A Million Lawsuits Are Coming, And About Time Too

By: Bharani Padmanabhan – May, 2019

And so it ends, with a whimper rather than the expected bang of a hundred billion dollar squeeze. Even before the lucre has been extorted out of pharma companies that make pain medicines, the CDC was forced to dissociate itself from guidelines it had created in the service of Brandeis’ very own Andrew Kolodny, and his huge effort to demonize all patients with chronic pain as “addicts in heroin prep school” and that pain medicines are just “heroin lite.” 

This blatantly false narrative was fabricated to drive a national hysteria aimed at creating the right conditions for the successful shake-down of pharma companies in Judge Dan Polster’s court. It itself is now a crime, apparently, when pharma executives write that they must increase sales.

The nation’s leader in progressive policies, Oregon, went the furthest by decreeing that no one on Medicaid would have their pain medicine paid for, no matter what. If you are a patient on Oregon’s single-payer plan who needs pain medicine, you are expected to do the progressive thing and commit suicide. Progressive Oregon won’t pay for pain medicine that allows you to live a full life, but will pay for a doctor to kill you.

When medical organizations finally woke up to the plain fact that Oregon was dead serious, things finally began to move in a positive direction. Numerous doctors applied moral and professional pressure on the CDC because its “opioid guidelines,” written for the most part by Kolodny and his outfit, PROP, were unscientific, inhumane, exclusively responsible for hundreds of suicides and provided the Federal excuse that states needed to throw pain patients off their single-payer plan.
These same “guidelines” had previously been rejected by the scientific committees at FDA as incompatible with the principles of medicine. Naturally, Charlie Baker and Maura Healey had found Kolodny instantly appealing.

And in a less agile version of the AIDS activism of the mid-80s, pain patients testified at government hearings in concerted numbers, some from their stretchers, and ensured that they were finally recognized as human beings who deserved to live and get their ailments treated.
So how did the CDC announce its long-deserved mea culpa? It issued a “clarification” and declared that tapering all patients off pain medicine quickly was harmful and that chronic pain patients on stable doses need not be tapered off at all.

CDC then bemoaned that others had “misapplied” its “guidelines” when they had been just guidelines and not rules. This was rich given that CDC knew that everyone would apply them as federal rules, and were promoted as such.

Charlie Baker certainly did so immediately and refused to pay for pain patients on Medicaid (MassHealth) who had been stable and productive for years.

What was even worse was the open intimidation of patients who tried to pay cash for their pain medicine when Medicaid refused to pay for their care. These patients were labelled as criminals by pharmacy chains and flagged as addicts in the government’s prescriptions database, to ensure they would be refused care by other doctors, just like progressive China’s Social Credit Score. So they couldn’t get insurance coverage, couldn’t pay cash, and couldn’t switch doctors.

And Charlie Baker says he loves America.

Thankfully we now have CDC’s “clarification” and already lawsuits have begun against so-called physicians who harmed their pain patients and abandoned them. Class action law firms too are looking closely at how to hold responsible those who consciously blocked access to well-known medicines that have been in use for thousands of years.

VP readers may recall my friend Bo, a patriotic veteran and grandfather, who hanged himself because Brockton Hospital’s Indian pain doctor valued complying with political directives above upholding the principles of medicine, and caused him severe harm. Such doctors do not deserve to be licensed to practice medicine and must not be allowed near patients ever again.

Bharani Padmanabhan MD PhD is a neurologist who specialized in multiple sclerosis in the Boston area until July 2017 when the medical board stole his license for reporting fake MRI reports and fraud to the federal government. ◊



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67 Responses to A Million Lawsuits Are Coming, And About Time Too

  1. Melissa Reply

    May 29, 2019 at 1:53 PM

    Bravo! Excellent article! I’m a chronic pain patient who barely has any life and I’m sick to death of being called an addict to add insult to injury. Thanks for seeing right through the Progressive scheme to make single payer affordable by killing off us “problem patients.”
    What category of patient will they go after next? They’re already targeting children – abortion is the $500 option that saves single payer from those pesky delivery expenses and years of having to cover wellness exams and snotty nosed kids.

    • Gina Reply

      May 30, 2019 at 3:15 PM

      Instead, we’ll have children born with severe birth defects & addicted to whatever “Mom” gets off the streets. So, tax payers (Medicaid) will now be taking care of these “disabled children” left behind because “Mom” didn’t want the child to begin with. Yeah, makes so much sense….

      • dan bolger Reply

        June 20, 2019 at 4:50 PM

        Why comment when you obviously didn’t read the article or are just another follower of Kolodny the Dr Mengele of pain care

      • Cara Reply

        September 14, 2019 at 9:28 AM

        Just shut up and stop wasting our time with ignorant comments about a subject that you obviously don’t know anything about.
        I truly hope that you or someone that you love never experiences debilitating chronic pain that leads them to suicide because the pain is simply unbearable!!
        People like you should consider visiting a hospice facility where they have patients that are in so much pain that they cry, scream, beg, pray, etc because they are not getting proper pain relief and they are at the end of their life! Shame on you for your incredibly unkind comment! Just GO AWAY!!

