Payne Says (sung to “Jane Says” by Jane’s Addiction)

Payne says
I’m done with Dr. No
He treat me like a rag doll
She hides
her true feelings
Says I don’t owe him nothin’

But if he come back again
Tell him wait right here for me
Or try again tomorrow
Cause I’ll be sick tomorrow
I’ll be sick tomorrow

Payne says
Have you seen my pride around?
I feel naked without it
She knows
Dr. No wants her to go
That’s ok man, she don’t like him anyway

Payne says
I’m goin’ away to pray
When I get my money saved
Gonna start tomorrow
I won’t be sick tomorrow
I won’t be sick tomorrow

She get mad and start to cry
She begs and pleads but
She can’t get!
She don’t mean no harm
She just don’t know, don’t know, don’t know
What else to do about it

Payne goes
To the store at 8:00
She woke up on St. Andrew
She waits
And gets her dinner there
She pulls her dinner
From her pocket

But Payne says
I ain’t never found a dove
I don’t know what peace is
She only knows when pain haunts her
I want them if they free me
I only know, can’t be me

She get mad
And start to cry
And she take a swing, man
She can hit!
She don’t mean no harm
She just don’t know, don’t know, don’t know
What else to do about it

Payne says
Pain says

People Can Predict Your Personality From Your Online Avatar

A 2010 Canadian study found that people have a natural desire for their avatars to reflect who they are as a person, and tend to choose avatars that look similar to themselves.

It’s true — I bear a striking and uncanny resemblance to my avatar, Saturn.  (I’m round and I have blue eyes.)

Can I Become Addicted to My Prescribed Opioid Pain Relievers?

Many pain experts think opioid pain relievers have gotten a bad rap because of media attention to addiction issues. The research shows that 2 to 6 percent of people without a history of substance abuse who are prescribed opiates for chronic pain still develop problem behaviors. However, this statistic includes people of all ages, and young people are much more likely to develop addiction issues because they’re more likely to be on the medications for many years.

This misplaced suspicion of opiates is too bad, since opioid pain relievers can be very effective at relieving pain with minimal side effects or risk of organ damage, even with long-term use…

Even the WSJ doesn’t fact check

8/22/2014, DEA Restricts Narcotic Pain Drug Prescriptions

“If you’re treating someone with a condition so painful they require treatment with a highly addictive drug, that’s someone who should be monitored closely,” said Andrew Kolodny, chief medical officer for the nonprofit addiction treatment organization Phoenix House, who campaigned for the change for five years.

No, I don’t believe that’s correct — Kolodny has been campaigning for longer than five years. (See Wired article of 2005.)  And of course Mr. Kolodny thinks patients should be “monitored closely” — that’s how doctors (and Phoenix House) make money.

Part of the reason for treatment is so that people are free to live their lives the best they can — not to become addicted to the medical industry and doctor bills.

7/9/2014, Can antidepressants offer hope to those suffering chronic pain?

This question has been around for decades, and the answer hasn’t changed:  If you are one of the lucky ones who can achieve a placebo effect, then antidepressants can work for you.

Wikipedia:  “Roughly only 30% of the population seems susceptible to placebo effects, and it is not possible to determine ahead of time whether a placebo will work or not.”

I think the percentage is lower than 30% in the general population, and even lower than that in the chronic pain population.  However, using that figure, to have a chance at achieving a placebo effect, first you have to be part of the 30% that is susceptible. Then you have to be lucky enough to be part of a small percentage of that group, which actually achieves a placebo effect.  That’s quite a gamble when we’re talking about treating constant pain.

And pain patients have already been through this…  Doctors prescribed antidepressants like candy in the 80s and 90s — they didn’t work for chronic pain then, and they don’t work now, either.  Of course, when antidepressants didn’t work back then, it was easy for doctors to just blame the patient.  But the real truth about antidepressants, the FDA, and Big Pharma has been revealed since then.

Additionally, if you take antidepressants when you’re not depressed, these drugs can mess with your head. (Along with drinking alcohol while taking antidepressants.) But depression is not just about feeling sad — every chronic pain patient feels sad at one time or another.

If you’ve ever been around someone who was clinically depressed, you would understand the difference.  When I was forced to spend a week in a mental institution, my roommate was very depressed.  I mean, I was only able to make her smile like three times during the whole week. Of course, the heavy drugs she was on didn’t help her mood.  As you might imagine, it was an effort for her just to communicate, but from what I understood of her story, her husband had dumped her at this place… and it wasn’t the first time.  When I was finally allowed to leave, she was on the schedule for electric shock therapy.

11/14/2014, Toronto General Hospital program uses new methods to prevent pain killer addictions after surgery

The goal of Toronto General’s transitional pain service is to catch patients before their acute surgical pain turns chronic, becoming its own hard-to-treat disease…

7/21/2014, Veterans voice problems with VA’s new pain killer policy

The Opioid Safety Initiative requires VA doctors consider alternatives to pain medicines for their patients, including behavior modification, massage therapy, yoga and acupuncture, among other means. The government has said the initiative is showing early promise of lowering dependency on painkillers…

VA doctors in Chicago prescribed morphine and oxycodone for the Rayfields, but when they got to Hampton, Christine’s initial visit when poorly. “He started belittling me, and berating me, and making fun of me,” she said. “So this is going on for about thirty minutes until I was in tears. I’m a combat veteran.”

Rayfield said she was encouraged to be weaned off the morphine, or at least get a blocker to avoid withdrawal. “He said, ‘no, you got yourself into this, you get yourself out,’” she told Then Rayfield’s husband got a call cancelling his appointment later that week…

After nine months of frustration, the Rayfields decided to switch to the VA Medical Center in Durham, where they were able to get morphine and oxycodone…


caliwebman • 2 months ago:  …I am 70% combat disabled, have lost my physician of 18 years due to this bullshit, no longer have ANY health care let alone the care my government promised to me via the VA, an feel completely let down by my nation and people…

Terry • 2 months ago:  …One day I dragged myself into the hospital with a pain level of eight, they told me to take Tylenol. I’d like to tell them where they can stick their Tylenol.

9/3/2011, Chronic pain: the search for a killer

Millions of desperate people live with chronic pain, but medicine has had little luck finding cures. Could a new range of analgesics offer them hope at last?

One person in a million is unable to feel pain, it is estimated. Intriguingly such individuals also have no sense of smell…

11/11/2013, Lilly pledges up to $1.8B to Pfizer for access to potential blockbuster

Voices of pain patients

No Way To Live – I’ve lived with chronic pain for 41 years. I want to die today
Posted by broken on 21 Apr 2012 at 6:34 am

I’ve lived with chronic pain for 41 years. I want to die today. I have 1 methadone, 1 percocet, 4 flexeril & no doctor. I think my lumbar & sacral discs are screwed & I can’t walk. I live in Florida, so I can’t go to the ER without being treated like a junkie. I’ve thought about driving into a tree or off a bridge. I’ve thought about flinging myself off a building. What stops me is the fear I will live through it & then no one will treat me since I have a history of chronic pain. I don’t Dr shop. Hell, I haven’t had a Dr physically touch me in over 5 years. That’s when I lost my insurance & became profiled as a pill seeker.

I can’t live like this & no one cares, that is, if you don’t have insurance. I work full time. I cannot afford to pay a Dr who MAY or MAY NOT give me meds. So. I depend on friends to give me left over pills so I can keep working. I sit here, waiting for the postman, hoping a care pack will arrive today…from a friend who said they mailed it last week. This is no way to live.

degenerative disc disease
Posted by boniferous on 22 May 2012 at 12:27 pm

My doctor is afraid to treat me. Another doctor outside the network diagnosed me with degenerative disc disease. It is so bad I worry I will be paralyzed soon. But, then, the pain would be gone so that is good. Sometimes I wonder how I can make myself paralyzed to end it. Anyway, he’s taking me off the pain meds, diagnosed me with fibromyalgia and given me those pills instead. I have enough of them left to kill myself. I cannot find another doctor with the cahones to treat me humanely and help ease my suffering. There are not enough drugs to end the pain, trust me. Had 4 kids. At least child birth came with “breaks” in between labor pains… seriously this is wicked shit and right now I wish I were a drug addict so I could help myself survive. So, probably, there will be another on the ticket but I am damned well not going out without a big bang and a bunch of law suits against some serious losers who call themselves doctors.

Traci Ideas
Posted by Jason on 20 Nov 2014 at 12:11 pm

There are countless pain related websites and are all pretty much a place where we can write about our ailments and complain until our heads explodes. What chronic pain sufferers need is ONE voice for all