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Acquit Doctors in the Courts

Doctors are being charged with criminal activity all over the country for doing their job per their training and oath. This needs to come to an end, but the government won’t do that. It’s become a cash cow for them.  We, the people, need to understand the motives and techniques used, and find ways to combat them. Take away the money they make convicting us, and medicine will return to what it should be—taking care of the patient.

If you know of a doctor in your area on trial, show up at the trial in support of the doctor.

Defendants are trapped in a black hole.  We are told not to talk about our case to the press, and often, not even to testify at our own trial.  All of the employees in our offices become automatic witnesses for the government, even if they don’t want to be.  Then we are not allowed to communicate with them. Pharmacists are threatened that if they don’t testify against the physician, they could be charged criminally. And with the threats the government can produce, most people will cave and desert the physician, even to the point of perjury against him on the witness stand.  The doctor’s case is played by the media using inflammatory phrases like “pill mill” for the sensationalism. They don’t care either if they help put innocent people in prison.

Help us build the list of charged/convicted innocent doctors

list2In the course of the last six years, we have created a list of many of the physicians that have had charges brought against them.  The list is on the page heading “Doctors Charged”.  Then there is a similar list on the page heading “Doctors Convicted”. If you have any personal information on any of these doctors, please let us know.

We are interested in bringing light to past government attacks on these doctors as well as ones just now under attack. We need to inform the public that there is a reason for these attacks—MONEY!

There are only 2 “professions” where the government can forfeit the person’s assets in a criminal procedure—racketeering and medicine.  In medicine, the only way to forfeit assets is under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA).  So in order to put money in the Justice Department coffers, some smart US Attorney started attacking doctors for doing pain management under the CSA by declaring the doctor working “outside the course of professional practice”.  Now this has become common practice. Even though judges on the Supreme Court have made the statement that the phrase should refer to doctors acting like street pushers, they have allowed these charges to stick by refusing to hear cases that come to them. It’s all a ploy to make money.

Please add cases that you are familiar with to the website.  We will add pages under the appropriate headings for every case we get information on. If you have information to share, please fill out the contact form at the bottom, and we will contact you with how to get your story published.

Help communicate with doctors in prison to get their stories.

prison-370111_640As a convicted felon, Dr. Cheek cannot have personal association with other felons. So we also need other people to serve as communicators. We need to find out where the doctors are that have been charged or convicted, and get their stories.  If you would like to do this, please communicate your help through the Contact Us form.

Thank you.

 

 

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On the menu under Communicate, you will find the phone numbers, office locations, email addresses, facebook and twitter accounts for all of the legislators, both Senators and Congressmen, for every corner of the country.  We need people dedicated to communicating with their legislators on a 2-3x/week basis at least, and daily if possible, to tweet a statement–personal or one provided.  You can sign up to do this, which would help us make sure that all legislators are being covered on a regular basis. As legislators are found that are on our side, we need to provide them with the information they need to get new laws passed.

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33 Comments

  1. Linda Bailey

    I am not going to make this a long drawn out history of my pain.We all know(if you are a patient) that our meds re being taken away from us.We all know its wrong and has to be stopped.What can all of us do, right now, to help the cause for patients, not addicts.Why don”t we get the ACLU involved, since we need a powerful org. With money? Let us know how we can help, I am sure everyone in pain, will be more than happy to help.We have rights, alot of us do not know what our rights are, and what can be done!

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    • lindacheekmd

      I’ve communicated with the ACLU in the past, and they weren’t interested. IMO, they are only interested in attacking Christian organizations. I would suggest you come to my webinars and learn the REAL Cause of Drug Abuse, then spread that word to everyone you know. If a doctor is charged in your area, let people know that the government is attacking them illegally through DOJ misinterpretation of the Title 21 law pertaining to controlled substances. We will only lick this through knowledge and information. Once people stop convicting doctors in court, the gravy train will come to a halt. Laws need to be rewritten making it clear that doctors are not to be charged criminally for controlled substance prescriptions. And last, decriminalize drug use altogether, as drugs are not the cause of addiction.

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      • Paulette Diana Wright

        I also contacted ACLU for help in my case of false accusations by a non medical owner, my disability and chronic pain leading to suspension of my RN, FNP license 2016. No help. Let me know if you find help with these issues. Doctors and Nurses should not be falsely accused and the government gets away with it. We have no help. See my false accusations on Nurse Practitioner Data Bank…for the world to see. Talk about breach of privacy and Hippa laws!

