I just want to address your fear of addiction. If you were thirsty would you not drink, and if you were hungry, would you not eat? So you are in pain and you take something that allows you to have some quality of life. Yes, you may be dependent on a medication to allow you to rest, sleep, maybe even allow you to be able to get dressed in the morning.There is a big difference in addiction and dependency. An addict takes drugs to get that high feeling, to escape from reality, and will do whatever it takes to get the money they need for next fix, smoke or snort.
I am dependent on meds for my heart and for Diabetes, but I am not an addict
I am dependent on meds that allow me to sleep at night and allow me to be able to get out of bed in the morning, but I am not an addict.
Statistics show that most people that suffer chronic pain do not become addicted to the meds, although some may be dependent on them. We take pain meds or anti-D's and we do not get that high feeling that an addict would get, because the pain or deperession is there and there is a true need for them.
So pay no attention to labels, for that is all they are. People that will label someone an addict that has chronic pain, are truly uneducated in that area.
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Don't walk behind me....I may not lead
Walk beside me..and be my friend...
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