I have had chronic pain for over 15 years, it is caused by numerous abdominal surgeries, that have left me with very dense adhesions that are everywhere in my pelvis and abdominal cavity, pulling on nerves, and organs, causing at times tense unrelenting pain. I also have Polymyalgia Rheumatica, which causes joint pain. I was 33-years-old when I started dealing with chronic pain. I work full time (I rarely miss work) I have a family, life does not stop because you are in pain.

Over the years I have been treated with a number of different pain medications

  • Vicodin
  • Tylenol #3 with codeine
  • High dose Ibuprofen
  • OxyContin
  • Oxycodone
  • Dilaudid
  • Ultram
  • Libroderm patches
  • Toradol injections
  • Toradol pills
  • Cymbalta

Several of these medications are schedule 2 Narcotics. I am well aware that most of these drugs are highly addictive, not for all but for some. When I worked at a Medical clinic, we would start getting calls from the patients that were due for refills, sometimes up to a week before they were due (schedule 2 narcotics require hardcopy written prescription), we would dutifully convey their need for an early refill to the physician, most common reason "The bottle was open, and I accidently knocked them into the toilet," I was mugged," and "my written prescription flew out of the car window," none of these will get you a new RX, but all of these reasons will get you labeled as a seeker.

That is a common term, and many times there are chronic seekers, every month they are running short on their pills, or they fill at multiple pharmacies.

Unfortunately that label gets attached to others that take narcotics as well. I worked at the same clinic that my doctor had his practice, I would go up and pick-up my prescription at his station, one day I picked up my prescription, was walking down the hall and I heard one of the nurses ask him why I needed Oxycodone, Hippa breach for sure, also made me realize that even though I under utilize my medications, I more than likely am considered a seeker by many.

I have to work, and take care of my family

Without pain meds I would miss a great deal of work, and taking care of my house, and my child would be difficult. I don't take them every day, at times there are weeks in between needing them, and then I will hit a rough patch and need them for weeks continuously. There are many more like me. We aren't faking pain because we need our pain medication fix. I feel for those who have become addicted to their medication (there is really no way to know who will become addicted to medication) they still have the chronic pain.

There are always a few that ruin it for the majority. I will end this by saying, don't lump us all together, and know that we would rather not have the pain at all.

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