You have hit upon a subject that is near and dear to my heart! A subject I have seen and experienced from both sides of the fence, from being one suffering with chronic pain, to being on the medical side and treating patients suffering with chronic pain. All I can say is it is shameful the way so many ( supposedly literate trained doctors and medical staff still treat their patients suffering with chronic pain! There simply no excuse for it in this day and age! But yet it still routinely happens. Chronic Pain patients are not weak or inferior members of the human race! We are not drug seeking addicts, or criminals either!
I thought with knowledge and education, comes wisdom, and surely Doctors and Nurses, and others in the medical field that have the education and knowledge, would surely have the wisdom to know about us people that suffer with chronic pain, and know how to adequately treat the pain and treat us, the patient with caring compassion, and respect! Sadly all to often, that to, is also just a myth! The Doctors and Nurses that truelly knows how to deal with a patient that suffers with chronic pain, is far to few! I am not saying that there are not good Doctors and Nurses out there that do know how to treat chronic pain patients, all I am saying, is that they are way to far, and few between! And it just should not be that way!
I better quit while I am a head and not say something I might regret! But I have fought this, as a patient, and as a nurse being my patients advocate! Then reading so many of the post, right here on this forum, by members of our chronic pain family, and to say the least it is often disheartening! I truely feel for those that do not have a good PM Doctor. I can and do empathize with all of you!
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!
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