        • Erin Reply

          March 19, 2020 at 11:27 AM

          Cara, you are 100% accurate! I only wish that some of these people could try walking a mile in my shoes and I guarantee you they would be unsuccessful. There’s nights like last night that I lay awake all night praying for sleep because I am in so much pain. I’m lucky to have a great pain management physician but still, it’s tough!

          • peter jasz

            March 19, 2020 at 12:36 PM

            That’s the problem guys, people don’t know, don’t have a clue that such suffering (pain/agony) is possible(for any length of time) -let alone survivable.

            The doctor’s, media are the one’s who must make this clear -and understandable. “Professionals” (in med. field) should know better. BUT, if their retarded medical training doesn’t discuss, they’re just as naive as the rest of Joe Public’. And that’s bad.


          • Kevin Marcum

            March 19, 2020 at 1:42 PM

            Wish me and my son could testify in front of Congress to show that my pain doesn’t only effect me but effects my son as well, the cut me off cold Turkey and it wasn’t because I broke any rules. They didn’t get me mental health, wouldn’t even give me some thing for nausea. So far 26 days of withdraws. It has been so stressful for my son to watch me and make sure I don’t act funny and try to hurt myself, he is also staying up and checking on me because he heard me talking to my family doctor about the arrhythmia with my heart at night. No kid should ever have to go through this. I am sure this will effect him for years to come,maybe the rest of his life.

          • peter jasz

            March 19, 2020 at 1:54 PM

            Hi Kevin: You are so right. No one, should go through this. That’s why it is imperative ‘we’ all band together, send money for a legal defense/challenge to demand fair, equitable, decent treatment and without question sue for damages; neglect, patient abandonment, malfeasance, ruthlessly causing human suffering the likes most people could not imagine -and surely would not be ‘standing by’ if they saw (or better yet lived this way -intractable pain) for a few hours, let alone a day, week or years as many of us have endured.

            Surely there is somebody out there with a brain/contacts to get this Legal Fund going. You can count on my (initial $50. contribution), as I’d be willing to fork over hundreds-of-dollars more. Get a few hundred/thousand of the same people, and some greasy lawyer would surely wake-up and take what we be a precedent-setting case.

            peter jasz

        • Mary Reply

          July 8, 2020 at 1:04 PM

          Thank you, great article

      • mommamiacocachia Reply

        June 17, 2020 at 7:29 PM

        No, Gina the gardisol vaccine will sterilize the daughters of the 5th generation that we’re in. The globalist elites are the masons within both sides. Trump has been cleaning the swamp not knowing just how much FILTH is within. This goes much deeper than the hoax of affordable healthcare. There’s so much debt now that it’s going to take the entire country to get out of and why Trump is laying hard on the CCP, bring jobs back and taxes will be on consumer habits buying from American made products again will bring wages up.

      • Kirsten Klang Reply

        March 18, 2021 at 6:30 AM

        You mean to counterfeit fentanyl found in street drugs.

    • Joseph A. Hauk Reply

      January 20, 2021 at 6:34 PM

      I feel your pain.. 100% disabled veteran

  2. Jane Heinrich Reply

    May 29, 2019 at 2:14 PM

    Thank you. We need so many more voices, we are still losing people.

    • Mark Bennett Reply

      September 4, 2019 at 8:30 PM

      How can become activ Suffering unnecessarily after ten yrs. Of chronic pain relieve and now being cut against my will because p.m. scared.

  3. F1 Rocket Engine Reply

    May 29, 2019 at 2:17 PM

    SMACK ON! These thieves will hang high.

    • Pegy Reply

      September 15, 2019 at 4:32 PM


  4. Mark Ibsen MD Reply

    May 29, 2019 at 2:27 PM

    Well done, well said.

    Doctors who are arrested will need to fight back…

    • leejcaroll Reply

      September 24, 2019 at 8:31 AM

      true but the ones who were arrested for legitimate reasons who decry their arrests and the doctors who protect them do no one any good but the criminal doctors among you. It is like medical malpractice when you protect all you leave the patients open to malpractice committed by the ones who are protected by the medical community, medical societies. Most of you are good decent folk trying to do a hard job and help but the nefarious ones need to be exposed and cast out, not embraced as I have seen happen too often.

      • Sky Reply

        March 19, 2020 at 11:27 AM

        Go away. Ever heard of a Continuum of harm? A few corrupt doctors don’t make making millions suffer, go to the street( not an option for most) commit suicide…who pays you to do this? Tool and paid poster.

  5. Stella Reply

    May 29, 2019 at 2:41 PM

    Thank you! I was traveling for 2nd opinion for brain surgery to be repeated again and was 5000 miles away from home with valid Rx for stable dose pain medicine that was never refilled early when pharmacies refused to fill my medicine and was forced to withdraw cold turkey. Now I am stuck in NC and unable to move home to MA to be close to family because of the inhumane approach to pain patients and misapplication of guidelines. I tired of being seen as an addict even though I take my med responsibly. Often my home pharmacy does not have medicine in stock. Drs are being driven out of practice in droves. I fear for my dr and his license when the DEA is circling Drs like vultures. The whole system is a disgrace and leave so many in agony. Andy Kolodny benefits from his lobbying since he owns detox and addiction programs. His goal was to get pain patients as another clientele he could make money on. Keep drawing attention to this please to Help us fight this war against pain patients!