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  2. Clarence R. Verdell,MD

    I am trying to understand what is going on.

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  3. Julie

    My new pain management doctor just told me I have two months to wean myself off of opiods. I’ve been on these medications for twelve years. He said “I can’t risk my license on someone like you”. I’ have EDS which is known to be a very painful condition. My insurance only has two pain management doctors on the list. I’ve never had any problems before until now. I can’t live without pain relief. The majority of my joints are arthritic and I’ve had many surgeries that have only ended failing due to the fact I don’t heal well. My back surgery was the inky one that provided some relief. The rest have been either pointless or have made things worse. I’ve been fighting to get well for too long and there isn’t a thing I can do about the genetic condition I have besides using common sense such as eating healthy and exercising when I can. Just last night, I was swimming and dislocated three joints. This is a normal, everyday occurrence for me and others with this illness. Now, I have to heal before I can get back into the pool as to not damage myself further. I am in such extreme pain that I have broken my teeth in my sleep several times and I’ve actually broken through mouth guards. I can’t live through this amount of pain. I hope things change soon because I’m barely functioning on pain meds. I won’t go back to the way I was before them. Lying in bed crying and screaming all day is no way to live for anyone.

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    • lindacheekmd

      You and anyone else with EDS need to try Prolotherapy. I don’t have any personal experience treating it with prolo, but with the effect of prolo on ligaments, it is a given that it could take the pain away. You see, the pain you experience is coming from the ligament because of the laxity and the ligament can’t do its job of holding the joint together. Please don’t give up hope. I’m sorry your doctor was so crass in his statement. I can read the fear there, and the discomfort with his decision in his crassness. H

      Here is just one source on information on prolo and EDS. There are bunches more. http://www.caringmedical.com/prolotherapy-news/prolotherapy-ehlers-danlos-syndrome/

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  4. Wayne S. Swanson II

    I have taken this opportunity to share my heartbreaking story in hopes these witch hunting Opiate ill informed skeptics will read and understand that I would have no life without Medically prescribed Opiates by a physicians care and strictly monitored monthly urine and blood test. Please remember that An Opinion Before A Thorough Investigation Is The Epitome Of Ignorance! And that a little more compassion from the Medical Field and its representatives could have saved my beautiful Stepdaughters life. Let me say this! A person who has a addictive personality will abuse anything that helps them feel better. I have taken Oxycontin for 12 years , I have had 20 major surgery’s in 9 years. I have so much physical pain I can not even get out of bed with ouit pain meds and when I run out I run out and just lay in bed praying the Lord relieve me of this horrible condition and I pray God you pain med skeptics never go through what I go through everyday of my life when the only thing you have to do is threaten what help I get, Shame on you! There will always be drug abuse and as the so called war on drugs has failed all this will! All you do is stoke and aid the drug pushers business to knew heights in the Black Market of Heroin while depriving folks as me to this horrible movement! My Stepdaughter committed suicide 4 years ago because of being treated like a drug addict by her family and doctors when all along she suffered from Lupus and Fibro which I believe was brought on by a deadly car crash at 18 , she told me between that which I was being put through and what they were putting her through she was not going to live her life in such a hell brought on by people like you that are on a witch hunt to out law Opiates and pain meds that give us some sort of a life . As a retired Police officer and worked indirectly close to the DEA, you people do not have a clue how thrilled you are making the illegal opiate trade and think of my Late Stepdaughter as you continue on with this 2016 Version of the ( 1940s Propaganda Film named REEFER MADNESS )movement to outlaw opiates! Just like the slaughter of children at Sandy Hook if there would have just been gun laws , my God they were Gun Laws , the guns that murdered all those 20 children were all registered and owned by a school teacher! You fight Drug Addiction in Elementary education by teaching all children the dangers of Booze and Tobacco which if these witch hunters want for us to know the real truth but they do not. I miss my Stepdaughter a so much and some of us will continue on the fight to protect our right to feel better and function without fear of these witch hunters trying to convince us to commit suicide . And they are trying to do exactly THAT!
    The under line real truth is THESE witch hunters would rather us Chronic Pain sufferers commit suicide are and DRINK all the BOOZE we can drink! The Federals legalized it ( ALCOHOL) knowing its a more deadly drug than Strychnine. And just because the DEA has miserably failed with their witch hunt type movement on drugs why do they deprive us sick people of our Constitutional Rights to be Happy in that pursuit of with Professional Physicians to take meds that give us relief of this horrible malady of Chronic Pain ! May God have mercy on their miserable souls they that seek to destroy us Chronic Pain Sufferers only and little hope of temporary relief of this horrible sickness.

