And welcome to the family~ I'm very glad you have joined us. There's something curative in knowing that others do understand what you are talking about
when it comes to chronic pain. Plus their empathy is real. Many of us do have wonderful families who 'understand' and are good to us but it's not the same as talking to someone who lives in your shoes.
It's great that the tramadol works for you. Often people your age and younger aren't afforded the courtesy of pain relief medication because of the fear of addiction. There's some validity to that concern but the facts don't show it to be true. A tiny minority of people who take narcotic pain relievers for chronic pain ever had addiction problems. The other 99+% don't. Yes, anyone who takes these med's will become dependent on them but addiction is rare in those who are truly using the medication properly. I've been on a pain medication regime for many years and no addiction here. I only wish you, I and others here didn't have to resort to it at all.
But I'm still glad to meet you...keep in touch, OK?
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Daily Donnybrook: Fibromyalgia, Insulin Dependent Diabetes. Ulcerative Colitis, Rare form of Dermatitis, Collapsed Disk, Osteoarthritis (especially in right hand and neck) and a couple of other adjunct agitations.
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