    • F1 Rocket Engine Reply

      May 29, 2019 at 9:29 PM

      He must think he’s gonna win and this worries me. He’s really sticking his neck out and he has already read PNN, but his most recent comments have never been more deceptive or slanderous or murderous.

  6. peter jasz Reply

    May 29, 2019 at 3:55 PM

    Superbly written. And, deadly honest.

    Simply look to the facts, and then ask the survivor’s of those that succumbed to the most chilling, desperate of acts: Suicide. And for no other reason than to END the severe, intractable vile,vicious, merciless pain.

    Ninety-five+ percent of the population,mercifully, will never experience such horrid punishment (pain). However, for those unfortunate enough to be so impacted, it WILL BE FOREVER branded into their psyche -your very being- with scars of traumatic PTSD as a result of unrelenting, severe pain levels.

    BUT, equally gut-wrenching is that these patients know full well that there IS medical help readily available (including pharmacologic opiate prescribing -literally ‘pennies’ in actual costs) that was NOT drawn upon in effort to minimize / eliminate the suffering.
    Simply Stated, there has/continues to be a boat-load of physician’s (USA/& Canada) that simply REFUSED the desperate pleas from suffering pain patients. Patient Abandonment. The likes of which both those involved and posterity shall look in horror and disbelief.

    These ‘offenses’ are so cruel, damning and vicious they must be seen as nothing less than ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ -and prosecuted accordingly.

    I, for one, will muster up as much money as I can to help secure funding for a sharp lawyer/firm that will have a field-day (and nightmares) preparing the case/ charges against anyone involved (individually or collectively) in this horrific massacre of life and liberty upon those so suffering.

    I can’t wait.

    peter jasz

    • Pegy Reply

      September 15, 2019 at 4:11 PM

      Peter, very well written response to the brilliant Dr. Bharani Padmanabhan’s voice of reason, compassion, and the now “HippoCRITIC” Oath.
      I will donate or help however I can to get the BEST lawyers on our side.
      I thought for certain I would be dead by Jan. 2019. Miracles do happen!

      • peter jasz Reply

        March 19, 2020 at 7:42 AM

        Hi Pegy: Thank you. We must remain strong. And although cliche’d to the heavens, we do have, and must rely on that oft used sentiment of ‘Hope’.
        And yes, miracles do happen. BUT, in this case (patient abuses), that my dear shall be accounted for in the courts.


    • Joy Lee Reply

      November 25, 2020 at 1:18 AM

      Great response. I have a story that is hard to believe happen that sent me on the edge of suicide. I am still here though. I am so very angry. But there is nothing I can do about it. Say the word pain and the world turns away. The medication a turned this into a nightmare.

  7. Teri Pezzella Reply

    May 29, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    Thank You so very much for your most elegant TRUTH! Can we put you in front of Congress? Lol. I’m really not kidding. We’ve all been saying this all along but nobody would print it verbatim! At least someone has the stones to say the obvious. They will never admit it. Kolodny is as bad as Trump when he’ll tell whatever lie supports the situation of the moment. He’s contradicted himself so many times, I’ve lost count. I have no respect or trust in the CDC any longer. How could they let this happen when they were warned? Is it also a social experiment? Sanctioned torture! When I read about the Suboxone & company going under then revived under different circumstances and all the monies now being poured into rehabs, I knew there were critters in the cake, to put it nicely! Great article and such inspiration you give to thousands, finally reading the truth and giving many a well needed and overdue education! Kudos to you sir!!!

  8. Losing Hope Reply

    May 29, 2019 at 5:29 PM

    The CDC has accomplished nothing with its “clarification”.
    No changes have occurred and none will without a complete WITHDRAWAL of the 2016 Guidelines.
    Also, the DEA and federal government officials do not care about clarifications.
    They are proceeding as usual with prosecuting doctors and persecuting those with legal prescriptions.
    Last week I saw the neurologist/pain specialist who I am forced to see (after the specialist treating me for 15+ years REFUSED to prescribe pain medications any longer in 2016) and AGAIN he tried to coerce me off my meds!
    He doesn’t care about a clarification of guidelines which were never meant to apply to either HIM or ME anyway!
    He is happy to hide behind the Guidelines and use them as an excuse to deny appropriate prescribing.
    The 2016 Guidelines must be withdrawn!

    • F1 Rocket Engine Reply

      May 29, 2019 at 5:37 PM

      And now FOX who helps us, then doesn’t help us, then helps us; is calling it “war on opioids”, …I never thought I would miss just “opioid crisis”.

      • peter jasz Reply

        May 29, 2019 at 9:27 PM

        Let’s begin by never using these (inaccurate, deceitful) terms:

        * “Opioid Crisis”: (Should read: ‘Illegal Street-Drug Use/OD’s)

        * “Opiate ‘Epidemic’ :

        (Lol. Consider that Cocaine, Meth, Heroine have and have always/historically accounted for about 100X great casualties/fatalities than ANY OPIATE Analgesic ever has -or will.)

        OR, the deadly facts/numbers-data on Alcohol -1,000X greater problem !

