Posted earlier this evening about this subject in the chronic pain area. "Opioid epidemic " label has been on almost every newscast for last year or so, along w/number of OD, fatal as well as those who were rescued. My heart goes out to all who are affected.
That being said, I had nothing to do w/that : never shared or sold my medications. Taking away my pain meds affects me & my family.
Does not add or subtract from those numbers.
Am experiencing 'life after' years on opioids & Fentanyal.. (Have read a bit about mast cells, etc because I found the info on this site. Thnx.)
Despite occasional comments on news about new regulations exemption for chronic pain patients, which I NEVER believed, I was not only one in this area, SUDDENLY, dropped by Doctor, no more meds, & no advice or meds to wean. So Used what was left of my script, taking smaller & smaller amounts. Not pleasant but never was I tempted to go out & buy street drugs !!
Pain level increased as meds decreased. Am back to pre-med life style. Extreme fatigue with that pain & all that entails. Missed enjoying what few summer time activities I had done last year & several previous years: not a lot, but certainly more. Like Out of state relatives' visits. And funerals. And births.
Am Continuing physical therapy (aquatherapy) though do much much less exercise & can barely tolerate being touched. Sleep is elusive until I am so exhausted I just cannot stay awake & doze / nap most of a day & nite.
Herniated cervical discs & other disc /spine issues, Arthritis, spurs
Injuries &/or pain to/in shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, legs, ankles
Fibro / myofascial pain, neuralgia, neuritis