In this week’s New York Times I found an article entitled: “To Cut Abuse, F.D.A. Is Altering Painkiller Label Rules. The first paragraph in this article hit me hard. Sabrina Tavernise writes: “The F.D.A and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced changes to the labeling requirements for long-acting painkillers, in a further effort to curb prescription drug abuse, which now takes more American lives than car accidents or gunshot wounds.”
If I had seen this article while I was still taking pain medication to deal with my chronic pain I would have thrown it in the trash and moved on trying not to feel the guilt I felt for taking pain medicine even though it was being prescribed by doctors. I was very happy that I was able to read this with a clear conscience knowing I am handling my chronic pain without medication. I do NOT judge anyone who does take pain medicine with chronic pain. Believe me! I am NO ONE to judge anyone for how they manage their pain but reading that quote made me feel better about my choice to manage my pain naturally.
The sad thing is there is a stigma for people who take pain medicine who have chronic pain that should not exist. Do not judge people who take pain medicine for chronic pain whether or not you have chronic pain. Imagine waking up in pain and knowing you will be in pain for the rest of the day. People get to a point especially when doctors they trust prescribe pain medicine to take it because to not be in pain is a beautiful thing. One feels like a real person again. The thing we forget is that a certain amount of pain medicine only works for a while then one needs more and more to get the same result. It scares me to think of something ever to have happened to me because of pain medicine. The fact that pain medications take more lives than car accidents or gunshot wounds is frightening. More of a reason for me to continue this blog so I can maybe help people see that it is possible to be happy and manage pain without pain medication. Don’t worry if I was reading this years ago I would probably saying: “Screw you Jessica! I am not going to stop taking the one thing that helps me get through the day!” I get it. I will not stop trying to pay it forward and help as many people as possible though.