Has anyone else noted how many news stories in just the past few weeks there have been about "alternative" treatments for chronic pain and/or all of the stories about the use of narcotics to treat CP? If you have seen many of these stories have you noticed the common thread in all of them?
If you haven't, the common element in all of them is how narcotics are bad, bad, bad. Most of these stories have at least several quotes from doctors, many of which are suppose to be "experts" in dealing with chronic pain, who are coming out and making blanket, absolute statements that narcotic medications do not work for treating chronic pain. Many of these doctors base their findings on how many people with CP need to have their medications adjusted upwards to get any relief. Some of these quacks have taken it even farther with saying that narcotics really do nothing at all to ease pain but rather provide the illusion of pain relief due to making those taking it high. In other words narcotics merely cause a distraction to the pain a person feels. Then of course you have those, mainly neurologists, who like to go on record as saying that the use of narcotics for more than a few days actually causes pain.
On top of that in one article I read one doctor, who is suppose to be the head of a large pain clinic in California, has gone on record that people who are on narcotics and balk about going off of them are nothing more than drug seekers. He says that when he sees a new patient who is on narcotics the first thing he does is take them off them and if the complain then he knows they are only wanting the drugs.
Documentaries and news reports about prescription drug abuse has caused enough problems, but now we have this too. I am sick of it. I am tired of all the false information, the misguided public opinions, the faulty studies, etc. I feel like I am, because I suffer from CP, under attack from all sides.