A slow death sentence

I guess I should thank the New York Times for finally publishing an article that tells the side of pain patients. But, it’s a matter of too little, too late, so the Times can go jump in a lake.

I’ve been reading all of the articles on the CDC’s new opioid guidelines this week, and really, I just don’t know what to say. There are millions of pain patients in this country who will be affected by these new rules, and I know they are now grieving for the lives they’ve been able to live while under opioid therapy. And I grieve with them, for even though I’m not taking opioids at this time, I know that in the future, I may very well need them.

Under comments:

Kaleberg port angeles, wa 1 day ago
For God’s sake, look at these poor people, with their fractured bones, compressed spines, and stroke damage. Look at the pictures of their pain-wracked faces, and then ask yourself what kind of a society tells these desperate souls that their only relief is counseling, anti-depressants, and acupuncture.

J Earth 23 hours ago
My mother has been chronically ill for 16 years. She is in excruciating pain 24 hours a day. The pain is often so bad that she throws up. One of her many diseases includes a blood disorder that destroys her platelets. Because of this blood disorder, she cannot take standard over-the-counter medications, like Advil (Iburofin). She has tried every alternative treatment available. Nothing works. She takes approximately 1-2 percocet each day, which allow her to get a few hours a sleep at night, and perform some basic daytime routines. In the past few years, she’s been forced to jump through hoops to get these life-saving pills. She has had to sign a contract, like the one mentioned in the article. She has to have random drug screening from her doctor. It makes her feel like a criminal. When I told her about these new guidelines, it literally struck fear in our family. We know she will commit suicide if she cannot control the pain. Those who have not experienced this type of pain cannot imagine it. It destroys every part of your life — every part of your soul. A person in this much pain just wants it to end. I’m deeply afraid my mother’s only alternative will be suicide. The ‘war on the sick’ will continue until we start to reconsider this important question — whose rights are more important? Those of the very sick? Or those of the addicts? It’s clear that politicians have decided that addicts are more important. That’s a shame.

GLK Cambridge 1 day ago
Physical therapy, acupuncture, anti-inflammatories, antidepressants, counseling. Have done it all. So much physical therapy in 2015 that I ran out the allowed number of sessions on my insurance. Counseling, mindfulness? Being mindful of one’s physical and mental state is counterproductive when you’re in constant, chronic, mind-robbing pain. Exercise, diet, all of that, there isn’t anything I haven’t tried. And after five years of being able to function reasonably on a never-increased daily maintenance dose of oxycodone, I gave it up voluntarily, because of the hand-wringing over addiction and misuse, because I felt ashamed filling the prescription; no, it would be more accurate to say that I was made to feel ashamed, by ever more contemptuous glances from the pharmacists, and the increasingly difficult task of finding a pharmacy that stocked the proper generic in the proper dose. So now I suffer, and don’t sleep, and work only by dint of intense, exhausting re-focusing. And I suppose some readers will think that if I was able to stop just like that, the pain couldn’t have been that bad to begin with. No, it’s just that I was raised old-fashioned, and suffering wins out over shame every time. Thank you, government scolds, and thank you, hyperbolic media, for this slow death sentence.

RC is a trusted commenter MN 1 day ago
A few questions for the investigative journalists at the NYT: will wealthy politicians or their relatives, when suffering intractable pain, be restricted to “aspirin and ibuprofen” or only 3-7 days of opioids? Will medical personnel, or injured soldiers, or famous celebrities, also follow the same restrictions? Are we potentially creating a two-tiered system, similar to income inequality, which forces those without “clout” to suffer pain unnecessarily?


6 thoughts on “A slow death sentence

  1. They are taking us all down a slippery slope for sure. Opiods never worked for me, but I knw they do for others. The people who make these broad, sweeping decisions should know what it feels like to be us for 1 hour…then see what they decide. It’s time to legalize cannibis. I’ve never tried it but I hear it works wonders on nerve pain. Oy vey…

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    • There has been work done in the past about using hypnotherapy to reduce pain (like the French surgeon who used hypnotherapy to operate on a woman patient who was fully conscious through the operation). Could be another avenue to investigate for people who have problems, reactions or want a possible alternative to pain killers?

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      • Only a small percentage of people can be hypnotized. I tried it, but didn’t have any luck. Also studied self-hypnosis, and didn’t have any luck with that, either.

        Keep in mind:

        From one of the comments above: “Being mindful of one’s physical and mental state is counterproductive when you’re in constant, chronic, mind-robbing pain.”

        Hypnosis, mindfulness, prayer — they’re all the same thing. And they do help some pain patients, just not very many.

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