September is Pain Awareness Month. Today is the last day of this month, so the awareness comes to an end. If only chronic pain would end with it…..
During this month, I’ve noticed and shared several posts that spread awareness of chronic pain. It is important to help people to be aware of the plight of those of us with chronic pain. Unless a person lives with chronic pain, it’s almost impossible to understand or relate to the idea of having pain every minute of every day.
For those of us living with chronic pain, and for many years of it, we can’t even remember what it feels like to not be in pain. I’ve seen many chronic illness people who post about having good days and bad days. They often don’t say whether or not they live with chronic pain, but having a good day seems foreign to me.
Saying “good” day can certainly be relative. But, I honestly can barely remember what a good day feels like. I can say that I have bad days and worse days, but not good days. I really do feel pain 24/7. There is no break; I don’t get a day off on my birthday or Christmas. I don’t get a day off after taking medicine for a week, or a month, or a year.
So, it feels a little pointless to make pain awareness a priority. Doctors don’t always believe a patient who lives in constant pain. If they did, surely they would offer the patient a medication or treatment that stops it? Think about that.
Until the so-called “Opioid Epidemic”, chronic pain patients were given pain medicine that actually worked. These patients were the lucky ones, because proper pain medication offers them a life in which they can function. They are able to live a fairly normal existence.
But, now that is not the case. By basing drug policy on statistics of addicts who die from a combination of illegal street drugs, the purely legal benefit of opioid therapy is cruelly taken away from deserving patients. Only in a political environment as is in America, is this happening.
Chronic pain patients in America are treated as if they are liars and criminals. We are told to take Advil until our kidneys are destroyed. And, then many patients have nothing. This is inhuman treatment.
So, there you have it, “be aware of chronic pain”. But, now that you’re aware of it, ignore it. Yes, I’m being sarcastic. But, I also hurt. I hurt because I’m in pain and am given nothing to treat it. Maybe someday things will change.
@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman
Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. This post contains my opinions and is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.