I’m always looking for a pain patient group, so let’s see what this group has to say, shall we?
We have never, ever, taken more medicine than we should.
One should never say “never, ever.” After all, we’re all human beings and nobody’s perfect. And I find it extremely hard to believe that not one person in this group ever took an extra pill during a pain storm.
Yes, the picture in my head is of a group of people (mostly white men) standing on a mountain, looking down at all of us “flawed” pain patients who haven’t always been able to manage our pain with the dosages allowed and prescribed.
We have never been “high” on anything, in our entire lives. We don’t even know what it means to be “high.”
Yeah, I call total B.S. on this one.
Whenever you take a prescription medication, it takes time for your body to get used to the effects of the drug, including any side effects. One of the side effects of opioids is the “high” — your brain’s reaction to the introduction of this new chemical — along with the usual ones, like nausea, dizziness, etc. But the side effects are wide and varied and sometimes hard to pin down. (That’s true with any drug.)
After taking an opioid, sometimes the brain will call the stomach and say, look, you need to get upset. I don’t like this stuff. (What happens when I take anything stronger than hydrocodone.) But then, the brain says, wait, I’m feeling some relief from the pain, I think the pain is getting quieter… (What happened when I took Oxy.) Maybe then you have to help your brain a little by taking another medication for nausea, but unless you can control this side effect, you basically have to try another opioid. (Well, pain patients used to have choices…)
But the “high” effect happens a lot more often than just “sometimes.” This is your brain saying, welllll, lookee here, this makes me feel good! But within a relatively short period of time, your pain, which is a lot stronger than just about any drug, will rise up and take control. The pain will tell the brain, look, I’m stealing this good feeling from you — I’m stronger than you, you should know that by now, you stupid twit.
And when the brain starts belittling itself, well, that’s when the real fun begins. 🙂
The length of time a patient will feel this “high” side effect varies greatly, depending on such things like weight, metabolism, and of course, DNA. But by the time a chronic pain patient is prescribed opioids, it doesn’t take long for the “high” to go away. Sure, some patients chase that high, but what they’re really chasing is more pain relief. How do you know how much pain relief can be achieved until you… try?
In conclusion, there is no way that a group of pain patients could make these statements. You know, without being hypocrites.
People who get “high” on any substance, whether it’s a drug of choice, or alcohol, disgust us.
Funny, intolerance and ignorance disgust me.
They can all go to an island and enjoy altering their states of consciousness, together, alone, for the rest of eternity, for all we care.
In fact, we prefer they would.
I propose the idea that’s visualized in the above photo. In fact, I’ve got my bags packed… just point me in the direction of this island, where I can escape attitudes like this.
One of three things could be happening here:
Perhaps these deaths were caused by an allergy to the medication. This type of tragedy can occur even with Penicillin.
Or, maybe these people actually took this sometimes-life-saving medicine to get “high,” and they took too much.
They should have been on that island.
On second thought, maybe ya’ll should go live on that island.
Or, they simply could not find enough relief from the medication they were given, and took handfuls instead. We certainly hope not.
Well, I’m glad ya’ll finally arrived at an actual problem. But you can take your hope and… well, you know.
I think the chronic pain community and the addiction community should come together, although I know that would be really difficult to accomplish. Many pain patients don’t feel they suffer from any addictions, and many blame drug addicts for the war on pain patients (which is really just an off-shoot of the drug war)…