Posted 7/13/2016 7:58 PM (GMT -7)
I totally empathize with the sense that your pain experience is being minimized and invalidated.
I would like for any MD to walk in our collective shoes.
It is a sad testament that I need to qualify for palliative care in order to receive a modicum of validation for what ails my body and an offering of pain control. Like everyone, I worry that at some point some MD or other will not provide me with access to medication to ease my very real suffering.
I live in Oregon, which has legalized the "right to die." I may have to use it.
I have been in frail health for much of my life. One thing or another. I simply do not see how unmitigated suffering advances anything. I have been in enough pain for a life time.
My personal experience is that pain does not become easier to manage over time. Ongoing pain is exhausting - on many levels. Physical, psychological, spiritual. Over the many years that I have experienced pain, my tolerance for pain has lessened, my threshold for pain has lowered.
All I want is to experience this body of mine without pain. I have experienced pain for so long that I have forgotten what it is to not have pain.
I hope that you can find some measure of relief.
I think that it is a basic human right to be afforded relief from damaging pain. I am not talking about complete 100% pain relief with every bruise and small injury and indiscretion that we may encounter. But I am talking about providing adequate pain relief for life-altering diseases/conditions/dysfunctions so that people can life rather than exist in a shell of their former self.
I am having a rough night of pain.
Anywho . . . I hear you. You are being heard by the members here.
Best wishes for a better tomorrow,
- Karen -