* Warning, contains a major rant, proceed with caution. The “you” in the following paragraphs refers to the horrible health care workers that chronic pain sufferers deal with on a daily basis.
I get so frustrated when I see fibromyalgia/chronic pain
ignorance stereotyping. The other day I stumbled on a blog that was all about how people with fibromyalgia are just drug seekers. I won’t provide the link because I have no desire to increase the traffic on this craptastic blog. I read about ER nurses who complained about people with “fibromyalgia” and “chronic pain” (the quotes are their’s, not mine). They were so full of hatred toward these poor people who came to the ER for treatment for pain. These health providers horrible judgmental morons, enjoyed the feeling of superiority on the mentally deficient fibromyalgia patients (again, their words, not mine). They enjoyed the authority they had over these poor people trying to get treatment for pain, and they used their authority to make sure their patients felt as miserable and small as possible. They made sure the patients knew they were the scum of the earth for taking pain medication. How dare these patients try to take pain medication? Their illness is all made up, so they are just pill seekers looking for a fix, right?
I was horrified to read this. Actually, horrified doesn’t even describe how I feel. It’s like every horrible ER nurse or doctor I’ve ever had contributed to this crappy blog. I would like these horrible health care givers to know, I have fibromyalgia, and I don’t take narcotics. Got it people? I went to the ER one time for intense pain, I received about 5 Vicodin some of which I still have 2 years later, and I was pushed out the door. I was probably labeled as a drug seeker, since the workers in the ER were just like the ones on the blog I ran into. So hey idiots, guess what, you can’t push that “you’re illness is fake because you are always taking narcotics” line on me, I DON’T TAKE NARCOTICS. What do you have to say to that doubters? And because I don’t take narcotics, I am in constant pain every moment of every day, does that make you feel better about yourself now? And, God forbid, I did take narcotics, it is none of your freaking business. Who are you to judge whose pain is bad enough for treatment and whose isn’t? You work in the freaking ER where we all know the worse doctors and nurses end up.
There are so many people in this country who do not receive treatment for their chronic pain because their health provider is obsessed with the idea that they might become addicted. Yes, that is a legitimate worry and should be addressed and discussed, but is not treating someone’s pain correctly a good fix for that? It sounds like a great idea to me, let’s punish chronic pain patients because the addicts abuse their medications. Yep, that sounds like a reasonable solution.
My illness is not fake. I am not depressed. I am not crazy. I have a great life besides the fact that my body is falling apart, and I have never and will never be a drug seeker. And even if I was, it would be my problem, wouldn’t it? Not yours, so get off your high horse and pray that nothing bad ever happens to you and you end up in the hands of your narcissistic compatriots in the ER. For once, stop thinking of yourself and how superior you are and have some compassion for those who lucky enough to be healthy.