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    • Pam Hawthorne

      Wayne, I’m so sorry to hear about your stepdaughter and totally understand what you are going through too. I’ve had rheumatoid arthritis for 9 years and was able to live a productive, functional life until moving to Roseville, CA. I have a rheumatologist who reduced the strength of the opioids I took for many years, and now my disease has changed from moderate to severe with a flare-up that has lasted for 10 months now without getting any better. When I was given an adequate strength of opioids, flare-ups only lasted 3-6 months. This flare-up won’t stop even while taking 4 different RA medications, because I cannot get the pain under control. My life has come to a standstill, and I can’t sleep or do anything productive anymore. I started a petition on Change.Org, so if anyone here wants their pain to have a voice, please sign it, and share with other people who are suffering due to doctors who fear the DEA more than care for their patients:https://www.change.org/p/centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention-make-opioids-available-to-chronic-pain-patients-again

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      • lindacheekmd

        Pam, you should be doing something to protect the doctors from persecution rather than calling us cowards. Would you give up your family, all your possessions, and go to prison for the rest of your useful life to work at whatever job you did? I doubt it. Don’t badmouth the people who have been doing all they can against a government that intends to attack every one they can for money, if you’re not willing to back us. Where is your petition to prevent doctors from being criminally attacked for doing their job? That is the law we need to get passed. Yours, I’m afraid, will be circular filed along with the thousands of others sent in.

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        • Molly

          Excellent point Dr. Cheek! Pam, use your energy to help the docs who are governed by laws, not by what they were taught! Doctors no longer have the right to treat as they see fit, they are governed by not only “Uncle Sam”, but by insurance companies as well! Let’s open a discussion about how to HELP regain control of our health care! Insurance companies are as big of a problem as the government! It all comes down to what Dr, Cheek repeats over and over: $$MONEY$$!

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  5. Joe Accordino

    Thank you,from a pain patient not an addict.

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  6. Ann Morris

    One more person that calls Me an “” addict ” I’ll scream !!!!! No I don’t do drugs because I like them—hooked on them —- go on the street to buy drugs— or to be the popular one that does them !!! I got hurt at work and to make this as short as I can I was seen by other Doctors and all I heard was this pain was “”” all in MY HEAD “” NO—-NO !! its NOT . They open a can of WORMS and they will have to deal with all of the ”’CRAZY” people with no meds . WE all should get together and go down town and protest and tell them do something they started this and we will finish this !

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  7. ChromeValiant

    I’m not sure where to place this comment so I’ll leave it here. I recently heard a bill was passed in Florida that makes it illegal to seize assets before being tried in a court of law. I remember seeing a news article about it and I think John Oliver also did a piece about the seizing of assets before being found guilty on HBO. I don’t think the law applied only to doctors but I’m not certain. If you know anything about this please let me know.

    Thank you

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    • lindacheekmd

      I know nothing about it. But if it was passed in Florida, then it only applies to Florida law, not federal. The Feds seize assets at the time of the letter of investigation of a crime. They don’t even wait for the indictment.

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  8. Emily Ullrich

    I have contacted my State Reps, my Congressman, Mitch McConnell, and Pres. Obama. I have yet to get anything but political mumbo jumbo, even when I wrote back, and demanded something other than a form letter…they basically said “Thanks for your opinion.” I also do patient advocacy, I am a Delegate to International Pain Foundation (also known as Power of Pain), I write and research for my regular column on painnewsnetwork.org. I tirelessly work to end this relentless witch hunt. I will not stop until this has changed. Please let me know how I can help.

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    • lindacheekmd

      Thank you, Emily, for your work and your offer. I am currently working on summarizing the bills before Congress that affect current treatment. I will be posting those summaries and suggestions on what can be done. One thing I am hoping to find a way to do is to use my program on treating drug abuse to show that opioids are not the problem. There are currently bills before Congress that involve grants for studying addiction. I will need help writing such a grant for my program and any assistance you or your readers can provide would be of help. When I get the summaries published, we also need to get this before the public through the media. You can help with that as well. Thanks again for your offer.

