especially women with children the suicide rate is even higher...because a woman who feels she can't take care of, play with, and be active in the lives of her children gives up hope that much quicker because she thinks she is not a proper mother and that without her they would be better off, so she kills herself not so much to rid herself of pain, but rather to better her childrens lives....all because the governmant thinks it can play god when it comes to how doctors practice medicine and last time I checked the DEA doesnt have a medical degree.I do think that people that doctor shop should be stopped but with linking between doctors offices, emergency rooms, pharmacies and the like to be able to check a single database at a glance to see what prescriptions they have recently filled and what doctors issued those scripts. Doctors should be able to do what they have sworn to do and do best...heal people. They should be able to practice as they see fit...and if they see a need for a person to have pain medication...it should be given without the doctor thinking if he write this perscription if he will be sent to jail, or have his liscense taken, or his livelyhood taken away from him. And patients shouldnt have to endure being looked upon with suspicious eyes, humiliated, made to think they are imagining pain, or left to suffer because of a bureaucratic non-sense. And the greatest tragedy of all should stop, the death of patients even if those deaths are being caused by the patients own hands, because the reason these patients commit suicide goes up the chain and boils down to the simple fact that no person wants to continue living in pain. There have been several laws lately demanding the computer linking of all pharmacies in the US, to have more control of people getting and filling multiple medications for controlled substances, and there by weeding out unscrupulous doctors prescribing at will that will help end the DEA witch hunt of good doctors just helping thier patients, but George W. Bushes demogog government has put a halt to them by signing them into law which most thought meant that it would be the blessed end to all of this only to find that they had a more insideous plan for them...they signed the bill yes...but killed the funding for it to be enforced and so it sits there a law without any weight. To date almost 30,000 doctors have been investigated, prosecuted, jailed, and thier lives ruined...and countless patients under thier care have fallen through the gaps left in thier doctors wake. I read an news article the other day about a woman whos doctor was put in prison and his practice closed after he was tried three seperate times the first two were thrown out due to lack of evidence against the doctor, but on the third trial he was convicted of the small crime of diverting petty cash funds, nothing to do with his treatment practices, but enough to close his practice and have his license yanked which is what the DEA wanted...the woman who had severe MS and took pain meds for the terrible muscle spasms...was living in a small town that was very isolated with only two doctors to its credit, after her doctor went down, she went to the other that said that for the past ten years of pain, the 20 seperate tests comfirming her diagnosis, and video of her painful episodes were *all in her head* and refused to treat her pain. She was sent home with a bottle of tylenol and told to rest and come back in a few hours to pick up a prescription for an anti depressant medication. She returned as told but this time carrying a pistol...she let three shots off into the doctor, and then killed herself. This wouldnt have happend if only the doctor could have checked and saw she wasnt a drug seeker on a national database. I feel truly blessed that my doctor is so well respected and secure in the community that he has passed every investigation though he treats his patients exactly as they should be. Please, look up linking legislation, and send letters to help
Thank you Stephanie - this is a very sore topic for me personally, as I happen to be one of those who is turned away by every doctor with those very words - 'it's all in your head'. First they think I'm a nut because I'm honest about my medical history: when I was a teenager I was institutionalized for about 10 days. Then they think I'm a hypochondriac because I have a long list of ailments to give them - one even (after ignoring me through the entire appointment and speaking only to my fiance, then accusing me of being suicidal and me getting angry with him) had his receptionist call a mental hospital and tried to cave them come pick me up. They refused, so I was handed a phone number, told to call the place in the morning, and sent home. I then recieved a $130 bill... for a phone number and an insult. Another time, while in the ER becuase I had collapsed at work, the Dr, there insisted I was suicidal - because I had cried while laying in the bed - and said he didn't have time for me. There was ONE Dr, once, who believed me, who took xrays and confirmed that I have some serious problems (double scoliosis, degenerative disk disease in the neck - just for instance), but he was an atlas orthogonist, and not in a position to prescribe me any pain meds. I have spine, neck, joint, cardiac and respiratory problems, random severe nerve pinches that incapacitate me for whole minutes, and from the age of 10 very frequent debilitating headaches classed far worse than migraines that a little over a year ago moved in for good - I am never without the pain. My whole body hurts, constantly, I can't sleep, I can't breathe, I can't walk without being in agony... but it's all in my head. I don't go to the Drs anymore, because I know they won't help me. You are very lucky in having a Dr who listens and actualy helps.
