The only stories being told about chronic pain patients in the media have been in Florida, and that news is about pharmacies refusing to fill prescriptions. The rest of the media is focused on the opioid “epidemic” and drug overdoses.
But the stories of pain patients being abandoned by their doctors; of doctors refusing to treat us; about signs in doctor’s offices that say “We don’t treat chronic pain patients”; the months and months patients have to wait for an appointment with a pain clinic; the small amount of pain specialists available to treat millions of pain patients; doctors who only want to prescribe antidepressants to manage pain; treatments that are forced on us but only result in harm; insurance companies that refuse to cover chronic pain; and pain patients who’ve given up and committed suicide — these and many others are the stories which are not being told.
I’ve created a new category on my blog entitled “Voices of Pain Patients.” No, my blog isn’t seen by that many people and it is not a replacement for media coverage of our stories, but it’s the best I can do. It’s so very important for our stories to be told, and not only on Facebook, where our voices are lost as part of that large crowd.
Won’t you help me to at least publicize our stories here on my website? Send me your stories and I will post them. If you need help telling your story, just let me know. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.