Thank you for your patience. You may have noticed lately that my site was down. That was because some lowlife hacker thought it would be a good idea to target a site that’s sole purpose is to help other people… good job buddy…
Any who… I’m back, and I want to talk to you about something that has gotten to me lately, as I am sure it has bothered my chronic illness community. There have been a few stories in the news lately about opioid drug abuse and over prescribing of narcotic drugs. As a person that is reliant on opioid narcotics, it is difficult to read day after day about people who are not only abusing the drugs to get high, but gaming the system to make money and continuing the cycle of dependency. This goes for the shady “pill mill” doctors out there as well.
These people either don’t know or don’t care what their actions cause us who genuinely rely on opioids to get through life. It is a struggle EVERY SINGLE MONTH to meet with a pain management doctor, get to the appointment, go over everything you have ever been on, be drug tested like a junkie, and then maybe get a prescription for enough pain medication to make it to your next appointment. Lord forbid you have a bad month or can’t make it to your next appointment. It’s not always the doctor’s fault. They have to follow the law. I’ve seen the look in my doctor’s eyes when he knows the amount of pain I deal with and there is nothing he can do for me.
I have been though almost every non narcotic pain management option available. A real specialist doesn’t usually put someone on narcotics or opioids right away. There are a great deal of other drug therapies, including injections, that are available. The problem I tend to run into is the treatment is often worse than the problem. At worst, side effects from most of the medications I have tried have made me gravely ill and have landed me in the hospital more than once. At best, they don’t work at all.
Our law makers need to come up with a better way to deal with the opioid epidemic other than what they are talking about now. Putting more and more restrictions on doctors and patients isn’t going to help curb the problem. Just like guns, it isn’t the legal ones we need to worry about. There are a few who are trying to aid addicts in getting the help they need. Senator Camera Bartolotta’s Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act is one such bill. If it were to pass, it would go a long way in helping revamp the treatment addicts receive.
Relying on pain medication in any form is arduous. This is not a life we chose. I can’t speak for everyone, but I know there is nothing I wouldn’t do to not have to take narcotics the rest of my life. If you don’t have to take them, don’t start.
Healing vibes to you all!
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