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      • Emily Ullrich

        Dr. Cheek,

        I am now writing for the Huffington Post, Pain News Network, and I am a Delegate to International Pain Foundation, I desperately want to stop this war on patients and doctors in any way possible, so please contact me whenever you need help writing, or distributing information.

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        • lindacheekmd

          Will do, Emily. Feel free, if you would like to write anything for this website, or put an ad about yourself on the sidebar, it would be welcome. I want to put more information of other sites, like PNN and PNR and Pharmacist Steve on my sidebar. I’ve just been so busy preparing my DVDs as I think that and my webinars can do the most good. But it is in the planning for the future.

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  9. robin young

    I was also a slave to prescription pills at one point in my life. I feel doctors have a duty to monitor and find other ways to address pain besides opioids. I use natural medicine to treat my pain. I decided that i did not want to be a prisoner anymore. There are natural pain medications that can help with pain and the anxiety that comes with chronic pain. I was able to wean myself off all of my pain meds and still have a wonderful life. You do not have to be a prisoner to your pain. There is freedom. Doctors are responsible for this over use and abuse and so are the patients. Something has to change. People are dying from overdoses on heroine. They can no longer get pain meds so they use heroine. I have a facebook group dedicated to people seeking relief through natural medicine. @ New York pain relief with Natural medicine.

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    • lindacheekmd

      I am happy for you that you use natural medicine for your pain. You might get some benefit from my website, http://www.sevenpillarstotalhealth.com. But you believe the standard propaganda being shoved down America’s throats by the government. If you read my page about what causes drug abuse, you will see that it isn’t doctors. But the patient isn’t really responsible either, that is, until they know the real reason and then don’t change their lifestyle or cleanse.

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      • ChromeValiant

        If natural medicine means marijuana and Kratum it is worth noting Kratum is an opioid. Also Kratum is being banned in many states, and marijuana is not legal in many states. And the latter has signifacant side-effects. Granted the side-effects are mostly harmless but they are substantial, and again limits who is able to use it. So while this might work for a few patients it certainly isn’t an option for the many chronic pain patients in America.

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        • lindacheekmd

          No, the natural medicine I refer to is not marijuana or Kratum. It is diet and the seven steps to healing which is on my website http://www.sevenpillarstotalhealth.com. The natural medicine I did was homeopathy, auricular therapy, and prolotherapy among other forms of energy medicine. I don’t subscribe to the use of marijuana. It still just treats symptoms and does not get to the cause of the problem. And the use of marijuana, especially in reproductive years, can change the genes by adding epimeres which will make the desire for that drug greater in offspring. I am a proponent of curing the problem, not covering it up with symptom relief.

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  10. Jeff Purcell

    I am a patient of Dr. Gosy in Buffalo, NY. He was arrested last week and charged with over 100 “crimes”. I was the victim of a drunk driver and tried every other option available to me before starting pain management with Dr. Gosy. I did PT, accupuncture, massage therapy, spinal decompression, and even spinal surgery. I was 33 years old and somedays using a walker. Dr. Gosy treated me with injections and pain pills. I can function now (most days) and live and almost normal life. I have been called into Dr. Gosy’s office at least 10 times in last 6 years for random drug test and pill counts. I feel the local officials were looking for scapegoat to the Heroin epidemic here and they chose to pick Dr. Gosy as the scapegoat. They always say heroin users started with pain meds, I don’t understand that because when I run out of meds the last thing on my mind is going to get Heroin!!! Anyways, after reading your article I felt you should know what a great doctor Dr. Gosy really is and he is being prosecuted by politicians with alterior motives!!! Thank you!!

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    • lindacheekmd

      Thank you. I agree. But you and his other patients have to make yourself heard in the media, as well as at his trial. The only way to stop this fanatical attack on doctors all over the country is to acquit them when they are charged. People have to understand the truth–that this is simply a government agenda to make money on the backs of hard-working, dedicated doctors. Please spread the word.