        Where’s the OMG “Alcohol Pandemic” Strikes Nation ! (?)
        (” ..Brewer’s being threatened, fined and jailed for alcohol brewing/use/misuse.)

        The BS (and deadly) narrative employed (and tag-lines used, created and repeated time/time again) must END.
        Do, say, print and read this constantly and something remarkable happens: It becomes second-nature to speak/think about it in those terms.Now is the time to begin the clarification process and tagging such concerns -and directing these concerns with the honest, appropriate and accurate tag-line:

        “America’s War on the Illegal Drug Trade” a Proven/Miserable Failure.”

        It’s time for a far more accurate “tag-line” when speaking to/about our Country’s deeply declining health and prosperity of our nations citizens.

        ” Illegal Street Drug USE, Misuse ” (America’s Failure)

        “America’s Impotent War on the Illegal Drug Trade”

        “America Fails Citizens as Criminal Drug Trade Runs Rampant”

        We must begin by using the far more accurate terms/tag-lines, noted above.


        • F1 Rocket Engine Reply

          May 29, 2019 at 9:36 PM

          I agree. I speak to the uninitiated most of the time and I fear if they don’t see “opioid crisis” (I usually say “opioid (opiate) crisis”) they will not know what I’m talking about, like I mean tylenol or gabapentin or some such waste of time pain medicine for SEVERE pain. But I always continue on to completely define what we think about that. There will be times to never say opioid crisis, I agree, gonna print that and tape it nearby! Thanks.

        • Tracey Reply

          May 30, 2019 at 10:25 AM

          EXCELLENT response! I am forever sickened at the hypocrisy of our government, which demonizes safe, regulated medication (with real medicinal value) while actually profiting from the sale of two legal substances with little to no medicinal value, one of which remains the NUMBER ONE substance of abuse in the US, both of which contribute to over a half a million deaths each year just in this country.

        • Pegy Reply

          September 15, 2019 at 4:31 PM

          My husband and I have our own terminology!

          Your Tag Lines are much less profane & more likely to bring about change or at least be repeated. Thank you for that, I’m going to print your post now & Use It!!

  9. Rhonda Ostrowitz Favero Reply

    May 29, 2019 at 6:24 PM

    SPOT ON!!! Thank you so very very much!

  10. Michael Schatman Reply

    May 29, 2019 at 8:15 PM

    The article is rife with inaccuracies. See our presentation on the weaponization of the CDC Guideline at the International Conference on Opioids next weekend if you’d appreciate accuracy.

    • Mark Ibsen MD Reply

      May 29, 2019 at 9:19 PM

      What inaccuracies, per se?
      Would it not be inaccurate not to point them out?
      I thought this was mostly an opinion piece.
      Are we looking at the same article?

      • mommamiacocachia Reply

        March 19, 2020 at 7:24 PM

        After several people asked Michael Shatman to point out the inaccuracies he claimed he didn’t attempt to answer any simply because there were no inaccuracies. These PROP doctors are narcissistic sociopaths who are extremely dangerous and it’s they who ALL need to be sitting in the defence chairs within the courtroom under charges of conspiring to entrap, injury and permantly harm thousands of people up to and including manslaughter by torture.

        • peter jasz Reply

          March 19, 2020 at 9:09 PM

          YES ! Start sending/collecting money for a legal team to take on/charge these idiots.


    • F1 Rocket Engine Reply

      May 29, 2019 at 9:38 PM

      Do tell Dr. Schatman. My belly button falls off if I hear inaccuracies in the reports intended to save our lives by restoring the safe opiates and it didn’t do that here. Best Regards :D

    • Losing Hope Reply

      May 30, 2019 at 10:32 AM

      This comment criticizes the article as “rife with inaccuracies” yet fails to list a single one.
      Could you please elaborate?
      Thank you.

    • MAGA Texan Reply

      May 30, 2019 at 11:56 AM

      Dr. Schatman, will you please name ONE inaccuracy in the article?

    • Missy Reply

      May 30, 2019 at 3:39 PM

      Michael Schatman, we’re waiting for your list of inaccuracies you mention, or maybe you could name just one!
      It’s people like you, who must be spreading ridiculous lies such as Kolodny and his ilk, causing one of the worst inhumane medical disasters in American history!
      The total disregard for people with serious diseases or injuries is baffling! Unfortunately one day YOU might find yourself diagnosed with something that causes pain so severe and never ending you’ll be begging for relief and know it’s behind the counter, but the big HOAX leaves you suffering (for your own good!). That’s why people like you are sooo offensive and dangerous!

      • peter jasz Reply

        May 30, 2019 at 9:18 PM

        Hi Missy: I know not of Schatman -who he is, what he does, affiliations etc.

        But, I know enough (read/heard) about Kolodny.

        So, when you say (accurately) :

        ” …causing one of the worst inhumane medical disasters in American history!”

        ” …The total disregard for people with serious diseases or injuries …”

        ” …That’s why people like you are sooo offensive and dangerous! ”

        Indeed, offensive and dangerous he IS -as all other psychopaths. For you see, psycho’s are known to have a disturbing lack of empathy -they cannot ‘feel’ (as you/I do -or any other normal person). That in itself is scary.

