The Pain Of It All

I recently shared my story on my pain management and what the government is doing to make it all so much worse.  I posted my article on my opinion website, Gulf South Free Press.

https://gulfsouthfreepress.wordpress.com/2018/10/03/pain-management-a-personal-story/

I agree the the opioid thingy is getting out of hand and the the government should step in but not in the heavy handed approach they are considering right now….

A primary care physician assistant’s work typically looks a lot like that of other providers in the field: conducting physical exams, administering tests and checkups, and taking other steps to ensure that a patient is generally in good health. But in the middle of America’s deadly opioid epidemic, Lindsay Fox has taken on another task too — figuring out how to treat patients in the throes of drug addiction.

“This is not an easy group of people to treat,” Fox, who sees patients at the Southwest Mesa Clinic in Albuquerque, told me. “However, to bear witness and share space with someone who … has been supported by their family and their clinic and their provider, and has really challenged themselves to transition off of opioids and find sobriety, that’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever witnessed as a provider. Looking back at all the stories, that’s really what keeps me going.”

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/7/31/17398914/opioid-epidemic-project-echo-new-mexico-addiction

More about the problem…….

The opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug overdose crisis in US history — on track to kill more people over the next decade than currently live in entire American cities like Miami or Baltimore.

A new study, published in the American Journal of Public Health on Thursday by Stanford researchers Allison Pitt, Keith Humphreys, and Margaret Brandeau, tries to parse out how America can reduce the death toll. Using a mathematical model, the study brings together research and expert opinions to calculate the epidemic’s death toll and how different policy ideas can stem the toll.

First, a shocking number: 510,000. That’s a rough estimate of how many people will die over the next decade due to opioid-related causes, which include overdoses and other causes of death tied to opioids, such as HIV infections from sharing syringes. But the researchers caution that the number, as with other estimates in the study, are fuzzy and subject to change — given that this is, after all, trying to predict the future.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/8/23/17769392/opioid-epidemic-drug-overdose-death-study

I am one of those people that will get screwed by the governmental approach….I need pain management and the government sees me as addicted to the drugs because I have been taking them for so long……the problem is unless you are truly dealing with pain then all this means nothing to you…..

Pain is an interesting ailment…..most people do not see the pain so they cannot imagine what it is all about.  So most people that do not experience the ailment have NO idea…..like me…..my right leg feels like someone hit me with a 2X4 with every step…..try that and then come talk to me…..

I read a open letter to people that cannot grasp what pain is……

I have a friend. A poisonous friend.

When she is angry, she makes my days hell and my nights sleepless. She attacks me when I least expect it, especially if I’m lulled into a sense of security. She follows me everywhere, every day to the point where I truly cannot remember a time that I lived totally out of her clutches.

She is cruel. She cares little for family occasions, first dates, social events and the like. She perhaps forces me to stay home, or she makes sure she is right there with me, ensuring I don’t forget her presence for a moment.

https://themighty.com/2016/04/letter-to-people-who-think-chronic-pain-isnt-that-bad/

Further Reading:

https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-overdose-crisis

https://www.hhs.gov/opioids/about-the-epidemic/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2018/p0831-NIOSH-opioid.html

 

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11 thoughts on “The Pain Of It All

  1. It must be frustrating, to be lumped in with addicts and casual drug users who take those things when they are not actually in clinical need of pain relief. We don’t have such a big problem with opiates here, (yet) but I hope that you get the issue resolved, to be able to deal with your own constant pain.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. It is and I am trying to deal with the pain without the opiates….not easy when your right leg is a constant dull intense pain….pain is winning right now…..chuq

  2. You make a point, chuq. Unless one experiences pain one can’t comprehend it’s detriment to quality of life. I am not there yet. That is, I am presuming with advancing age I might get to some level of needing pain management (barring any accidents like you had). This unexpected dupuytren’s contracture (“Vikings disease”) that has hit both my hands in the last 6 months is an intermittent 1 on the pain scale and more a discomforting stiffness and movement issue that will likely lead to a dexterity problem down the road. VA Doc says to just take Advil or Ibu… but I don’t need to even do that so far.
    I am sorry you are suffering like that, chuq. Being an outsider trying to comprehend the overall addiction crisis in general I must confess a basic ignorance of the kind of problem this is. Simplistic as this view my be, I am seeing this as being an addiction from usage for honest pain management like yourself… and those that have made some choice to abuse the use for some recreational experience. Am I looking at this correctly? On one end end, some people, like yourself, have to watch usage for fear of overdose, yet the pain itself can dictate the inherent desire to take more than you should at times. But seems to me, like with all drug abuse for some recreational usage… from pot to heroin to crack, etc. is just assuming taking personal responsibility for your own decisions. Am I seeing all this correctly?

  3. Sorry to hear about your pain and your problems getting proper pain medicine. Doctors and the government still have a lot to learn about pain management.
    Seems like they over proscribe and then under proscribe.

    1. Thanx for your kind words…..they treat us like addicts to be squashed……I was not allowed to drink a beer or a glass of wine…..got to be too much for me….chuq

  4. You wrote — “the problem is unless you are truly dealing with pain then all this means nothing to you…..” —- You hit the nail squarely on the head this time, Chuq! You are exactly correct! — It is the same as with gun control …. No bunch of government a$$holes are ever going to do anything about gun control until or unless they have to deal with the grief of losing somebody to some gun nut somewhere. You hit the nail squarely on the head with this one! Great job!

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