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      • Lana B Kirby

        Linda, as I understand it, doctors are being forced by the FDA to decrease their opioid prescribing by a certain percentage, up to 50% across the board without taking into consideration the patient’s diagnosis or prognosis. I have also been told that the FDA is going to pharmacies and making them cut back across the board. With both doctors and pharmacies being attacked, patients are being discharged and left to suffer because another doctor can’t pick them up. Their allocation of opioids are already in jeopardy, so those doctors either have to reduce a working pain regimen, or discontinue altogether. In fact, it’s so bad that some doctors are discharging all their patients who are currently receiving opioid treatment leaving them labeled an “addict” and left alone to suffer in agony or detox without tapering which is mandated by the CDC guidelines. Instead of being afraid, doctors need to unite and insist on their ability to practice medicine without government interference without regard to the age, type, and geographical area the doctor covers. For doctors to abandon patients must be hard. Some of the people being discharged are patients of 11 plus years. But when the FDA comes in and gives you an ultimatum, what are the doctors to do; risk their license? I am really at a loss as to where this madness will end, but the CDC and the government needs to step up and say we need to change this.

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      • Lana B Kirby

        We are doing our best, Dr.Cheek. We are in the process of forming a National Chronic Pain Group. In an effort to expedite it, we are using a pre-existing Facebook Page called Chronic Pain Leadership Committee. We are in the process of building a website, but using this venue as a way of beginning now. People may join via
        \https://www.facebook.com/groups/chronic.pain.leadership.committee/

        I also have a survey of the effects of the new laws and guidelines which are in the final stages preparatory to media release. They show staggering numbers of patient abandonment, baias, profiling, and inadequate pain control. I’ll be happy to share if it would be of any benefit to you. I would also be willing to attend trials and testify as to my knowledge as to what effect all of this is having on innocent, tax-paying, law-abiding citizens, since I am on the leadership committee of a large chronic pain group and spend way too much time talking people down from suicide, counseling patients on how to interact with the remaining physicians so as to not offend them which many times results in patient abandonment and trying to calm their fear and anxiety as this continues to spiral out of control. Former trial paralegal in personal injury field & Case Administrator to Chief Judge at US District Court in Indiana. Currently live in FL and traveling to Indiana every 3 months for medical care, since I have yet to find a doctor to take me.

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        • lindacheekmd

          Thanks, Lana, for what you are doing. I will inform anyone of your willingness to testify if they contact me based on my latest information that I can talk to these doctors that are under attack. If you would do likewise with anyone that contacts you–let them know I am available as a witness/gallery supporter/etc. Maybe I should build a page for my website to profile experts in the field so that lawyers can consider us as witnesses. In fact, I think I will do that. If you could write a page about your experience and what you could offer (without giving anything away to the prosecution), I’ll build a page for you. Let anyone else that is a good expert witness know they can advertise their services here.

