I was reading and following your thread...OF COURSE you pressed submit. Before my current condition I always had made every effort possible to avoid western medicine. I rarely if ever took a tylenol. But when I was hit suddenly and severely with brutalizing unending left sided chest pain in Dec. 2003, turning a lovely shade of blue and unable to move or utter more than 2 or 3 words at a time, my pharmicutical philosophy changed rapidly. But not enough. I am still constantly under medicated and quite possibly I am big part of that equation, although due to a continuing degrading of my situation I have had to face that I NEED to do SOMETHING.
I had stopped coming to Healing Well altogether for awhile. I didn't like to see myself judging other people, but the more I read and spoke to people the more I realized how many people there were that were over medicated for there aches. The forumm title is Chronic Pain, not Chronic Ache, and I would literally have someone email me with, "But if I don't take 3 oxy my legs just ache" or, "my low back always ached until I started to use fentanyl patches". When I have made suggestions of the alternative pain options I utilize AS WELL AS my daily meds, I am ignored. Everytime. Reality is that breakthrough pain exists. Reality is that you will be in a situation of increased pain and will need to be self reliant. I noticed on the Chat nights when we went around and introduced ourselves, everyone was very chatty and supportive with each other about their neuralgias but when it came my turn and I mentioned inoperable rare embedded enhanced nerve root tumors, it was, "Who wants to be next?" I sat at my laptop speechless, and that's when I realized, for a pain forum, why is it I don't come across people with cancer pain, which is unbearably painful? I don't want to say never...I'm sure I have come across a few...but I tell you it's been far between.
Ang- I've had people write to me in a panic that they're running out of meds and the doc hasn't called back yet. They're about to leave another panicked message, this time reminding the dr. how they dread withdrawal. At which point I've written back, don't you mean severe pain? That if you run out of meds you potentially will be in severe pain? And what about the Cpers that refuse to try any type of med accept pain meds? I find that very telling. Don't you?
I fully support you and the point you were making. Come on, think about why they got their panties in a bind. Big right armed hugs, my dear...the left one is working less and less these days.
My homemade migraine treatment usually worked well for me: Coca Cola and asparin. The caffeine dialates the blood vessels, the sugar raises the blood sugar (don't get diet, get regular) and the asparin thins the blood so it flows to the brain better. When I was plagued by migraines I used to carry my little 'migraine kit' in the car with me, just in case.