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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.