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[–] llegendary 1 points 23 points (+24|-1) ago 

What it's like to have chronic pain:

Visit 10 doctors, rack up bills, nothing to show for it, not one of them gives a shit to think of you again and none of them knows what's wrong and there's no way that they fix what's wrong. Wake up each day hoping that it gets better, knowing you can deal with the pain, but not knowing if you can make it through your job because pain messes with your brain/thinking.

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[–] 5198371 [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Having worked at a hospital for 15 years, I've seen first hand the attitude that anyone in chronic pain is "med seeking". The problem is a difficult one because opiates and benzodiazepines slowly lose their effectiveness, you need more and more to get the same effect, withdrawal makes it worse than it was before, making it more likely to have seizures or other complications if you stop, or overdose if you take more than your body can handle. Other forms of pain control aren't as effective.

My father also had chronic pain due to sinus surgery and nothing would ever take the pain away (he did not use opiates, benzodiazepines, marijuana, or alcohol)

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[–] m0t- 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Benzos shouldn't be prescribed for more than just a month or so. It's a horrible thing to get into.

I was up to about 7 or 8 mg (clonazapm) a day 6 years ago, and the withdrawal lasted months. Now I'm up to 3mg again, and hating myself for getting back on them.

I did a self taper a week ago, and after 3 days I was pulling my hair out straight up crazy. Even 1mg less than what my body's used to led me to withdrawal symptoms; at least I caught it before I started having seizures.

Gotta start cutting pills into quarters and all that jazz again; shit is poison.

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[–] golisten2lennywhite2 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Dude. I am trying so hard to figure out how to make a living with my issue. It fucking sucks. Sometimes I can't even function for a whole day and I have to essentially go to sleep and hope it's better later. It never is though and everyone is just waiting for me to start being normal. I have had surgery and nothing makes me feel like I used to. It sucks to know you aren't yourself. I can't keep a job and I really have a lot of talent in the audio realm. I used to work in high profile studios and now I am basically destitute at 34, I started having pain and vomiting 12 years ago. Being a white male who is tall and looks normal has really fucked me in this situation.

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[–] llegendary 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Exactly. If nobody can see it, nobody cares and they just assume you are either stupid, have mental problems or a lazy liar who wants something

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[–] smokratez 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That's it to a t.

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[–] SayTan 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

I became a full on drunk when they cold turkeyed me off opies. Was the best I could do, legally. Sucked.

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[–] struwwellpeter 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Stage IV cancer sucks, but you get all the meds you ask for.

I'd trade this shit for "neuralgia" in a heartbeat, though.

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[–] 5198225 [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Sorry to hear about your Stage IV cancer. What are your plans?

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[–] struwwellpeter 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Clinical trials, a lot of visits from old friends, and every day just one day at a time... It bothered me a lot at first, but when I Googled "immortality" I found out no one lives forever, so I figured 28 or 82, not that big a dif. Plus I've heard so many people saying something like "I've lived 70 years so I know a lot" when they'd only lived the same year 70 times... I won't get many years, but my odometer reading is pretty huge.

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[–] tanukihat 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I know I am. Arthritis at 31, and an ankle I think is sprained so I limp. I gave up on doctors, they're all pricks.

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[–] SolarBaby 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

If they must discuss these things under the pretense of scientific study then there ought be a standardized consideration of at what point a benefit is outweighed by physiological harm. Legality has no bearing on the pharmacological actions of substances.

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[–] DickHertz 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Duh.

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[–] Longsword 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Chronic pain sufferer. Checking in. I have a lump on my fucking testicle. I've went to the urologist for 2 years. Ive taken antibiotics for a potential infection, had surgery for a Varicocelectomy... That had never bothered me before. No change.

CT scans, cancer tests. Nothing. Diagnosis by elimination. "Chronic nerve inflammation."

Bullshit. It's a lump. A hard lump that is bigger than the other side. (The small sack that holds sperm on the back I forget the name now.) The only other option suggested was to remove the testicle. Fuck that.

I wake up in agony every day. It radiates to my stomach, hip and everything.

Im prescribed Tramadol. I couldn't smoke weed that much anymore. I never asked for medicine until the bitter end when every doctor including a neurologist and a spine doctor had shrugged at me. I guess that's how they knew I wasn't a pill seeker.

Sorry, I know it's too much information, and probably doesn't relate to the article, but it's not something I can ever vent in real life. Testicle conversations don't work as well as spinal.

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[–] 5206625 [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Why don't you let them take out the bad testicle? You can still function with one. Sometimes it's testicular torsion.

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[–] Longsword 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Because I'm not allowing them to take out an organ without some sort of diagnosis that doesn't consist of a shrug and scorched earth tactics. I already had one surgery to remove veins there that left me with scar tissue and numb skin. It's not torsion or a hernia. I've had ultrasounds and CT scans to show that.

Edit: I should also state that I'm also in my 20's and the doctors even say that they can't say for sure it will fix it, and they don't recommend it.

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[–] PeeOnYou 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Surely they all belong in prison.

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