I just wanted to start a quick talk about the very title of this discussion.
As a chronic pain patient I would like to hear from all of you what you would prefer in this situation. Would you prefer to live ten years and have the meds you need to keep you quite comfortable or would you rather suffer with no meds and live another twenty years?
For those of you who don't take opiates and live by sheer willpower my hat is off to you. I am not able to do so. If anyone can teach me ignore my pain I am open to it. I just cant live without help.
I will go first and say I would rather live ten years in relative comfort than any amount of years in chronic pain without help. I know this is a subjective question. I absolutely hate going to bed at night. I fight sleep with all my strength. I do this because no matter what combination of meds I take I always wake up hurting. It always takes me till noon time to get myself together enough to do anything. Even then somedays I prefer not to even go outside.
I am fortunate that my drs are all kind and caring. That however, does not stop me from living in fear that the day will come when I will no longer receive the meds I need to keep my pain at least somewhat at bay.
God bless you all