Good Morning Folks,
I hope you are all as well as can be expected.
Pain Doesn’t Kill! That was a reply my pain specialist got when she quizzed a health minister in Scotland a few years back. My doctor was asking for more money to be ploughed into pain management in Scotland. The health minister at the time ” it looks better in the newspaper that we are cutting cancer deaths”. Now don’t get me wrong, I am all for savings a person’s life but it’s not a competition. The current health minister has been a breath of fresh air when it comes to fighting pain and takes a personal interest in my own situation.
It’s a really good question Does Chronic Pain Kill? I sometimes wish it was life threatening, now I don’t say that to shock or for pity but ask most people in pain like myself and there are many out there that would answer you like I. It’s my thinking ( stop laughing) that maybe not the pain that’s the killer but the medication and chemicals that we have to put in our system everyday. To give you an example my cousin has the same condition as myself – something that in the last few months I have only learned – he has it in his shoulder and arm, a few years back he was taking too much Gabapentin which was prescribed by his local Doctor and he nearly died. His kidneys stopped working and it was really close call that he wouldn’t survive, luckily he did and he’s still with us today. That is one of the many ways chronic pain sufferers could die another is suicide. Suicide is high amongst pain sufferers as it’s seen as the only way out of the horrible condition.
I have lived with chronic pain for just about 10years. In that time I have taken enough medication to drug a small nation. I have suffered Complex Regional Pain Syndrome for 3 years and the medication I am on and could be on is horrendous I am like a bottle of pills… With my cousins encounter I am always very wary of how much tablets or patches I take.
So in my eyes Chronic pain of any name does or can kill and more is needed to be done into the research of it rather than just believing only medication is the solution.
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