Dependence for a chronic pain patient IS NOT the same as addiction for someone who was given narcotics for acute pain!

The vast majority of people taking opiate medications for pain management do NOT become addicted. Physical dependence from pain relievers is different from addiction. LEARN THE FACTS

Damn straight. And yes I will admit it,I used to be that person thinking that. But now I understand sadly.

Spreading awareness about chronic pain is important to me. There is a huge lack of awareness when it comes to chronic pain.

I am trying ... is it any wonder I'm constantly exhausted?

I am trying. Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Auto-Immune Disease, Fibromyalgia/Chronic Illness, Pulmonary Sarcoidosis, Hyperaldosteronism.

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Chronic Pain I hope they will understand it!

Chronic pain IS underestimated, and it affects so many people. Awareness is key. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and reflex sympathetic dystrophy at both of which have thankfully been in remission for the most part.


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Chronic pain...well said!

Urgh, I relate to this - Fibromyalgia/ Chronic Illness. I refuse to feel guilty that I take narcotics on a daily basis just to function - that's what my pain pills are for, for heaven's sake!