Coping With Chronic Pain

"I took one pill four times a day and kept getting refills."

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"If you want to get off opioids, you can, even if you are paralyzed."

I was given narcotics by a medical doctor after my stroke. I had experienced pain in my lower back and right leg. This was after I fell many times. I was chair-bound and rarely active. I took one pill four times a day and kept getting refills.

During this time I fell again. Falling wasn’t usually a big problem, except I fell in the bathroom. It is a very small space. I fell back against a vanity and broke my pelvis in six places. I was sent home on OxyContin and Norco, which is hydrocodone bitartrate with acetaminophen.

I was taking them several times a day. I was able to get off the OxyContin. Because I cannot get out of my chair, I had to deal without the OxyContin. Then the government decided to clamp down on the doctors who were prescribing opioids.

Then again I was weaned off the Norco without any help. Since I was unable to get up to get my own pills, I got off them.

Meanwhile, I was dealing with my disability. I had been very active. In the past, I worked full time as a dietitian and had been at one hospital for 40 years.

If you want to get off opioids, you can, even if you are paralyzed. It is hard for anyone, but addiction is even more difficult to deal with and is harmful to your soul.

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