Once you have been on these forum boards for a while and/or dealt with chronic pain for a while, the word narcotics
becomes almost common.
Here, so many times the concept gets abused. Too many people believe that the only way they can be comfortable is be having pain medications , and when their initial dosage isnt working, they want more, and then more and then more.
That is just one of the ways narcotics get abused and why the DEA is so very important today.
Just in the past two weeks, I 've been answering posts about members who say their current pain medication isnt enough, their doctors wont help them, they can't go on functioning, ,etc, etc.
I will take a cold harsh stand on this. NO. Narcotics is NOT the answer. Yes, there is a definite need for narcotic pain medications. It can be the only answer in making someone comfortable after surgery, a flareup or a new major problem.. And yes, there are those that need it on a maintenance basis. I know, I am one of those. I take a low dosage of narcotics daily. My doctor wants me to do that, it prevents me for having additional problems. Because of the severe multi level stenosis, joint problems, degrading arthritis, this is necessary. Have there been times because of these problems, I wish I had higher dosages? Sure. But I realize that is just a quick fix.
Many people look for that magic
pill that is going to take away their pain. It just doesn't exist. But on the same token, there are so many ways in dealing with pain. Pain is nasty, so, at times we need to beat it down the best way we can.
Several years ago, I came up with a thread called The Blend
. It was a look at the total picture. What are all the pieces to manage pain. So much of this, I learned from my Eastern Thai Master Soft/Deep Tissue specialist. Eastern folks for centuries dealt with pain without chemicals. Why cant we? Maybe not 100% but we need to better understand exactly what are bodies can do and how the natural elements can help.
I am not saying you should discard your narcotics... But what I am suggesting, is before you ask your doctor to increase those narcotics, ask them instead about other options. I bet you will be totally surprised at just how enthusiastic your doctor will be.