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        • Sherry

          Lana & Linda,

          Please know I’m here to help wherever I can. I’m following the bills from the house & the senate, writing my letters only to wait 3 months before getting a letter that’s auto generated & fake. They care more about treating the addicts with opiods then they do about how they’re affecting the CPP’s lives. I’d like to join your Facebook page and I’m going to search for it now. I’m advocating for chronic pain patients such as myself and for those who can’t? I’m spreading and sharing everything I can on my personal page & what I can’t, I’ve got printed out. I agree 150% and believe we need to organize a trip to the White House. We need to make them see & take steps to allow our physicians the right to treat us and if they demand that the government stays involved, then we must make them pass bills for chronic pain patients as they are for Addicts. We must make sure they differentiate CPP’s from addicts as were not addicts, were chronic pain patients that don’t abuse or divert our medications, nor do we turn to using heroin because we’re RX’d an opioid to function. Must I type the whole page in my search engine or just search for the group?
          Its 3am in the morning and I’ve yet to sleep from my pain as I can go days without until I’m ready to fall over since being reduced. I was informed I would be reduced before the CDC guidelines – recommendations (PCP’s Only) were even published. They came out in March 2016 yet, I was told in the beginning of February 2016. I’m now out of work as of May 2016 & have nothing but time on my hands ready to help wherever I can. I’m not functioning much lately since being reduced yet, I’ll manage through the pain somehow. I won’t stop until they stop calling us addicts, stop using scare tactics to our pain management physicians who’ve not done anything wrong, until now. They’re the ones with the license, not the CDC, FDA, DEA & governemnt officials with made up statistics at best. They know our histories, exam, diagnose, treat & prescribe not the CDC & DEA. Now they’re afraid to write for fear of being attacked or targeted by the DEA. I’m now on only 2 ER’s &4 IR’s a month which is a far cry from where I was at to function even at a level 4/5. I & many others are being denied our constitutional rights period. My provider will give nothing more regardless of the many medical conditions I have. I currently take NSAIDs, Baclofen plus other meds that aren’t opioids. I have my injections that don’t help, do therapy, acupuncture, excercised, eat healthy & never have I abused my medications. I had a quality of life while working as an RN, enjoyed my family, lived happily, was able to intimate with my spouse, enjoyed my grandchildren ect.. None of which I can do now as I can no longer work because of the fear the DEA has instilled in my provider. I see nothing Federal or State in MD that states that it must be 2 ER’s & 4 IR’s QD but I’m being told “My hands are tied & everyone’s a one size fits all now’ by the very provider who never believed that & has a YouTube video that states the exact opposite as those from all over the world come for compassionate care as its not a “One size fits all treatment or approach”. I’ve even downloaded it so it doesn’t disappear with all that’s going on. I need yet a 3rd cervical surgery & my L1-S1 now surgically done. Besides the DDD even in my thoracic for which I’ve had TOS surgery, I have MS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, neuropathy, spinal stenosis, scoliosis & now being told abnormal signal in my spinal cord. I’ve went to other providers closer with all my records in hand who’ve all said they couldn’t take me on as a patient & 2 wouldn’t even look at my records I was told to bring. One even said ” Oh your an RN & that medication is a QD medicine, I’m not going to jail for prescribing it BID” then proceeded to give me my copay back & send me on my way. Without even offering to RX it once a day or reviewing my new MRI’s done that show that the surgeries listed above need to be done. Therefore, all I did was in vain and I & my spouse were left asking ourselves why Was I treated this way? We looked at each other with complete disbelief of what she said. The witch hunt on our doctors is a vicious cycle as they close down one practice for nothing, if another picks up their targeted next. It’s no wonder no doctor will see anymore patients for fear of the DEA. We must fight this so our doctors can do what they went to school for & our chronic pain patients all over can be treated as before and get what’s needed to become a productive member of society again. I myself feel useless that I’ve worked my entire life at the age of 53 & can’t do what I did just a few months ago with the proper medical care. Please let me know what I can do to help as I’m armed & dangerous with the material I’ve collected & printed in just the last 6 months along with articles I’ve found going back to 2012 and beyond. The fact that providers who went to medical school to Do No Harm are causing more harm then ever. The providers simply don’t care anymore as they’d rather keep the DEA out of their practice rather then step up and fight for their patients. It’s extremely disturbing and becoming the norm around here. I’ve found many that do care & will continue to treat until they’re the next target of the DEA. We need ALL providers & ALL CPP’s to come together & stand up to the governemnt as it’s only going to get worse. I’m tired of those on Facebook complaining but NOT doing what’s asked or needed as just simply complaining will get them nowhere fast unless they start speaking up, writing, calling & doing what’s asked of them. I’m sorry for rambling but it’s late, I’ve had no sleep due to the pain as I can’t get comfortable. I’m here, ready to fight, ready to help so please tell me what more can I do?

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          • lindacheekmd

            Sherry, if you live in Maryland, maybe you could join me on my trips to contact representatives in DC. We can definitely work together on things. If you would like to share some of your research on posts on my website, just say so. You are more than welcome.

