... illness like multiple sclerosis, being on pain medication so that they can walk and have a life?
I, personally, think that no one should have to suffer and live in pain. Only the person themselves can make a decision as to whether they are in enough pain to be on pain medications. It is not up to anyone else to decide or to condemn them for using medications. No one would say a word if you needed daily insulin for diabetes so why should pain meds be any different? Pain can be a chronic condition too.
I agree with the other's. I am a sufferer of chronic pain. I have more than one or even two things wrong with me that causes me pain. If I didn't take pain medication... I wouldn't be able to function... therefore I wouldn't be able to take care of my family. I didn't choose this for myself, just like someone doesn't choose to be a diabetic and have to take insulin. My aunt once told me something that I will never forget. She said it's wrong to take medicine if you don't need it... but it's also wrong to not take it if you do need it. If you truly suffer from chronic pain then you need to take pain medicine to be able to function properly. That is just my opinion. I'm talking unbearable pain. I mean what else are you going to do? The good Lord knows there are more than the fair share of people on it that don't need to be. I'm not talking about the people that abuse it. And they do. Which can sometimes make it hard for the people who really do need it. I'm talking about the people who are in true chronic pain and truly need it. Best wishes. Ruth
Hi. You have asked such a great and important question. I will tell you what Hospice says about this. This past July I was with them for a while. Chronic pain without hope of a cure, should be given any type of med that will help the person. There is no concern about addiction, because their pain will never leave until their final day. The best is to get to a great doctor who specializes in MS and they will give the person whatever makes them comfortable. And should this person need more help, they should investigate Hospice (assuming you are in the US). Hospice is amazing and will give all the pain meds needed, assistants to help with anything, support staff, more than you can imagine.
Chronic disease is brutal. There are good days and bad spells. Your doc will be sure you get braces, wheelchairs, whatever is needed over time. Be sure you have checked into Medicare if in the US. There are many support groups out there for MS. Take care. Be strong.
As an old, beat up, retired healthcare provider (RN), I was taught that a patients' pain is whatever they say it is. There are a few exemptions, but I treated my patients' with compassion and tenderness, not because it was my job but because that was the way I hoped someone would care for me and I really did care about the quality of life issues. Now I find myself with incurable disease issues and chronic pain issues and all of the "pain" docs here in Florida treat me like a drug addict. Quite the conundrum for me as I am only looking for adequate care for my bad back and neck due to 22 years of ICU and ER nursing and a traumatic injury where I was severely beaten.
So in response to your question, the pain medication you are on (oxycodone) allows you to live your life with a modicum of dignity and quality. Go for it. Be as comfortable as you can, be as happy as you can and don't worry about whether you are opiate tolerant or dependent as your situation is not "a drug addict". As Dzoo put it, diabetics need insulin, you need narcotics for your disease. There is no difference.
Enjoy your spring, don't worry about such things,
The Sweet Happy Hippie,
I agree with everything that has been said, and I can sympathise with the problems you have getting your pain meds.I live in Western Kentucky, and getting meds around here is like pullin' teeth. I also have several different chronic pain issues, and have been treated like the lowest form of life. I do hope you get the help you need, because NOONE needs to suffer. Good luck to you, and you are in my prayers...
People who suffer with an incurable disease should most certainly take or do for themselves whatever they can to lead a normal life. When you are in constant pain nothing is enjoyable. Your life revolves around your condition, but when your pain is treated you become free to live your life. It is so unfair when people who have legitimate illnesses are treated like or made to feel like drug addicts when all they are seeking is the chance to go to the park with their children and have fun, or to do their laundry, or cook a meal for their family. No one should have to live in constant pain when there are medications that can improve someone's quality of life.
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