I am a volunteer for The US Pain Foundation. Although, I also live with Multiple Sclerosis, I felt that Chronic Pain Patients are largely ignored. I really threw myself into this foundation because the “opioid crisis” was panicking a lot of Doctors and patients. All of a sudden, pain medication became the new Boogy Man.
There are many people out there that are pain med abusers, but many deaths occur from overdosing on street drugs. The problem that I see often in the media is the conflating of prescription med and street drugs.
Now you see a panic. A panic that is taking aim at the wrong target. Yes, pain meds can be abused, only if you want to abuse them. At some point, the prescribing Doctor will cut you off after a surgery or injury. It’s at that point the person panics. Enter street or illegal drugs of all types.
There is a huge distinction between a chronic pain patient and an addict and I will be the first to admit it can be difficult to make the distinction between the two. I will tell you from a CPP that we don’t take meds to get high nor do we get high from these meds. Yes, I can see where that would be hard to believe, but it is true.
Personally, and this is my experience, I take pain medication and it most literally is for pain. Pain thats a 7 might be brought down to a 2 or 3 maybe if we are lucky. It is not about getting high. It’s about a quality a life. I think my first post was on this subject as well.
I find myself indignant and sometimes enraged when I see all the grandstanding from media figures who are Doctors when they do their documentaries on addiction. If you haven’t noticed, there isn’t a voice of dissent. It’s upsetting and honestly cruel to myself and 50 million other people just trying to exist and function in this world.
So anyway, when I did this video I was excited when my story was chosen to be one of 30 featured during September which is Pain Awareness Month. I thank US Pain Foundation for giving us a voice and I am going to work to make mine heard as often as I can.
Please watch my story to understand a little more about who I am and why this is important to me.