        But that’s only the beginning. Such depraved narci-paths’s as Kolodny demonstrate a laundry-list of disturbing personality characteristics see DSM IV/V) including pathological lying, cheating, manipulation and a complete and absolute disregard for anyone/anything but themselves.

        Such creatures are disturbed; in essence, robots lacking any sense of self-reflection, pride -or dignity.

        But he knows this; psycho’s are quite capable folk, seeking positions of power/control to get their rocks off. They always were, and may always be the bane of society, human culture and evolution.

        peter jasz

    • Gail Reply

      March 18, 2020 at 4:54 PM

      Ahhhh, good old Michael Schatman, who blocked me on our Twitter pain groups for calling him out for the fraud he is. Just another narcissistic shrink who must always be right. He’s right up there with Andrew Kolodny. Good luck trying to get a response from him about the “rife with inaccuracies” comment. Any psychiatrist that gets his jollies by immature name calling and the like is nothing but a troll.

  11. Tracey Reply

    May 30, 2019 at 10:15 AM

    Thank you for speaking out on behalf of pain patients. My chronically ill, completely disabled dad was denied pain relief after 20 years of medication that helped restore some of his functioning, independence, and quality of life. He was bed-ridden from the pain after being stripped of the medication he’d taken responsibly for over 20 years. He missed watching his only grandson graduate high school and his youngest daughter walk down the aisle. Both of those important events in a parent and grandparent’s life took place less than 5 minutes from his house. However, he was in too severe of pain to attend. THIS is the difference pain medication can make in one’s life.

    His final hospitalization in Jan. 2015, he was denied ANY pain relief even though his blood pressure due to the pain had skyrocketed, putting him at a huge risk for having a stroke or heart attack. He could not even physically leave the hospital by himself or with help from us because he was bed-ridden and physically could not put himself in a wheelchair, then physically put himself in the vehicle. He was trapped … until we threatened a lawsuit in the case he stroked out or had a heart attack while in the hospital. This was one week prior to him being placed in hospice care, three weeks from his death.

    • Gail Nelson Reply

      March 21, 2020 at 2:34 AM

      I used ro be a Private Investigator. I am gonna do searches on these guys. I bet they are deep state players

      PS. Trump said today that the CDC is corrupt. This was during a news conference on the C. Virus.

      • mommamiacocachia Reply

        June 17, 2020 at 6:30 PM

        Oh please do. Trump knows of the deep corruption and he’ll appreciate all the info given to fight these bastards. He went in to clean the swamp let’s help him in the next four years to do just that! Clean the swamp of these pathetic pychosociopaths ASAP! They’re bringing the American Empire down. The USA needs to be no part of any global dictating government! Let’s do it! Goodbye George Soros, your exile time is up.

  12. Tracey Reply

    May 30, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    (Post continued) – Just a few months ago, my 17 year old elderly dog fell off our deck (9 to 10 feet) and fractured her pelvic bone. The impact also knocked a tooth loose. Wincing in pain, unable to stand up long enough to use the restroom, she was sent home with nothing for her pain. We had to have her euthanized 24 hours later. Watching your loved one or beloved fur-baby wince in pain, cry, whine, yelp because they’re suffering at the hands of our government’s drug war is beyond disturbing. Healthy people, you’d better get your heads out of the sand and demand to your elected officials that they keep government out of our exam rooms or it very well could be you lying there, suffering ungodly amounts of pain, forced to suffer at the hands of your government’s drug war.

    Everyone is just a diagnosis away from cancer, just seconds away from becoming a disabled pain patient due to a traumatic car accident injury. That might be the day you fully understand what it’s like to have intractable severe pain that can only be relieved by opioid-based medication that our doctors are now too afraid to prescribe. What will you do then?

    • F1 Rocket Engine Reply

      May 30, 2019 at 2:58 PM

      Perfectly said. My God this is all Satanic. And I am too sick to even write anymore. After two years cut off now I have heart failure. Mobility is the First Pillar of Health. What will it take to reverse this stupidity? Do Congress persons get denied pain medicine too? That would work instantly. They must not be being denied. I can hear them saying to the doctor, “Do I look like an addict to you?! Oxycodone please. We won’t send the DEA after YOU, be serious.”
      “Yes sir, yes sir, thank you, coming up.”

    • Pegy Reply

      September 15, 2019 at 3:50 PM

      I’m so sorry that your cherished dog suffered
      needlessly. Dr. Bharani Padmanabhan’s enlightened & courageous letter is the most important thing I’ve read about Legit pain patients abandonment & what a travesty it is. Thank you, good Dr. P. & shame on ALL Dr.s who continue to ignore their oath to, “First do NO HARM”! My PM Dr. told me I “Was on the top floor of the elevator & going to SLAM down to the bottom”! Then, he quit seeing me. After 20 yrs of alternative therapies, and meds. which allowed me to work part time, I am now on disability, bedridden, constant pain, no sleep, just flash naps w horrible nightmares. And, yes
      thoughts of suicide daily, despite being the survivor of a cruel suicide at the age of 18.

      I’m having a RARE moment of energy, being able to send this msg. So I want to plead with fellow pain patients, & Particularly medical professionals who know this is WRONG, also legal help, WE NEED YOU, NOW! So many in agony can wait.

