Wow, just wow. WTF, “coping and acceptance strategies that primarily reduce the suffering associated with pain and only secondarily reduce pain intensity.” Um, I think Dr. Mark D. Sullivan must never have experienced pain before.
The opioid epidemic falls on Doctors and not patients. Doctors need to know their shit and maintain their patient’s pain as individuals and not as a “general” public.
Further image testing of my injury shows I broke the Cuboid bone which is referred to as “the old nutcracker fracture,” because it is rare and a near impossible bone to break so there is limited treatment beyond sitting on your ass and hoping the bones heal correctly. I’m looking a a minimum of six months. I’m still in the Aircast for hopefully another week.
Last week was one month since I broke it and the goal was for the swelling to reduce so it could be put in a plaster cast (for up to eight weeks) but it’s still too swollen. Once the cast comes off it will be time for surgery to repair the cartilage that snapped with the bone. After recovery from that it will be physical therapy and I will need to wear an ankle brace for an uncertain amount of time.
The Orthopedic Doctor had gone to my Primary Care Doctor and she wrote a prescription for ten Vicodin. That was a week after the initial fall. I took one the next three nights at bedtime and have seven left. If I’m having a day where the pain is that severe I take Meloxocam which is not a narcotic but if you read the first sentence of the link it’s says “People who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (other than aspirin) such as meloxicam may have a higher risk of having a heart attack, or a stroke than people who do not take these medications,” which is why I only take it during times of desperation.
Most days I take Tylenol and/ or behave like a bitch toward everyone around me because I feel physically uncomfortable but, you know? Opioids are bad.
Then of course we have the “cut everyone off of opioids” so they experience withdrawal and intolerable pain and then hit the streets for heroin as a means of survival. That’s more so a generalization statement but a reality.
I do not consider myself in chronic pain and I know in time I’ll heal. It doesn’t make my heart break any less for those who struggle with life long pain and the current medical “civil war.”