I'm back and I have a question

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Zoidberg
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Hi guys sorry it's been so long since I've posted, but I've been lurking and reading. I just didn't have much to say. I've been doing well! I'm walking again and I graduate college in May!

I do have a question for you CPs though. Does anyone (not your doc or pharmacist) ever lecture you about the meds you are taking? I ask because I had been helping a neighbor after he was in a scooter accident and he's on suboxone because he is/was a pain pill addict. He's been lecturing me about how I'm,in his eyes, "addicted" to my medication and I can't be in pain because I'm functioning and not whining about my pain or in bed all day.

The way I see it is that I am still in pain I just don't see the point in complaining about it. I've been on the same meds for two years (with a small decrease about six months ago. I don't abuse them or run out early. They allow me to get out of my bed and function when combined with ice/heat/PT.

I've decided that I don't want him as a friend after he told me yesterday that I'm "an addict that doesn't know what pain is". I guess what I want to know is if it's unreasonable that I'm offended and has anyone ever lectured any of you regarding something so personal as how your doc chooses to treat your condition? Sorry to be grumpy, but he just rubbed me the wrong way.

Thanks pharmers

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 This guy is not your friend. And it sounds like he is jealous of you being on opiates .   I am guessing but I bet this person has asked for your meds before or soon will if you remain friendly.

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Being told your an adict by

Being told your an adict by another adict would not offend me. That would insure we were not friends for long. Now if multiple people are telling you that, then maybe it would be time to look in the mirror, and reavalute things.

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Hey

Here's what I've learned over time. I've been in pain many many many years. I've been taking class II meds for about the last 8 years. I am in constant pain, and I just don't mention it. Other than the occasional "My back hurts" comment, I keep it to myself, there is no reason to bring it up.I stopped complaining about 6 months after my pain started, and I NEVER discuss my meds with ANYONE except my doctor and my mom. Not even my husband. I do have people ask me if I'm ok on a bad pain day, cause I look like heck, but I tell them I'm fine, thank you.

There is a difference between dependence (when you take meds under a doctor's care, and your body becomes dependent on them, but  you don't crave them), and addiction (when you have a psychological craving/ need for drugs, and that's all you think about, how to get them, when you can, etc.). If yer concerned about that, then think long and hard. But in my opinion, it's best to keep my pain to myself, then I don't have other people discussing the drugs I take, and then ask me for some. And keep bugging me about it. It's none of their business.

 

 

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Too true, Tux

Thanks for clarifying the difference, I have had to give that same lecture to internal surgeons, etc. it gets old.

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happy to see you

 happy to see you quincy.been worried   Smile