My Personal Opioid Crisis

My Personal Opioid Crisis
Christine Tender Points As our nation faces the difficult reality of drug abuse, I struggle with my very own opioid crisis. I’m sorry for the families who have lost loved ones due to addiction and overdose. However, I’m just as concerned about those of us who suffer from acute pain and are not abusers in any way. How will the proposed restrictions on pain medication affect those of us who suffer from acute pain and are in no way abusers? For more than 40 years, I’ve experienced excruciatingly painful myofascial muscle spasms. When they occur, the pain is so strong and so severe that it moves my body involuntarily and completely eliminates my ability to function. (Thank you, fibromyalgia.) Unfortunately, because of the location of my particular pain, I am not eligible for trigger-point injections, which are commonly prescribed to prevent and relieve this condition. Initially, these episodes occurred only once or twice a year. If I were lucky (that’s a relative term here), the spasm would last only a few hours, and it would subside on its own. Other times, I wasn’t so “lucky.” Those times, the pain was stronger than I was, and the emergency room was my only option. Over time, the length, severity, and frequency of these episodes increased. I was then referred to
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