As mentioned...it has been discussed before...but it's always worth mentioning again to limit who knows about
your medication to your spouse/partner if you choose, your physician, and possibly the HR director if you had to take a drug test for the job..
Otherwise...I don't share with even my closest friends...I am living and helping take care of my mom right now and she has my printed list of meds in case of any emergency...and I have hers...but no other family knows..
They know what my past surgeries were and about
my tumor...and that I take 'medicine' but not the details..
Your medical information is yours alone..and the decisions you make are between you (collective you) and your physician. Some people who have very understanding spouses it's good to be able to share this info for safety reasons...any change in medicine and side effects...as well as going with you to the Dr. and learning about
how chronic pain affects your life...
It can be very detrimental to your job to have not only the gossip that goes along with the medicine...but the 'ignorance' that most have about
CP and pain meds...but also the judgments...
As well as break ins happen from 'friends of friends' who know about
these meds and their street value....As well as young adults who steal these meds from homes (their own or friends' parents) to take or sell while as people keep them in the bathroom at times....
Those are very dangerous situations that can happen (and are more frequent than we realize...especially with teenagers nowadays..
It is our duty as pain patients to tell the absolute LEAST amount of people about
our meds to keep both ourselves safe and others...As well as our Dr. expects us to be 100% responsible for what happens to limit stolen or 'lost' medication..
Another issue I have seen lately from people I know on Facebook (friends from my past) is that people talk about
their surgeries...and the meds they got from the DR...they aren't cp'ers....so they really don't know....but criminals these days are scouring the internet to look for this type of info to break in these homes to steal!....And again...for their friends' kids to take a few when visiting..
To the OP...glad they think you aren't on them anymore...if anyone...at work...friends...or some family...ever asks you...just say..."I keep my medical information private..but thanks for caring about
me"....and move on!...be polite...non defensive..but firm..
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006