The Opiod Battle

I know this can be a controversial subject, but I hope we can start a civil and compassionate conversation about it.

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Hello dear reader.

The news lately has been full of (among other things) the “Opiod Epidemic” and how we need to stop it.

Before I go any farther with this I want to be very clear about something. Opiod abuse and opioid use are two very different things. I’m 100% on board that abuse needs to be stopped.

That said, opioid use is not in itself a bad thing. Without opiods I would be dead, plain and simple. I wouldn’t be able to do anything besides writhe in bed screaming in pain. I would have bailed years ago.

Here’s what my mornings are like… I hate, really hate waking up. Before my eyes open I’m being screamed at by no less than four different parts of my body. Opening my eyes usually adds more pain. The VERY first thing I do is take a pain pill (an Opiod). 15-20 minutes later I can usually move without it being complete torture, usually.

Now imagine that scenario without the pain meds. And that’s just the very beginning of the day. I’m pretty sure you can figure out the rest of the day on your own.

I’m very fortunate to have found a really good pain management doctor who works with me to try to take as little medication as possible and still be able to function. I take random UA’s and have to bring all of my meds with me to every appointment.

I’m on Medicare and Medicaid, so the government gets to decide what medications I can or can’t have. I’m afraid every time I go to the pharmacy that I’m going to be told they won’t cover this or that anymore. No, it’s not paranoia. It’s happened a few times.

The point to all of this is that people like me, and there are a lot of us, are paying the price for people who abuse drugs. It seems that opiod use is trying to be stopped, when the problem is abuse.

I’ve put a link on here to an article from The Mighty written by Mikki Ingram. It states the problem in a clear and concise way. I really hope you’ll read it. It’ll open your eyes.

https://themighty.com/2018/03/opioid-study-jama-chronic-pain-problematic-media-coverage/

This is another article well worth reading

https://themighty.com/2018/02/opioid-epidemic-denying-treatment-chronic-pain/

I know this can be a controversial subject, but I hope we can start a civil and compassionate conversation about it.

Until next time…

4 thoughts on “The Opiod Battle

  1. Is there any chance that alternative treatments are of use? Acupuncture helps my migraines (and I know, our bodies are all different…) For that matter, legalized marijuana? Or won’t the Feds cover that? It burns me so much that there’s this huge focus on opioids (admittedly, heroin isn’t really a great medical thing) and so little focus on improving healthcare overall. *Rant done – back to your charming and open tale*

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    1. I definitely appreciate the suggestions. I’m always looking out for something new that might help.I’ve tried all kinds of alternative treatments. I’ve done acupuncture, had the nerves burned in my head and dinner (RFA). Do you know what a TENS unit is? I actually had one implanted in my skull to try to control the headaches. It worked for a few months until the electrodes broke in my head.
      I live in CO, where marijuana is legal, but the smell of it has always made me sick, like toilet hugging sick. With the approval of my pain management doctor, I tried edibles. They made me just as sick as smoking it had. Even if I could use it and it helped, I couldn’t afford it.

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