how access to opioids for chronic pain changed my life

How access to opioids changed my life

I’ve shared before how I came to be on opioids for chronic pain. My pain levels had basically gotten so high I was almost bedridden. I couldn’t take care of my kids, I couldn’t work, I couldn’t do anything that required walking or standing of any sort. Luckily for me I had been a patient […]

medical sexism- how doctors ignore women's pain

Medical sexism-how doctors ignore women’s pain

I have long talked about the serious problem of medical sexism and how badly woman are treated by doctors as compared to men. Here’s just a few basic statistics as a refresher about medical sexism: Women are more likely to be given sedatives for their pain, while men are more likely to be given pain medication. […]

the side effects of chronic pain no one talks about

The side effects of chronic pain no one talks about

Because of the recent hysteria about the “opioid epidemic” there have been some discussions by doctors and the CDC about how patients in chronic pain should get over their pain by using “nonpharmacologic therapy” such as massage, physical therapy, etc. Unfortunately their suggestions don’t take into account  the cost of such therapy, most of which […]

4 myths about being on opioids for chronic pain

4 myths about being on opioids for chronic pain

Nearly ever day there is a news article inciting panic and referring to the “opioid epidemic” and how people are dying from prescription pain medication in larger and larger numbers. This means that doctors are out of control in prescribing opioids, they need to stop now! Only people with cancer should get pain medication otherwise […]

10 truths about taking opioids for chronic pain

10 truths about taking opioids for chronic pain

Being on opioid medication because of chronic pain is practically a criminal offense these days. You spend a lot of time defending the decisions you and your doctor decided was best for you , and usually you’re defending these decisions to people who don’t actually know anything about pain. There are substantial misconceptions going around […]