Silence isn’t an option these days when it comes to chronic pain. Often we suffer in silence. Often we have a facade to mask our pain. But with the opiate epidemic in the United States and a lesser extent in Canada… which led to the severe restrictions on opiates in the States and is spreading to Canada, what we have is pain patients suffering. Pain patients that can’t get their medications at pharmacies. Pain patients that have to take pee tests to Prove they are not drug addicts. Pain patients being treating like drug addicts as Par the Course. Treatment refusal in the ER. Being mocked and shamed by doctors. Being told they have a ‘problem’.
Pain patients paying the consequences for a problem that isn’t theirs and never was theirs. Their problem is Pain and Now their problem is Also lack of treatment of that pain. And the people addicted to opiates? Well, they were getting it off the street to begin with so it makes absolutely so difference to them.
If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.
We need to speak up that this treatment of people in pain is not all right. That untreated pain is a suicide risk factor. That they are destroying the quality of life of countless people. When did quality of life of patients suffering no longer matter? When did these so called medical professionals and agencies decide that suffering is better than functioning in the world?
As a migraine patient it isn’t really my battle since it is difficult for my brain to handle painkillers without rebounding, so they are only something I can tolerate occasionally at best. So I know a lot about suffering and a lot about untreated pain leads to suicidal ideation and lowers your quality of life.
People need to speak out about what is being done to them. Let anyone, tell everyone, tell your local newspaper, write a blog about these new struggles you now fact and the Impact on your life now. Get the word out. Advocate. Protest. Sign petitions. Make your voice heard.
The pain epidemic is upon us. And no one cares. Make them care. Make them see.