(sorry to bemoan my troubles, just wanted to reinforce Stephanie's point)
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Hey there, yeah I know how you feel...I dont know what happened to the first part of this but it contained my story and why i started to investigate this. But I will do the short version of it so people can realize the signifigance of the first sentence that seems out of place. I was diagnosed with shurmanns disease three years ago after six months of trying to deal with my general practitioner who kept telling me there was nothing wrong with me and that it was all in my head...well i got me a new doctor and after an MRI I found out that over half my dics in my back were either missing or warped into schmorl nodes that cause my vertebra to rock back and forth and pinch the surrounding nerves causing intense pain and at time paralyzation...most people with shuremanns have it in adolesence and it goes away by 18...but mine was lying dormant until I was hit by a car trying to save a dog from being hit himself. it took it a further four years to cause pain and when it was finally diagnosed they found that the way the shuremanns had manefested in such a way that it was more severe and affected more of my back and was progressing faster and not stopping unlike most cases.I had so many discs affected that I did not get the typical hunch back apperance of normal people with shuremanns either...so I became a totally new catagory for this disease and a guinea pig for the medical record books because I was a freak amoungst those with the disease. It also affects all my joints with cartilidge as well...so im slowly breaking down....and im only 24 now. But it was my fight to find good medical care and pain treatment to save my bodily function for the sake of caring for and raising my kids that made me passionate enough to reasearch into why doctors acted as they do when I had a legitimate disease and records to back up my claims. So I dug in a found the DEA has been for the last ten years tearing through the medical profession locking up doctors, persocuting patients, and having doctors implement care contracts where they do pill counts, or blood tests to garuantee that you can keep getting opiate pain meds...but if you talk to your doctor in the middle of the week to ask if you can take an extra pill and the doctor forgets to note it and then is gone during you appointment on friday...your pill counts are off, and you try to explain but since the doctor made no note, you are left humiliated looking like a bald face liar, and kicked out of the pain management program. The blood tests, which if you read DEA propaganda, are the answers to pain doctors prayers, because they are fool proof. If you have too much in your system then you are taking more than you were prescribed, if too little you are stockpiling drugs to sell to people or up your dose later. But as in everything it is not that black and white.Every human being is different, and as such every human beings body utilizes a drug differently...and you may be the one odd person out of 50 that has a different body that will use 99% of the drug when the average is only 75% of the drug...so when they do the blood test your levels will be higher and you will be kicked out of the program for addiction or at the very least using more than prescribed. I have found documentation to this fact from the company that designed the blood test that several other tests are need to find an individual baseline for the person while titrating...but most doctors never do this and so people are kicked out of the program without cause and not only that they have a wonderful little curse called black listing where if you are kicked out of a program every other program and doctors office in town is alerted that you abused the medication and they wont ever let you in again...so you must suffer...this has never happened to me but I have talked with people in support groups who have had this done to them...and believe me its one of the number one reason people with chronic pain commit suicide...when you have no choice but to look into a future filled with nothing but a savana of pain and despair...release from it seems a better option. But the reason the DEA gets away with this is there is still support from the american people who think that doctors are up on a pedestal, that doctors are gods and if anything ever happened to them it would be legitimate and the doctor would help them to either be healed or to help thier pain. That is until DEA supporter susy gets in a car accident which tears apart the discs in her neck, and causes her lumbar discs to rupture...and she goes to the doctor and is told * well ma'am you probably pulled a muscle or maybe you've just got it in your head that it hurts worse than it really does* esscentually saying *its all in your head...its not that serious* then susy gets a first hand look at what she was supporting and has no way of going back to work against them.
utterly infuriating - thanks Again for the info Stephanie