Pain killers are something that none of us ever want to have to rely on steadily for relief. But whether we want to or not, for some of us it’s the only way we can up our quality of life. Everyone’s got an opinion on them. A lot of those opinions are negative. If you think about it, we don’t want to be damaging our bodies for relief either, but sometimes it’s the only option we can handle. Personally I think that no one should have an opinion on how chronic pain is treated until they’ve suffered from it.
Today for example, an episode of Dr. Oz was focused on medical marijuana and whether it should really be legal or not. There were people arguing against it who had never even suffered from any chronic pain. They say it’s addictive; so are narcotics, they say it’s bad for you; so are narcotics. There’s nothing marijuana will do to your body that’s any worse than what many of the pain killers already proscribed to those in chronic pain do. As Montel Williams stated on the show, how does someone without pain have the right to deny us as much?
Clearly I’m on the pro end of the medical marijuana spectrum. I live in chronic pain as well as having family members who suffer from it and one who uses MMJ to decrease the effects of multiple sclerosis. However, though I do realize people have a right to their opinions I also think that they can’t have an accurate one if they haven’t experienced what it is like to actually need the drug.
I don’t personally use the drug, it doesn’t seem to work for my particular type of pain, but for so many people it is the only relief that they get. Whether it’s legal or not it’s already possible to purchase so why not just allow those who really need it to use it.
I’ve tried many different medications for my chronic pain, from amitriptyline to codeine to dilaudid and many in between. None of which seem to work for me. The only thing that offers any relief is Tylenol 3 (a combination of acetaminophen, codeine and caffeine) and sometimes that hardly does a thing even when two are taken at once. It’s a hard thing to do when you know of the effects that these drugs can potentially have on your body when used long-term, but when you’re in so much pain that you can’t think or function then all of that seems less relevant.
I wish I could be one of those healthy people who can say “nay” to medications. But my quality of life would be lower if I did. They may not always work but when they do it makes it that much easier to get by.