Fighting opiates is creating tremendous amounts of suffering every day, and patients can do nothing about it because they are treated like drug addicts. And yet no one gives a shit about these real victims. Kaitlyn Brennan speaks truth. FUCK YOU if you support the War on Opiates. Honestly.
Law makers, doctors, and advocates everywhere consider this “war” to be two sided. It is depicted as the addicts against everyone else, but this is not the whole side of the story. Behind the fight against these addictive medications there is a girl sitting at home barely holding it together. This is a girl who is sitting in a neck brace with pain at a 7 barely making it through every day. To her, every day is an uphill battle, and she will have to keep fighting to make it to the top. The only thing keeping her functional is her medication. Without her tramadol she would be sitting on her couch, immobile, with nothing on her mind except pain. This girl is me. The only reason I am capable of sitting here writing this article is because of my pain medication. The truth is that I am not an addict though, I am a chronic pain patient.
Every day I suffer from an array of dislocations and subluxations of all my joints from my fingers to my neck due to a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. This is a very painful, debilitating condition, but with the help of my phenomenal pain management doctors I have been able to function in life as a normal teenager. I can go out with friends, go to school, and attend football games and school plays. My biggest fear though is losing my medications to new laws. What law makers do not understand about patients on opiates is that we do take them for the high, but our high is different.Our high is those few blissful minutes where our pain has almost completely disappeared.
Recently I have heard heart breaking tales of my friends losing these medications due to new opiate laws being passed along with the new CDC opiate guidelines. Many of my fellow Ehlers Danlos patients are scared to go to the emergency room because they know that the first thing the doctors will do will be take away their medication.