    • allhifi Reply

      January 21, 2021 at 8:28 AM

      Tracy: Fantastic reply !


  13. Renee white Reply

    May 30, 2019 at 11:47 PM

    Ty so much so many. Of us have suffered tremendously 2 of my pain clinics have shut down a 3rd forced non approved spinal injections i have bones of a 90 yr old at 48 due to these steroid injections i broke 5 bones 2 in hand 3 in foot went to ER my blood pressure and HR were sky high no IV nothing for pain while there after getting cast on hand boot on foot was handed script for frickin Naproxen lost 15 units of blood and heart stopped 5x so Naproxen is dangerous for me when Itold them that i was told wedont give opiods anymore i was floored i saidbut I broke 5 bones they told me didnt matter if Ibroke 20 Naproxen is all im getting left w nothing than after calling 22 pain clinics i got appt w Dr Herndon he said ” theres not enough wrong w u to JUSTIFY ur meds you’ve been on 11 yrs your other Drs are all criminals” he planned on stopping opiods immediately and start me on a Alzheimer’s medtold him to kiss my ass n left w nothing that was 3 weeks ago my mast cell is at its worse as well as lupus its cruel inhumane abuse abandonment negligence and malpractice this has to stop addicts are treated like victims while pain pts are treated like criminals arresting Drs for doing their job is abuse of our justice system Do No Harm is ignored daily we need to advocate for our right to be treated w respect and dignity

  14. Jessica Minerd-Massey Reply

    June 1, 2019 at 3:21 PM

    Thank you for telling it like it is!
    I started losing my meds in 2012.
    I’ve gone through hell after being injured at work in 2003 and put on Worker’s Comp & SS Disability.
    15 major surgeries later, w broken hardware in my back, still needing another 3 surgeries, but too afraid to get them, I’m ‘lucky’ enough to still be allowed the 90MME, but it does almost nothing for me.

    I also had a total hip replacement because of being overprescribed steroids and getting spinal & trigger point injections. That hip fell apart 21 days later and I had to have an ER revision. Thank god they still gave pain meds then.

    I’d love to know who these lawyers are!

    It hard for me to think this is anything other than the newest American Genocide and/or eugenics program.

    People who we’re stable for years, some even able to work, are losing their jobs, their homes, their families and their lives.

    The brainwashing from the mass media and their “Opioid War” turned Epidemic turned Crisis, with its hourly repition of the false narrative and misinformation is reminiscent of the old “WMD” war mongering.

    Getting the CDC to now try amd step up to ‘clarify’ its stance, is too little too late, now that the DEA, with DoJ approval, has gotten the taste of the easy life.
    Attacking doctors, often with some juicy assets to seize, who don’t shoot back and docilely follow orders, are prime targets for them.

    No thought for the consequences for anyone involved, notably hundreds of patients left without their records and no way to move on to a new doctor, left to suffer in acute withdrawal syndrome- and that includes from all the psyche drugs patients are urged, if not forced, to use instead of the opiate pain meds.

    Now, all of a sudden, after years of fighting for it, Physician Assisted Death is being passed in state after state!?

    I used to support that, and still do, although it’s extremely hard when I feel this has been allowed for all the wrong reasons, exactly what so many against it feared in the first place.

    Physician Assisted Death should NOT be used as an alternative to pain care!!

    Yet, unless I’m able to get proper treatment, sometime in the near future, I will be joining the many others who’ve finally said “Enough is Enough!”

    Living in your bed, forced to rarely leave the house, unable to participate in even the most basic of daily living activities is no life at all.

    The gov’t knows this, they were warned this would happen, and it did.
    I’m tired of fighting back tears every day when I read yet another story or comment from yet another CPP who is being treated as badly, if not worse, than myself.

    But what do I expect from a govt that loved the Colt- designed and manufactured specifically for killing Native Americans in our first genocide, or allowed Vets & African Americans to be experimented on in the Tuskegee Experiments or MK Ultra and “psychosurgery” experiments that even used children! Let’s not forget it also allowed and promoted forced sterilization of Native Americans and African Americans for years.

  15. Aimee Chagnon Reply

    June 2, 2019 at 5:23 PM

    Such an outstanding article. Bravo Dr Padmanabhan. As a fellow neurologist and pain management physician, I can tell you you have colleagues supporting you all the way. You so eloquently describe the utter cluster* that is medical care today, especially with regard to pain management. Perhaps one day soon doctors who have been the victims of witch hunts will comprise another class-action suit. Our suffering has been real, and is directly related to the terrible effect seen on patient care. Caught in an impossible situation, doctors have been trying to navigate a minefield of inane policies, anti-science, and rabid politicians. Thank you for writing this.

    • peter jasz Reply

      June 3, 2019 at 11:47 AM

      RE: ” …Perhaps one day soon doctors who have been the victims of witch hunts will comprise another class-action suit. Our suffering has been real, and is directly related to the terrible effect seen on patient care.”

      For the life of me, I CANNOT understand why professionals as yourself have NOT banded together for a defense ?????

      ” …Caught in an impossible situation, doctors have been trying to navigate a minefield of inane policies, anti-science, and rabid politicians …”

      Start/Find/Defend with Legal Action. You WILL WIN.


