THE Continuing Question; Opioids Use for Chronic Pain

One-third of long-term users say they’re hooked on prescription opioids – The Washington Post

Its been several months since I’ve posted anything in my blog, but this news piece warrants my response. This is only my opinion on this subject, as someone who has chronic pain and as one  who uses opiates for the relief of that pain, I have something to say that’s important on the subject. The very first thing I noted in this article was the use of the words words, “addicted or dependent”.  After 16 years of use for my chronic pain I am dependent on opiates. This is very different from someone who becomes an addict, and until this difference has been statistically weeded out we need to stop blaming people with pain and they are doctors for the epidemic of addiction.blaming people with pain and they are doctors for the epidemic of addiction.


I have stated in previous blogs that the other medications that have been developed in the last decade don’t work for me, that doesn’t rule out that they work for other people because they do. One of the main tenants of getting rid of using opioids for chronic pain is that there are other medications out there, does this meanthis mean that everyone needs to stop using pain medication because there is the chance of addiction?  No. The reason is exactly as I stated above the other medications don’t work for everyone. Does this mean that doctor should be very clear about trying other medications first, yes I believe they should.  Does this also mean that doctors should be very clear about what opiates are and how they can affect your body, how one can become dependent on them, yes they should. However, I for one am not am not willing to take the blame for people who become addicted. If anyone should take on this  plane game, it should be the doctors who don’t monitor their patients use closely.


In addition to using opiates, I use alternative methods of self-care as well. I’ve written and lot here about having a tool kit of methods to help one deal with their chronic pain. Any responsible doctor would offer these tools to their patients . But as the doctor and patient relationship develops over time, each patient will be able to use different tools differently at different times and the doctor needs to understand that. I’m not sure that it this point in time  doctors really understand this clearly. In the end I think it comes down to doctors being better educated about chronic pain in general and the different ways in which patient can help themselves, doctors can help patients and the different ways that patients may or may not respond to different methods.  The relationship between patient and doctor is always a two-way street. If you don’t have a comfortable give-and-take relationship with your doctor I suggest that you find a new doctor, one who is willing to explore over the years with you different ways that work at different times without judgment.

What do you think about this subject what do you think about this subject?


2 thoughts on “THE Continuing Question; Opioids Use for Chronic Pain

  1. Lucinda Baumgardner August 14, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    Hi, I stumbled on your blog then noticed we share a name, I too am learning to live with fibromyalgia. The only thing that works for me is oxycodone, I spent a nightmare 2 year span trying every drug suggested by my doctors. During this time my pain, confusion and frustration were all a 10. I felt that I was some how being blamed for the opiod problem. I finally said to my doctor (after 5 years of it was OK for me to use it, to we have to get you off this drug now)it feels like my goal is to get help with my pain and your goal is to take away what’s helping me, what should I do? He looked at me and said wow your right, all you’ve ever done is take it just like we prescribed. Now almost 3 years later I feel like the clinic I go to is really trying to help me manage my condition. I liked reading your blog, I agree with you I’m not longer willing to take the “blame” for someone else’s problem. Thanks for listening, Lucinda

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    • Hi Lucinda,
      I am sorry it taken me so long to reply; I have had increased pain, and PTSD to deal with and really haven’t blogged in too long! Since I blogged that post it’s only gotten worse out there.
      The pharmacists are like police and doctors are stuck with the FDA guidelines that just do not apply to us. I am about to blog a new post discussing my most recent interactions with taking opiods and the “triangle” issue.
      By the way, my mothers last name is Bamberger. Her lineage of Ashkenazi Jew ended with my great-grandfather who married a non-jewish woman. Prior to that we went back to our own village of tanners in Germany during the 1600’s. It is now a museum spot.
      I always felt your spelling of last name and ours, were perhaps the same but changed on arrival at Ellis Island? But, I suppose that couldn’t happen as this would mean all of us were in that village 🙂
      I am glad you stuck up for yourself!


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