Pain & Quality of Life

Finding a Place For Me

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This is a topic discussed between my physician and I each month at pain management. I’m on a low dose of pain medication and she supplies me with faster acting meds for “breakthrough pain.” My daily pain medication doesn’t make me feel drugged or high or anything negative, but it by no means fully controls my pain. On the other hand, the breakthrough pills do. So, to be in constant pain or feel loopy and even completely gorked out?! What kind of choice is that?

In about eight years of treatment, I have only increased my dosage slightly just two years ago. According to my docs, this is not typical for severe pain patients. I am just too terrified of becoming so dependent on these meds that I end up needing medical detox someday, but it recently occurred to me that I’ll be on pain medication of some kind for…

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