An epidemic solution or a band-aid?
Please understand that I am writing this as I am weaning myself from the prescription that has helped me maintain a semblance of normality, so if I seem a little edgy, I AM AND I WANT TO KNOW WHY! :-/
Surprisingly, not because of withdrawal of pain medicine, or at least not as I was lead to believe it would be, but because the reason for taking it in the first place is starting to creep back into my life. I was taking the least amount possible and every doctor visit we would explore reasons for the pain, so at least I would know why I was taking the medicine.
But, we kept coming up empty. I know my doctor probably rolled his eyes at some of the tests I wanted to run, had him refer me to a rheumatologist and kind of went around him to Vanderbilt Pain clinic to see what they might find. Nada, zip, nothing conclusive.
Before this doctor, I mentioned it to various doctors and came away with treatment for OTHER ailments I did not know I had, including neck surgery, prostate cancer and some other recommended surgeries of which I declined, but NO ONE solved my pain. I had the terms fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome thrown around (maybe even a diagnosis), but the treatment was with anti-depressants and they make me depressed, so…. no thank you.
The bottom line is that I sought traditional medicine’s solutions and came up empty. At least my current doctor tried to help me feel better. When he heard of the fistful of acetaminophen and ibuprofen I was taking, he thought there was more harm to be done with them than with hydrocodone. Now in the all-knowing wisdom 'someone', is pressuring the doctors to stop prescribing pain medicine and force us to go to “pain clinics”.
Well, “I’ve been there and done that” but they want me to go through the expense AGAIN? Are they paying? Who is really behind this, the pain clinics, law enforcement, the politicians? WHO?
Some have suggested it is just a"feel good" action that makes people think they are trying. That poor 10 year old boy who died of an overdose of fentanyl and heroin is obviously a tragedy and criminal, but this stuff was apparently illegal from the start, so how is hassling my doctor going to stop it?
Good thing we saved all that acetaminophen and ibuprofen.