Many Americans are prescribed prescription painkillers for pain stemming from common injuries or diseases. Living with chronic pain can be a debilitating reality. Seeking pain management seems like the right plan to live a normal life. Opiate based pain medication can be a life changer for many people in pain. At first, the pain medication may help tremendously, allowing one to do the things they would normally enjoy. Unfortunately with pain medication, tolerance builds quickly and more medication is needed to get the same affect. Over time as tolerance builds, doctors may switch to a more stronger pain medication. This may help temporarily but it's only a matter of time until tolerance builds up and more medication is needed.
When your life is reliant on pain medication, you may feel like a slave to it. Addiction to opiates is like living with something holding you back from living your life. If you have a few bad days in a month and need to take a couple extra pills to feel comfortable, you will not have enough to last until the end of the month. When you run out the pills and can't get more, you may experience withdrawal symptoms. When this happens, you may become sick even to the point where you can't get out of bed.
Becoming dependent on your pain medication can be embarrassing and humiliating. It is no one's business what medication you are on, but if you are constantly sick and unable to leave the house because you run out of your medication, friends and family will become suspicious.
Living your life dependent on your medication may stop you from doing things you really want to do. The idea of going on vacation scares you because you may run out of your medication. It may stop you from spending time with your friends and family. Many people who are addicted to opiates may constantly feel tired to the point that their motivation is non-existent and all they want to do is sit on a couch and watch television or sleep.
If you are exhausted living a life controlled by your medication, it may be time for you to think about making changes. You will have to have a serious talk with your prescribing physician about whether this is an option for you to consider. There are different alternatives that may help alleviate pain without the use of prescription painkillers. (hypnosis, acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, and more) When you decide you are ready to quit, make sure to talk with your doctor first.