It took a lot for me to write this blog. This area of my life has gained me the strength and courage to become a life coach and advocate in helping supply those with hopes of great quality of life and healing. With formed legislation complaints and help through advocacy groups, we together can get the FDA and DEA to understand that we need our pain meds to survive a 24 hour day. Society frowns down on people living with chronic pain viewing as addicts. Please do not categorize us with the pill heads looking to get good high. With so many abusing pain medications, this is understood, but the real victims of this disease called “Chronic Pain are suffering”. The DEA has not been fair with us lately and it’s getting worse for patients who rely on pain pills to make it through a normal day.
Chronic pain is a disease such as diabetes, cancer or MS. How about our vets coming home with missing limbs and PTSD. The addicts that’s seeking a high from pain pills has now graduated to heroin since the DEA has tighten the reign on doctors prescribing pain meds. A normal day for me is getting through a sleepless night at times and awaiting my alarm clock to go off at 5am to take my meds in order to get out of bed and start my day. When the pain is at its worse, I go to my pain support group http://www.healingwell.com/ , or my Facebook chronic pain group for support from members experiencing similar situations as my own.
So many of us are dealing with chronic pain issues from cancer, RSP, CPRS, low back pain and nerve damage have come to grips that things might get worse before they get better. Our illnesses cause us comorbid depression illness, and yes low back pain and nerve damage can and have caused some to commit suicide. We are innocent victims of the new war on drugs fighting and what seems like an endless battle we if do not get together and fight congress and legislation for our right to live a somewhat decent quality of life. We are told to sign contracts that are binding and if broken, well we are kicked out of clinics and left like cattle on the side of the road. Remember, our pain meds are our life line. According to peer review articles, it is common in patients with chronic low back pain to have anxiety and depression. It is also reported that therapies and surgeries are the answer to relief but in turn it’s a ploy to pocket the surgeon’s pockets and become research projects for medical devices
. I was first told in 2007 that I needed what would be my first laminectomy fusion back surgery. I was told that I should feel relief from the 2 herniated disks by having this surgery. What I was not told was that I could have “failed back surgery syndrome”. This happens when the surgery actually makes you worse than better. In my case, this is what I now have. I have since had a revision and another laminectomy surgery to correct the first one. But I now suffer daily having tried therapies, patches, various opiates, spinal cord stimulator and a pain pump that I had since removed. Again family, let’s not have the DEA dictates our lives. We are not addicts. I take my love for helping coach others in life and love situations very serious. We can no longer sit around on our fannies and leave our fate in the hand of the oppressors.