  16. Kirsten Reply

    June 6, 2019 at 12:22 AM

    Now we need a couple of bold lawyers to help us. We can sue many of them. And we should!!!!

    • peter jasz Reply

      June 6, 2019 at 2:56 AM

      Kirsten: “Can”, “Should” ??

      What is everyone waiting for ????

      Start with funding …. surely one with Computer/Go-Fund-Me fund raising experience can get the ball rolling.

      For god sake, start it -I’ll send in the first (of several) $50. ‘donations’.


  17. James Lucas Reply

    August 22, 2019 at 5:23 PM

    You name it, I’ve probably tried it. Life like this is indescribably dreadful. To the point that you may not be suicidal, but I would welcome a natural death. Even with a loving wife and teenage son, pain just sucks the life right out of you. Caring for anything is always second place to trying to block out 24 hour acute pain.

    I am a chronic pain patient from a spine injury several years ago. The nerve damage was so severe I became a paraplegic. While in rehab for learning how to live life in a wheel chair I started getting some movement in my right foot (toes). After 6 months of grueling work to learn how to walk again I came home in a wheelchair. The neuropathic pain was unbearable but I was given strong pain meds to get me thru the days and much harder nights. Night time can be pure torture for sufferers of badly damaged nerves.

    The hard work didn’t pay off as hoped and I stopped progressing at a point where I became stuck in a half paraplegic like condition. All my body functions are similar to a paraplegic, one good leg, one pretty bad, but I could walk! Albeit slowly with a cane, but I could walk!

    You would think this is a good thing, correct. Wrong! Nerves in my lower body constantly tell my brain that certain areas are in acute chronic pain. Walking, standing, sitting, almost anything I do creates chronic pain.

    With pain management I could function enough for things like dining, movies, hanging out with my wife and teenage son, small tasks, etc. Not much, but I could do things with all the neuropathic pain in my lower body.

    Then came the opioid crisis. The government had to clean their own opioid mess before taking on the cartels flooding us with heroin, meth, etc. Chronic pain people like myself became caught in the middle and lost all quality of life.

    I was wearing fentanyl patches (75mcg), oxycodone for breakthrough pain, benzos for tremors/anxiety and sleep. My neurologist was fearful of the government & meds prescribed and quickly cut me down to 25mcg, a 30 day supply and a certified letter explaining I was no longer a patient. NO Pain clinic would take me because I was wearing a fent patch. Well aware of the WD I would face, I purchased patches & benzos and was labeled a substance abuse user. Translation: Nobody gives a damn about you. Using current pain meds I am a physical mess of pain, tremors, sleep is disrupted 90 minutes intervals of waking in pain/burning legs and dangerous high blood pressure, spells of altered cognition, etc. I am a physical mess from lack of pain control.

    Now I can only leave the house for an hour or so. 8 months since I went out with my family to visit friends & relatives. My life is a constant battle with pain that is slowly killing me. I have a teenage son and I have one foot in a nursing and easily could have dies twice. Here is what I live with now…………

    Diagnosis Just This Year 2019 – Mostly Due to Unmanaged Pain:

    Aneurysm, Seizure disorder, Acute Encephalopathy, PRES/hypertensive encephalopathy, Metabolic disease, Hypertensive emergency, High blood pressure disorder, Tremor, Disorder of central nervous system, Neurogenic bladder disorder, Left anterior fascicular block, etc.

    This is what our great country’s is doing to chronic pain sufferers right now. The choices are getting your own pain meds, living in a nursing home (I’m very close), suicide, or slowly waste away and die because pain stops most activity.

    James Lucas in MI

  18. Ginger cat Reply

    September 12, 2019 at 2:53 PM

    Dr. Bharani Padmanabhan: This is a fabulous article of truth and fact. As chronic pain patients suffer continually without a total reversal of the CDC and no doubt DEA rules, we are still being denied our medication that worked to give us a life. The AMA is corrupt like every other agency that rakes in billions within our nation and those cretins like Kolodny are prevalent. This entire fiasco for the CPP is a conspiracy, a conspiracy by those money masters who worship their god of money at the expense of the victims of ill health. When a life becomes worthless then I can only assume they do hope we kill ourselves so they can gain even more money when our benefits no longer need to be paid!

  19. Sheryl Henley Reply

    September 19, 2019 at 2:15 PM

    I would like to compliment Dr. Padmanabhan for his wonderfully accurate article. Things are still terrible for pain patients, even though we have made some progress. I would really like to see Kolodny, PROP and the CDC investigated for fraud and corruption. We know that they are responsible for this biggest medical disaster in American history. Kolodny with all his addiction clinics and I’m sure money from the makers of Suboxone. Testifying for the companies at $750.00/hr and bringing lawsuits against pain patients who are trying to fight him. The man has no shame. When will someone investigate this horror show he created? Sure wish I had the money and influence to do it. Anybody out there listening?

  20. Mark Reply

    December 12, 2019 at 4:17 AM

    It has been a nightmare for me. I’m 55 years old & a person who really never used an illegal drug. Not even pot. I lived in the 70s & 80s so people find it hard to believe a male never at least tried a drug but I never even tried.

