For a few weeks, I’ve been avoiding social media. I have a “friend” that I am done with. I have already unfollowed her and am trying to decide if I unfriend her or if she will even notice.
She has been very vocal about her opinions on my opiate usage and tends to treat me like a junkie. I know that people don’t understand CRPS and I have pretty much stopped trying to justify it to most people. I am trying to stay active, but unlike fibromyalgia, arthritis, and lupus, staying active doesn’t help my pain levels.
Anyway, my state decided to pass a law limiting opiate prescriptions to just 60 tablets a month, regardless of the reason for the prescription. My “friend” was all for this law. It’s already being challenged in court and most people are sure it is going to go away in just a few months.
My friend is a diabetic. She fell in May and broke her leg. She isn’t healing very fast because she’s in her 50’s and diabetic. Her doctor wanted to give her morphine patches. She refused them because she can’t drink on morphine patches, so she got oxycodone pills instead. Which she still shouldn’t drink while taking, especially as a diabetic.
Her chief complaint is that she can’t control her pain on just two tablets of oxycodone a day. While I understand that, I also think that if she was really in that much pain, she would have taken the morphine patches. Every day was becoming a battle with her. I would wake up to a private message telling me how much she hurt and how she couldn’t believe how little I cared…
And she’s right, I don’t care. No one likes being in pain, I know that. But I also know that if you really are in pain, you don’t turn down relief simply because it requires you to make a lifestyle change for a short time. I wasn’t thrilled to give up my anxiety medication, but I did it because that was the choice I was given, treat my pain or treat my anxiety. Treating my pain won out and I quit taking my clonazepam cold turkey in February and haven’t even considered taking it since then, even when I have been out of pain medication.
Also, I don’t know why I’m expected to be sympathetic to her pain when she hasn’t been to mine? Especially, since the reason she fell off her deck was because she had too much to drink.