Chronic pain is often a big part of chronic illnesses. People with Fibromyalgia, arthritis, RSD. neuropathy, migraines, and many other diseases have pain as a symptom. It is so difficult to put into words what it is like to feel pain every day of your life. To hurt all or most of the time, and still function is so difficult that some people cannot get through without narcotics.
If you feel the effects of the narcotic drugs, like fatigue, sleepiness, dizziness, confusion then you are most often unable to do things like drive, go shopping, take part in social activities, etc. You are not hurting but your life is severely changed for the worse.
I will not ever put down people who need pain medication. I have been at that point in my life and I can empathize. I do want to say though that I no longer use pain meds. After realizing that I was missing so much of my life being in a daze I talked to my doctor and said I needed to find a different way to cope.
I now take medications that ease my pain but are not narcotics. I have learned to stretch my muscles to ease tension and pain. I avoid things, as much as possible that cause me to hurt or I work around them. My mental attitude toward pain has changed dramatically too. Instead of focusing on it, I now keep my mind occupied on other things.
Please understand that I still hurt and it can get very bad still. There are times that I do call my doctor for a prescription for pain meds. I’m not saying that anyone should suffer. I do suggest that if you along with your doctor agree that you can try to find a new way to cope, then go for it!
I look at it this way – My life is full of memories on tape drives. I don’t want to miss out on them because I”m too zonked to take part in them or remember them. I want to be a part of everything that life gives me. I hurt a lot. It has become a part of my life. If it gets worse I deal with it. If it’s my “normal” stuff I just keep on going. I want to live my life to the fullest!