    I have multiple sclerosis which causes all types of problems. Every patient is different. In my case, I have areas of numbness like one foot it almost totally numb. Other parts of my body, skin burns or there is deeper pain in my bones, muscles etc. Gabapentin works for the burning pain. Baclofen works for muscle pain. Neither is a narcotic but both are hard to get RX now. The deep bone type pain is only helped by hydrocodone or a mild dose twice a day of MScontin. Both are considered those horrible drug addict drugs. The only drug I get now is baclofen so I’m suffering. I was treated like an addict & falsely accused of things at a pain management. I was shocked, sad & angry. I threatened to sue but you know where that goes; nowhere.

    I do know how it will work for those in real need. CLASS-ACTION LAWSUITS against both pain management clinics treating us like addicts & the federal government for causing these crazy laws. If at least a million of us stand together to file suit, we can make a positive change. We won’t make money out of it. I don’t want anything even though I’m poor. Insofar as money that is. I want pain meds for my condition & just a little human respect & dignity. We must stand together in 2020 & file suit against the federal government or this is going to get bad even for late stage cancer patients who suffer the hardest.

    • Robin Stitt Reply

      March 20, 2020 at 10:27 AM

      You spoke for thousands of us; so many of us have been so squelched and shamed as drug seekers, that besides the physical limitations of our infirmacies, we are intimidated not to rise up and demand our rights to effective treatment!
      You say one thing about your pain, or anxiety, or insomnia, and you are shut down and sent home to deal with it yourself. We need a few brave lawyers who have experienced the forced Opiate prohibition, to rise up in our defence. I can’t help but think it is going to happen eventually, the right person is going to be forced to scream in pain after an injury or procedure and something is going to be done.

  21. Jan stark Reply

    February 4, 2020 at 12:55 PM

    Thank you thank you. This whole thing is ridiculous. Without my meds I am suicidal. No govt should have the right to do this.

    • Erin Reply

      March 19, 2020 at 11:29 AM

      I believe that my treatment for my chronic pain is between myself and my physician. Someone sitting behind a desk somewhere who knows absolutely nothing about my situation has no business having anything to do with my treatment. Further, some of the pharmacist that give you an attitude when you come in for your medication should recognize that I do what I’m supposed to every month, I am not flagged in the system anywhere, their job is to fill my medication. It’s not their job to make snide little comments or make me wait till a certain time to pick up my medication because it’s that kind of medication, not allow me to check a couple of days before the prescription can be filled to ensure my medication will be there. If everybody would just stick to what they’re good at and not stick their nose in all of this and leave it up to the good chronic pain Physicians things would be more beneficial to all of us!

      • peter jasz Reply

        March 19, 2020 at 12:39 PM

        Touche’ !

        Absolutely right.


  22. Michelle Reply

    March 19, 2020 at 11:55 AM

    Thank you! Patients have been left to suffer after decades of successful treatments with Life altering medications. My husband was forced to taper & suffered tremendously for over 3 years. Suseqently he had a heart attack. His mobility was decreased, functioning decreased, quality of life gone. Hopeless, helpless, Dr stated this was due to fear of DEA & CDC Guidelines!!!! Furthermore, patients treated like criminals, Drs treated like kingpins!!!! Thank you

  23. tracey tennis Reply

    November 22, 2020 at 11:36 PM

    It’s not just doctors who are causing chronic pain patients anguish. Individual pharmacists have decided that they are doing their part in the “fight against opioids.” I literally had a pharmacist snatch my prescription from the hands of the cashier as she was handing it to me. The pharmacist was taking it upon herself to deny my doctors prescription. I understand pharmacists are on the front line of keeping patients safe from mistakes on their prescriptions. It was not the case with this action taken by this pharmacist. She had expressed her displeasure with my pain medication a couple of times. She was playing God. So far, from what I’ve researched, it can be tough to win a suit against individual pharmacists.

  24. stukamann Reply

    March 21, 2021 at 8:31 AM

    I have been taking pain medication for over 25 years, l lived thru all the changes from pill mills to pain clinics. I was seeing the same doctor for 7 years then one day in July 2015 l went in for my regular appointment as had to take a drug test, had my picture taken, was finger printed, had a police background check before l could see my doctor, new federal and state laws to combat the opiod crisis.
    Okay, no problem, we did have a problem after decades of pill mills and greedy doctors.
    However, since that day in 2015 these new laws have taken away 95% of any doctor or dentists from writing pain meds, only so called pain clinics could do so yet today in 2021 we still have an opiod crisis. My doctor left in 2017, he would have had to go back for 2 more years to get a degree to write pain meds.
    This so called “crisis” is not coming from doctors writing pain meds, it is coming from fentanyl coming from China and Mexican drug cartels. When the gov. restricted doctors and dentists from writing opiods by 95% and forced patients to jump thru all the red tape and hurdles they implemented it weeded out the ones coming there to sell their meds for profit. I’m sure some patients still sells their meds but now way enough of them could do so to keep it as a crisis where numbers have not really dropped in the last 7 years. It’s a lie now, any opiod crisis today is not from legal pain pills but from China and illegal drugs made and brought into this country yet we have veterans and cancer patients that have to suffer due to these laws.

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