  11. Anonymous

    Here is my issue…as a chronic pain patient who has lost my job, lost my benefits, exhausted my unemployment benefits now, and still can not find a job because potential employers cringe when they hear my former employer abusively discharged me for allegedly exhausting my FMLA (they actually violated the law and required me to have a recertification note for each intermittent absence thereby forcing leave and speeding up an exhaustion) and refused to reasonably accommodate me per three specialists recommendations to allow telecommuting during flare ups so the situation in of itself has rendered me unemployable as an undesirable candidate who has a chronic intermittent ailment and here is the kicker I was voluntarily NOT taking opiate painkillers to curb the episodes of incapacity up until I was terminated and now am forced essentially just to manage the pain and keep from blowing my brains out from the situational depression and anxiety not to mention PTSD from the MVA that caused the disabilities in the first place elected to try pain medication through pain management in order to hopefully secure a job and not need intermittent leave as frequently…but to date only now am on opiates to have some sort of quality of life at age 30 and in hopes of reentering the workforce hopefully any day now if possible or the opportunity arises…I have this to say, if doctors are going to be witch hunted why not hold everyone accountable what about the insurance companies that pay big pharma the claim for the prescription I know personally Medicaid as well ad my pain Dr required me to show proof of medical necessity. And let’s go a step further how about big pharma who falsely advertise the benefits and shadily hide the dangerous side effects and omit even the side effects from abrupt discontinuation i.e
    when your pharmacist decides to play God and not fill your prescription because maybe they don’t like the way you look or judge you despite never treating you or even asking you in depth questions as to why you are taking the medication in the first place, how about how they don’t tell you hey if you have to go a week until the pharmacy either gets your medication in or if they refuse you and you have to drive to 80+ pharmacies now in three surrounding counties and walk in each one in excruciating pain yourself because you can’t go through the drive thru with this newly scheduled drug how much you’ll regret ever taking the pills in the first place. Like government is to stay our of private business with delegations they need to stay out of private medical practice because they are the real responsible party they created this epidemic and are murdering their own citizens by 1. Allowing pharmacy advertise in the first place 2. Not educating the public on withdrawal the ugly side of opiate use “just say no” should have had campaigns of people shitting their brains out and simultaneously vomiting on themselves that may have left a lasting impression rather than eggs frying in a pan 3. Failing to realize the failure of the war on drugs and recognizing addiction as the disease it is 4. Causing physical dependence on unassuming non predisposed victims who have now become addicted due to physical dependence not the same as someone who is psycho-physiologically dependent addicts these are your shooters and snorters…so we have bred a whole new evolutionary progression of the addict into a larger demographic these are people that are unwittingly exposed to this powerful drug and need it to maintain and can’t be abruptly taken off but have higher likelihood of staying “clean” if necessary because they aren’t psychologically dependent 5. By ramping up regulations and witch hunting doctors and trying to thwart the crisis by suppliers and pharmacists cutting supply yet failing to recognize simple economics that even if you cut supply it doesn’t make the problem go away it just evolves into something far worse ….duh they caused the heroine epidemic since 2013- present day because now even chronic pain patients are at risk of seeking out this drug to just live otherwise they are committing suicide at an alarming and underreported rate, physically dependent but perhaps over prescribed individuals who’ve been cut off are seeking out heroine, and even your common junkies who can’t get their opiates that they may have just developed the habit say after an ER admittance that gave them a short supply they no doubt know where to cop the next best thing all the while they haven’t managed to solve a damn thing other than allowing the black market to flourish and allowing the Cartel to capitalize on their failures since they at least had the foresight to understand doctors aren’t the problem and if you cut off the mass populations access to pain medication naturally people in pain are going to self medicate just to have some sort of quality of a life or their ever elusive chase of the high the two are no different cutting supply just redirects the pipeline to something else a substitute to address the demand. Economics the Mexican Cartel realized it before our own government did, or perhaps they did realize it, and instead of having genocide on their hands they want to put in on our physician’s because after all they are the ones who prescribed them in the first place. WRONG: big pharma. Produced it, big pharma advertised it, the FDA approved it, big pharma bribed or misinformed our physician’s and guilt ed them into believing they were failing tgwue oath by allowing pain patients to be under-rated which they were and still are but there is a difference between chronic pain and acute pain which this was still not the doctors fault, then the insurance company paid big pharma the claim once the prescription was filled, and last but not least responsible sensible adults of their own volition who could have sought out education choose of their own free will to either take their medication as prescribed or abused it, either way the government is pretty much forcing any and all of these individuals into either death by suicide or death by overdose because they are still failing to realize the problem, maybe they should check that money that’s in their pockets their biggest supporters big pharma. Yet they can contribute and conduct themselves negligently at every step of the way yet aren’t witch hunted nor charged with murder as they should be they are slapped with a small percentage of the profits they made from the continued sale of these drugs they flooded our homes with. A drop in the bucket to them, a slap on the wrist. Government needs to stay out of it. If am adult chooses to go down that road at this point with all the information that’s out there as a chronic pain patient myself who is tired of suffering from all this scapegoating bull shit then in my opinion it’s their choice so be it.

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    • lindacheekmd

      Well said. Let’s hope some of them read it.

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  12. Rev. Ron Myers, Sr., M.D.

    Chronic pain patients must contact their members of congress (two U.S.Senators and U.S. Congressman) and demand that their physicians no longer be persecuted by law enforcement.

    PAIN PATIENTS ADVOCACY WEEK take placr during the last weekend in Aptil each year.
    This is a special time to focus on empowering chronic pain patients communicating with their members of congress, Governor, state senator and state representative and all media.

    http://www.PainPatientsCoalition.com

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    • lindacheekmd

      Thanks, Dr. Myers. Sounds like a trip to Washington the end of April in the making.

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