This is a thread that I am sure that so many younger members will be able to relate to.
Tonight, at the store, I was talking with a beautiful young lady. I had met her a couple of years ago at my physiatrists office. She was in an auto accident which damaged her shoulder and created lower back problems. I was asking how she was feeling and it was pretty easy to see by looking into her eyes, she was not doing well.
Being young, they tell her she is too young to have surgery, and yet being young they do not want to give her narcotic pain medications. Sound familiar? They don't want to do what could help her in the long run, but wont do anything in the short term to help her. Instead, they are beginning to prep her to understand that she will live with her problems and pain for the rest of her life!
Now, if someone tells you that when you are 45, 55, or 65, you might be able to swallow it all. But when you are in your 20's what kind of sentence is this?
1 - There are always options for people to help them in the long run. Being young does not rule out solutions.
2 - Because you are young, some doctors feel that prescribing narcotics is not a good thing, they feel a) you are a drug seeker or b) you will get addicted.
3.- How can anyone tell a person so young that they have to deal with this for the rest of their lives.
I am old (not mentally but in the number of years) I will never understand why young people have to deal with more things then they have to. I am not blind to realize that there are many young patients that are looking only for those narcotics. But so are older members .
We all know that chronic pain can impact our lives so much more than just physical pain. The emotional pain can be so much more, that at times make the physical pain seem less. And when you are young and alone, there may be no one to help you with the problem, many of your friends are healthy and can not relate to what you are going through. So , when they want to go out and party and you decline, they view as being weak and lame. At work, people do not understand, they just see you as a young person and should be able to do this and that...So when you dont, or I should say can not, they label you as being a bad worker. This goes on and on
Those of you who have known me for a while, know that when I say the eyes dont lie, they understand what I mean.
I still remembering looking into this young women's eyes. It was so clear that she was hurting, but not only physically, but inside, emotionally. I might have said a few words to her tonight so that she understands that there are so many others out there that will and do understand.
I gave her the URL for Spine-Health. I really hope she takes the time to register and login. Kristen, I will be looking for you!
To all the young folks out there, you will always find those that can and will help you.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences